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When your insomnia throws your sleep schedule way off, what do you do to fix it?

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    • shamelissly

      282d

      i usually either force myself to stay up or go to bed early, depending on which direction my sleep schedule is skewed. i'll take melatonin if i need to sleep early, and i'll provide lots of distractions if i need to keep myself up. then i try my best to maintain good sleep hygiene from there--keeping the room dark, quiet, and cool, powering down an hour before bedtime, and sometimes meditating or journaling to calm my mind before bed. another thing i've found helpful is trying to limit bedroom activities to sleeping and sex. that way once i get in bed, it tells my brain it's sleeping time. of course, i inevitably end up messing up my sleep schedule every once in a while, but this has helped! i know some people like to stay up all night to reset, but i try to avoid that as the sleep deprivation can really make you sick and can lead to a crash.

    • shamelissly

      282d

      i usually either force myself to stay up or go to bed early, depending on which direction my sleep schedule is skewed. i'll take melatonin if i need to sleep early, and i'll provide lots of distractions if i need to keep myself up. then i try my best to maintain good sleep hygiene from there--keeping the room dark, quiet, and cool, powering down an hour before bedtime, and sometimes meditating or journaling to calm my mind before bed. another thing i've found helpful is trying to limit bedroom activities to sleeping and sex. that way once i get in bed, it tells my brain it's sleeping time. of course, i inevitably end up messing up my sleep schedule every once in a while, but this has helped! i know some people like to stay up all night to reset, but i try to avoid that as the sleep deprivation can really make you sick and can lead to a crash.

    • Mr_Raz_8159

      282d

      I tend to go with the flow until my next day off and then try to reset.

    • lemonzest249

      283d

      I tend to do the 48hr sleep reset - I'm not sure if it's completely healthy however it does ensure I get a solid night sleep afterwards and for some time after

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One method is to try not sleeping for 48 hours in order to reset the sleep schedule. This involves staying awake for one whole night and then deliberately avoiding sleep the next morning so that tiredness sets in by evening. Another strategy is to remove all distractions from the bedroom, such as a TV or phone, to help facilitate sleep. Some people also find it helpful to listen to guided meditations or calming sounds like thunderstorms. Using apps like Calm, which offer story readings and guided relaxations, can also be beneficial. Creating a routine, such as being inside at a certain time, showering, and going to bed by 9 or 10 PM, can also help. It's recommended to turn off all electronics after watching TV for 30 minutes to an hour and just lay in the dark. ASMR or nature noises might also aid in falling asleep. Blocking out senses by listening to soothing music or sounds, covering eyes, and focusing on relaxing one body part at a time can also be effective.

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