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Medical Having a hard time sleeping

  1. Apr 10, 2012 #1
    I'm sure there are some of you (most, if not) who've experienced this, but mine's really bad. When I have classes for the next day, I could not sleep the night before because I'm thinking too much, ironically it's about being not able to sleep.

    During the days where I have no classes, I seem to be able to sleep the night before (but it's still late though).

    I'd appreciate it if someone could help me about this.
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  3. Apr 10, 2012 #2


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    I can't help you, sorry. My problem with sleep is much worse than yours. [it's the morning classes that alert me NOT to sleep :biggrin:]
  4. Apr 10, 2012 #3
    When I can't sleep because my mind won't shut off, I'll get up and do a few sets of push ups to where it hurts and then turn on some white noise. It gives the brain something else to focus on.
  5. Apr 10, 2012 #4
    This really sucks though, the semester just started and I think I've never missed going to school looking drunk because I lack sleep.

    @Greg Bernhardt: Yeah, I'd try exercising.
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    work harder during the day
  7. May 13, 2012 #6
    I also have trouble sleeping, but found if you do cardio a few hours before you go to sleep it help a lot. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. This is stimulated by light and is probably the reason I have more trouble sleeping in winter than in summer. So maybe get out more when the sun is out.
  8. May 13, 2012 #7
    Find something really boring to read. I like old army field manuals myself. Works for me every time.
  9. May 18, 2012 #8
    It is very common. When our mind is full of thoughts, we cannot sleep. However, if you practice meditation and yoga exercise, it can help you get over with your sleep issues.
  10. May 21, 2012 #9
    I have some very helpful tips for such situations, but none of these work for me when I find myself in the same situation :(

    So I give up and I do not try hard to sleep. And that works!

    Do not worry about not being able to sleep. Do something useful in such time. If problem continues for more than a week then I suggest that you see a doctor.
  11. May 21, 2012 #10
    I settle for the white noise (e.g. fan). I've also found the late night Golf Channel reruns to induce sleep, seriously. I've also used DVD movies I like, but have seen so many times I don't care to watch them again.... bore me to sleep. Keep the volume very low so that it's almost like white noise.
  12. May 21, 2012 #11
    I know this problem well. Physical exercise works best for me. A lot of people I know like swimming or jogging.

    I play Volleyball twice a week. The team keeps up the social pressure to not find excuses why today you can't go (too tired, too much work, too much this too much that). Once you settle into a routine and people get used to it, they will respect it and not ask you to do other things when they know you're out exercising.
  13. May 21, 2012 #12


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    I find I get to sleep much better on average if I turn off the laptop, TV and any other screen >30 minutes before turning my light out and just reading. Interacting with a screen is too stimulating.
  14. May 21, 2012 #13
    Get rid of all TV, cell phones, and internet in the bedroom. Read for 45 minutes, and then fall asleep.
  15. May 21, 2012 #14


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    I am chronically sleep-deprived due to respiratory problems related to MCS. Can't breathe=can't sleep. Nothing helps. I can get up in the middle of the night for a couple of hours and try to relieve the congestion, but by early morning I'm struggling to breathe. A neighbor (wreck-diver) told my wife tonight that he will ask his wife to bring up a mask and an oxygen-bottle when she comes back up here next weekend, to see if that will help me.
  16. May 21, 2012 #15
    Hi mathsciguy:smile: I've never had a problem with falling asleep and I do think a lot!:biggrin:

    I did note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a section
    Sleep Hygiene Tips. I hope it helps you out.

    The website provides links to some valuable information that might be helpful to you, turbo. Take care.:smile:
  17. May 21, 2012 #16


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    Thanks VoM. I limit my evening meals to soups/light foods in limited quantities, and have a Honeywell HEPA filter that provides white noise, and other measures. Still, it's tough for me to get much more than 2-3 hrs a night, and a 4-hour uninterrupted sleep would be a god-send.
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