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Help for going strong through 24h-48h paramedic shifts

Hello MeFi! I am doing a 5-month internship at my local rescue center and I will have twelve 24h shifts every month. I'm located in a dense district with the highest number of operations in my city. On average, I will have around 15 interventions scattered in a day. It means that I'll have small chunks of sleep on my shifts, it is especially painful when they are 48h shifts. [more inside]
posted by lite on Nov 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I buy a CPAP machine?

CPAP machine (or rather, an APAP) has been helping me feel better, I think, but I was never actually diagnosed with sleep apnea and the sleep study results didn't show any apneas. The CPAP trial has ended, and I need some help deciding if I should buy the machine. Many details after the jump! [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Nov 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Melatonin - should I?

Melatonin is prescription only in the UK, but having heard many USians talk about how it helps with sleep, I:m tempted to pick some up when I visit the US. However, is it generally OK to take if you are taking drugs for a mood disorder? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 7, 2015 - 17 answers

Another baby sleep question

I have a three-month-old (almost four months) whose sleep, or lack thereof, is baffling and exhausting me. Please help. [more inside]
posted by forza on Nov 5, 2015 - 36 answers

If dreamcatchers were real, my dreamcatcher would be hazardous waste

Every morning, I have bad dreams, which means I wake up stressed, sweaty, gasping, full of adrenaline before I've even gotten out of bed. How do I change this? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 22, 2015 - 21 answers

How to fall (and stay) asleep

My stompy neighbors remain stompy, but I still have to go to work like a person. How can I become a heavy sleeper? What can I do that I haven't already tried? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Oct 19, 2015 - 29 answers

How to become a better napper

I need to be able to take naps. I suck at taking naps. Are there any real, practical ways to get better at napping? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Prescription Sleep Medication

I'm a lifelong insomniac. After years of fighting it with "sleep hygiene" and melatonin and all sorts of other supposed remedies that never worked, I finally went to the doctor and got a Trazodone prescription. I took it every night with excellent, side effect-free results for about six years. I recently had to stop the Trazodone, however, because it interferes with another much more important medication that I absolutely must take every day. My sleep is, predictably, terrible again. It's been two months and I know I have to ask my doctor for something else. [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Preschooler hates bedtime

My 3-year-old has recently raised the bedtime stakes to intolerable, and I'm looking for ideas on how to address it. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Oct 10, 2015 - 30 answers

My 3.5 yr old is not interested in sleep

A few weeks ago my son who was previously an excellent napper and sleeper decided he is no longer interested in napping or sleeping at night. [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Stay the F#@%! asleep!

My 3 year old child refuses to STAY asleep. HELP!! [more inside]
posted by ramix on Oct 5, 2015 - 42 answers

Please help me sleep train my toddler

Experienced parents of Mefi! I know there are so many of you! So, I've posted this question on a forum specific to sleep challenges but received no feedback so turning to the green. My 14 month old has refused for the past two months to sleep in her crib...it started around the time that she started pulling up an walking... She is now walking steadily so this milestone has been reached. Please help us transition her back to the crib soon because baby #2 will arrive in a few months and I'm getting too big for us all to be in our bed. [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Oct 5, 2015 - 14 answers

What is the best sofa bed out there?

We're looking at buying a sofa bed for a finished basement part of our home. We'd like something that is functional as a sofa, but it's much more important that it be a relatively good and comfortable bed. This will be for occasional visiting guests, so it's not critical that it's super-durable, but the more durable the better. We're willing to spend some money on this but, of course, cheaper is better. What kind of beds should we be looking at? Any specific recommendations? Wildcard recommendations (Murphy bed?!) also welcome. [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Oct 4, 2015 - 24 answers

Go The Fuck To Sleep: I'm My Own Worse Enemy Edition

I cannot get to sleep with any consistency. I have horrible sleep hygiene and I fail to sleep at reasonable times frequently. It's a life long issue, but as I get older, the lack of sleep is becoming more harmful. The problem is, I struggle to just stop and go to bed. There is always just one more thing I have to read or do. I can't seem to take control of this. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 30, 2015 - 21 answers

We're running out of dreams! More bedtime guided meditations for kids?

My five-year-old has gotten hooked on guided meditations like this at bedtime. Can you recommend any great sources for more meditations like this? [more inside]
posted by cogitron on Sep 28, 2015 - 3 answers

A good executive nap mat?

Google "nap mat" and you get a zillion results, all meant for small humans. Surprisingly, "executive nap mat" (as a phrase) yields zero. There's a niche there that will make someone a lot of money one day, but in the meantime: suggestions for a mat that I can put on the office floor to catch 40 winks? [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Sep 28, 2015 - 24 answers

Having fun, but lacking sleep. What can I do to fix this?

Certain things are leaving me WIRED at night, and I’m having trouble sleeping because of them. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Sep 24, 2015 - 15 answers

Why can't I sleep and what can I do to sleep?

Starting when I was a teenager I have had trouble sleeping, but this has only become worse as I have become an adult. Now, without the use of medication and even with them, I feel chronically fatigued. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Are there any foods I might be lacking that could help with my sleep?

I am in my mid twenties, eat pretty healthily and exercise regularly, but I wonder if there's any food(s) that I don't include in my diet that could help with my sleep. (There's a bit to write on my diet, so I have written that on the extended page.) [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 22, 2015 - 16 answers

ADHD'ers! Help me get a full night's sleep!

It's a common problem, right? What works to help ADHD'ers get to sleep? It seems like the normal things you see via studies aren't effective for me. [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Sep 22, 2015 - 18 answers

"this is why i'll never be an adult"

I have a problem with going to bed early/on time, because late night is my me-time. I have no other time during the day that I can devote entirely to myself the way I can late at night. But I am regularly going to bed too late and it's lessening the amount I can get out of the next day. Please help me balance these conflicting priorities. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Sep 22, 2015 - 27 answers

Nuzzle-proof sleeping mask. Difficulty level: tiny head.

I'm pretty light sensitive, so I often sleep with an eye mask if I want to be able to sleep in at all. Unfortunately, I also tend to burrow into my pillow or worm along the bed in my sleep, and my eye mask inevitably falls off in the night, removing the entire purpose of wearing one. Does an eye mask exist that will stick to my eyes even if I roll around in my sleep? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Sep 20, 2015 - 13 answers

How to relax/meditate without falling asleep?

I've been told I need to take regular rest breaks during the day, and do relaxation/meditation exercises in them, but not sleep. The problem is that any of these sort of exercises seem to send me to sleep. Does anyone have any ideas how I can stop this happening, so I can relax but still stay awake? [more inside]
posted by robintw on Sep 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Sleep scheduling hacks

I need to go to bed and get up (much) earlier, and be moderately functional in between, asap. What are your tips? (Difficulty level: chronic night owl) [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Sep 15, 2015 - 24 answers

Weekend lethargy, grogginess, oversleeping, delayed onset motivation

I used to wake early or at a reasonable hour on Saturday and Sunday, fill my day enjoying all the things I love to do, and feel happy. Now I spend both days struggling to get up before 11am, and I put off doing anything (save, you know, languishing on the couch) until almost 5 or 6 pm, if at all. I don't enjoy living this way, feel unhappy, and would like to make whatever changes are necessary to get me back to a happy weekend state of mind. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Warm-toned LED lights won't interfere with sleep/circadian rhythm?

Does anyone know about whether a warm-toned LED light acts like a regular incandescent light in terms of effects on melatonin/sleep cycle? Thank you ! [more inside]
posted by Perifferol on Sep 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Sleep Tracker and brain waves - what to measure, and how?

Let's say there are three options for sleep tracking. The first is an expensive sleep study in a lab. Won't sleep anyway, in an unfamiliar bed, electrodes hooked up everywhere. The second is a "home version" of same, where the lab sends you home with a device and electrodes (also expensive). The third is some kind of smartphone-based sleep tracker. What I need to know - when measuring phases of sleep (and what the best time is to wake up, within a "window"), what is the minimum I need? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Toddler Killing Me With Sleep Deprivation

I have been doing the mom thing for over 5 years now with two kids and I am honestly at a point I'd never thought I'd be in: out of ideas and at my wit's end since 2.8 yo is apparently on a sleep strike. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Aug 12, 2015 - 28 answers

Minimizing rebound insomnia, after only one night of medication

I've been prescribed Trazodone for occasional help with my circadian rhythms. It works! Except the night after I take it, my sleep problems become worse. This is frustrating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Can my mattress be bad for me? Help me separate reality from woo.

We've been waking up headachy and cranky in a room that always acquires a "stuffy" smell overnight (which in retrospect smells a lot like said mattress). We chalked it up to bad air circulation until we opened up the mattress, which to our untrained eyes looked awful. But we're not chemists, and on this question the internet is rife with woo. Can the mattress really be causing our sleep issues? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 28, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I sleep through the night?

I've always had off and on issues with sleeping straight through the night, but the last few months I've fallen into a consistent pattern: go to sleep between 10-11pm, wake up completely awake around 3am then struggle for the next ~1 hour to fall back asleep. Every. Single. Night. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jul 25, 2015 - 29 answers

Leaving the phone downstairs

GadgetFilter: I no longer wish to use my phone as my alarm clock or music controller at night. I would like a wifi radio that will play Pandora & Spotify, has a sleep timer, and an alarm function - and that's it. My phone will remain downstairs. I want to be able to control the sleep timer and music from this device not my phone or ipod or anything else. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

circadian rythms and sleep timing

Is it possible that shifting when I sleep very slightly (say 11-7 instead of 10-6) can make a difference in how well rested I feel? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jul 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Effexor and sleepiness

Will Effexor XR continue to make me this tired? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jul 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Where to stay near Minneapolis airport (MSP) before very-early flight?

Next Thursday I have a 515a flight (on American née US Air, so Terminal 1 is my point of departure) out of MSP. Assuming I'll go through security at around 400-415, it seems silly to stay at a hotel the night before. The airport is open 24 hours. What I'm curious about is if I can I go through security around midnight and try to catch a few ZZZs in the terminal? If not, can I sleep safely outside of security, or will local law enforcement tell me to move along? [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm a nightowl, seriously. How do I make this work.

I have real problems functioning during the day - during daylight hours I am depressed, I am foggy, I am tired, I seriously have issues 'getting through the day'. Come night time I am fine - happier, functioning, a better more productive person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Optimize the place we spend 1/3 of our lives

Ready to spend some money to optimize the habitat where we spend 1/3 of our lives - our bed. I know there have been lots of questions about bedding lately... snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Jun 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you help me shift my sleep schedule by about an hour?

I know what I need to do, but I can't seem to do it. Any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Jun 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Visceral fat and eating before bed

Does eating a late night meal immediately before bed affect how your body utilizes visceral fat during sleep? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Jun 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Need bedtime advice for a baby, a toddler, and a small apartment

Help us get a young toddler and a baby to sleep at roughly the same time in the same room. Is it possible? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Can I hack my Apple Watch into tracking sleep?

I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jun 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Could a wrist brace be keeping me up all night?

Could wearing a snug wrist brace cause my body temperature to lower and keep me up all night? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Jun 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Don't think about a pink elephant!

How do I stop thinking about my legs?I'm late pregnant and a lot of my previous sleep restlessness (which I asked about here) has resolved... But each night, once I THINK about my legs, I can't stop thinking about them and afraid of feeling twitchy and eventually even if they felt fine before, they end up driving me mad. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Jun 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommendations for a soft, flat-ish pillow?

I need to replace my old pillow, but I'm having trouble finding one that I like. How hard could it be to find a nice, reasonably-sized pillow? Apparently really hard. Everything I find in the store is huge and overstuffed, which makes me feel like I'm sleeping with my head tilted all night and make my neck hurt. I've tried memory foam and I'm on the fence since I am used to a softer pillow. I'm going to keep using the memory foam for now, but in the meantime, give me your soft, flat pillow recommendations! I tend to sleep on my side and back, for more context.
posted by lockstitch on Jun 1, 2015 - 24 answers

SF Bay Area MD who will take a probable sleep disorder seriously?

I am looking for a SF Bay Area MD who will not wave away a probable sleep disorder as depression. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on May 25, 2015 - 33 answers

Daily "Mental Alertness" Quiz?

Is there a short quiz or activity whose results I can plot over time to gauge how "alert" I am? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on May 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Tonight on Frontline: A Bedtime Story Just For You

Putting on Frontline and listening to Will Lyman narrate is my favorite way to fall asleep. But, seeing as how the show is not intended to lull me to sleep, there are sometimes parts where Will Lyman has to stop speaking and noises or a non-mellifluous person cut in. Clearly I need something more suitable. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on May 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me return to the marital bed

Lately, I have been having trouble sharing the bed with my husband. I want to be able to return there... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 12, 2015 - 15 answers

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