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How to fall asleep in a short period of time?

I've started a new job that requires me being awake CRAZY early. So it's more important than ever that I go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Challenge: My brain likes to keep me awake all night by never shutting off. Looking for tips on how to ease yourself into a restful sleep. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 26, 2015 - 58 answers

Baby sleeps at night but doesn't nap

My 7-week old baby doesn't nap. She sleeps pretty well at night, but terribly during the day. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Apr 26, 2015 - 29 answers

Aerobic exercise on "rest days" for sleep?

I often have a hard time falling asleep; intense aerobic exercise goes a long way toward remedying this problem. I often hear, however, that your body needs a "rest day" for recovery from strenuous exercise. My body certainly feels less sore if I take a rest day, but the sleep I get in return is mediocre at best. MeFites who use exercise partly for sleep: How do you balance the need for relatively heavy aerobic exercise with the need to give your body time to recover? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Cinderelly, Cinderelly

I like to write and I want to do it more, but I only seem to be able to get into the "zone" after around midnight. Is this something you've experienced? Can I rewire my brain? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis.

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Apr 16, 2015 - 19 answers

In the ninth circle of sleep hell

I desperately need some perspective on my toddler's multiple sleep issues. Hope me??? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Apr 14, 2015 - 39 answers

Baby bedtime woes

My 4 month old wakes up every 30-45 minutes for three hours after bedtime. Can you help me think of something I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Apr 11, 2015 - 21 answers

Can I wake up alone (without having to sleep alone)?

I need to wake up at least an hour before my wife does. Alas, she's a light sleeper and I'm a fairly heavy one. I've had my phone set for a vibrate alarm and keep it in my pajama pocket -- and it still wakes her up before it wakes me up. So I need something... subtler, but not too subtle (or else I'll sleep through it). The only thing I can think of is a wearable alarm a la Fitbit. Would that be likely to work? Anyone else in a similar situation?
posted by sesquipedalia on Apr 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Are my mattress expectations too high?

I'm having a really hard time finding a mattress I like, to the point that I am wondering if my expectations are just too high. This is kind of a weird question to post, but I really need a reality check. So, do you actually LOVE your mattress, or is that a marketing fiction? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 6, 2015 - 56 answers

A cool night's rest

Please share your bedding (or other) recommendations for staying cool while you sleep. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 3, 2015 - 21 answers

sleeeeeeep, at rotating times

How can I acclimate myself to a rotating sleep schedule without getting sad/breaking out/other less than ideal things? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 23, 2015 - 9 answers

What's with my weird sleep pattern?

I'm having the craziest sleep as of the past year or so. It's not extreme like sleep walking, I just wake up at odd times early every day. Have you done anything to adjust this? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Mar 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Baby is Flipping Out

My 5 month old baby has learnt to flip from back to front, and does so very often while he's sleeping. Unfortunately, he's not figured out how to flip from front to back yet, and that means he will suddenly start screaming away during sleeptime. This is messing up his sleep schedule, and making him wake up a lot more often that he should. Any ideas what we should do, if anything? And how does this affect any sleep training that we're planning on doing? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Resetting Your Clock For Two

As a couple, we've both been night owls, but the combination of a bad winter, working from home, and a shared sabbatical has trashed our sleep cycle - Bed at four, up by noon. it feels like we're missing whole days and end up wide awake at 2am. How do you reset your clock to a more lark-like pattern when there's no external force driving you? We don't technically *have* to be awake at any particular hour, but the waking up at noon all the time is getting me down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 14 answers

What causes me to wake up feeling muscular pain all over my body?

Hi! I really hope someone has had a similar condition and can help me. For about a year now, I wake up every morning with intense body pain and very low energy, as if my body had been tensed up all night long. I can sleep a solid 8, 9, 10 hours and still feel the same. I used to suffer from insomnia but not anymore. I can now fall asleep within minutes of reading. The muscle pain is similar to what you get when you have a flu. The situation does not improve during the day. [more inside]
posted by alexalexalex on Mar 1, 2015 - 22 answers

How do I sleep through a loud noise every night?

I hear a loud noise every night at the same time and wake up. I'm afraid that I'm conditioning my body to think it's normal to wake up in the middle of the night -- help! [more inside]
posted by lxs on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

How bad is 'being on call' + how best to handle it?

I'm a mental health professional due to hear back about an interesting (but tough) job interview tomorrow. It's not 'in the bag' yet but there were indicators it went well. If offered I'd take it for various reasons. It would involve being on call every 10 days or so. I've never done this before. It didn't sound too bad until I realised that you are on call at night (may have to go to A and E/deal with suicide attempts etc) and then go to work as normal in the morning... [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Feb 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Sleep is my religion, but it's not his.

My husband snores loudly (85db peaks). I'm a light sleeper, and have general anxiety and PTSD issues that are exacerbated by lack of sleep. I can't sacrifice my mental health to the snoring! I'm perfectly happy sleeping in another room, and this was part of the deal when we got married. Now he's really upset about it. I don't need solutions for the snoring, just for the anger and upset it's causing in our home. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap on Feb 6, 2015 - 57 answers

I need to stop napping

Every weekday I take a midmorning nap. I want to stop. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2015 - 28 answers

Help for the loneliest kid you ever saw.

My five-year-old gets really sad, every single night, about the fact that he has to sleep alone. How can we help him? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jan 27, 2015 - 46 answers

[Beds on which to have] sweet dreams are made of...what, exactly?

I'll soon be purchasing a new bed and mattress. I have sleep apnea, so it's especially important for me to choose the right ones. And I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Alarm clock anxiety

I often have trouble falling asleep because I'm anxious my alarm won't go off in the morning. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Sleep studies: (teaching) hospital vs. independent "sleep center"?

Due to some longstanding issues with sleep and fatigue that I think could be related to sleep apnea, I'd like to have a sleep study. What are the differences/pros and cons of doing that at a hospital versus an unaffiliated "sleep center"? Experiences/thoughts on specific places to go in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jan 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me help my 9-month-old sleep

Our 9-month-old daughter sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, sits up, and seems unable to get herself back down to sleep. We've been working on sleep training--she does (and has almost always done) well at bedtime, and night wakings where she doesn't seem stuck in a sitting position have mostly disappeared--but I don't know how we should be handling these incidents. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Jan 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Sleep in heavenly peace (please, for the love of God)

We have a five-month-old daughter. How do we deal with chronic sleep deprivation and get through our days? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 5, 2015 - 24 answers

Baby Bedtime Routine for Working Folks

We discovered this week that our four-month-old needs a much earlier bedtime. We now start the routine after 6 PM, with him in bed by 7 PM (and it's working great). But we've been on vacation for these new bedtimes and I'm having trouble visualizing how this routine will go on a weekday. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 3, 2015 - 16 answers

How did you get your child to sleep?

We have a 3 year old that doesn't sleep through the night yet. A good night is a single wakeup, a bad night is 3 or 4. I thought by the age of 2 they generally start to sleep consistently. Any pointers to get there? Is "crying it out" really the only option?
posted by aeighty on Dec 11, 2014 - 28 answers

Sundays are not for sleeping.

I work late one night a week. What's best - getting up the next morning at the time I usually get up, or sleeping for 8 hours? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me regulate my sleep thermostat!

Winter brings sleeping woes... I am typically very cold natured, except in the middle of the night. I am FREEZING when I go to bed, necessitating long-sleeved/long-pants PJs and a down comforter to get warm enough to sleep - but then I wake up drenched in sweat and radiating heat. Why do I seemingly only produce body heat in the middle of the night, and how can I fall asleep comfortably but also stay comfortable in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Dec 6, 2014 - 35 answers

I keep waking up too early. Is this pathological?

Over the past six months, I've got into this consistent habit of waking up much too early. Like from 4 to 5am. That would be fine except I go to bed around 12 or 1. Is this a big problem? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 5, 2014 - 25 answers

Avoiding a Bipolar Meltdown. Level: Expert

I managed to get a cough over Thanksgiving Day, giving it to no one in the family (thank goodness) but ended up coughing for 5 days.Yes, there were little pockets of sleep and warmth and hydration, but it was mostly cough. This perfect storm got better when I spoke to my PA on Friday who informed me they were going to be closed all weekend. "If I gets bad go to an Urgent Care." Sound advice except a myriad of reasons, like they just moved out of our network and I didn't have $100. (The docs office only charges the copay up front.) I had some Tylenol AM/PM some Cheratussin AC from April 2014 (the one that takes like paint remover so you don't abuse it). It was awful and was effective for about 1/3 the time it said. Cough, read, doze, hydrate, rinse and repeat for five days. (Oh and don't forget the Lithium!) Monday I went to the PA who gave me scrips for Benzonate and a breathing treatment machine and also extra nebulizers. My boss has e-mailed me when I I think 'll be back to work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Stopped drinking - when does sleep return to normal?

For 15+ years I've been a daily drinker. I quit several days ago, and my sleep has been horrendous. When, if ever, does it return to normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2014 - 16 answers

The Princess And The Pea

Is it possible to make a mattress firmer, or am I better off buying a new mattress? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Sleeping with Podcasts

For the past couple years I have gone to sleep with podcasts on (usually sports or news podcasts) and find it really difficult to go to sleep without a podcast on. I have tried sound machines and they do not help. No matter how long I sleep, I generally wake up feeling fatigued, and can have brain fog or feel tired and am tired throughout the day. I have never been a particularly great sleeper, but I am at a place that I need to address the fatigue. I am going to go get checked by a sleep doctor in a couple months (switching insurance and travel schedule), but in the meantime I am assessing things I am doing that may cause the fatigue. Does anyone sleep with podcasts on? Could this be an issue? My thought is maybe my brain is semi-engaged because I am listening to the conversation. Total guess, but thought I would reach out and see if anyone else has dealt with this. Thanks!
posted by frednorton on Nov 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Mattress Missteps: Is Ikea the Answer?

Over the past year, my girlfriend and I have suffered through a series of mattress missteps to the tune of about $2500. Yesterday we were in Ikea and tried out the Sultan Heggedal mattress, which is $999 for a king. We were impressed both with the comfort and price of this mattress, but are trying to do some additional research so we don’t make the same mistake again. [more inside]
posted by merikus on Nov 2, 2014 - 16 answers

I temporarily fixed a computer issue, but I don't understand how or why.

My newish home-built desktop PC stopped sleeping/hibernating and restarting/shutting down in most cases. I recently installed a program that allows it to do these things, but only while the program is running. I'm looking for a permanent fix if possible. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Nov 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Make my mornings less painful.

I'm not a morning person at all, I never have been, and I doubt I ever will be. Unfortunately, society refuses to acknowledge this, and even forces me to do things before midday. Because of this, I'd love to hear what you do that makes getting up into a somewhat pleasurable experience, rather than keep experiencing the Promethean torture I go through every morning. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Oct 23, 2014 - 62 answers

Can my kids share a room and get any sleep?

We are about to move to a new home where my kids (ages: 4 years and 19 months) will share a room for the first time. How can I finesse this so we all get some sleep? Difficulty level: the older one is a Wild Thing. [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Oct 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Mastering the impromptu nap?

I want to be able to nap at any point during the day, but I can't make myself go to sleep. Any tricks for napping at will? Difficulty level: I've got a newborn. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 1, 2014 - 27 answers

I love you, honey, but you're destroying my sleep

Live-in boyfriend and I are on completely different schedules, and he requires lots of loud alarms to wake up. But they wake me up, too. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Oct 1, 2014 - 42 answers

Sleep medicine and ADD medicine

What is the best prescription sleep medicine for someone using Adderall to treat ADD? I will be speaking to my doctor of course, but I wanted to see if anybody had a sleep medication that worked well with your ADD medicine. Anecdotal help welcome.
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Baby sleep problems galore with generally-great baby! What to do?

12.5-month-old Supercoolbaby was a very good sleeper from early on (she slept through the night at 2 months and carried on with that until about 10 months, but never more than 2 wakeups during the night), but recently some problems have developed. Would love your thoughts/advice. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Sep 15, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I feel alive at 6am?

What can I do that will best ensure I feel awake and ready to get up when the alarm goes off? [more inside]
posted by meese on Sep 11, 2014 - 34 answers

Leave your poor mother alone!

My two year old currently really prefers his mother. This is not a surprise, she is awesome. She is also very pregnant. I would very much like to be able to settle him back to sleep at 2am, but when he sees me he cries harder. Does anyone have a successful strategy for getting a toddler to accept the ministrations of the less-preferred parent rather than get more upset? I would prefer something that doesn't just disrupt my wife's sleep anyway, like letting him cry until he calms down. I know I am asking for magic here.
posted by OmieWise on Sep 5, 2014 - 16 answers

mosquito net overkill?

I want to get a mosquito net for my bedroom. My motives are functional rather than aesthetic. Some nets are treated with chrysanthemum pesticides, others are just nets. For those who've been to places where the nets are essential, is the pesticide treatment necessary or a just a marketing power-up? I'd rather not sleep bathed in bug killing gases if the nets are as effective sans poison.
posted by Fupped Duck on Aug 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Teach me to Sing Lullabies

I know the lullabies my mother sang to me, but I'd like to learn some more lullabies or lullaby-like songs (we can go broad, but I think "soft, sweet and slow" are our watchwords) that I can sing to our child. [more inside]
posted by jph on Aug 19, 2014 - 61 answers

Fancy events + no sleep + small children = help?

Family trip coming up, and I need advice on helping my five-year-old daughter manage sleep-deprivation and jetlag. In the context of a wedding weekend, with all the attendant social and behavioral expectations. With bonus similarly-aged relative who brings out her most rambunctious side. What can I do by way of scheduling, boundaries, etc., to keep this sane while still being polite? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Is there a dock for my iphone that will amplify the ringer and alerts?

I want to come home and put my phone down in a dock and not carry it around all the time. I'm trying to reduce both anxiety (from checking work email) and distracted/divided attention (from playing games while talking or watching TV). Is there a good (small/cheap/easy to use) dock or other solution for this? I don't care about playing music or anything else. I just want a ringer I can hear a room away. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Aug 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me help my father

My father has suffered an extended series of illnesses and has a terminal disease. He's weak but has shown a capability to physically recover. Left to his own devices he sleeps a lot. How do I keep him engaged? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Aug 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Advice for sleeping with sudden insomnia?

I haven't been able to sleep well for the past week; this is totally out of the blue, as I usually get around 7 hours of z's. I think it's due to stress. I'm averaging around 3 hours on a good night, which is taking its toll on my physical/emotional/cognitive health. I'm actually dreading getting into bed tonight, and would like some advice from MeFites who are struggling with/have overcome insomnia on how I can best rig my chances for possibly sleeping well. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Aug 11, 2014 - 31 answers

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