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Hey folks, I struggle with sleeping at night. I am always wired at night and tired in the day. Takes me hours to fall asleep, and when I do fall asleep, I struggle to wake up in the morning. Most days I have to make up for lack of sleep in the night with sleeping in the day...! So it's not full insomnia, just my sleep is MESSED up and I'm always tired. Has anyone else experienced the same? Any tips on staying awake in the day and sleeping at night. I often have ruminating thoughts at bedtime, so I can't settle, then I do something like read to distract me, but then I become too alert or engaged!! 10:20pm UK time here and I'm starting to feel nervous about the long night ahead x

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    • JuliusSeizure

      445d

      @probablysleeping Perhaps you could mention it to him too. If he doesn’t work, you could both switch to a schedule where you sleep during the day and stay awake at night.

    • probablysleeping

      454d

      thank you everyone 🙏 I will look into all of this. It's a little harder to get hold of edibles and weed in the UK where I am, which is what a lot of you were saying, but I'm comfortable smoking weed and have enjoyed it, so I would love to give it a try for sleep..

    • smileandnod100

      454d

      Also for a while I played Farmville 3 before bed (but any similar game could work). It was mindless enough not to keep me up and it helped me get into a sort of bedtime routine where I did something every night that was relaxing that put my brain in we are about to sleep mode. Sounds weird but it helped me 🤷‍♀️

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @smileandnod100 I've been told that screens make you more awake so I've been trying to avoid them, but I think you're right - I have animal crossing on Nintendo which is v relaxing x

    • smileandnod100

      454d

      I'm similar in that I have always sleep better during the day. Sunrise is a great time my body want to sleep lol. The only thing I can think of besides medication or supplements like melatonin is to maybe try and go to sleep earlier. What time are you going to sleep during they day. It's possible that you're body gets into it's sleeping window really early, for example 6pm and you push through it because that seems way to early to go to bed. Since it's seems you can't do night shift maybe something like afternoon to early morning sleep schedule would work? Try paying attention to when you're body wants to sleep. Another thing is when you have insomnia for a long time your brain can start to associate your bed with not sleeping. Maybe try sleeping on the couch or in a different position to break the cycle? Also , I saw someone mention tv reruns and I've done that but if tv is too distracting you could try an audiobook or podcast. I wish I had a more surefire method but hopefully this will give you some ideas. Good luck!

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @smileandnod100 interesting... thank you I will look into these things especially trying for sleep a bit earlier. I normally go to bed around 11pm or 12 and then don't manage to get any Z's until the early hours..

    • Bre19

      454d

      Honestly having a routine in place has helped me

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @Bre19 I wish I was good with routines 😭 I try and they always go out of the window... What's your routine that helps you?

        • Bre19

          449d

          @probablysleeping honestly just having something to do before bed helps like reading a book

    • Boopykins

      454d

      I take a little bit of an edible (must eat with a fat like peanut butter or some nuts) in order for it to kick in well. There is science to that. It helps my insomnia and racing mind.

    • purplecow

      454d

      Have you ever looked into EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness)?

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @purplecow no I haven't.. I will do thank you

    • verasama

      454d

      I had this problem a lot, and I was also put on Seroquel. I was actually prescribed the medicine because of my trouvlw sleeping. My doctor has upped the dosage a few times, and I'm afraid that I'm going to have to have it upped again pretty soon, but we're talking over two or three years, not over just a couple of months or something, so I can say that the dosage that I'm on has lasted me for at least 6 months, before I'm noticing some of those old problems sneaking back in. Also, you might consider journaling before bed to get some of those ruminating thoughts out of your head. I've also found using a self-care app like Finch helps me organize my thoughts in a way that they don't just keep circling around in my brain. For a long time I would just stay awake until I couldn't stand it anymore and basically passed out unconscious, and then I would sleep for about 12 to 14 hours, and then have to get up and do it all over again, but I can definitely say that the Seroquel and journaling have both done a lot to help me sort that out. It's not perfect, and I still have nights when I can't sleep, but it's a lot better.

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @verasama thank you I will look into both x

    • scamb13

      454d

      Hey I actually have a similar problem, my favorite (not) is when I also start to get anxious about not getting enough sleep, so that keeps me up too. I found that trazadone helped a lot, it does not make me tired, but makes it so that when I finally lay down to sleep, I can. I also eat edibles to help make me drowsy, and useally that combination works. I know not everyone can 🍃💨so if you fall into that category, then maybe talk to your Dr about not being able to fall asleep. Tell them the things that you have tried (meditation, background tv, etc) and ask them their opinion ❤️

    • nsiberian

      454d

      I was like this alot, or just didn't sleep it all until I was put on seroquil... message me if you have any questions!!!

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @nsiberian interesting! I just googled it, so I guess you were prescribed it for another condition and then it sorted out your sleep as a bonus? Thanks

    • Raquel226

      454d

      I struggle with the same. Medication and/or edibles has really helped. I also can't dwell when I can't sleep, which is hard. I usually watch reruns of a show I like. I only watch reruns because I want feel compelled to stay awake and see how it ends. I know no doctor would recommend watching TV, but you have to do what works for you. Good luck!

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @Raquel226 edibles, that's actually a really good idea thank you. Do you get any hungover feelings or tiredness in the morning?

    • JuliusSeizure

      454d

      Have you thought about just working a night job? Then you wouldn’t have to change your sleep schedule.

      • probablysleeping

        454d

        @JuliusSeizure no I haven't actually. I enjoy the sunshine on nice days, also I help my husband out who is not very well so I need to be awake to remind him about his medication, drive him to his appointments, etc. So I don't know if it would work out... But it would be amazing if I could...!

        • JuliusSeizure

          445d

          @probablysleeping Perhaps you could mention it to him too. If he doesn’t work, you could both switch to a schedule where you sleep during the day and stay awake at night.

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Some people have shared similar experiences and suggested various methods to cope with this issue. One person mentioned trying to bore themselves with YouTube videos to fall asleep, while another suggested doing a little bit of exercise like full body stretch yoga or drinking chamomile tea before bedtime. Additionally, writing down your thoughts in a journal might help clear your mind and reduce rumination. It's important to explore different ideas and find what works best for you.

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