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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 - 46 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 - 12 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

Dentist in DC for a custom night guard

My DC dentist has informed me that, one of these days, my nighttime gnashing will rid my mouth of any hint of tooth. They suggested that I get a night guard. Where in the area should I get a custom one for less than the $700 they quoted me? [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh on Apr 25, 2016 - 12 answers

YANMD: Always foggy, but my mornings rival London

I wake up every single morning feeling like absolute garbage, mentally. I have considerable brain fog, struggle to move, and everything I do feels like a Sisyphean quest. When I take an almost-exactly 2 hour nap, almost exactly 2-3 hours after waking, I don't exactly feel normal, but things definitely feel lighter. I feel more rested, anyway. What could this be, and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Apr 25, 2016 - 21 answers

Bedtime Rituals

I've been having some sleep problems and recently saw a specialist. Among other things, he recommended creating a nightly bedtime ritual that takes about 30 minutes or so and helps me wind down. I would be appreciative if you would share your own most calming routines, best practices, good suggestions for getting into the right mental space for sleep? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 25, 2016 - 37 answers

Where can I find BBC Shipping Forecast compilations?

Does anyone publicly maintain an archive with edited, perhaps back-to-back versions of *just* the broadcasters reading the forecast? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Apr 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Sleep: Experience with CBT-I for insomnia?

I’m looking to see if anybody has had success with CBT for insomnia, particularly one of those online programs that I can do from home. Particularly if it allows me to slowly taper off of my sleeping medication while doing the program. [more inside]
posted by Valancy Rachel on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Sleep Positions

Are sleep positions entirely personal, or are there positions which have been shown to be effective? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Apr 6, 2016 - 22 answers

Person in fragile health needs recommendations!

Asking for a friend: What are some gentle activities and general advice for a substantially overweight fortyish man in weak health who needs to turn things around? He has not received good support from doctors and his job does not permit him to take time off during clinic hours in any case. See inside! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Can this (new! expensive!) marital bed be saved?

I am the sleeping equivalent of the princess and the pea. My partner is a restless sleeper. For years, we've solved this problem by pushing two ikea twin beds together. As a gift to ourselves, we just bought a beautiful bed. Popped our two mattresses in....and discovered that the motion transfer problems have returned. Much sadness and gnashing of teeth has ensued. Please help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeszac on Apr 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me get more sleep

I've had insomnia for years. Decades. I've talked to doctors, tried prescription meds, tried over the counter meds, changed my diet, changed my exercise, worked on sleep hygiene, and had a sleep study. I still need more sleep. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 19, 2016 - 34 answers

Mattress me, MeFi.

It's been over a decade since I bought a mattress. I'm in the market now. Apparently, memory foam is a thing now? Where do I even begin this process and does anybody have personal recommendations? Preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Mar 14, 2016 - 27 answers

Help me give my wife a break.

I'm off to a stag do the weekend after next thus leaving my wife all alone with our small child. I'd like to arrange a relaxing weekend off for her this weekend (in advance of me going away). Some sort of hotel for the night, maybe a massage or something. The problem I'm finding is that all the spa break things in London require booking for 2 people. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Mar 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Sorry, IKEA, it's not you, it's me.. at least where bedding is concerned

We have a glorious bed and mattress. We have a fantastic duvet cover and sheets. We do NOT have a fabulous duvet insert comforter or pillows -- they're currently IKEA ones that are just not doing it for us anymore. What on earth do we replace them with? MeFi, HELP US SLEEP BETTER! I need recommendations for down-alternative pillows and a duvet-insert for a king-sized bed. [more inside]
posted by erst on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

There is a medical name for this thing. What is it?

At some point in the past 4-6 months I have read a reference to a sleep-related phenomenon that I experience and is apparently super-common based on all my failed googling, but because it is so common I can't find the place where I read the name of the medical term. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Feb 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Snoring management.

How do you manage snoring with cohabitation in a small space? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 10, 2016 - 26 answers

Dogs that go Yap in the night

Our 7 year old dachshund-beagle mix has decided that her nightly crate sleep should be interrupted by a half-hour of whining and complaining and scratching to get out of her crate. Last night this occurred at midnight, then again at 4:30 AM. This has been a nightly thing for the past two weeks or so. [more inside]
posted by cameradv on Jan 29, 2016 - 21 answers

"Is anything bad or untoward going to happen?"

I talk in my sleep and the content of the sleep talking (as reported by my partner) is usually anxiety-related. Is being anxious while you're asleep a thing? Is it likely to be impeding the quality of my sleep? Can I do anything to address it? [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jan 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Anxiety at night

My mother (in her 50s) grew up in an unsafe neighborhood, and experienced a traumatic burglary and some attempted break-ins during the night as a child. She's had trouble sleeping since then, and I think it's affecting her health. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Jan 27, 2016 - 8 answers

How to fix or tolerate an uncomfortable mattress for two weeks?

I'm looking after a parent's dog, house, and home business for a little over two weeks. The bed I'm sleeping in is super squishy. I think the mattress is memory foam. It doesn't matter if I lie on my stomach, back, or side - my hips sink into the mattress and then my legs and feet go numb. Eventually my arms go numb as well. Is there a sleeping position I could try that might alleviate the circulation problems? [more inside]
posted by Stonkle on Jan 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Is Trazodone safe to use a single time?

I am being offered a single dose of this drug by a nurse friend, because of an upcoming very sleepless night. I wiki'd the drug and am rethinking it - am I going be wandering the halls of the hospital and not remember it next morning, am I going to die, have nightmares, have an erection lasting more than 4 hours? What can I expect (a really good night's sleep?), and do you think I should do it?
posted by jbickers on Jan 24, 2016 - 39 answers

Am I hallucinating? Spiders when I wake up in the middle of the night.

A couple weeks ago, I had to spend the night in a hotel (long story) downtown in my large city. The hotel was a big chain, generally quite clean, located only about a 5 minute walk from my apartment. I woke up suddenly, in the middle of the night, around 3 AM, and saw a the shadow of a huge spider on the window. [more inside]
posted by Squalor Victoria on Jan 17, 2016 - 35 answers

Avoiding screens at night

I had a few days where I didn't look at my screens (laptop, smartphone) several hours before bed, and wow-- it made a huge difference in my quality of sleep. I rely on a computer for much of my work, and my smartphone for much of my mindless time-wasting in the evenings. What are some things I can to do change this habit? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jan 16, 2016 - 15 answers

I can't Sleep!

I'm a 34 year old woman, physically fit and active and I cannot sleep through the night.... ever. Help. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jan 12, 2016 - 42 answers

Help me plan my sleep itinerary?

I am on a 10am-4pm sleep schedule. Have to get to ~1 am to 9 am. 2 am to 10 am would also be great. I would like to do this over the weekend. How should I plan my wake/sleep times over the next 3-4 days? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 10, 2016 - 18 answers

Adjusting from 9-to-5 to ?-to-??

I recently left my 9-to-5 job and have a lot of guilt about setting my own schedule! Help? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jan 4, 2016 - 11 answers

What to expect re: sleep medicine?

How can I best prepare for my appointment with a sleep specialist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Not my bed filter: memory foam/smaller mattress survival tips?

For the next week, my partner and I will have to sleep on queen/full sized memory foam mattresses. Both are (as far as I can tell) reasonably high quality products, but A) I'm a stomach sleeper who hates memory foam, and B) partner is a flailer who moves around a lot. We normally sleep on a latex foam king. I'd like to be decently rested so I'm not a grumpy holiday houseguest. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Dec 22, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me stay asleep!

Over the last few years, I've begun experiencing sleep disturbances that are pretty unpleasant. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2015 - 25 answers

Bed time tackled, seeking advice for napping 4 month old

I had such great responses and help from my previous question regarding night sleeping problems, ferber method and moving our 4 month old into her own room. Turns out all the Metas were right and I was creating a monster in my head! She cried for 6 minutes and since then doesn't cry when we put her to sleep awake in her crib and sleeps a good 12 hours with one feed! NOW, napping is a HUGE issue. [more inside]
posted by MamaBee223 on Dec 16, 2015 - 6 answers

i just want to sleep, cat

I adopted my adorable and otherwise perfect adult cat about 6 months ago. She is a very vocal cat, and likes to meow about all kinds of stuff, which is generally pretty cute. However, she will not stop meowing at exactly 4:30 a.m. [more inside]
posted by a hat out of hell on Dec 14, 2015 - 26 answers

How can I stop kicking my wife in my sleep?

I twitch or kick in my sleep, which wakes my wife. I continue snoozing peacefully; she can't get back to sleep. How can we improve things? [more inside]
posted by lukez on Dec 10, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I do a daily routine?

I have a fair amount of trouble getting work done (at work and at home), especially consistently. I think having a routine would help, but I’m not sure how to create, get into, and stay in a routine. I’ve never managed to do that for more than a week before, even for very small routines. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Un-ZZZZZ Me

You-Are-Not-My-Sleep-Medicine-Specialist-filter: how can I best control my snoring, both in the short- and long-term? What was previously a "cute" little rasp has evolved into a cacophony that necessitates separate bedrooms, and we are desperate. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 2, 2015 - 18 answers

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 - 12 answers

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