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Help me identify this back pain

I had a baby a few months ago, and all of the sudden I can't sleep through the night without having excruciating back pain. YANMD, but I have never had serious back pain before and don't know really know where to start. New mattress? Chiropractor? Physical therapy? Stop getting older? Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Help diagnose or correct my weird sleep behavior

I frequently half-wake from dreams and start doing or saying weird things while I’m in bed. They often relate to my dreams and it's a big disruption to my wife’s sleep as well as my own. What is going on with me and how can I stop it? Plenty of details inside. [more inside]
posted by wolfnote on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Toddler, sleep, blah

I'm having trouble lately getting my two year old to sleep at night. Do we need to change the schedule? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on May 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Melatonin AND fasting for jetlag?

Melatonin supposedly works for jetlag. Fasting supposedly works for jetlag. Can I use both of these together, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Help my baby suck ... On something other than me

My 6.5 week old baby wants to suck and suck. Attempts at introducing a pacifier have been met with gags. She tries to get her fingers in there but just can't quite coordinate it. That leaves me. I'm often but not always willing to play this game, and soon have to go back to work. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on May 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Teach me how to sleep comfortably!

I slept wrong on my arm and it hurts. The problem is, I do this every night. [more inside]
posted by pdb on May 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Does fasting to hack your sleep cycle actually work?

I'm sick of going to sleep at 8am and waking up at 2pm due to a messed-up sleep cycle. I read/saw today that you can re-set your sleep cycle in just one day by fasting for 12-16 hours before the time you want to wake up. Has anyone tried this? Does it actually work? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Apr 24, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I hack my sleep schedule for 3 weeks?

I have 2.5 weeks until my university final exams. I have a lot of review to do, but at the same time, I'm also learning quite a bit of new material in my classes so I need some extra hours in my day. Since I have no other urgent commitments in the next 2 weeks (such as midterm exams), I am willing to sacrifice on sleep. Normally I have a standard schedule: asleep from ~11:30 to ~7:30. I understand there are quite a bit of polyphasic sleep schedules, but I'm only looking for something temporary and those typically take a while and have a gruelling transition period. My schedule is occupied from 7am to about 5 pm.
posted by ptsampras14 on Apr 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Sleep in Virginia Beach, play in Hartford, Conn

Florida to New England road trip, [more inside]
posted by misspat on Apr 18, 2013 - 4 answers

How to Properly Sleep Through the Night For Once

I have been waking up at the exact same time in the middle of the night for the past month or so, and it's majorly disrupting my ability to be a functional human being. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Go the f&*% to Sleep - 3 year old Edition

3 year old son (just turned 3 on March 17) is also potty training after we moved into our new house two weeks ago and he will NOT. Go. The. F&@*. To. Sleep. at night without godawful whining, crying or begging to go to the potty. [more inside]
posted by Leezie on Apr 9, 2013 - 22 answers

How can small children share a bedroom without making us crazy?

We just got a bunk bed for 2-year-old and 4-year-old brothers. Bedtime is a nightmare. Early mornings are a nightmare. Short of scrapping the bunk bed and separating them again, what can we do achieve peace? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Apr 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Unfold your hands, child, you sleep like a peasant.

I have dyshidrotic eczema on my right middle finger hich seems to be exacerbated by my habit of sleeping with my hands between my knees/lower thighs. Gloves would only add to the heat and moisture. Short of tying my hands to the bed, how can I keep myself from drifting into that position while unconscious?
posted by juniper on Apr 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Increased anxiety at night

I tend to get increased anxiety in the evening, hoping for advice or explanations for what might be causing it. [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Mar 31, 2013 - 17 answers

I need to sleep

I keep good sleep hygiene. I have herbal tea and a warm bath/shower an hour before bed. I take 50-75 mg of Benedryl (or equivalent) every night. I'm still only sleeping 3-4 hours a night. I can't take Ambien because it makes me sleepwalk. Ideas?
posted by kamikazegopher on Mar 30, 2013 - 35 answers

Heyyyyyy, baby. ZZZZZZZZ.

My husband is sleep-copping, and it's waking me up. Help us fix it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Is there a way to make my iPhone screen redder at night?

A friend introduced me to f.lux for Mac, and I'm hoping to find a way to adjust the color of my iPhone screen to be more in line with my circadian rhythms. [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Mar 17, 2013 - 1 answer

A comfy chair in a warm, dark room.

What strategies can I use to stay awake during academic seminars? I want to hear what they’re saying, and I don't want to be that lady who always shows up to take a nap. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Mar 13, 2013 - 24 answers

How can I get my aging father to stop eating like a picky child?

My dad is around 70 years old and has subsisted on a steady diet of shortbread cookies (those ones in the yellow box from the convenience store) and vanilla Ensure drinks for the past 2-3 years. How can we help him to help himself and eat real, nourishing food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me optimize my young toddler's nap schedule

My 14 month old toddler seems to have transitioned from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day. Our two-nap schedule was fine, but now with one nap our days are a mess. I need guidance on how to structure a toddler's daytime routine. I've read the sleep books but I need a fresh set of eyes on this situation. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Mar 5, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I get healthy sleep with a difficult, inconsistent work schedule?

I work 50+ hours a week in a job that I love. My schedule changes daily; some days are normal 9-6, but others are 2am to "whenever." How do I get healthy sleep while coping with this schedule? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on Mar 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Segmented sleep

How do I arrange things so that I get segmented sleep like a 15th-century sleeper? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Mar 5, 2013 - 19 answers

How much is too much sleep - for people who don't sleep much?

No work today. Last night I went to bed at 12:30. I woke up this morning (around 7) feeling fantabulous, and decided "Meh, I'm still below the 7-9 hour mark. Let's get a few more hours of beauty sleep in." I slept for two and a half extra hours, and woke up at about 9:30 feeling like donkey dung. I also had a nightmare. This has happened before (having nightmares when oversleeping). I would like to know if anyone has had any similar experiences. I would also like to ask if anyone gets below the 'average' amount of sleep and wakes up feeling great, but then goes back to sleep and wakes up feeling cruddy - even if they are not technically 'oversleeping'.
posted by Thanquol180 on Mar 3, 2013 - 22 answers


What are your best insomnia remedies? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 22, 2013 - 41 answers

Getting back to sleep

How can I get back to sleep quickly after being awoken in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Feb 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Recurring dream

I keep having the same dream over and over. Has anyone else had this? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Feb 15, 2013 - 18 answers

It's yo' cat / It's yo' problem!

CatLivingFilter: One of my roommate's two cats has become very attached to me, probably because my roommate (by his own admission) inherited the cat from an ex relationship and never really liked it that much. That's cool--I like cats, and cats like me. What I don't like is that the cat has become so attached that it will yell inconsolably outside my door, scratch at my door, and sometimes even bash into my door in despair of not being in my room. This has become a major sleep disrupting problem for me. What can I reasonably expect my roommate to do to respond to this situation? [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement on Feb 14, 2013 - 35 answers

Has anyone been prescribed Topamax purely as a sleep aid?

My pdoc prescribed me Topamax as a sleep aid. I do not have epilepsy or migraines, which Topamax is usually prescribed for. I have searched Crazymeds and a couple other drugs forums and no-one has ever mentioned it being prescribed purely as a sleep aid. Oh, and it doesn't even work. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Feb 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Sudden, odd case of insomnia--help me sleep!

My doctor's office is closed today but I am in desperate need of a good night's sleep tonight. Weird adrenal "fight or flight" response kicks in every time I'm about to hit REM. [more inside]
posted by andariel on Feb 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Help! I can't stay asleep.

Here's what a typical night looks like for me: 1. Go to bed between 10pm and midnight. Fall asleep easily. 2. 3-4 hours later, wake up for no apparent reason. Turn over and (usually) fall asleep again. 3. An hour or two later, wake up again. If lucky, fall asleep again; if unlucky, toss and turn for a while first. 4. Repeat step 3 several more times until morning. 5. Get out of bed at 9 or 10 feeling tired and unrefreshed. The awakenings happen for no discernible reason. I don't have nightmares, need to pee, etc., I just find myself awake. On an average night I wake up 4-5 times. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 3, 2013 - 32 answers

I Never Want to See A Sunrise Again

Parents of MetaFilter, I need your wisdom. My 9 1/2 month old son has always been an early riser, but for the past two months, we've been struggling with extremely early wake-ups. We're all exhausted, and I'm desperate to get back to a semi-sane schedule. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Feb 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Working myself to death.

How do I change my extremely destructive work habits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

Keeping a toddler in bed: sharing a room edition

My exactly-two-year-old (tomorrow) shares a room with his older brother. When bedtime rolls around, stories are done, and lights are out... he will not stay in bed. Looking for any ideas. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jan 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Tiredness after exercise

Every now and then, after exercising, I get overwhelmingly tired. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Jan 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Wedge pillow for a side/stomach sleeper?

After any sort of cold/respiratory illness, I descend into a month or two of sore throat, raw/drippy/sneezy nose, and asthma-type-coughing and wheezing caused by post-nasal drip. In high school, I briefly used a wedge pillow to minimize this and I'm considering getting one again, but I'm not sure if my sleeping position is compatible with a wedge pillow. Any experiences and advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Jan 16, 2013 - 11 answers

You Are Not My Walrus

But you might have some insight into my Ambien questions. Any suggestions on what antidepressants might work well for someone whose brain really likes Ambien? Do you find that certain activities/foods/supplements make Ambien work better? If you've tried both Ambien and another heavy-duty sleep aid, how do they compare? [more inside]
posted by storminator7 on Jan 15, 2013 - 9 answers

How do cats choose where to take their naps?

My cats both seem to choose different places to sleep on different days. I can't really figure out how/why the choose where they do. One day in the closet with a window, the other on the bed when the blinds are open, sometimes on the couch near the window, sometimes on the couch as far as possible from the windows, sometimes on the living room couch, sometimes on the family room couch, and then somedays in the no-window basement where it is completely dark. Do you know what affects the pattern? Except maybe light/warmth?
posted by warthurton on Jan 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Please help me stay asleep before I go insane.

I am an incredibly light and difficult sleeper, but only sometimes. Other times I sleep like a rock. This happens regardless of tiredness level. How do I keep from getting into vicious cycles where everything wakes me up? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jan 8, 2013 - 36 answers

Tips for napping?

I have trouble taking naps in the middle of the afternoon, even though I feel that they would really benefit me. Can you help me with some tips? [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Jan 4, 2013 - 13 answers

When can kids wake up by themselves?

So what do you do when your young child wakes up in the morning? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 1, 2013 - 36 answers

Can't stop lucid dreaming

Has anyone found any strategies for combating sleep state misperception/paradoxical insomnia? [more inside]
posted by mellosphere on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

I just want some sleep!

I am having serious psychological trouble adjusting to using my CPAP machine. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns and I'm resentful and miserable and shall I go on? Yes, I shall. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 29, 2012 - 32 answers

Save my marital bed from the plague of snoring?

My husband snores incredibly loudly. It makes sleeping next to him very difficult. Are there any unconventional recommendations - i.e. beyond drugstore earplugs and a white noise machine - to tolerate it? This is starting to really fray our marriage. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 22, 2012 - 60 answers

Sweet dreams

What was the best advice about sleeping routines you received when you brought your newborn home? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Dec 17, 2012 - 30 answers

At which point is your partners inability to compromise a deal-breaker? At which point is your partners inability to compromise a deal-breaker?

At which point is your partners inability to compromise a deal-breaker? A friend stays at home with a baby and also cares for a disabled child. Husband will not compromise on their sleep issues and she is going downhill mentally fast due to extreme sleep deprivation. [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Dec 7, 2012 - 48 answers

How to take the drama out of bedtime.

I've had problems sleeping ever since I was a kid which has led me, as an adult, to get really easily stressed out about things that potentially upset my sleep. How can I become more zen about sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Dec 4, 2012 - 19 answers

My sleep cycle is out of whack, can anyone help me get it back?

YANMD, but I'm always on the wrong sleep schedule. Can you help me finally get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 30, 2012 - 20 answers

No rest for the weary

You've been seriously sleep-deprived over a period of multiple days, you expect more sleep-deprivation to come, and hurray! you finally have a serendipitous few hours to get some rest. Except that now, for some reason, you can't fall asleep. What to do about it (or instead of it)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 28, 2012 - 23 answers

Help our broken dog sleep

Our dog goes through cycles of at first liking a crate and then not tolerating it at all--whining, scratching, growling, and moaning. When Sparky's unhappy, nobody sleeps. I'm out of ideas and I'm looking for new things to try. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Comfortable, cool, allergy-friendly bed setup?

Our bed has reached the end of its life. Best foam bed setup for side-sleeper comfort, cool sleeping, and allergy symptom reduction? We're considering latex. [more inside]
posted by moira on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

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