has anyone been able to successfully change their sleeping habits?

@timhinyy (1653)
United States
March 24, 2010 9:19am CST
I have always been one of those people that has a hard time going to sleep at night and in the last week I have decided to try to make a conscientious effort to make a change in how I sleep as before I would usually not be able to sleep and be up until 3 or 4 AM. In the last week I have been getting up no later then 9 AM and it has been helping me be able to fall asleep easier at night. Has anyone else been able to do this kind of change this quickly and been able to stick with it?
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• United States
25 Mar 10
I haven't tried really. I just go to sleep an hour earlier these days. My bedtime has been 3:30am forever. But these days I tend to get to bed by 2am.I still only need 3-5 hours. If I get 6 or 7 It is a Great night sleep.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
25 Mar 10
wow three to five hours I think i need a little more then that to be functional in the morning I don't get my sleep all at once as i will wake up sometimes when I am sleeping and just go back to sleep, but I am usually in the six or seven hours total range. Some nights when i was having trouble falling asleep I would still be up at that hour and when I am I would just watch something on the television to relax, but since I have changed my habits I have been able to fall asleep at a more normal hour and have been able to get up no later the 9 AM in the morning and this seems to work much better for me then what I was doing before.
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• United States
25 Mar 10
When I finished highschool I Finally could stay up all night and then sleep until 11am! When I first started my job I had to get up at 9am to get ready for work. So that when bedtime became 3:30am. Even when I was off I tended to go to bed at that time.But now My schedule has changed.I start work a little later three out of four days.And one day I go in early. I Could sleep in more often but I don't. I tend to go to sleep around 2am and I get up around 8:30am or so. But I will stay up until 4am or 5am if there is a damn good movie to see.and then get up at 8am and work and still be ok.
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@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
24 Mar 10
It's really hard for me to change my sleeping habits, as I am usually very busy since I wake up, early in the morning, so when I arrive home I am tired and go to sleep soon. Actually, I think I don't have enough free time to change my sleeping habits, but I would like to be able to sleep everydays until 12 P.M.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
it was actually easier then i thought to be able to change mine and i liked it so much the first day and was so much easier to sleep at night that it just made sense to do it everyday, since i did not have to be up at a specific time each day, but when i am i can get a lot more done then when i sleep in all day and unless it is raining it will get pretty bright in my room.
• Hong Kong
25 Mar 10
hi madteaparty Sleep early at night is good for our health, so I don't think you need to cahnge your sleeping habits :) I had slept a lot when I was young, somedays I woke up around noon, but tell you what, this was the years I got sick and the very depressed moment in my life so far. So I would say wake up early is a good habit.
@netcoder (276)
• Philippines
10 Apr 10
i have no problem when it comes to sleeping as i can sleep anytime as long as i want it, and if sometimes i still stay awake at night, its because i want it and not because i cant sleep. im a sleepy head so easy for me to sleep anytime and anywhere.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
10 Apr 10
I have never been someone that can sleep for long periods of time, but when I am in my sleeping mode I can fall back asleep if I wake up for whatever reason. I am sleeping much better the last few weeks since I started sleeping this way and it seems to be much easier sleeping at night now and I will try to keep it up since it seems to be working out much better then before when I had trouble falling asleep when it was time to go to sleep.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
25 Mar 10
My sleeping habits have been pretty much the same ever since I was a child. I pretty much got into the habit of getting to bed rather early. Sure there were nights where I stayed up a bit more but for the most part, it was in bed by a certain time. Then I get up early in the morning. Then again, there were times where I had woken up much later, but then again for the most part it is pretty much the same time. I doubt I could change my sleeping habits after falling into a set routine for a number of years. My body is just too used to getting into a certain pattern. I don't even know what might happen if I even try to sleep at different times. I doubt it would be any good. That is the reason why I have stuck with a tried and tested schedule over the years. It is extremely difficult to change a sleeping regime after moving into a set pattern.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
10 Apr 10
I was always someone that after I reached a certain age I was always prone to staying up later at night until recently so now I try to go to sleep around the same time and get up around the same time everyday and since I started doing that it has been much easier sleeping at night.
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
i used to sleep 3am sometimes around 5am but if i want to sleep early like 8pm or 1pm i can easily do that. it really depends to your mind. for me i just get my mind tired by watching online movie or watching tv while lying in my bed around 8pm then i turned off the light then all of a sudden i will feel sleepy. sometimes i just close my eyes and listen to instrumental music in low sound till i fall asleep.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
10 Apr 10
well the nights that I really had trouble falling to sleep I would still be up at that time of the night and it was really frustrating when I could fall asleep, because I was sleeping at such odd hours that I would not be tired when it was time to sleep, but since I made the change and started getting up earlier a few weeks ago I have not had any trouble falling asleep at night.
@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
25 Mar 10
Good for you. Actually, it is the most difficult thing to wake up that early, if you can make yourself wake up that early, there's no problem to fall asleep at night. I have tried so many years to change my sleeping, but it's difficult, as I can't wake up earlier, in turn, I would shift my sleeping time. I think you can do a little bit stretching exercises in the morning, or you can exercises you like most, it helps you fall asleep faster and easier at night.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
10 Apr 10
it has been a few weeks now since I started doing the new sleeping pattern and I have been able to stick with it and it has really helped me fall asleep easier at night and in turn I am able to get more done throughout my day since I am now getting up earlier.
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
I have also adjusted my time to sleep because my hubby's work is in shift and most of the time his home at 2am, so even our eating time is also adjusted. We do sleep in the morning and wake up at 3pm to take our breakfast, imagine that. But when I took a vacation back to my country where it we have 2 and a half hours advance time, i was able to adjust my sleeping hours (took me 1 week) of course. I was thankful for the food supplements that my mom gave me so that my body and mind would be just as relaxed and helped me a lot to sleep better. Now that I am going back again to the same timing that hubby has, I would be taking along with me those food supplements with me to help me at least adjust again and my body still at its best, even if the work schedule of hubby is really worst. I will also share this with him so at least he will be stressed free and relaxed.
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
25 Mar 10
I am surprised that I have been able to make the adjustment so quickly to getting up at a different hour, but it seems to be working out greatly so far and I hope I can stick to it. It is nice that you changed how you sleep to accommodate his schedule as I do not envy anyone that has to work those odd hours I thought it was bad enough when my dad had to leave for work at 5 AM everyday, but that schedule that your husband has must be worse since you have to eat at odd hours too.
• United States
24 Mar 10
I tried it once, it was quite hard especially me being a teenager but you will eventually get to a point when you feel that you don't need to sleep during the day time anymore. It takes up to a month, of course the other part of this statement is turning your sleeping habits around again when you actually need to do something in the day time.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
Usually I don't try anything like this, but since I was getting frustrated how i was sleeping I thought I would try something different and since I have done this is has worked out really well so far and I am able to get done what I need to in the daytime.
@Oskuuu (9)
• Finland
24 Mar 10
I have! I use to sleep with one pillow and now i sleep with two but any major change in my sleeping habits i haven´t successfully done. At summer i would like to go to sleep like 4AM and sleep 10 hours a night but i can´t. Even if i go to sleep at 4AM i will always wake up at like 9AM and that sucks!
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
I haven;t really done anything pillow wise except just change to a different pillow especially if i wake up with a stiff neck or something like that as with the new way I've been sleeping I haven't been having those problems as of yet.
• Estonia
24 Mar 10
That's a good method you've used to change your sleeping habit. It always works with me too. I usually change my sleeping habits in the end of the school holidays, because I need to adjust myself for school schedule. I tend to stay up until late night in the holidays. To change my habit I also get up earlier in the morning and it allows me to fall asleep earlier too. It's good because when it's the morning I have to wake up for school for the first time after holidays, I don't have much problems with getting up.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
yes it seems to be so far so good with the new way of sleeping and i seem to like this better since i am sleeping better at night so far.
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
actually it's difficult to change my sleeping habits. but in truth, it's quite quick for me. after one ,two days.. my sleeping habits have been altered already.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
It hasn't been too tough on me yet and I am actually liking being up in the morning and so far I haven't had any trouble falling asleep at night since i started getting up early in the morning.
• Germany
24 Mar 10
i know one who used to go to bed 2 or 3 am and wakes up 10 or 11am. Now that he is working, he goes to sleep 11pm and wakes up 6:45am to go to work 7am. I think when you have nothing to do the next day, you tend to sleep later in the night. There is no time schedule to follow if one stays at home. Although some really stick to the ideal sleeping time even the next day is a holiday.
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
I just figure it this way if i can try to get myself into a more regular routine where i get up around the same time and go to sleep around the same time then it is easier for me to get more done throughout the day and easier on me to fall asleep at night.
• Greece
24 Mar 10
Hello timhinyy, I am so glad that I can help you. Wake up at 9 am it is the first step for my also. But before I go to sleep I am trying to do stuff to relax my body and mind. Listening music or reading a good book with fun material. Drink chamomile:is a common name for several daisy-like plants.These plants are best known for their ability to be made into a tea which is commonly used to help with sleep and is often served with either honey or lemon.
@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
me and my partner will have music on while we try to sleep and I think it is very helpful in helping me relax to go to sleep I just think that with my sleeping patterns being so out of whack like they were before some days not getting up before the afternoon that I was just not tired enough to fall asleep easily and now with getting up earlier I am tired enough to sleep and with getting up earlier I seem to get more thing accomplished in the day.
• Philippines
24 Mar 10
Before I was a night person. My classes starts at 5 to 9 pm and need to finish home works and things before I go to bed. So I am usually sleeping around 3 to 4 like you are, but now I am working and I need to be at work around 7am so I turned my sleeping habits around. At first it was hard. But I guess our body can adjust quickly.
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
24 Mar 10
i have been sleeping the new way for about a week now where i get up around 8 or 9 somewhere in that time and go to sleep between 12 and 1 Am so far so good it seems to be working out well and so far I have been able to stick to it.