Sleep patterns after a break up?

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    Sep 04, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    I'm entering week 3 of the single life, and I have yet to have a single night of uninterrupted sleep. I've been waking up in the middle of the night and waking up about 30-45 minutes earlier than I usually do.

    Is this normal? If so, how long does this distressed sleep pattern last? This is highly unusual for me because I'm typically a very heavy sleeper.

    I've definitely started to see its effects in my daily life. For instance, I love running, but I've seen my pace drop dramatically, especially in the last few days -- and I think it's cause I haven't been getting proper rest. Concentration at work has also been difficult.. Anyone experience anything similar? Advice?

    Or is it just a time thing?
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    garion saidOr is it just a time thing?
    Yes.
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    garion saidI'm entering week 3 of the single life, and I have yet to have a single night of uninterrupted sleep. I've been waking up in the middle of the night and waking up about 30-45 minutes earlier than I usually do.

    Is this normal? If so, how long does this distressed sleep pattern last? This is highly unusual for me because I'm typically a very heavy sleeper.

    I've definitely started to see its effects in my daily life. For instance, I love running, but I've seen my pace drop dramatically, especially in the last few days -- and I think it's cause I haven't been getting proper rest. Concentration at work has also been difficult.. Anyone experience anything similar? Advice?

    Or is it just a time thing?


    It's been 6-1/2 months for me, and I'm mostly back to normal. For me it's been about getting used to not having someone sleep next to me. That's the hardest part.

    I've learned to make up for lost sleep by taking the occasional nap. Once I started doing that, I had fewer effects with energy.
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    yes, this is normal. stress will impact your sleep patterns and energy levels. stress comes from any where - major life changes like a break-up, or job insecurity, or money problems, or worries etc.

    how long it takes to get over it, depends on how long you were together, and if you lived together. for me, it took about a year, but we were together for 4 yrs.

    you can try things like melatonin, to acupuncture, to hypnosis and therapy, which may help temporarily -- but ultimately it comes down to establishing a new equilibrium in your life, after such a big life change as a break-up.
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    Sep 04, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    garion saidI'm entering week 3 of the single life, and I have yet to have a single night of uninterrupted sleep. I've been waking up in the middle of the night and waking up about 30-45 minutes earlier than I usually do.

    Is this normal? If so, how long does this distressed sleep pattern last? This is highly unusual for me because I'm typically a very heavy sleeper.

    I've definitely started to see its effects in my daily life. For instance, I love running, but I've seen my pace drop dramatically, especially in the last few days -- and I think it's cause I haven't been getting proper rest. Concentration at work has also been difficult.. Anyone experience anything similar? Advice?

    Or is it just a time thing?


    Try to be totally relaxed before you go to sleep. For me that means watching a few simpsons episodes before bed but it varies per person.
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    Sep 04, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    Ignore the unsympathetic advice.

    Like everything related to a breakup, adapting to the single life takes some time. Absence is never easy to deal with, but the missing feeling will pass in time. And remember - people only die of broken hearts in the movies! Try to find things to occupy your time and think positive thoughts when you hit the sack.

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    Sep 04, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    I haven't had uninterrupted sleep since before puberty D: