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Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
fallenpegasus
I hate this.

My sleep cycle and my wakefulness has basically been screwed up for months.

To the point of interfering with my work, and to the point of interfering with my social life, and to the point of interfering with my social play.

Just about the only time I'm not within touching distance of falling asleep, is right before it's time to go to bed for the night. The rest of the time, all day, if I'm not doing something else, I'm on the verge of dozing off.

Last night, I finally finally forced myself to actaully lay down at 11pm and forcibly meditate myself to sleep.


Four and a half hours later, three REM cycles later, I'm wide awake.


If I could be this awake the rest of the day, that would be grand. But in about 6 hours, I know it, I'm going to be 10% zombie again.

I can't even be a typical Seattle coffee addict. All caffine does to me is make me feel weary, which is a real joy when mixed with a constant "I feel sleepy".
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From: pir Date: December 20th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure you've heard it before, but just in case... does melatonin help adjust your cleep cycles ? I use it in very small doses to make me able to sleep when I'm tired and I should sometimes.

(I'm rarely very awake and it takes me a loooong time to wake up. By the time I've woken up properly it's time to sleep again).
tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: December 20th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your sleep woes. I'm having a little trouble myself tonight but thankfully its rare for me to have any.
amythis From: amythis Date: December 20th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't known (or had forgotten) your sleep problems go back so far. My body seems to want to sleep from 7 or 8 p.m. to 2 or 4 a.m. (occasionally 3), but that seldom works obviously. I have fanfic at least. How do you keep occupied when you can't sleep?
mothball_07 From: mothball_07 Date: December 20th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was also going to suggest trying for sleep a few hours earlier. I'm tired 8pm-9:30ish, then I start waking back up until 2ish.
wendolen From: wendolen Date: December 20th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is coffee actually soporific to you? What about having some in the evening, when you're starting to think about going to bed?
From: samildanach Date: December 20th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you think this is light-related? It's felt like a dark, dark winter this year.
wurtmann From: wurtmann Date: December 21st, 2005 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I discovered for the most part that if I just lie in bed and tell myself to be still that eventually I go back to sleep. Before that I was awake at 3:30 every morning and I would get up and stir for a couple of hours. I also discovered that I feel better with adequate sleep. A regular and consistent schedule eventually sinks in.
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