How well do you sleep?

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Some times i sleep best when or if i fall asleep upright in my chair, but that i think is not good sleep, i think the media says one needs rem sleep, so how do your sleep patterns make you feel good?
 

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Well, the 'myou' are a rare and unpredictable species. It has been found by biologist that they sleep between 2 to 5 hours a day, which seems little to us, but they do not need more sleep.
 
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Depends on the night. Some nights I sleep very soundly, while others I toss and turn and stay awake practically all night.

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Sometimes I get so tired from work, I sleep on the floor with my uniform still on cos I am just too damn lazy to get my ass moving to the bathroom.
 
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Sometimes I get so tired from work, I sleep on the floor with my uniform still on cos I am just too damn lazy to get my ass moving to the bathroom.
You sleep in the bathroom?
 
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Depends on the night. Some nights I sleep very soundly, while others I toss and turn and stay awake practically all night.

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And it seems I toss and turn more the Sunday night after the time has changed, just so the morning is so much MORE difficult for waking up that hour earlier. I think everyone was sleep-walking through the day today.
 
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Sometimes well and other times not. I was quite ill from fatigue recently after having a few months of good sleep.
 
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I haven't slept well in years.
 
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And it seems I toss and turn more the Sunday night after the time has changed, just so the morning is so much MORE difficult for waking up that hour earlier. I think everyone was sleep-walking through the day today.
http://www.napping.com/napping-day.html" [Broken] Zzzzzzzz........
 
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I used to be the sort that could not go to bed before 2 am, and desired more than anything in the world to sleep in until 10 or 11 in the morning. It has caused me a lot of problems, like when I'd have to get to work for early meetings or go on group bike rides that started at 8 am, etc.

Recently, I did an experiment -- I just stopped using caffeine. I completely cut it out of my diet, and within a week I was on "old-man hours." I would get tired at 11, often go to bed before midnight, and find myself unable to sleep past 8 or 8:30 am.

I now believe that caffeine, even small amounts of it, is very detrimental to a normal and healthy sleep schedule. If you're routinely having trouble sleeping.... just try cutting it out for a week and see what happens.

- Warren
 
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I now believe that caffeine, even small amounts of it, is very detrimental to a normal and healthy sleep schedule. If you're routinely having trouble sleeping.... just try cutting it out for a week and see what happens.

- Warren
No need to rely on faith alone here...this is supported by scientific studies. A lot of people claim caffeine has no effect on them, but they don't even realize how dependent they already are on it, and how disruptive it is to their sleep patterns.

I know it disrupts my sleep. My problem is when my sleep is disrupted anyway, because of crazy experiment schedules and such, so I'm depending on the caffeine to STAY on a disrupted schedule. When I go on vacation, I can cut back my caffeine pretty quickly to just one cup of coffee in the morning (I can't stop completely that fast...too addicted and get headaches if I don't have any), and if the vacation is long enough, I can stop consuming caffeine entirely, sleep better, feel more rested, AND wake up early!

But, there's just no good reason to give the entire country jet lag with this time change nonsense. :yuck:
 
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I sleep really well and I don't consume caffeine besides the occasional coke (no more than 1 day). I never drink coffee.
 
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If I get exposed to fragrance chemicals, I'll toss and turn all night and maybe get an hour or two of very fitful sleep. If I can avoid people (and their stupid perfumes, fabric softeners, etc), I can easily sleep 9 hours a night. Having worked rotating shifts for 10 years, I'm pretty flexible about getting to sleep rapidly. It drives my wife nuts. I'll be asleep a minute or two after my head hits the pillow, and she needs maybe an hour of reading, watching/listening to TV or something to wind down so she can doze off.
 
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Like the other posters here, for me it's all about caffeine. I cut back to one cup a day and now I sleep well.

Unless it's a Sunday night...if I start thinking about all the things I have to do in the coming week, I'll be lucky to get 4 hours :grumpy: !
 
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Also, I avoid reading, watching TV, and all that jazz on my bed. I find it so depressing to spend all that time on a bed. (I have no TV in my room or computer so it's not that hard.)
 
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I started a new shift at work. I get up at 2:45 to start work at 4 am. If I want to get close to 8 hours I need to be in bed by 7pm. I'm not doing very well, getting about 5 hours a night right now. I hope I adapt sooner then later.
 
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I started a new shift at work. I get up at 2:45 to start work at 4 am. If I want to get close to 8 hours I need to be in bed by 7pm. I'm not doing very well, getting about 5 hours a night right now. I hope I adapt sooner then later.
Some advice from a former shift-worker. Make sure that your bedroom is dark, and use a white-noise generator of some kind - a small window fan or air-filter always worked for me. I had to work 12-hour rotating shifts, 3 days on and 3 days off and that was a constant, irritation. 6am to 6pm for 3 days, 3 days off (more or less) and then 6pm to 6am for 3 days, and so on. I was young and tough at the time. I don't think I could do that now.
 
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I usually sleep in a horizontal position. But sometimes I sleep in seminars as well, although never when I give them so far.
 
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Get a routine going. I always face the same way, have my hands in the same position and have my pillows arranged in the same way. It works a treat!
 
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I don't sleep through an entire night very often. I only drink decaf coffee and drink one serving of regular diet coke/pepsi per day. I fall asleep listening to TV (usually a Stargate SG1 or Star Trek DVD of some sort. Cosmos puts me to sleep quickly too.) I wake up about 4 hours later. If I don't look at the clock, I can go back to sleep most of the time. On nights I can't go back to sleep, I put in my ear buds and listen to a pre-recorded talk show about gardening. I turn down the volume very low so that it is distracting enough to keep me from thinking about all the stuff I need to do but not too loud to keep me awake.
I have a fear of oversleeping I think that causes most of my difficulties with sleep. I sleep much better on nights I know I don't have to wake up at a certain time.
 
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I have a fear of oversleeping I think that causes most of my difficulties with sleep. I sleep much better on nights I know I don't have to wake up at a certain time.
There were times when I had problems with oversleeping. My solution was an alarm clock near the bed, and a very loud alarm clock set for 5-10 minutes later that I could only silence by getting out of bed.
 
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There are 3 things that mess up my sleep. I can sometimes avoid 1 or 2 of them, but never all. One is my lung problem. I have to lie totally still for at least 5 or 10 minutes for my metabolism to slow down enough that I'm not oxygen-deprived. The second is that W usually watches TV in bed until at least 1 or 2 in the morning. The light doesn't bother me, but the set doesn't have an earphone jack. Lastly, Lucy invariable wakes me up before the alarm goes off. (I was very glad for that this morning, though, when the alarm didn't go off; I would have been late for work.)
 
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I used to have very strange nights when I would toss and turn all night, the typical sleepless night. I would feel terrible the next day, of course. But often, my husband would say the next morning that he was awake most of the night but that I was sleeping. I finally had to conclude that I was merely dreaming that I had a sleepless night. Once I realized that, it stopped.

But I still sleepwalk from time to time. Mostly when I do, I disassemble things, like clocks and lamps. Once I took the marble top off of my bedside table (it's just a small table, the top is a circle with about a 12" diameter).
 

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