A place for people to talk about how they fill the time when bed is hours away
Hi Cyclist. I also can have a hard time staying awake while watching a program or movie on T.V. especially if I am really tired. Maybe try and do something else in the evening instead of watching T.V. Maybe go for a walk, read a book, jigsaw puzzles, that project that never gets done etc….Good luck with the program and keep in touch.
Hi Cyclist. I found it hard to make myself stay awake when I so longed to sleep. The good news is that it shows you have a great sleep drive, and this programme will help your mind and body channel it into the right time and place. Meantime you have to go against your nature( but only temporarily) and find ways to stay awake. I found it best to stay off the sofa. If I watched TV I would sit on an upright chair. I needed to be doing something with my hands not just passive entertainment. So jigsaws, sorting photos, writing, nothing too demanding. I'm sure you can do it. X
Thank you. That is a good idea. Not actually jigsaws but doing something with my hands… My bike will be sparkly clean after all the polishing I lavished on it tonight!
I find going for walks outside while listening to audiobooks is very helpful.
I can sympathise; tv is like a sleep drug for me, even if I want to watch a programme I find it hard to stay awake. I have to get up and walk round the house aimlessly, or get a little drink of water, load the washing machine, check emails….really anything that gets me off the sofa and moving around for a few minutes at a time.
One thing that keeps me awake when I watch TV is crocheting. Or doing things on my ipad at the same time, which I wouldn't recommend – the light from both the TV and the ipad is probably not good, even though the brightness is turned down. Note to self: stop two-timing with the techhy stuff!
If doing something with your hands doesn't work, then for sure get off the couch and sit somewhere else or keep taking small breaks.
Hi Lindos, I'm on session 4 now. I am finding it difficult to know what to do to wind down. After reading your comment about Audio Books I think I would really enjoy listening to one. Thank you so much.
That is something I sometimes have- but you actually might be in a light sleep and not realize it. Try to read before bed or stay up another 10-15 minutes till you feel like you can't keep your eyes open. It helps me a lot.
I start with more active relaxing like reading, then when starting to fall asleep get up & have a long hot shower, cuppa herbal tea, pamper products eg moisturiser, I have a massage cushion thingamee a friend gave me… Don't normally find time to use it but now I have this extra chunk of time dedicated to “relaxing”. Seems better when I see it as a 'bonus' time. Kinda wish I knew tai chi or some gentle stretching routine… Can't fall asleep when you're standing or moving hehe
I'm also having trouble staying awake in the evening. That is until I go to bed, then I have no trouble at all in staying awake ha, ha.
If we can listen to audio books why can't we just read?
I find watching Tv (allowed) much more stimulating than reading (not allowed).
I am on week two with my second session with the prof due in 3 days' time. I have a fantastic adult colouring book which whiles away the time waiting to go to sleep. Has anyone else tried it?
Hello Rumaran and welcome to Sleepio.
I have not tried colouring books myself but there are many on Sleepio who have and find them very helpful. They seem to be a very acceptable way of keeping yourself awake without too much stimulation so, go ahead, use them if the work for you.
Good Luck with the course
There are some great suggestions here. I’ve been making bread (and cakes, but that’s not so healthy). Sitting watching the TV works sometimes, but I’m finding I nod off.
I’ve also tried jigsaws in the past. I should do that again. Also colouring books sound like something to try.
I’m coming to the end of week 3 and it’s starting to get really hard. I am seeing the benefits so I am going to persevere.
Keep it up everyone and thanks for the support
Hi, I'm near the end of week three and a bit confused about the schedule. I'm waiting until my sleep time of 11pm, but when I get into bed I often feel wide awake, so don't actually go to sleep until up to three hours later, which means a session of lying in bed for 15 mins, getting up for a bit, back for another 15 mins, etc. Do I have to keep my wake up time the same (5am), regardless of when I first actually get to sleep?
Technically, you do have to get up at 5, regardless of when you fell asleep or how long you were up in the middle of the night. The idea is that you’ll be so dog tired the next night that you have a good chance of sleeping. If you’re not tired at 11, maybe move your time to 11:30. But one of the rules is to have a set bedtime and a set wake up time. Too much switching of the times will confuse your brain.
I remember the prof saying not to go to bed until you feel like you could go to sleep right away. If you are not tired at 11, then just stay up until you are tired enough to sleep. You have control over when your sleep window ends or starts, just not both.
When trying to stay awake before my SW begins, I'll often do some simple cooking tasks. The next day, it takes me little or no work to put my meals together. This is very handy, when I'm so tired such a task feels monumental!
It sounds as though you might benefit from moving your sleep window to a later time – perhaps 11.30- 5.30 as Auntie Hoho says. It is also helpful to have a clear and consistent wind down routine which, over time, sends the signal to your brain that you are preparing for bed and sleep. This is a personal routine – it has to be what works for you. My routine begins half an hour before I get into bed. I lock up, get ready for bed and then sit and write a journal of the days’s events. Then I plan what needs to be done next day. The idea is that I get all this ‘out of my head’ so I won’t be lying awake thinking about it. Following this, I do the Prof’s progressive relaxation and then head to bed. Stick with your routines and be consistent, and over time it does improve. Good luck!
Apologies – I didn’t link my reply to you! My response to your post is above!