Cycles that affect our lives

What cycles most affect one's everyday life? (My notion is that most have lost connection with the earth and its life-giving band.)

For example, my gardens are tended in accordance with the moon. Since I grow our food or buy it locally, and process it, the seasons are dear to me. Each brings its own unique processes.

Being a huge football fan, its season changes what I do.

You get the idea?

Posted 23 Dec 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    Have you tried natural supplements to fall asleep with?

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    Are you able to lightly jog or swim? Those two things do help me fall asleep when I have the time to do them. For some reason they do not give me energy. They tire me out.

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    I usually don't have trouble getting to sleep, it's just that I generally wake up after four to five hours. This weekend I stayed with a friend, and I was shocked, because I slept for 12 hours, on her couch. I think I briefly awoke when her kids got up, but she didn't wake until about the same time I did.

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    Really sorry i clicked the flag button not knowing what it was and now it's as if i reported it as innapropriate and i can“t undo it

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    I am new to this and I am hoping to finds some answers

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    I was wondering how many other people in the community are affected by the moon cycle?
    The actual night of the full moon, and a night either side always affect my body temperature (I feel hotter at night), and my sleep quality. My father was also the same.

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    I'm new too. Just started yesterday!! I find thinking about the sleep diary makes me stay up more when I wake up than before. Oh oh!! I sense this will neutralize out after a week or so. Hope so. Good luck to you.

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    Really interested to read everyone's posts on this topic! I've had a really poor week sleepwise this week, and it was my own fault in the beginning, but not the past 3 nights. I feel quite despondent this morning, and very tired. Hopefully when the Wolf moon moves on out, my sleep will move on back in.
    EO

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    Hi Leeny, welcome to Sleepio; I was the same the first couple of weeks. I think I was obsessing about filling in the diary correctly, and logging when I woke up, and for how long etc, that I hardly got any sleep at all! It will settle down.
    EO

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    Perhaps invest in heavier curtains and use an eye mask like you use on long haul planes, might be better than glasses as they cover close to the skin.

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    incredibly helpful to read this article – amazingly interesting, thank you so much

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    I really struggle to sleep a few nights before a full moon. It really seems to energise me. I purposely don’t take to much notice of the moon but can tell by my energy levels and then a peak out of the window confirms it. When the moon starts to wane I tend to get my longest soundest sleep.
    Anyone else like this?

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    Hi Kathryn-Louise,

    My wife has noticed I also get badly disturbed nights sleep around full moon, although 'energised' is not exactly a word I would use to describe me around that time.

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    How about longer cycles-I tend to be a late fall/winter hibernator. Late Spring brings mild insomnia that develops into major insomnia in summer and early fall. Part of it is hot weather.

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    If I sleep one night, the second night I can’t fall asleep until 4am, sleep till 7am, then cycle repeats: 7-8 hours of sleep one night followed by just three hours the following day, after trying to fall asleep for four hours. Does anybody have similar sleep cycle?

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    Hi EmiliaK, I have had periods of sleeping in peaks and valleys as you describe. It was frustrating, and I made it one of my aims to flatten that pattern, and lately I seem to have succeeded. The problem, I think, is that by 'oversleeping' one night, I wasn't tired enough to fall asleep the following night. The Sleepio programme will make you sleep less on night 1, so sleep more on night 2, and so forth. That's called Sleep Restriction. I think you'll hear about it in a week or two.

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    I have the same problem – one night on and one night off ! But recently I seem unable to sleep 2 to 3 nights in a row – can't sleep even a wink. Obviously my problem is getting worse. My only hope now lies on Sleepio !

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    Hi Electricgates,
    I know only too well how things are for you, but thankfully you have found Sleepio. If you follow the prof’s techniques as well as some of the hints and tips we Sleepios can help you with, you will get over this insomnia. It just doesn’t happen quickly 8((
    I started sleepio with just 2.5-4 hours interrupted sleep but now enjoy going to bed and often sleep up to 7.30 hours with one or two awakenings – but importantly, I am able to get back to sleep. You will learn this too. ;))

    It is quiet in these first two weeks. You need to complete your sleep diary each morning but don’t get in a tizz by clock-watching – that will only drive you mad. Just guesstimate all timings if you’re unsure.

    By session 3, the prof will have enough information on your current sleeping habits to give you your Sleep Restriction (SR), the time you are allowed to be in bed sleeping. It’s hard, and may seem unnatural, but it is very effective in squishing all your sleep into less time, which then gets rid of several awakenings during the night. It takes practise so keep at it!

    In the meantime, try to keep your bed/rise times the same each night and morning. This helps the brain to have stability and have good habits. CBT is a big part of the Sleepio programme and will teach you how to set better habits for sleep, and you will let go of the bad habits that are keeping you from good sleep….it all takes time.

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me or any of us on the Community – we are here to help each other.

    Best sleepio wishes
    Kurly ;)

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    I started sleeping badly 2 months ago when humming noise from neighbour's bathroom next door disturbed me. It is a low hum like an electric toothbrush. Can still hear with earplugs, try playing sleep music. But still have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep even though i have tried sleeping pills now on antidepressants for 2 weeks. Any advice welcome. JCS

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    I've been doing sleep restriction for approx 2 weeks now and can't believe how much better the quality of my sleep is. I'm so excited to be feeling a bit more human when I wake in the morning, Although there is one cycle in my life that plays havoc with my sleep every single month without fail…

    Hormone changes due to the menstrual cycle make my temperature reaaaaaaly difficult to control and I often wake up in a hot sweat batting the covers off me. It's then really difficult to regulate my temperature enough to fall asleep. Intrusive thoughts and worries also go into overdrive during this time, as well as waking during the night to take pain killers/woken up by pain.

    Anyone else affected in this way and have any tips on ways to manage?

    :)

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