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StringedInstruments
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Tips for sleeping longer?
I can’t seem to get more than around six hours of sleep per night. Maybe once a week I’ll get a 7 hour night.

Most of the articles I’ve read discuss tips on falling asleep, but my issue is waking up.

For example, I fell asleep last night around 1045 and woke up at 5. My alarm is set for 6.

I get plenty of exercise. I’m actually training for a half marathon, and the lack of sleep concerns me for it.

My diet isn’t perfect but it’s not terrible. I could say I eat too much sugar per day as I usually have a big dessert at some point. I’m going to try and cut out all sweets to see if that helps.

Last night we had Chinese food, but I had a very modest serving. Cashew chicken over rice, a few dumplings, and sweet pea leaves (like sautéed spinach). That was at 6pm so I had almost five hours for it to digest before falling asleep.

I also drank a lot of water after dinner, so I don’t think it was the salt content.

Suggestions?

Edit - I also sleep with a sound machine, and the room is really dark.
This post was edited on 12/2 at 5:39 am


buzwa
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Youngsville, LA/Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2006
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
If you drink caffeine, stop by 4PM. The half life is 4-6 hours, so you could still have it affecting you when you try to sleep.
I find that I sleep better when it's colder in the room (65-68).
Remember to pee before bed also.

Good luck, I struggle with this too, even doing all of the above.


gizmoflak
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
quote:

Tips for sleeping longer?


I need tips for sleeping less.

My body never wants to get out of bed.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Central, LA
Member since Jan 2013
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Amen brother. I could sleep 10+ hours no problem if left alone.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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drink caffeine, stop by 4PM. The half life is 4-6 hours,


I could drink coffee right before bed and it wouldn't effect my sleeping


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MamouTiger65
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Everyone is programmed to need a different amount of sleep, generally between 6-8 hours a night. This number usually goes down as you age and women tend to need more.

If your body is waking itself up and you don’t feel rested you may want to try darkening your room, sound machine, etc. if you wake up feeling good then you likely just don’t need more sleep.


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SabiDojo
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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If you drink caffeine, stop by 4PM


Yeah caffeine easily affects me. I stop around 3.


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LSUfan20005
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Sounds like you are fighting your circadian rhythm - you should try going to bed earlier instead of forcing the later rise.

Go to bed 10min earlier each night and try to squeeze an extra 45min in at the end.

Make sure you are practicing good sleep hygiene with dim lights, no tv, no phone for 30min before bed.


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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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Amen brother. I could sleep 10+ hours no problem if left alone.




Once i had kids that went out the window

even when the family is gone, once 8am hits no matter how late i stay up. I wake up


tke_swamprat
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Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Rub one out before bed!


LSUfan20005
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
He goes to bed fine, just can't linger for 7+


Popths
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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Rub one out before bed!


Always works for me.


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zatetic
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Are you stressed or anxious? I wake up early if anxious. Even if it more akin to eagerness of something good. If you are excited about the upcoming half marathon maybe you can meditate calmer thoughts about it or something.


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BluegrassBelle
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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I also drank a lot of water after dinner, so I don’t think it was the salt content.



Do you have to piss like a racehorse as soon as you get up? Curious if maybe a full bladder is what is waking you up early. If so, you may want to watch how much water you drink 3-4 hours before you go to bed as well.


Shepherd
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Do you snore?


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humblepie
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Magnesium supplement just before you lay down. 200-400mg back off if a bit if you get "stomach" problems from it. It works great for relaxation.

Also, l-theanine 200mg is great too. I stay away from melatonin b/c of dependency concerns but if you want to take it get super low dosage pill and don't take more than 2mg a night.


Edit: Also I forgot to say always go to labdoor.com to check purity/safety scores for supplements.
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KG6
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Member since Aug 2009
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Are you noticeably tired? If not, it may not be an issue. I pretty much get up at 4 a.m. on my own every morning now. If it's a weekend that I can sleep in, it's pretty much me playing on my cell phone for an hour or so until another wave of "tiredness" hits that lets me take another little nap until about 7:30ish. Rarely can I make it longer. But I'm also not usually too tired during the day.

Now come 8:30 on a day where I had a big workout load 1.5 hour runs or say a 3 hour bike, I start to crash and need to be sleeping by 9:30. Still wake up at 4 am the next day though.


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JJ27
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
I’ve worked in Neurology/Sleep for 17.5 years. I had the same problem for several years. The neurologist I worked with at the time asked me if I could function. Could I get everything done that I needed to without feeling tired/drowsy? I answered yes sir. His reply was when I couldn’t, then we would try and fix it. Some people just flat out require less sleep while others require more. This coming from the same man I saw many times write a prescription for an afternoon nap to employers for people suffering from hyper somnolence.

So when it starts affecting your life/work, let us know and we will fix it.


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The Spleen
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
Part of getting older. I wake up every morning around 5 no matter what time I go to bed the night before. Sometimes I get back to sleep for 30-45 minutes on the weekends, but usually not.

I've started taking melatonin at night. I still wake up around 5 every morning, but I feel much more rested once I get up out of bed. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but I feel better.


JJ27
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re: Tips for sleeping longer?
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I've started taking melatonin at night. I still wake up around 5 every morning, but I feel much more rested once I get up out of bed. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but I feel better.




Try taking 2.5-5mg 5 hours before bed, then another 2.5-5mg when you go to bed.


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