How Did You Sleep Last Night?

Tossed and turned? Out like a light? However you slept last night: share it here!

Posted 17 Aug 2011 at 3:23 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Mellie,
    Flaming hormones! Periods and menopause both wreak havoc. Hope that next week will be easier for you.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank you :)

  • Sleepio Member

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    I am absolutely delighted to have had a good night last night (in bed for 7 hours and asleep for nearly all of it) as I am off to Scotland this morning and usually that would make me anxious/ excited/ wound up enough not to sleep. I had decided not to leave at crack of dawn, as I didn't want to upset my sleep pattern, but I did expect the prospect of travelling to keep me awake. This feels like real progress, and I am thrilled.
    I had better step away from the laptop and get ready…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Great news CJ :-)
    It can be done :-)
    Now, keep sleeping well whilst you are up in bonny Scotland – just keep telling yourself 'it can be done'! :-))

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank you, Rosie! As you can imagine, it's not something I am taking for granted. Deep breath, calm and relaxed…... Shall keep you posted.

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    I think that's a very good sign CJ. Usually if I have something planned for the next day (especially if it involves driving) that's enough to scupper my sleep that night. Have a good time in Bonnie Scotland and sleep well.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Great news CJ that you managed to overcome the excitement/ anxiety of your trip and get a good night's sleep. I am more like lhobby; it only takes the slightest 'commitment' the next day to throw me off track and rob me of a decent sleep. So annoying, especially when it is something as mundane as having to get up because the gardener is coming at 9o'clock

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    Roughly every other night I'm getting no sleep. Sometimes the next night after a no sleep night I need a sleeping pill to sleep. Anyone recovered from a situation like this?

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    Ditto from me, CJ. What a morale booster to get a good sleep when you're about to do something that's out of the ordinary day-to-day routine.
    I'm just like you and the others, very sensitive to events the next day, especially when I want to be well-rested. It's such a psychological hang-up that's been hard to overcome. I hope it all goes well for you.

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    Thanks, Chickatee. Part of me almost didn't want to risk breaking the sleep magic by coming away. I have had another reasonable night. Decided to sleep with the window closed so that it would be quieter, then feared I wouldn't sleep because it would be too hot and stuffy. My fears were unfounded, and so it feels quite good to be testing how well I can relax and just get on with it. For me, I do think relaxation is key. I also think that working on this skill (for I do see relaxation as a skill to be learned) is improving my resilience generally. Thank you, Sleepio!

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    So pleased for you that you are meeting the challenge of a change of routine so successfully. A holiday is meant to be a relaxing change so it is good to hear that it is working out that way for you. Long may it continue!

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    Hi CJ – I agree with you about the relaxation – this has certainly been the key for me too, and as you say it is a skill that you have to learn and continue to practice so that it almost becomes second nature :-)

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    Hello all,
    Thank you for your positive comments.
    Went to admire the Kelpies today. Utterly brilliant!
    Had better go and be sociable.
    x

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    Hello
    I had a rough night after my 1st session .My mind was racing about knowing what time I will fall asleep.How to know without looking at the clock all the time?

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    Hi Rammer – have just posted on your profile page!

    Try not to worry too much about exact times! If you are not using a tracking device (which aren't particularly accurate anyway!) but relying on your 'guesstimates' it will only be a rough estimate. Look at your clock when you go to bed and then forget about it (unless you have to get up in the middle of the night, in which case you can look at it then). Then just go with your gut feelings about how long it took you to fall asleep and how well you think you slept during the night. Otherwise your worrying will just make you anxious, and as you say, end in a 'rough night'!

    Sweet dreams :-)

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    Hello Rammer. I did this clock watching thinking I needed to be accurate with my sleep diary at first but it ended up making me anxious and keeping me awake! As Rosie say, you are only meant to estimate how long you feel you are awake. You'll get used to this so try not to worry about it. There is information in the 'library' about filling in the sleep diary that mentions this I think.

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    With apologies to those who struggled, I had an unbelievable 1hr 24min of REM and 1hr 27min of deep sleep last night. Such a treat! All thanks to Sleepio.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have been struggling with insomnia for the last 8 months and have been with sleepio for the last 4 months. My issue seems to be that no matter how little sleep I get I'm not sleepy, exhausted but not sleepy. I have to work very hard to get sleepy in the evening so that I can fall asleep. Why is this happening and does anyone else have this issue?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Did you not even get sleepy during sleep restriction? I think that it was during SR that I started getting sleepy, and it has continued from there. Sorry, I don't really have a solution – why not ask the expert on Wednesday?

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    Hi Kathy, I was the same, not feeling sleepy is part of insomnia. I used to stay up for ages in my early days of sleepio and still not get sleepy tired. I think I had forgotten what feeling sleepy was like. But I felt exhausted all the time.

    I am two years on from joining sleepio Kathy, By continuing with the programme eventually turns things around and you start to recognise sleepiness rather than exhaustion. Keep being repetitive every night, get ready for bed, sit in the dark for 15 minutes or so and then go to bed at you regular time, even if you don't feel sleepy tired. By being repetitive Kathy your body clock will start to recognise that it is bedtime and you want to sleep through the night. Make sure you get up at your regular time too.

    Blips come and go, at your stage a blip still knocks your confidence and makes you worry about not being able to sleep. So learn to manage the blips and you are well on your way to overcoming insomnia. Remember a blip is all in the mind, use the thought checker, try thinking of something nice. So when you get into bed think of your breathing, I still do that now even after two years with sleepio, and it really works for me. I do that for a couple of minutes and then I sleep. Get up if you cannot sleep, don't stay up for long, maybe make a warm drink, keep the lights low, and then go back to bed and try sleeping again.

    Work your way towards a time that you want to go to bed, stick to that time and have a getting up time too. Repition is key Kathy.

    Best wishes

    Ve

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