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Putting a dog to sleep - now or later?

One of my dogs is heading towards needing to be put to sleep if he's not already there - I'm having trouble sorting my feelings and if I'm putting him to sleep for the right reasons. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jan 12, 2017 - 27 answers

Please help me sleep better after trying Valarian root and failing

Can people suggest some ideas or trinkets I can make to help me get a better nights sleep please (as I have non-restorative sleep issues). (More info inside). [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Dec 27, 2016 - 22 answers

Yet Another Relationship/Sleep Question

My partner routinely sleeps much later than I do on the weekends. I'm able to entertain myself when we're at my place, but sitting awake quietly with nothing to do at her place really frustrates me. Any thoughts on coping strategies? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 16, 2016 - 32 answers

Does my happy-hour wake me up at 2:11 am?

I do not have sleep apnea. Have done two tests that concluded "Well, this just must be your cycle." I've already read many times the basics covered here: Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Can't remember many good, long nights of sleep but have been very functional on average of 4-5 hours/night. Now I'm 56 and have begun to spend more hours in bed when I can to make up the sleep-hours my body/mind needs. I have about 2.5 drink per night, usually starting 5ish, ending maybe 7. Come 10:30-11pm I fall asleep generally within 10 min to whatever kind of music, not that i really need it. Typically wake a couple hours later, booze or not, maybe take a sip of water, change positions, go back to sleep, usually putting on some quietish music to drift off to...I call it the lullaby effect. Might sleep another two hours, then wake again, maybe I pee. But on some occasions it's harder to fall back to sleep. In fact many nights, all my life perhaps, I wake every few hours at least to turn over. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Dec 8, 2016 - 17 answers

Co-sleep without constant nursing?

Is my sleep training dream possible? Inside, I describe what I would like to achieve, and what happens now. What's the closest approximation of my dream? How do I get there? Which of the many sleep training resources (books, blogs, gurus, consultants) would be most helpful in figuring this out? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 4, 2016 - 16 answers

pc won't wake up from sleeep mode

My pc does not wake from sleep mode. This started yesterday: I move the mouse or hit return, the computer starts, the start button stops flashing, and then nothing. The monitor says it receives no input. I have to unplug the machine and then push start button. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by philfromhavelock on Dec 4, 2016 - 12 answers

What could be bothering my baby at night?

I have a 7 month old baby who is an absolute delight during the day. At night, we're having a horrible time with sleep. He wakes up every two hours at least, sometimes every half hour. He seems genuinely uncomfortable/upset. Generally he doesn't need to nurse when he wakes up - just putting him back on his side (his preferred sleeping position), putting the pacifier back in, and giving him a few pats is effective - until he wakes up again. Please give me some ideas of what we can try changing to help this kid stay asleep. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars on Nov 30, 2016 - 32 answers

Is there such a thing as a washable, dog nail proof Duvet cover?

We have a down comforter that we'd like to use, but we need a cover for it that will endure dog toenails. Our lab invades us while we are sleeping and has ridiculously long nails. He is high maintenance when it comes to nail clipping, and we are poor, so clipping is not as frequent as it should be. [more inside]
posted by yoga on Nov 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me fall asleep on my back without choking on my tongue.

I find it much easier and more comfortable to fall asleep lying on my back than on my side or stomach, but once I actually slip into unconsciousness my tongue falls into the back of my throat and suffocates me, causing me to wake up. Is there anything I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Waking up raring to go

This school year my kids both have to start school early, so we all have to be up at 6:30am. We're not morning people, and the kids especially walk out the door tired and cranky. How can we start our day feeling positive, upbeat, and energised? Tips please! I'm thinking music choices, activities, or other things you might do to start your day right. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Oct 9, 2016 - 19 answers

To sleep with wires or not.

REM sleep behavior disorder. I've discussed it with my GP, psychologist and neurologist and we're fairly convinced I have it. Thrown myself out of bed twice in the last year, giving me a lovely new scar on my neck. Too many episodes of thrashing and kicking. Many, many episodes of talking. The last objectively confirmed by family while we were recently on holiday and thus in closer sleeping arrangements. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Need help organizing my evenings

Simple activities that I can do in the 45 minutes before bed [more inside]
posted by puckish on Oct 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Waking up with a headache: why does this happen so often?

I get more than my share of headaches; I'm kind of prone to them. I get headaches maybe two or three times a week on average, and I've identified various headache triggers. And there is one clear tendency in my headaches: I'm much more likely to get them in the early morning (and wake up with them) than I am to get one at any other time of day. Why could this be? [more inside]
posted by Get-Go on Sep 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Can't Seem to Wake Up

I can't seem to get up in the morning. It's affecting my ability to get to my job. [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Sep 28, 2016 - 25 answers

Computer programmers: How do you sleep at night?

If I don't get a programming problem solved before bedtime, my brain keeps waking me up, trying to solve it. This makes me very tired. Others who have dealt with this: How do you shut your brain up for sleepy time? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Sep 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Being productive with pain and sleep issues

How have you done it? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Sep 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Sleep app with custom-by-day alarms

What sleep app (available for iPhone) allows you to set multiple alarms for specific days? E.g. Mon/Wed/Fri wake up at 8AM, Tu/Th wake up at 9AM, weekends no alarm at all. Willing to pay if I have assurance that the app actually has this dealbreaker feature.
posted by serelliya on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I stop waking up at 6AM and worrying about work?

I have an extremely stressful job, and after a year of dealing with it poorly, I've become much better at managing it in my daily life, and have learned to dial it down and relax at the end of every night, trusting the problems to be solved in the morning. The problem is, I've also developed a frustrating routine of waking up 2 hours early, every day, and lying in bed worrying. This happens even on Saturday mornings, where I went to sleep relaxed and happy and have nothing particularly stressful to do the next day. When it happens, I desperately want to go back to sleep, but my mind won't stop spinning over the same problems, over and over again. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for ending this cycle?
posted by tweebiscuit on Sep 3, 2016 - 28 answers

Make computer not go to sleep - without admin access

I am a teacher lucky enough to have several classroom computers. I am a teacher unlucky enough to not have admin access to these computers. I am a teacher whose students can't type capital letters. Help! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 2, 2016 - 18 answers

Wireless earbud / earplug hybrid - do they exist?

I like to fall asleep listening to podcasts. I also like wearing earplugs so living in a noisy city doesn't wake me in the night. Can I do both with one magical set of headphones? [more inside]
posted by Acarpous on Aug 23, 2016 - 12 answers

Dream a Little Dream of Death! Pain! Murder! Sadness! Good morning.

My dreams keep turning sour just before I wake up. Why? How to fix my brain? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Aug 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Cannot stay asleep

I'm having no trouble falling asleep. But I can't stay asleep. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Aug 15, 2016 - 22 answers

Split/biphasic sleep pattern. Help me adjust it!

This isn't the usual sleep question and I've had a hard time finding answers. Basically I will sleep for a few hours, then wake up for anywhere from 30 min to a hour. Then I go back to sleep. The problem is when this happens later in the morning, so that second "sleepy time" hits at 9 or 10 am. How can I keep that from happening? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Aug 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Ferber/nap adjustment for 1 year old

My old year old is beginning to fight her naps, and wakes up very upset. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Aug 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me figure out why, post partum, I have suddenly become an insomniac

Four weeks after giving birth I suddenly became unable to sleep and the problem persists. Heavy medication keeps it in check but makes my life dull and keeps me from enjoying my baby girl to the fullest. What could cause my insomnia? YANMD, of course. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by piranna on Aug 8, 2016 - 18 answers

I need to sleep!

I'm a very light sleeper who hates to be awakened. I have a bad cold. I feel like my partner is not respectful enough of my need to stay asleep. I need your advice. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 7, 2016 - 42 answers

Teaching my body to wake up faster (not earlier)

Usually it takes me about 30 minutes of lying awake in bed before I'm sentient enough to do basic things like walk across the room and put on my clothes. Once in a while, like today, I spring awake and in 3-5 minutes I'm ready to go, full of energy. How can I teach my body to shorten the waking up process? (The goal isn't necessarily to wake up earlier, just faster.) [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jul 27, 2016 - 26 answers

Is "How did you sleep?" like "How are you?"

I just got back from a long vacation which was mostly great. I stayed with friends in a few places and at AirBnBs or hotels in a few other places. A lot of morning conversations over coffee included some aspect of "How did you sleep?" and I'm not sure how to politely answer that question. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 16, 2016 - 38 answers

Strategies for waking up earlier

Are there any effective cognitive strategies or tricks for waking up earlier for something non-essential but beneficial (i.e. going for a run, having a longer breakfast, just having more time in the beginning of the day)? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on Jul 14, 2016 - 22 answers

Alarm recommendation requested!

I am the world's heaviest sleeper, while my housemate is the world's lightest. I need an alarm that will wake me up, but not him. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Jul 11, 2016 - 20 answers

You are so loud

My neighbors are really loud until late at night. They are loud until maybe six hours before I need to wake up. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Jul 10, 2016 - 9 answers

How to figure out this sleeping issue with partner?

I've recently begun dating someone I really like. Mostly everything is going great....until we sleep. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Jul 8, 2016 - 30 answers

How to get out of bedtime fights?

My partner (of almost a year) and I have gotten into a fight pattern that I'm trying to find a way out of. At bedtime, especially after a long tiring day, what he needs is to sleep right away, and what I need is some time together to cuddle or talk or make love just be together. When he falls asleep I have a strong emotional reaction. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Jul 8, 2016 - 27 answers

The big sleep

I've spent the last month traveling in Europe and Japan, and now am back on the East Coast. I'm not sure what timezone my body thinks it's in, so I've wrecked my sleep schedule. How do I recover from the jet lag? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jul 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Hard sleeping surfaces?

My room gets really hot at night, and my mattress doesn't help! I'd love a surface to sleep on that doesn't retain heat as much. I'm not sure what keywords to use to search for this online - everything seems to loop back to nonscientific woo, and all I want is a good sleep. What should I look for? Am I approaching this right? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 27, 2016 - 16 answers

How to fall sleep during sleep study?

I just went in for a sleep study the other night. My complaint is needing too much sleep, being sleepy during the day, and having a hard time waking up. So it's extra-ironic that I, a champion sleeper in regular noisy/bright locations, could. not. fall. asleep. during the study. Have you dealt with this? Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jun 21, 2016 - 13 answers

My focus is all crocused

I am having trouble getting work done and work, waking up, and going to bed because of distractions on my phone or on the internet. Lots of details inside, but what strategy has worked to "cut back" on distractions in your life? I know "stop doing all of these things" is the obvious answer, but how specifically would your recommend I try to stop? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Jun 16, 2016 - 20 answers

Another Baby Sleep Question.

I believe I have the worst sleeper ever. Help. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Jun 9, 2016 - 47 answers

How to deal with the knowledge that I will probably develop Parkinsons?

I was recently diagnosed with REM sleep disorder. During the appointment, my doctor informed me that 50-70% of patients with REM sleep disorder go on to develop Parkinsons. How do I deal with this information? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Jun 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Having fun, but lacking sleep (still)

I am 26. I keep waking up at 3 am. I may have to give up my hobby and start going to bed early to compensate. Please help me process this. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Jun 3, 2016 - 17 answers

After one sleep-deprived night, I'm OK the 1st day, tired the 2nd. Why?

Here's a pattern that happens to me a lot. Say I sleep 4-5 hours on Sunday night, instead of my preferred 7-8. I feel fine all day Monday, then sleep 8 hours Monday night. On Tuesday, I feel exhausted and mentally foggy. Is this pattern documented in others? Is there a physiological explanation? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jun 2, 2016 - 19 answers

How to sleep better after working out?

I've recently started running in the evening and on those nights I have been sleeping poorly. What can I do to get better quality sleep? [more inside]
posted by nolnacs on Jun 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Where can i find a flat-ish pillow?

I'm way over due for a new pillow but i can't seem to find one i like. I tend to use flat pillows as the others i've tried tend to make my head sink in or they're stuffed too much to the point it hurts my neck. If it helps i usually sleep on my side or back. Where can i find a good pillow or two?
posted by earthquakeglue on Jun 1, 2016 - 19 answers

Why do I wake up from, er, bathroom needs every morning?

Almost every morning, I wake up earlier than I want/need to because I have to empty my bowels. Why? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on May 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Repeated sleep paralysis while falling asleep?

I'm going through a really stressful period in my life and only sleeping about 5.5 hours per night. While falling asleep, with my mind going and going, I realize that I'm awake and paralyzed and it causes delayed release of adrenaline as I sort of eventually jerk awake.. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 27, 2016 - 10 answers

I need to stop sleeping on my face

Sleeping position is causing problems. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on May 22, 2016 - 13 answers

I would like to sleep well after surgery!

I'm having brain-adjacent surgery next month, and I'm trying to figure out the sleeping situation for when I return home from the hospital. My top contender at the moment is buying an adjustable base for my memory foam mattress. Also considering buying/renting a recliner or renting a hospital bed. Of course I'll discuss it with my surgeon, but I'd also like your opinions in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by ktkt on May 13, 2016 - 11 answers

How did you become a morning person?

Night person here...Hello! Wanting to hear from people who actually successfully switched from being night people to being morning people. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on May 4, 2016 - 48 answers

Need sleepable earplug suggestions.

After being awoken by my roommate and his SO last night at 2:30 AM, I'm looking for suggestions for earplugs that are comfortable to sleep in and effective at blocking out noise. Ask, what do you use to keep the sounds out at night? [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa on Apr 26, 2016 - 31 answers

I completely stop breathing while using my CPAP

I've been trying to get used to my CPAP for months but a specific -- and apparently unsolvable -- problem keeps cropping up. Please help me troubleshoot. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Apr 25, 2016 - 13 answers

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