Sleeping habit changes...

@sishy7 (27324)
Australia
March 18, 2012 9:45am CST
Perhaps it's because of changes in my life or responsibilities, but it seems I have different sleeping habits in different stages of my life. As I get older, I find myself waking up very early in the morning no matter how late I went to bed. I hardly ever sleep 8 hours at night anymore; it's like I don't need to sleep as long as I used to like when I was younger. And I don't take naps, either; that's always been the way. What kind of sleeping habits do all of you have?
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@VivaLaDani13 (16316)
• Perth, Australia
6 Dec
@sishy7 My sleeping habits are all over the place. It can fluctuate a lot in a week. I can go from staying awake for over 24 hours, to sleeping a couple hours...being awake another 12 hours....sleeping all day....sleeping all day and all night. It really is all over the place. Can be annoying.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
6 Dec
Oh... I'd imagine that can be hard to manage at times... Sometimes having a routine, like school or work, can help in establishing a more regular sleeping habit... But I understand it can be different for individuals... I hope you can manage to have enough sleep every day at least...
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• Perth, Australia
7 Dec
@sishy7 Thank you very kindly. Have a feeling I won't sleep much tonight either. My throat has been a bit sore today as well as a little headache. Reminds me of when I had tonsillitis few years ago. Man that was hell If nothing has improved tomorrow, I will go to doctors.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
7 Dec
@VivaLaDani13 Yes, you will... Did you have your tonsils removed back then?
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@berting600 (3461)
• Philippines
18 Mar 12
I am agreeing with your observation that sleeping habits of individuals changes as they get older.Sometimes our sleeping schedules also changes when we are tense or something was wrong with our body.Have you noticed that?When you try not to change your sleeping habit please try avoiding sleeping too much late because it could trigger some chemical reaction to your body that causes your sleep to be interrupted by the body reaction.There are so many reasons why we can not sleep straight and still wakes up in the right time but sometimes due to physical fatigue you could wake up late because you still need some sleeping time.
@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
18 Mar 12
It's true, when I'm busy-minded I keep waking up a few times in the middle of sleep. If that happens several nights in a row, eventually my body will tell me that I need to catch up some sleeps as I will feel tired. It's almost midnight here right now, I should go to bed soon. Good night
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• Philippines
19 Mar 12
You must have a schedule to all your daily routines so that you could manage your time right and that you could finish all your routines in the right time.
@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
20 Mar 12
Yes, I do try to stick to routine schedule as much as I could. It'll be only in rare occasions that I'd be way off and messed up my sleep hours as the effect. One example was when I had a close relative passed away overseas a couple weeks ago.
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• India
29 Jun 12
Hi friend, you are right, our sleeping habits changes a lot based on our age. In childhood days we take lot of rest, after going to schools, we reduce our sleeping activities, after finishing education and going to a job, we don't have more time to rest. But we must have a proper rest for around 8 hours to have a healthy life
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
29 Jun 12
It does change depending on our age and, as some responders here said, activities as well. If I do not have enough sleep some nights, I'd feel the need to catch up next nights. I'd end up sleeping longer than usual as if my body is telling me that I need to do so.
• India
29 Jun 12
I think you have been so used to everyday lifestyle and it is so easy for your body that you need the miniun amount of sleep. If you want to sleep more, get your physical body tired. Because the lifestyle that you are used to doesn"t really include that. There are many examples on how you can do that such as jogging, playing sports, working out or just simply taking a long walk will get you the sleep you want.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
29 Jun 12
I agree that I may need to be more active these days; I can use some exercise... But actually, I don't really mind the amount of sleep I get. When I sleep too long, I feel like I am wasting time...
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
20 Mar 12
hi there, i do not know, when something change in life sleeping will be affectd sure same for everyone i think because all the people will think about the change that just happended to all whether its for good or worse and if the change happended to you or to your family it will affect your sleep, and some people do not know that they are having diffeculty in sleeping because of the new things in their lives, but they suffer from that too.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
21 Mar 12
Life changes can certainly affect your sleeping habit.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
20 Mar 12
I think that when I was a child, I was inclined to sleep in a bit more and want to say up late, into my early teenage years. Of course these days, I'm pretty much done before ten in the evening and up by about five thirty, six o clock in the morning. If I get up much later than that, there are just going to be a lot of times where my entire day is screwed up, even if it is a half an hour. There are just going be times where sleep might seem appealing but I'm on a strict schedule. And it has been a strict schedule for the past seven or eight years to say the very least. I'm sure as I look at my sleeping patterns about fifteen or so years down the line, they might be changed and altered. there are just going to be times where they have changed. I don't like taking naps unless I am sick and thus weak and need more rest, but I don't like sleeping out of my designated box if I can help it. That is just the way things roll.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
21 Mar 12
I think what you're doing, sticking to your strict schedule, is really healthy. Perhaps in the beginning, it takes a lot of effort to fight the urge to sleep in. But your body will quickly adjust to your will power to wake up at certain time.
• Spain
19 Mar 12
Well, life is full of changes and as we get older our responsabilities and worries hunt us in our dreams and thoughts all day. I think that sleeping more than 7 or 8 hours a day is a waste of time. I`ve always thought that like that. Life is too short and exciting to spend it sleeping. If you are sleeping less now, use that extra time to do things that you enjoy. My sleeping habits at the moment are quite messed up since I have a 5 months old baby boy but I don´t complain: I absolutely love being waken up by him, it´s a great feeling. I hope you find your sleep and rest.
@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
21 Mar 12
Firstly, welcome to myLot. It's a great site to share experiences and opinions with others all over the world. Hope you'll still find time to be active here while looking after your wonderful baby... I am actually grateful with my sleeping hours these days; even though it is less, but I am still feel restful. And as you said, I'd have more time to do other things.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
19 Mar 12
As I grow older, sleeping habits have changed drastically, and probably suffering from insomnia right now as i do fall asleep in the early morning hours, but only gets 3 to 4 hours of sleep as i automatically wake up at 7 a.m. Napping is occasional, depending when i am not doing anything.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
20 Mar 12
Insomnia is something I fear as I get older. I know many who suffer from it. I wonder if it's genetic. In this case I hope so, because I know my mom does not have it. She sleeps like a baby at night and still takes naps everyday too.
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
19 Mar 12
hi there, my sleeping pattern changes most of the time because i have so much to do. like i sleep late sometimes but i also have to wake up early for some chores and important things to do. if i don't get enough sleep, i make sure i do some time at the end of the week.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
20 Mar 12
Short hours of sleep at night cannot be avoided at times; but our body will tell us somehow when we need to make it up...
@Leeper (80)
• South Africa
19 Mar 12
It is a general given (as far as I remember from studies - and I may be wrong here)...that one needs less sleep as you get older. Babies need the most sleep, young children need many hours too...and as you grow older, that need becomes less. It averages out to about 6 hours on average. Also, when one really gets older, I remember hearing that it is believed one then spends less time in the deeper stages of sleep. So, you are right in your observation, that sleeping habits definitely change as we age... As for me, my sleeping habits right now are atrocious. I function best late at night or in the early hours of the morning - what is frustrating right now, is that I cannot have it both ways. At least, I have not found a way as yet.
@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
20 Mar 12
I'd imagine that would be somewhat hard to manage if you want to keep awake when you think you function best yet you cannot take some rests during the other times due to work or other responsibilities. You have to have time to sleep for your body and mind to function well, though. Perhaps when we are young, we tend to believe that we are some kind of super human and we can go on doing anything without sleep; but, that is just not natural and eventually it might just be destructive for ourselves.
@alberello (4756)
• Italy
19 Mar 12
To me was always told that the media with which you have to sleep should be about 8 hours. Certainly, this can be different from individual to individual. I've also recently changed the sleep cycle. One time I fell asleep very late at night (including to the 3.00 AM) and in the morning I woke up around noon. In recent times, however, I go to bed earlier and more often than they are already awake around 8.00 AM. Advantages or disadvantages? I do not know, however, I must say that lately I feel a little more invigorated than before.
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@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
19 Mar 12
So the amount of hours you sleep is about the same, but you feel more refreshed when you sleep and wake up early rather than late, right? Perhaps our body is built to be ready early in the morning to tackle anything we have to do that day. Then night time is supposed to be used for rest. Although I know there are those with night shift jobs who have to do the opposite.
• United States
19 Mar 12
yes, as i've gotten older my sleeping habits have and still are changing. i used to be able to stay up late and sleep till noon. now, as soon as the sun sets, i'm ready for bed. however, if i fall asleep before ten, i'm wide awake at midnight and can't go back to sleep. if i stay up till midnight, i can sleep till 5 or 6 am. this even goes for the weekends. i hate it!
@sishy7 (27324)
• Australia
19 Mar 12
Exactly, 5-6 hours of sleep seems to be all I could do these days. But I actually like it, because then I feel I have more time to do other things I need or want to do (mostly ended up doing what I 'want', though...)