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Old 05-24-2012, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am usually beat by 9:00 so I fall asleep quite easily however after about 7 hours I wake up usually between 4 and 5 am. and that's it, not tired anymore!

How do I overcome this?

It is one thing on a work morning but on the weekends I still do it and it is hard to break this habit.

I have not needed an alarm to wake up in years even on work days...I know I will be awake. It is so bad that if I wake up and it is 5 I feel relieved, like oh good I slept in..LOL.

I suppose that I should force myself to stay up later however if I have done this I still wake up early but have gotten less sleep so instead of 7 hours only 5 or 6 hours.

Sadly the only time I will sleep in (which is waking up between say 6:30 and 7:00) is when I have woken up in the middle of the night and tossed and turned for a couple of hours..then and only then do I "sleep in".

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how old are you now?

as you get older, you tend to sleep less through the night

I cant sleep in the weekend any more, always up at 730am
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as you get older, you tend to sleep less through the night
Yup, I only sleep about a minute and a half now.
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I am 43....7:30 would be unheard of for me..however it would be nice to sleep until 6:00 on the weekend.!
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I am 43....7:30 would be unheard of for me..however it would be nice to sleep until 6:00 on the weekend.!
I am 42 and I go to bed at 11-12 so we sleep the same amount really

maybe what you need to do is readjust your sleeping period? Go to bed later instead
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Yup, I only sleep about a minute and a half now.
so you're about 300 now? What was Ben Franklin like?
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I am 42 and I go to bed at 11-12 so we sleep the same amount really

maybe what you need to do is readjust your sleeping period? Go to bed later instead
That is what I am thinking I might have to do...I know by 8:30 or 9:00 I am just exhausted but I think I am going to have to fight it and at the very least start staying up later even if it is just until 10:00 or so. I will start tonight.

Even if I stay up until 10 and can sleep until 5:30 or 6:00 that would be huge for me..this 4:00 a.m. wakeups are ridiculous!
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This will sound crazy but I went through this and yes it was grief related. I googled it and found 4am wakeup is a common problem.

Why You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night (Pt 1)*|*Holistic by Nature
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Drink Nyquil and set your alarm.
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but not too much nyquill or you will hallucinate
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True.

Exercise and hot chammomile tea before bed are good ideas.
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I wake up every morning at 5:30. Well, maybe 4 or 5 mornings a week. Drives me nuts. Doesn't matter what time I go to bed either.

If I drink more than a drink or two, I wake up around 3 am, am up for an hour or two, then go back to sleep for a couple hours.

You don't need a lot more sleep than you're getting. This time of year when it gets light out so bloody early, it might help if you black your windows out somehow too.

You could also try melatonin. Although it's more for helping you get to sleep than for staying asleep. Nyquil, tea etc are mostly for the same thing so they may not help.

I would say, either stay up later and see if that helps, or just embrace your schedule as what your body wants to do and plan accordingly.
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This will sound crazy but I went through this and yes it was grief related. I googled it and found 4am wakeup is a common problem.

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Yes, it definently was worse after DD#1 last September....so many sleepless/restless nights...I have to admit ever since then it has been even worse.

I also thought that because I was so used to not setting the alarm clock that maybe I was waking up early on instinct..kind of like tense that I might sleep in. So I think I am going to have to set the alarm every night regardless of whether or ot I use it because then maybe I will be more relaxed and not worry about sleeping in..(if that makes any sense).
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I wake up every morning at 5:30. Well, maybe 4 or 5 mornings a week. Drives me nuts. Doesn't matter what time I go to bed either.

If I drink more than a drink or two, I wake up around 3 am, am up for an hour or two, then go back to sleep for a couple hours.

You don't need a lot more sleep than you're getting. This time of year when it gets light out so bloody early, it might help if you black your windows out somehow too.

You could also try melatonin. Although it's more for helping you get to sleep than for staying asleep. Nyquil, tea etc are mostly for the same thing so they may not help.

I would say, either stay up later and see if that helps, or just embrace your schedule as what your body wants to do and plan accordingly.
I know it doesn't bother me when it is a work day..as I start at 7:00 a.m. but on the weekends..it would be nice to sleep in until 6:00...

Sometimes I will wake up and almost dread looking at the clock fearing what time I will see...will it be 3:30, 4:00, etc. etc.
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