How do you cope with three hours sleep?

United States
September 10, 2007 9:43am CST
Last night, I made the mistake of staying up too late, trying to get some work done. And, when I crashed in bed around three AM, I felt like I was going to sleep for a year. But, wouldn't you know it, the sleep only lasted about three hours before I was rudely awakened by the neighbors leaving for work. And, then I spent thirty minutes in bed trying to go back to sleep, but could not. Now, I am stuck with only three hours sleep, trying to cope. So far, I feel pretty good. No ill effects. But, I know as the day wears on, I'll begin to feel drowsy and lethargic and less productive. How do you cope when you only have a small amount of sleep? I've tried drinking tea, but I'm not sure if that's enough to keep me awake all day. Would appreciate suggestions.
20 responses
@ersmommy1 (12597)
• United States
16 Nov 10
Just came across this one!! Lots of coffee! With an almost 2 yr old, if I am lucky a nap!
• United States
17 Jan 08
I just do what I have to do and then find some time to take a short nap. Taking a short nap, rather than a long nap helps energize me enough to go for awhile longer. Then, I just crash into bed earlier than usual so I can get enough sleep for the next day.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
15 Sep 07
I haven't found anything that works for me. My husband drinks coffee. I would drink cappacino but just cause it tastes good, i never noticed any effects from the caffine. Having kids i've gone with not much sleep alot. I've found that if i just keep moving i do ok. the afternoon is where it starts to catch up to me. so if i can make it through the afternoon then i'm ok till bedtime.
• Pakistan
15 Sep 07
Oh...So you and my mother are in the same club.Well,my mother always takes about 3-4 cups of tea/coffea a day to keep herself active.In my case,the hectic university timings all day long,and then the homework and house chores and BLAH BLAH...I have to wake up at 07:00 AM and go to sleep at about 03:00 and sometimes even late if there are too many assignments...and the result is that you feel dizziness all day long which is absolutely not good for anyone. Just try to manage your time and have a breaking point at that time of the night so that you could get atleast 5-6 hours of sleep to keep active throughout the day.But please,avoid those anti-sleep pills as they have a lot of side-effects and you could get into psychatric problems as well. Take care.
• Australia
15 Sep 07
As a mother of four, I often get three hours or less of sleep a night and I find that coffee is my saviour! I am sure the caffiene helps emmensely but so do my thought patterns as I am drinking the cup down. I tell myself that with every sip I drink I am feeling more and more awake and re-energised. This reminds me, I really should try this with water one day to see if it is my psychological state making me feel more awakened - maybe I am in fact self-hypnotising myself! I find that my worst time of day for the tiredness to strike is between 3-4pm so I make sure I make myself do something energetic at that time. They say that exercise brings on more energy don't they?
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
15 Sep 07
You just have to get through today- and then get enough sleep tonight- It’s hard to cope through the day- You feel like you are in another place- floating through the day. I am always fine in the morning- but by mid-afternoon- I get feeling tired, cold, and achy- when I don’t sleep enough- And then comes grumpiness! : ( I drink Coke—and lots of water when I’m sleepy.
@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
13 Sep 07
Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine. I prefer caffeine in a pill. I like to use Vivorin. I used to work nights and it worked great for me. I never have been much of a coffee drinker and tea just doesn't have enough caffeine to keep you going.
@viroop (155)
• China
11 Sep 07
ya i to faced many times the same situations , i share with u,i always explain my frieds of subject during exams ,during exams i explain them upto10 and i tries to read for upto 3 o clock and they wake me up at 6 to explain thenm again this badly turned out to my habit to do the same now i cant sleep more than 5 to 6 hours this became my passion
• United Arab Emirates
11 Sep 07
The only way to compensate a sleep is sleep itself. Try to sleep early or on time if you have experienced a sleepless night. Nothing helps. Whatever u do will only last for some time then you will feel tired. You have to compensate your sleep with good sleep and next day everything will be fine. If I experience lack of sleep then I too compensate the next day. Till then I will be chargeless and drowsy. Sleep is as important as water or food. So, sleep well and have a good night sleep.
@hanyixin (67)
• China
11 Sep 07
good ideal!but for me drink something tea ,i will awake all day.i have difficult in sleeping ,so i hate and feel whiny when i don't have any dowsiness.but i have found a good way which is right to me .after reading a book or listening to a soft music ,i sleep well. now ,i try to do some yoga to prove quality of my sleep.
@kirith (27)
• India
11 Sep 07
Hi ,even the same happened with me ,I went to sleep at 2am in the morning and i had to get up at 6am.I was feeling so sleepy that I was into deep sleep and I opened my eyes only at 8am .I had to go for work by that time and I was late . But somehow I then managed with my work but still I was feeling sleepy and I was unable to manage my work.I had cups of tea and coffea which really worked in keeping me awake .So I think tea and cofee can keep us awake ,and that really would be a good idea
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
11 Sep 07
I always try to drink coffee. I will feel more awake after drinking few cups of warm coffee. I had few times less sleep, because my baby was sick. So I need to stay awake to accompany her.
@MisterPlus (1917)
• Philippines
11 Sep 07
It is always good to have a power nap. try to get a 15 minute nap for every hour and surely you'll be recharged.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
11 Sep 07
There are not much you can do. The best thing to do is go bed early and get the additional rest you need tonight. I have these sleepless night, and it's a horrible experience.
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
I dont have any suggestions but to have coffee, coffee and more coffee...I only get about 3 hours of broken sleep every night...Its horrible but I have children so I just get on with it...
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I drink a lot of Mountain Dew when I haven't had enough sleep. It helps me get through the morning. lol I usually try to get in a nap in when my son naps in the afternoon. If for some reason I can't, I just drink mountain dew alternating it with water, all day. Last time I only had 3 hours of sleep, I drank about a gallon of water and 4 cans of Mountain Dew. It got me through the day okay. I usually only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep anyway, though. So I can usually catch up during my son's 2.5 hour nap, even if I just had 2 or 3 hours of sleep the night before.
@mummymo (23707)
10 Sep 07
well sweety caffeine will keep you going but can also leave you very jittery and shaky! This happens to me quite often - in fact 3 hours is a lot of sleep to me - sometimes i get less but as I am not physically very mobile that is the reason I cope with it! Hope you feel better later and get a decent sleep tonight! xxx
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Just stay busy and don't sit down or take a nap and set the alarm for 1 hour so you can sleep tonight.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
10 Sep 07
Well, I stayed up as late as two this morning and woke up at six thirty, but I refused to get up till seven because it was hard to fall asleep again. Today I have been mlotting the whole day. I feel tired and sleepy, but mylot seems to be some good stuff to keep me awake for mylotters. Could mylot help as much as the same to you, friend?
• Singapore
10 Sep 07
I think you will be alright for today. Unless tonight you burn the midnight oil again and get another 3 hours of sleep, then you will definitely feel the side effect tomorrow. If you are really affected, and coffee and tea do not help, maybe you can consider some mint to wake up those senses!