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Sleeping problems. - December 1st 2012, 09:10 PM

So lately (past few months at least) I've really not been sleeping good. I can get to sleep no problem, so it's not that. And I do have nightmares maybe a couple of times a week, but not enough to stop me sleeping. I just can't seem to go a night without waking up 3 or 4 times, sometimes more.
I just got a new mattress so it's not that, my room's always warm enough and I have cut down a bit on the caffeine. So why do I keep waking up?

I could understand it if my mattress was bad, or nightmares were waking me and I was too scared to go back to sleep. But it's not that.
Some nights I'm literally waking at 2am, 3.30am, 4am, 5am, 6.30am, 8am, etc.

Any suggestions on why I'm sleeping like a newborn baby without the crying?


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Re: Sleeping problems. - December 2nd 2012, 03:54 AM

Waking up once or twice as it gets nearer morning is pretty normal, I was told. Also, we sleep in roughly 90-minute cycles.

Just based on the times, it looks like maybe instead of coming up to nearly awake before starting a new cycle, you're coming completely awake. Also, if you wake up after nightmares - even if you don't remember in the morning - it's disruptive to your sleep.

I know there are some medications (like melatonin or whatever it's called) which assist with staying asleep, but if you wanted to see a doctor about it you would need to be very specific. Often doctors need it explained that you're having trouble staying asleep, because most will assume that you're having trouble falling asleep.

Making sure your room is pretty much pitch black helps some people too, as well as not spending too much time under certain types of light, and getting an adequate amount of activity during the day - if you're sedentary you're very unlikely to sleep well.

Those are the only suggestions I have. :/
   
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