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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 - 18 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

Constant tired/exhausted feeling

Hey everyone. I don't know what's going on with me. For a while now, I've had this worn down feeling where I just want to sleep, even during the day. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Aug 6, 2014 - 28 answers

"Why do we sleep? Because we get sleepy."

I need 8 or more hours of sleep a night, and some people need 6 or less, and I'm having a hard time dealing with the fundamental unfairness of this, and the fact that it seems like they have a huge advantage in life. I need insight from other people: emotional, practical, or scientific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2014 - 41 answers

Best starter mattress?

Outfitting my new apartment and I'm in need of a queen-size mattress... price range $200-$600. I like soft beds but don't have a great back either, and generally I sleep well in hotel beds. Already have an Ikea bed and slightly flexible slatted base--can I put a memory foam mattress directly on top of this setup? Otherwise, what mattress should I acquire and where, which will arrive in under a week? Thanks in advance!
posted by serelliya on Jul 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Graduated or total extinction? Yes, another sleep training question.

We're thinking of starting some sort of sleep training for our four month old. I know, she's young, but the "magical thinking" we have in getting her to sleep (hours of nursing, rocking, squats, singing, nursing) as well as the hourly (or even half-hourly) wake ups are not good for us, and they're not good for her. She really needs to sleep, and I can tell she really wants to. The question is, how? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 20, 2014 - 27 answers

How do I keep myself from going to bed until I'm actually sleepy?

I keep putting myself to bed too early. I fall asleep easily and stay asleep for a couple hours, but I sleep very lightly and wake up for a period of time around 2-4am. What are some things I can do to stay out of bed for an extra couple hours until I'm at the can't-keep-my-eyes-open point level of sleepy? [more inside]
posted by supernaturelle on Jul 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me rejoin the land of the living.

I've been diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia - which means I sleep too much and nobody can figure out why. With the diagnosis, I was essentially told that there's nothing the medical establishment can do for me beyond prescribing modafinil [Provigil]. Provigil only works a little for me, and is extremely expensive. I am currently disabled by my oversleeping (11-16 hours a day) and my inability to wake up before noon, and it's sort of ruining my life. I feel really let down by my doctors and hopeless about the future. Is there anything else I can do to manage this condition and/or my life with it? Way too much more inside. [more inside]
posted by po on Jul 17, 2014 - 38 answers

Why do I feel feverish after sleepless night?

Whenever I haven't slept very well (i.e. very much), I spend the next day feeling somewhat feverish. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jul 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Toddler post-nap storminess

I know that asking "Why is my toddler doing X?" is like shouting into the void, but perhaps you have some insight into why my toddler is suddenly having a hard time with waking up from a nap... [more inside]
posted by judith on Jul 7, 2014 - 22 answers

Weight differential making mattress uncomfortable - any solutions?

I am struggling with back aches when I'm trying to sleep. I think it has something to do with my sleeping partner weighing about 60lbs more than me. What are the possible solutions - both short term (mattress toppers, etc.) and long term (new mattress)? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Jul 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Please help me sleep again!

I aggravated a lower back injury on June 3rd. This injury caused pretty bad nerve pain down my right leg that totally disrupted my sleep. Even though I am feeling much better now physically, my normal sleep has not returned. Note: I have read a bunch of AskMes about insomnia but I thought I would get some fresh responses here. [more inside]
posted by Seymour Zamboni on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Struggling with my sleep patterns and eating.

I need help with overcoming my stress in order to start eating and sleeping heathily. What are your hints and tips to get my life back on track? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

How to get up when you wake up

My mother is trying a number of tactics to help with debilitating chronic migraines (occurring multiple times weekly). She's been told that getting out of bed immediately on waking has reduced the occurrence of migraines in some other sufferers. This is proving a difficult thing to implement. Hive, how would you motivate yourself to get out of your cosy cosy bed? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Jun 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Sleep Suddenly Sucks

I used to be good at sleep. Now I suddenly suck at it. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Jun 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Mind Games!!!!! To help me fall asleep.... Tell me yours

For years, when I couldn't sleep for whatever reason, I was able to mindlessly play this game where I would picture my dream flat (which was an actual place I had spent time) and arrange the furniture in it how I would do it if it was mine. Now it doesn't work. What are your mental mindless games you use to drift off to sleep, or relax? [more inside]
posted by misspony on Jun 24, 2014 - 68 answers

PILLOWS

I am in search of the best pillows ever for sleeping. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jun 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Please, please, please, please, please sleep.

Our 6 month old has never slept well. The sleep deprivation is destroying me. Is there anything we haven't thought of? Anything else we can try? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jun 9, 2014 - 83 answers

Everything that kills me makes me feel like poop

Over the past 6-8 months, I've fallen into a lot of bad habits that affect how I feel in my body. I want to improve, but there is so much that needs improving that I'm not sure where or how to start, and I don't have a lot of motivation. How do I begin to turn things around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Guest room in the basement: yea or nay?

We're buying a house (hooray, and thanks for the previous helpful advice, AskMe!). It has a basement with no egress windows or doors. Our parents visit frequently. I'd like to get a sleeper sofa for the upstairs den to put them on when they come; both sets of grandparents and my husband would like to put a guest bed in the basement. [more inside]
posted by gerstle on May 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Why do I growl, moan and bite things in my sleep?

Over the past six months, I've noticed that I've engaged in a number of increasingly bizarre behaviors while sleeping. I know that I'm doing these things because I usually wake up in the middle of whatever I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Avenger on May 17, 2014 - 9 answers

You are getting very sleepy

I used to get more energy from working out, but now I have to go home and sleep all day after I go to the gym. Why is this happening to me?! [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on May 14, 2014 - 15 answers

cooling a memory foam mattress topper

Has anyone had any success with finding the right barrier layer to stop a memory foam mattress topper trapping too much heat? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on May 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Does it matter which 7 hours I sleep?

I've noticed that when I sleep from, say, 11-6 as opposed to 12-7, I feel very different upon waking up. Even just shifting everything one hour late, when I get up at 7 my mornings are pleasant and alert. If I wake up at 6, even if I had gone to bed and fell asleep at 11, I had to take a nap somewhere in there. Are there studies that shows which hours you sleep actually matter? Or are all of this in my head?
posted by redwaterman on May 6, 2014 - 7 answers

When should I sleep?

And how does a terrible, light sleeper maximize rest? [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Co-sleepers - worth the money?

Considering getting a bedside co-sleeper for my baby. Parents who've used these, were they worth the money in your experience? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Apr 25, 2014 - 26 answers

How can I get my newborn to sleep in the bassinet, rather than my arms?

So, yes, I love it when my adorable newborn falls asleep on my chest. But how can I get her to transition to the bassinet so I can get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Does lying in bed feel like this for everyone else?

This is possibly the dumbest/strangest question I've ever asked, but it's one of those "is it like this for everyone, or is this actually unusual?" things. Everyone has trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I know. But I experience what I can only call a drug-like chemical high while I'm lying there. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 7, 2014 - 31 answers

Appease the hunger monster

It's 5am, and I'm up because I'm hungry. [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Apr 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Fitbit snowflake: which one will work for me?

It's that time of year again when the REI dividend is in the air, and I am thinking about a Fitbit (though if a Jawbone is really what I want, persuade me). Criteria that are making this difficult inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Mar 29, 2014 - 13 answers

If baby leaves the train station headed west at 65 mph...

Calling all parents of metafilter! You once had a baby who didn't sleep well. Let's say this baby was six months old. We will call this point A. Now you have an older toddler or a child who sleeps through the night in her own bed. Let's call this point B. How did you get from point A to point B? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Mar 24, 2014 - 35 answers

Help a special snowflake sleep

I can't fall asleep comfortably unless my head is elevated above my pillow. Is there a pillow that will solve this, or another standard solution? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Mar 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Side Sleepers of MeFi: Where do you put your hands while asleep?

I've been a lifelong sidesleeper. My preferred hand position is with my hands curled up under my chin. For a while now, I'm being woken up by the pins and needles sensation in my hand (the shoulder side down hand) as it's asleep. I'm trying to figure out where else to put my hands while I sleep. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Mar 18, 2014 - 41 answers

I want to maximize sleep and minimize wasted time in the morning.

Due to some changes in my life, I need to start getting up earlier in the morning. Problem is, I am a lazybones and I LOVE to sleep. In fact, I normally WAKE UP and start the day at 8 AM, and soon I will need to report to work at that time. I need to go to work looking very polished and feeling great. This means I need to start showering in the morning and eating breakfast before I go into work. This is going to mean a change in the way I deal with mornings. Please help me make this change as painless as possible. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Mar 14, 2014 - 55 answers

zzzz !!!!!!!

Why do I wake up after a few hours if I go to bed early specifically because I am super tired (not because I have to get up early for a flight or something), rather than just sleeping my normal length time? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

How to Acclimate a Cat to Bedtime Rituals

A kitty has joined my home as of 48 hours ago (photos eventually, pretty sure a coworker is on here and I need to preserve anonymity right now). She's 7 months old ish and now that she's made a fantastic turnaround from being huddled in a corner to triumphant queen of my entire apartment, I need to start getting her acclimated with some things so we set some behavior boundaries right away. Help! [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 12, 2014 - 22 answers

WHY are you still awake? Sleep regression? Sneaking lattes?

*Baby filter* Our 11ish month old has had two super weird bedtimes ("happy happy party time! Hey, did you know I can make farting noises with my mouth? woohoo!") this week and I'm trying to figure out what might be going on, and more importantly what our options are for dealing with it. All the gory details inside. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Feb 21, 2014 - 20 answers

What should my newborn baby sleep in?

Complication: moving transatlantically soon. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Feb 5, 2014 - 41 answers

But I used to sleep like a baby

I'm a relatively experienced air traveler and usually have no trouble napping on flights. But recently on the return leg of two trips I've experienced a dizzying, discombobulating roar in my ears when I drift from closed eyes to semi-sleep. The first time I just curled up and persevered, but my sleep quality was very poor and, more importantly, the experience left me dizzy for days afterwards. So the second time I forced myself to stay awake, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced the same feeling. If so, what have you done to combat/prevent it?
posted by serelliya on Feb 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How to stay calm at 4 a.m.

There's a lot of advice out there on how to achieve calm when you are awake and focusing. By day I apply this and have become decent at getting a grip and putting things in perspective once I'm awake and out of bed. But what about the hours when you are half-awake in bed and your guard is down? By 8 a.m. I feel like I have been in an all-night punching match with worries that have run loose while the watchmen are passed out. What do you do to avoid sleep-time anxiety? Is the answer just to be even calmer before you go to sleep? Or can you recommend some other middle-of-the-night strategy?
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 39 answers

Can I wash an Army Modular Sleep System in my top-load washer?

I just got a set of surplus unused Army sleeping bags (called the Modular Sleep System) and want to wash them. The tags say to use a commercial, front-load washer; can I use my modern, top-load washer that does not have an agitator? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you suggest dull and informative podcasts to help me fall asleep?

Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep because I can't stop worrying over issues of the day. I've found that listening to a slightly boring podcast really helps in those situations. So far, I've been listening to history podcasts but I think the technique would work with other subject areas and I'd like to find more such podcasts. I'm looking for intelligent and serious podcasts (little to no humorous banter) on important and/or academic topics. Ideally, the presenters would have monotonous voices and would spend a bit too much time on the dull minutiae, but the subject matter would be sufficiently interesting to help me stop thinking about other issues. I don't want to hear a group of friends or colleagues bantering. I don't want to hear comics interviewing each other. Pseudo-science or woo won't help because I may respond emotionally.
posted by Area Man on Jan 16, 2014 - 41 answers

No! Sleep! Till bedtime!

Babysleepfilter: how can I get my son to take longer naps? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jan 16, 2014 - 14 answers

No, I can't go out tonight. Or ever again.

I want to finally start getting enough sleep, but I just can't see how I can do that without completely ruining my social life. How do young single people have friends when they sleep enough? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 15, 2014 - 49 answers

This can't continue

You aren't my doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, but maybe you have something to share that will help me get onto a path toward curing a relentless, life-altering ( in the worst possible way( issue with sleep. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 11, 2014 - 53 answers

How do I stop my mind from ruminating in the middle of the night?

I keep waking up in the middle of night, thinking about things I have no control over. One area I gravitate to more than most is decisions my parents in their lifetimes that have been harmful to me. Sometimes I think about work related issues. How can I resolve this? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jan 10, 2014 - 16 answers

It's like sleep apnea, but through my nose. What's going on?

It's like sleep apnea, but through my nose. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jan 3, 2014 - 14 answers

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