Tossed and turned? Out like a light? However you slept last night: share it here!
Hi – I have a Fitbit HR sleep tracker which has a silent alarm – it just buzzes on my wrist and wakes me up but not my husband. I found this to be really helpful when I was getting up very early on the Sleepio programme. It also helps now if I have to have an early start when travelling. I didn’t use to sleep for fear of not hearing the alarm so ended up with the double whammy of a sleepless night and an early start. For some reason though it is absolutely impossible to ignore a silent alarm buzzing away on your wrist!
I was going to suggest the same as Seattle, to use an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or other wrist device to give you a vibrating alarm. If using a device that’s connected to your smartphone, you might want to turn off notifications for phone calls, emails, texts, news, etc, or you could get woken up at odd times with junk emails coming in, robocalls, etc.
Or, you could set your alarm on your phone and put the phone under your pillow or in your pillowcase, so it vibrates. This would work best if you don’t roll around and move your pillow a lot in the middle of the night.
Hi, I just use an old fashioned wind up alarm clock, I won't have my phone in the bedroom, there's a lot of research out there which says the emissions are not good for you especially sleeping with one right near your head, for the same reason I turn of the wi-fi router at night which is in the next room, right next to the beds of our two dogs (who also have no problems sleeping all through the night !!!)
Hey, Jack. I believe that if you set your phone or device to “airplane mode”, that should get rid of most of the radio emissions, and the alarm and the vibrate mode should still work fine. Keep in mind that the effects of radiation are cumulative, so having the phone around at night for a few weeks or months during your SR nights is not the same as doing it for the rest of your life.
Fair point about the cumulative effect but I don't have a smart phone, apparently my phone is an old fashioned 'stupid phone' that can only call & text, but can set it on silent vibrate so will try that,
Does anyone have a solution to this problem? I have been on the programme about 5 weeks and am now sleeping well (near 90% efficiency for a sensible length of time, though waking briefly 2-3 times a night). However, when I get up in the morning, my body feels totally exhausted and often have to take a rest (not sleep, just resting my body) after I've been up about an hour, just to have enough energy to keep going. By about 10.00 am, my energy levels have settled and I can do things normally for the rest of the day. I have a good bed and am getting what feels like a reasonable quality of sleep, but still feel exhausted first thing.
My bedroom has lots of light leaking in from the street lamps virtually opposite my window. I bought a good quality sleep mask (as suggested in the early weeks) from Amazon and it has helped me to fall asleep much faster and contributed to my waking up fewer times each night. I believe it was a great investment and not overly expensive at £11.99
This coupled with the relaxation exercises has helped me to improve my sleep quality enormously and hopefully in a couple of months when I will no longer have to get up for work at daft-o-clock in the morning 2 out of 4 weeks my total sleep time will improve.
Things outside my control wake me up a few times a night. My temperature is out of my control because of the menopause and I live in a noisy city. People walk down my street shouting at each other through the night.
I get an average of 7 hours sleep a night but it is very broken and I wake up tired.
Any ideas appreciated
Just wondered if anyone else struggles to sleep until an unearthly hour of say 4am?
My trouble is actually making myself go to sleep. It doesn't appear to be the typical insomnia type because I don't really have a bad bed/sleep connection or wake once asleep, I really struggle to get tired enough to fall asleep – even though I am tired I just know I won't sleep so my evening can go almost right through the night to maybe 4-5am… I work at home and get a lot done in the small hours and its hard to break this pattern but I'm trying.
Once alseep, I'm sound. I get average 4-5 hours because I have to get up to work…. I've sometimes gone maybe 36-48hours to try to kick-start me into going to bed at a proper time but its a temporary help, often just one night.
Much of this course appears to be designed to the typical issue of people waking up in the night or being in bed a lot of hours not able to sleep… Luckily, I do connect my bed and sleep pretty well because I don't tend to go to bed until ready to sleep.
My 'racing mind' issues are not solvable problems so although this element is being touched on at this time in my course, unfortunately, my specific issue is not resolvable so I'm meditating to try to learn how to think about something more conducive to sleep. This definitely helps.
My problem of learning to 'go to sleep' and get into a sleep at night instead of in early morning just does not appear to be within the curriculum so far. However, I'm going through the motions and my previous 4 hours is increasing since I started the restrictive sleep but still I'm struggling to get this time thing in check.
Surely its not impossible to go to bed at 12 and get up at say 7:30 – I know enough people that sleep 10-7 every night… oh, how we all envy those people!
Nevertheless, I'll stay on track on the course and hope at some point it does work or my specific issue is addressed.
Anyone else got this problem?
Woohoo! Just 'graduated'.
Sleepio was just beginning to help me. I was having two or sometimes three good nights' sleep over the past two weeks. But I broke my big toe in three places (yes, did in style)! Now I'm back to where I was six weeks ago struggling with pain. Painkillers help to some extent but the pain has kept me awake most of the past three nights.
So I've made a plan. Until the pain subsides I'm going to let myself catnap occasionally during the day mainly because the painkillers make me drowsy daytime but not at night. I think I will set an alarm so that I don't sleep more than 15 minutes here and there.
Once the pain starts to go I'll get back on the Sleepio routine. In the meantime I'll keep reviewing the various techniques I've learnt.
This is all a bit of an unwelcome setback but I feel very optimistic that Sleepio is going to help me once I get over this problem.
Wow, breaking your toe in 3 places – that takes real skill! Sorry, couldn't resist! I cam empathize – sewed a sewing machine needle through my finger, twice!
At least you know that all of this is temporary. Your plan sounds like a good one to me. Best of luck to you.
I had a terrible, terrible night. Went to bed very tired at scheduled 1.00am, got up having not slept at 2.00 and returned to bed at 3.30. Still couldn't get to sleep straight away. My sleep schedule is set for me to get up at 7.30, but just couldn't do that. I got up having had about 3 1/2 hours sleep at 8.45. I know I'm not keeping to the schedule but I just physically couldn't do it, I am feeling quite disheartened
Oh yes, I do remember those days. I was ready to quit several times. But what was my alternative? Going back to insomnia-land? The community pulled me through by reminding me that sleepio isn’t easy or quick, and that the science shows that it does work. I’ve seen many posts similar to yours, so those nights aren’t unusual. But they are temporary. It does get better, as long as you stick with the rules, be patient, and work to find techniques that will work for you.
I had insomnia for many decades, and had used sleeping pills every night for over 10 years, and I’m doing well most nights now, without pills. So it can be done.
I was miserable for a few weeks until I started to get 2 or 3 good nights a week. Then it got slowly but gradually better. It does take time for some people, but if it worked for me, I’m optimistic that it can help you as well. Best of luck to you.
So many people are so optimistic and positive on here so I am reluctant to post this but I need to. I have had insomnia for decades but was on amitriptyline for about 25 years, which worked wonders. Then I read something scary about it and quit overnight 2 1/2 years ago. Bad decision. I haven’t been the same since.
Awful insomnia. Have tried everything – meds, meditating, mindfulness, oils, etc, and have been doing sleepio for five months. I started making some improvements for a bit but went out of the country for two weeks and have been getting only 3-4 hours of choppy sleep night after night. Usually no meds but unfortunately this week I have taken sonata 2 times. Even with that, my sleep is light and so broken up. I do not want to take meds but I have to sleep. I am sticking to the program but am having such a difficult time handling my awful sleep.
Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Thank you!
I sleep good every night for 6 to 8 hours, don't have an issue right now.
Did you work with your doctor to gradually taper from your pills? I was on a different sleeping pill, but to get off of it, I had to very gradually reduce the dosage over a period of several months. I wonder if it would be helpful for you to go back to the Doctor who prescribed it, and see if he or she has a recommendation. I realize that you have been off of it for a while, but perhaps it was prescribed for you for additional reasons than just insomnia. Some people also use it for anxiety, and when they stop using it, anxiety and insomnia come back. I think it might be helpful for you to get some medical advice on this matter.
My new year miracle is that my sleep efficiency is flying up ☝ it used to be 32% but now it is about 85%!!!
Hello daisyroot. That must be so frustrating and very hard for you. I'm not sleepio to guarantee good sleep in the future though, I don't think they suggest that. Did it work for you when you first did it? I have sleep problems from time to time, and I'm doing sleepio as this 'run' of bad sleep has been going on so long. I'm sure it will get better, and then may well be worse again at certain times in the future. But if sleepio gets me into a good pattern for now thats what I need, and for the future it will have given me some strategies that can help. I do hope your sleep improves soon.
I slept great last night. took my 3mg Melatonin pill, went to bed at 22:45 and slept until 05:57, had a brief wake up at 04:40 but somehow fell asleep almost the same instance. I wish every night was like this (and without melatonin)