Hypersomniac? Narcoleptic? Delayed sleep phase?

May 14, 2012 5:33pm CST
Hello to all my fellow sleepers! Just a quick question to ask what non-medical solutions you use to stay awake and mange the levels of sleep you have. The basics are obvious - sleep hygiene, natural sunlight, a balanced diet, minimal caffeine levels, no tv an hour before bed...do you do anything different which has helped you manage your condition, except through use of stimulant mess? I'd live to hear any! So many people suffer from insomnia and finding fellow insomniacs is very easy nowadays...but I can't say the same about us sleepers!
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@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
15 May 12
First of all not everybody needs the same amount of sleep. Dark bedroom and good matrass is important. Don't eat heavy (cooked) meals before you go to bed, don't sit in the light (keeps your brains awake) so no tv, computer, or other (exciting) things that keep your brains busy. There are plenty of people who can sleep very well after drinking coffee or tea. I doubt this is the reason of staying awake. Mostly it is because people are way to busy and don't know how to relax anymore. Also: narcoleptic is a disease and if you have problems to get a sleep by periods or once in a while it's not insomnia either. Important is to write down your life style, to be aware of your own bio-ritme (when is your energy level at the top when it it's lowest?). If you keep yourself awake at night it's normal you fall a sleep at daytime. BTW the longer you have sleeping problems the longer it will take to re-scedule your bi-ritme. I know a lot of people, met a lot of people but I don't know anyone with real insomnia or other sleeping problems. So this makes me wonder how come. Does it have to do with the country you live, your stress level, the lack of relaxation or?
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15 May 12
It doesn't have anything to do with where I live, or my stress levels. This was something that I developed at a very early age. Yes you don't come across people like me everyday, but that's not to say we don't exist :)
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• United States
14 May 12
Well I personally don't have this problem, but know quite a few people who have problems with staying asleep, or falling asleep at the wrong times. One way to stay awake is to keep moving. The longer you sit, the more chance of falling asleep. Also if you change up your routine frequently this can help stimulate the mind, rather than bore it with the same routines.
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@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
15 May 12
A pleasant day Eucalyptus, With reference to your main topic, well, I can pretty define myself as one of the late sleepers. Since I very seldom sleep early. But, I can't say that I am suffering from insomnia. Hence, my regular sleeping hour is around half past midnight or beyond like around 1 or 2 am. Well, maybe because of my preoccupied time due to my online business activities. But, I can't really say that I have an insomnia since I can sleep early if I want to. As I can sleep as early as 8pm if I really wish to sleep. In this situation, perhaps, the setting of the mind somehow contributes. Hence, if you like to sleep, you will set your mind that you are sleepy. Aside from that, if ever I really need to sleep, I usually say a little prayer, that God will help me to have sound sleep so I can have a better rest for the rest of the evening. Until I wake-up the following day.
• Philippines
16 May 12
That's because you are used with your schedules and your circadian rhythm follows on the exact time you rest.
• Philippines
16 May 12
hi there september231988, wow, that is a great scientific explanation.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 May 12
well i am an insomniac to a certain degree due to health conditions but sleep is not something you mess around with as it can cause serious health issues later on. do you feel rested when you get up in the morning? maybe you are not getting as deep of a sleep as you think.
17 May 12
I do have deep sleep - I am a narcoleptic. Sleep studies have proven the lengthly periods of rapid eye movement. I never feel rested when I get up in the afternoon, I just have a really bad headache due to dehydration :(
@GardenGerty (103964)
• United States
15 May 12
I am not a sleeper as you call it, although I have gone through times in my life when you could guarantee I would fall asleep by putting me in front of a movie or in a car. I went through about three months of taking a daily nap and got past that. Only occasionally do I fall asleep in front of the computer, but it is only when I have worked really hard. Can you schedule a regular nap and does it improve your waking schedule. I do find that taking vitamins at night tends to wake me up, so maybe that would help you stay awake.
15 May 12
Unfortunately napping makes the situation worse. I don't wake up very easily - phones ringing, my door being banged on, alarms, nothing wakes me up once I'm in the abyss!