Winter brings sleeping woes... I am typically very cold natured, except in the middle of the night. I am FREEZING when I go to bed, necessitating long-sleeved/long-pants PJs and a down comforter to get warm enough to sleep - but then I wake up drenched in sweat and radiating heat. Why do I seemingly only produce body heat in the middle of the night, and how can I fall asleep comfortably but also stay comfortable in the middle of the night? [more inside]
A friend and I are thinking of doing a portion of the Appalachian trail, from the northwest corner of NJ down to Harper's Ferry. [more inside]
We recently arrived back in Australia from the UK. We are seasoned travellers (even the toddler in question, aged 21 months) but this round of jet-lag is kicking him (and us) in the ass. I'd love to hear from people who have dealt with this precise situation, because we're not sure what we should be doing. Specific details inside. [more inside]
I need a recommendation for a leg pillow. [more inside]
What tricks or tips do you have to make yourself go to bed? Even when I'm tired, I balance sleeping (man, sleeping is boring!) with doing something, whether it's Internetting, tidying the house, reading, etc. [I'm not a great sleeper, I probably get uninterrupted sleep once a week, which has been the case my entire life]
We're tired of sleeping on a twin sized futon mattress. Literally. Help us find a solution. Difficulty: Spiral stairs! [more inside]
My back is arching while sleeping (well, arching all the time actually). I'm currently doing what I can stretch-wise to try and help the problem, but I often wake up in pain. The arch makes me sore - my lower back never touches the bed. I've been told pillows for my knees/lower back would help. What knee/lower back pillows have you tried that helped relieve the pressure on your lower back? I'll probably be purchasing from Amazon.
At some point during the night I go from sleeping comfortably to being curled up in a tight little ball, resulting in pain and intense achy stiffness in the morning. If I have an obligation I just deal with it and get up. But on my days off I stay in bed, laying flat on my back, sleeping in 20-minute increments for another two hours or so, and by then the pain is gone and I finally feel rested. While that's nice, it doesn't help me on work days, and it means I don't wake up until about 10am on my days off, so I lose a big chunk of my morning. [more inside]
We have a very new baby (as of two weeks ago) as an inveterate optimiser (read, lazy person) I am looking for all the little tips and tricks you have picked up for managing tiny babies. [more inside]
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]
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]
Is there any realistic way to train your body to need less sleep? Or any tricks to have better energy levels and brain activity if I just provide my body with less sleep? [more inside]
I like to listen to music while I fall asleep, and I'm in need of some new material. I don't care if there are lyrics or not, but preferably nothing prone to making one rather emotional. I'd rather avoid New Age (no Enya, please!) and "space music." Here are some things I often sleep to: -Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" (this is my go-to) -Olafur Arnalds -Pop by Gas -Nepenthe by Julianna Barwick Sometimes I'll try Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, or Global Communication, but those can be a bit distracting. When I'm really, really tired and need coddling, I listen to Hafdis Huld singing Icelandic lullabies. Any suggestions?
My four month old cries when we are putting her to sleep, she doesn't like going to sleep. How do we get to her to go down to sleep quietly (we're not ready for cry it out)? [more inside]
My husband and I both started having back pain in the last year. My problem is pretty clearly related to soft, cushy beds like fancy hotel beds with gigantic pillowtops. I sleep best with no pain on cool, firm mattresses. Is a Tempur-pedic Contour Select (their extra firm mattress) something I should even consider? [more inside]
I work full time, 8-5, and I also go to school online, which means I start my academic work every day when I get off work. Thus, I need to take my prescribed ADD meds much later than what I would consider ideal. Of course, this makes it tougher to fall asleep. Help me! [more inside]
My 9-month-old, always a good sleeper, has been waking up in the morning earlier and earlier for the past two months. He now consistently wakes up between 5 and 5:30am, and sometimes before. This is hard on his poor parents. Ideas? [more inside]
I usually sleep OK. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep (mind racing, problems at work, etc, etc) but once I'm out, I'm out. I'll wake up once a night maybe to take a leak, but other than that, I'm good. Now, not so much. [more inside]
I slept wrong on my arm and it hurts. The problem is, I do this every night. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Help my boyfriend and I sleep (in the same bed) together! [more inside]
Buckwheat, down, millet, feather, foam? Which pillows have you tried and what did you think of them? How can I make an informed decision about pillows without wasting time and money? [more inside]
Android Appfilter: I have been reading about humanity's sleep schedule (polyphasic sleep) before industrialization and the eight hour day. I would like to know if there is an app or something else to help me regulate my waking/sleeping to that schedule. I know there are apps for picking the best times to go to sleep and wake up, but they don't have the kind of windows I am looking for. Any help?
My son (12 months) has been sleeping through the night since he was 3 months old, but now...he hates bedtime (but naps are fine) and wakes up screaming and wanting to play (usually around 1 or 2 am). What's going on? [more inside]
Help save our Christmas! My wife and I are sleeping on the basement floor of my parent's house during Christmas week. We've stayed on a queen-sized inflatable mattress before and it is incredibly uncomfortable. Any recommendations for alternatives? [more inside]
Inflatable-Mattress-Filter: what's the best inflatable mattress for two people that I should buy? [more inside]
I need to be at work at 6am every morning and get to bed around 7pm to get enough sleep for the day. My body doesn't want to fall asleep at that time. How do I fix it? [more inside]
Bald man seeks a sleeping cap. Can you help me find a cap that would keep me comfortable at night? [more inside]
Babyfilter: At just over five and a half months, baby machine is starting to try solid foods. So far what this seems to mean is that about 4 hours after he goes to bed at night he wakes up crying due to gas. I'm looking for suggestions or anecdotal experience around how to help the little guy out. [more inside]
How can we stop our 5 month old rolling on his stomach in his crib? [more inside]
Shift sleeping... I work standard office hours, but my boyfriend is a boozehound who works till very late (or early). What can I do to preserve my sleep/sanity - and his? [more inside]
Does anyone know where (if) I can find mp3s of recordings made for museum exhibits? I'm thinking of things in the vein of Martyn Ware's Tales from the Bridge; ambient music and gentle voiceovers? [more inside]
What caused this mysterious wet spot on my bed? No, I didn't wet the bed, and it's not sweat. [more inside]
I'm subletting a house for three months in a town three hours from home. (I'll be there temporarily for work.) House doesn't come with a bed. What's the most comfortable sleeping arrangement I can make for myself without buying or transporting a mattress? [more inside]
Should I train myself to sleep on my back? [more inside]
I want to attempt to sleep without turning on the air conditioning this summer, any lifehacking tips for training one's body to adapt to a 30°+ environment when sleeping? [more inside]
How do I best prepare my body to work 3rd shift/midnight shift? Is there anything good to do in the weeks before I begin, and to maintain when I start the work? Any good vitamins, etc. that could be taken? Something healthy to help with staying awake? Some personal info inside... [more inside]
How would one visualize 3 parametars on the same graph? I have to visualize my sleeping schedule (time + day) + alternations of my body temperature during the day on the same graph. How could it be done?
First-time parents looking for resources to get 4-month infant to sleep on his back. We've already consulted our pediatrician and family, and searched online... would appreciate any more help! [more inside]
So how do you get twins to fall asleep in bed, i.e. without carrying them around for hours? [more inside]
I need tips for hiking and camping from fat-identified and otherwise overweight folks only! FYI I am 5'6. Thanks!
NapFilter. I think that my kid is done napping. How can I set up 'quiet time' for him? [more inside]
LactationFilter: help me decouple nursing and going to sleep for my almost-14-month-old son. Related: Help me keep my sanity! [more inside]
I’m trying to think of a way to make one part of my side of the bed more like the back of a couch. But I’m not very creative, apparently. Can you help me please? [more inside]
Is there a good source to neutrally explain various baby sleeping options? [more inside]
Please help me identify the artist of this drawing depicting a teddy bear defending a sleeping child from a nightmarish monster. Bonus points for providing a place where I can purchase a print legitimately.
How can I relax and get a full night's sleep, despite stress? [more inside]
Camping with a 4 year old in an unheated cabin when over night low is 37 F? [more inside]