My dumbass sleep schedule

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    Feb 12, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    My sleep schedule is so screwed up and it is just getting worse! Right now I am in grad school taking night classes so I generally don't have class till 4:30pm or later and don't get out of class most week nights until 10pm. That means no real obligations in the morning, which can be nice because no alarm clocks!

    Well I started off last semester with a good schedule of coming home from class, eating, doing some homework, and getting to bed by 1am or so. Then I would wake up at around 10am, go to the gym, then have plenty of time before class.

    This past week especially, I haven't been able to fall to fucking sleep until 4am or later, which means I wake up late as hell and throw my whole day off! Last night I couldn't fall asleep until almost 5am! Then I didn't get up till 1pm today!

    Its going to be a complete shock to me when I have to be up in the mornings again so I am trying to fix this. I know a way to fix this is to make my ass get up early so that I am tired the next night and hopefully fall asleep earlier, but I am trying to make sure I am getting full nights sleep because it is important for working out. Plus I will just be tired all day then be wide awake around this time (2:35am here), so fucked up.

    I took a couple nyquil tonight and I am still awake, wtf!

    /rant
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    Feb 12, 2011 9:09 AM GMT

    Oh hey bud =] .....Your resitance level is too high for nyquil? Don't sweat it, there is always :



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    Feb 12, 2011 9:11 AM GMT
    HILARIOUS! It seems I am not the only one in this condition of fucked up sleeping schedule!

    Listen, I tried many things to conquer this bad habit. My experience indicates that the only way to do so, is to change your entire schedule: change your working or studying timing. This will oblige you, if you have any sense of responsibility, to wake up early, and not to sleep or nap during the day!

    Keep me posted about how it goes!!
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    Feb 12, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    welcome to my world
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    I find there are some days where I cannot sleep that well no matter how early I try to get into bed. If this has only recently flared up it just be a temporary thing and it may go away soon.

    If not, perhaps start setting your alarm gradually. You got up at 1pm so set your clock to 12:30. See if shifting a half hour each day works and hopefully it won't cause you to lose too much sleep.

    I had a friend that tried to stay up for a full day and then go to sleep the following day at a normal bedtime (it did more harm than good for his schedule as he fell asleep at 2pm). So I wouldn't recommend that.
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    Feb 12, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    My sleep schedule had been really off track lately too! As I have gotten older seems like I don't sleep through the night no matter how exhausted I am. I normally work in the evenings which I like. Normally 2:30- 11:00pm. Used to always get up @ 9:00am regardless of what time I went to bed. Started having insomnia a few years back due to some job related stress and a little bout of depression/ anxiety. Knocked me off track and my sleeping patterns have been off since. Have been trying to get back on track but just can't get myself to get out of bed until mid-morning/ early afternoon! It does make me feel worse. I end up feeling like crap the rest of the day! Don't want to take any type of sleeping aids because they make me feel worse! I know that if I would force myself to get up earlier I would feel better and be more productive!
  • rnch

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    Feb 12, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    my work schedule is 4 pm to midnight, sometimes 4 pm to 4 am if/when someone calls in sick on the midnight shift.

    you sleep schedule's not "dumbass" to me!

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    Feb 12, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Try to shift the time you go to bed gradually earlier and earlier until you're in bed at the time you want to. Half and hour increments work the best for me when I find I'm going to bed later than I should be. It might be hard at first because you may not feel tired but you can eventually train yourself to become tired at a certain time.

    Your sleep cycle is messed up because your schedule for most activities is scheduled late in the day and into the night. This isn't a big deal once in a while but everyday this conditions your body to stay up past a time when you should be sleeping, if that makes sense. This can be difficult for people who's work schedule gets in the way of have a normal sleep cycle though.

    I heard we get the best sleep between 10pm and 2am and falling asleep at those times ensures a better night sleep and waking up refreshed instead of tired and groggy.
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    Feb 12, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    my sleep like a baby list: chamomile tea before bed, rubbing a lavender chamomile or eucalyptus lotion on my neck, having my dream catcher(can't sleep good with bad dreams and they work, mine does at least) no caffeine after breakfast if any, maybe doing homework in the morning so you can sleep earlier and your mind won't be working as much. Also helps to have an exhausting day oh and big one is to expose your eyes to sunlight the second you get up, it sets an internal clock, the earlier you do that the earlier you'll be able to fall asleep. And also little light before bed only dim ones like small lamps and definitely no lights on while sleeping. If I fall asleep with the light on I wake up a few hours later feeling sooo crappy

    hope you try a few of these because sleep is sooo important
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    Ah it happened again last night! Just woke up a few minutes ago and its 1:08pm here. I like yalls idea of just trying to gradually acclimate myself to getting up earlier. Also, heroin, I didn't think of that! But then again I am a poor college student and don't know how long I could afford a steady stream of heroin. icon_razz.gif

    Maybe tonight I will force myself to be in bed by 1 somehow, then hopefully I will wake up early and get back on track.

    Activeboy, your sleep like a baby list seems like too much prep work for me haha.

    rnch, maybe I should get a job like yours, then my sleep schedule will be absolutely perfect! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    KSUOWL said...
    rnch, maybe I should get a job like yours, then my sleep schedule will be absolutely perfect! icon_smile.gif


    i've never been a "morning person", always was at my best from noon until 3 or 4 am.

    my college classes didn't start until 10 or 11 am, always had afternoon/night jobs.

    the few times per year that management forces me to work day (8 am to 4 pm) shift i look so haggard co-workers put cups of coffee in front of me.

    i'm famous (or perhaps infamous) for muttering "anything before 10 am is still last night!"

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    Feb 12, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    This is totally normal to have a weird sleep schedule when you are a student.
    However, let me tell you,enjoy it!!! Because when you finish studies and start working, you have to wake up EVERY morning almost every day of the week and its super annoying. I hate it. So stop complaining and enjoy please.
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Well as another grad student, I found that by getting a job (tutoring or teaching) you have to be more scheduled...and it pays for tuition.
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    rnch said
    i'm famous (or perhaps infamous) for muttering "anything before 10 am is still last night!"

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    Haha I like your infamous phrase!
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidWell as another grad student, I found that by getting a job (tutoring or teaching) you have to be more scheduled...and it pays for tuition.


    I think if I did that I definitely wouldn't sleep because I would have to do homework all the time. I am taking 15 hours and since full-time for grad school is 9-12 hours, its a lot of work. Plus I am in a stupid ass accounting fraternity (nerdy, I know) so that takes up time too. Maybe tutoring wouldn't be bad, but I think I would hate it. I am not good at teaching people material they don't get because I just want to scream "THAT'S JUST HOW IT IS! WHY DON'T YOU GET IT?!?"
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    snowboarder saidThis is totally normal to have a weird sleep schedule when you are a student.
    However, let me tell you,enjoy it!!! Because when you finish studies and start working, you have to wake up EVERY morning almost every day of the week.....


    only if you "follow the herd" and get a day job..... icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Sleep aids work best on an empty stomach- and generics are pretty cheap- so if you need them talk your physician about them.

    You can get a months supply of zolpidem for $25 (without insurance.)
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    Feb 12, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    There is always time to sleep.. take power naps as well... just got to create a more tighter schedule which includes scheduling your sleep unfortunately.. Some Tylenol PM works great. Some music and turn evrything off and try clearing your head. icon_razz.gif hope that helps....
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    Feb 12, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    Try living with a free running disorder(non-24 hour body clock meaning I run on a 25+hour clock, falling asleep 1-2 hours later each night).
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    Feb 16, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
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