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Sleepy time [May. 29th, 2015|09:48 am]
I have reached a fascinating new relationship with sleep. I have two modes now:

1. Read or putz around on my phone until 2:30 or 3:00 a.m., then sleep until around 9:00 a.m.

2. Fall asleep around 11:00 p.m., then wake up at 3:00 a.m., still exhausted, and not be able to fall back to sleep.

Neither of these are what I'd call optimal rest patterns. I keep reading about how important sleep is, and how I should be getting more of it. Why doesn't my body understand this?

In other news, I'm recovering from a sprained ankle. At some point, I'd like to get back to working out, but any pace faster than a stroll hurts like a beast.

[User Picture]From: khiron1416
2015-05-29 02:39 pm (UTC)
Your body has been mistrained. It has been trained to sleep for 4-6 hours (by you staying up late and then needing to get up for stuff, I assume. That's how I did it to myself.) and so when you fall asleep at 11 it simply executes it's training but starts earlier.

Training is achieved by repetition. Set an alarm and go to bed at midnight every weeknight or sunday through thursday.

Further I notice when i sleep until i wake up naturally, I have what I call sleep hangover. So set an alarm to get up before that happens. maybe do jumping jacks or something to blow the dust out. Also note that sleep training can take up to six weeks, so results may take time.

And heck everyone is different, this may not work exactly for you.

Also melotonin (available at GNC) at what is supposed to be bedtime is supposed to help your body learn that that is bedtime faster.

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[User Picture]From: nancylebov
2015-05-29 02:52 pm (UTC)
Some people (including me) find that a teaspoon of honey before going to bed improves sleep a lot.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2015-05-29 03:52 pm (UTC)
I hope you heal soon, sweets. I imagine when you get back to your workout routine, your sleep patterns might fall back into line. One of your stress reducing outlets is curtailed and your body is being an asshole about the lack.

Love you.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-05-29 09:32 pm (UTC)
Be gentle with your ankle. I'm two years post-break/torn ligaments. I do better when I remember my range of motion exercises twice a day. Not that I do that consistently, but it does work.

Nice to see a post from you :) I hope your sleep adjusts to a better pattern soon.
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2015-05-30 12:53 pm (UTC)
Something I never knew about until it snuck up on me, is that perimenopause/menopause can really affect your ability to sleep. I don't know if this might be affecting you? Best advice I could find is to be careful to try and keep a regular bedtime schedule, and for occasional use, Tylenol PM or something like that. (Once when I had a really bad week and felt like I was going insane, I took one of my husband's prescription muscle relaxers at bedtime. Did the trick beautifully, but it's not always an option!)

Hope your ankle is better soon! Can you do some exercises while lying on the floor?
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