How to cope with the boredom of waiting for bedtime

A place for people to talk about how they fill the time when bed is hours away

Posted 26 Mar 2012 at 9:15 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    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.

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    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.

  • Sleepio Member

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    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

  • Sleepio Member

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    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.

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    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).

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    Apologies – I didn’t link my reply to you! My response to your post is above!

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    Although it's more of a short-term help (15-20 min), I find mindfulness walking helpful, especially during those last 15 to 20 minutes before bedtime. It keeps me up yet winds me down at the same time.

    In fact, I find it helpful when I wake up at night too.

    Here is a link to a temporarily free guided mindfulness walking: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

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    McSleepy,

    Have you thought of getting a video out of the library on stretching or beginner's yoga? That is something I've done and found that the yoga helps my sleep efficiency too.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Just a thought for anyone bored in the evenings when all the world has gone to bed without you!
    I have discovered tai chi…but because of lockdown I’m doing it at home, via YouTube.
    I have my iPad and iPhone on the orange screen from 7.00 pm each night (to stop the blue light emitting) and around 11.00 I start on the twenty minute video clip and it’s really relaxing. After I have finished I sit down and do puzzles from a book or crochet. Have made a couple of baby blankets and some dementia twiddle muffs for charity :)
    Hope these suggestion help!
    Kurly :)

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    I have always wanted to draw better and never really had the time to do it – so now I do half an hour every night during wind down. After 2 months I'm still no Picasso (maybe that's a good thing!) but I find it really relaxes the mind as you concentrate completely on lines and spaces – no wayward thoughts can creep in.
    The book I've been using is How to draw anything by Mark Linley, it starts with landscapes, various animals and then people.
    Jarabia (if only I could add a little sketch here to show you!)

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    Would love to see your sketches, jarabia! What a lovely idea.
    I’ve often said this to new Sleepios – find something you have always wanted to do and look it up on YouTube and give it a go!! And with something like art, you can’t fail because it’s all so subjective 80))
    Btw – am glad you’re no Picasso – be yourself!

    Kurly ;)

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    Dont you guys have a TV?? :)

    I usually watch TV and it relaxes me. I do wear blue light blocking glasses tough

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