i got problem sleeping 8 hours a day

@tigeraunt (6331)
Philippines
January 20, 2010 3:07am CST
dear friends, according to a doctor that i asked, the right number of sleep is 8 hours everyday. but i dont get that much sleep because i have this habit of sleeping after midnight. i try sleeping earlier, and drink milk before getting to bed. sometimes i play soft music, still i could not sleep. my biological clock says its not time so i have to stay awake. the longest sleep i get is 4 or 5 hours each time. so during weekends i try made it a habit to take a nap. i cant during weekdays because i am working in the office. is it true that as a person gets older he or she gets problem sleeping the right number of hours? do you have techniques other than counting sheeps, or doing the things i do? maybe you have better ideas. would you share it please? ann
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• India
10 Mar 10
hi ann, the doctor is certainly right, i have this problem too, as we grow older we sleep less, more over mental condition plays a role in sleep management. on the nights i am terribly tired i sleep earlier, many say love making is good for a sound sleep too tyhanks for this post bhuwan
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
10 Mar 10
dear professor, there are scientific findings that love making loosen one's stress and is one very good way to find a peaceful, blissful sleep. thank you for your response. happy mylotting. ann
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• India
26 Mar 10
Hi ann, so you agree with me, thanks for selecting my response as BEST Professor here
@qamarep (4448)
• Pakistan
28 Feb 10
tell me about it man i got that problem too.. but it is because of the depression that i have got
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
1 Mar 10
dear qamarep, i wonder what is making you depressed? ive seen your profile and it looks like you are a young man with all the wonderful future ahead. i am sure that you have had beautiful memories, happy moments with your family. why dwell on the bad things? be positive. whatever is making you sad now can change tomorrow. just be hopeful and take life easy. and sleep. ann
• France
21 Jan 10
Haha we should change places!! I hate sleeping for long hours at time, but I just can't help it. I'm always exhausted, and by 9 or 10 pm I'll be in bed. I've got big trouble waking up in the mornings. Unless if I have classes at 8am, I'd probably still be sleeping like a baby till noon
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear lilmuchang, you made me laugh as well. it feels so good to be young and only thinking of school and friends. that is very good. be happy always. thank you for the response. ann
@junmae (1591)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
There is really such kind of person and it is regardless though people are aging. I also have a friend who only sleeps for 3 to 5 hours a day because she really has difficulty sleeping though she get in bed early but she really had a hard time sleeping. She even consult a doctor and seek for medicines but it was not working with her.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear junmae, very true, junmae. i havent consulted a doctor yet because i know they will prescribe medicine which i am trying to avoid. thank you for this response. ann
• Tianjin, China
21 Jan 10
I don't think that you must sleep 8 hours!! everyone is different.if your body is strong,it is no matter.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear xinlingchengbao, that is true. it depends on one's kind of work that he/she does in a day. younger people tends to sleep much longer than older people. thank you for this response. ann
@lelin1123 (15636)
• Puerto Rico
21 Jan 10
Since I turned fifty I have had trouble sleeping 8 or more hours. The most I can sleep and its very rare is 7 hours. My usual amount is anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. I try taking tylenol PM doesn't really work for me. I will read or watch TV. What I find that works nowadays is going to bed when I'm exhausted to the point that I can't keep my eyes open anymore. Most of the time the reason I can't sleep is because my brain can't shut down. Its a horrible thing when you can't get the rest that your body needs.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear lelin1123, i will be happy if i sleep 6 hours. i try to stay away from pills and other medicines to make me sleep because i know it is going to be another problem if the kidney gets in trouble. am sure there is a way to make the brain settle and cause one person sleep longer. thank you for this response. ann
@drawan (66)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 10
Accourding to others, lack of sleep is not good but I slept with 8 hours, right up next mprning my body felt broken, if sleep less than 8 hours even my body healthy
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear drawan, i agree with you. there is no energy and i sometimes wake up in the morning like there is a rain cloud on my head. thank you for your response. ann
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
I too have that kind of sleep. I am a morning person. I work until 12 midnight and arrive home at 1 am. I won't be able to sleep immediately because I still have energy and can still do a lot of things. My problem is that when I sleep at around 2 am, my body clock wakes me up at 6 or 7 am so I don't have other choice but to really wake up and start my day. I don't get any problem with waking up early and sustaining my day's energy until I finish my work during midnight. My dad said that when someone gets older, they tend to have a shorter sleep because they would want to make their day longer. I don't know if he has any basis about that but he himself sleeps shortly.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear sharlionse, it is true that there is less energy to move on when one has less sleep. if it happens continuously for several days, i guess one will get sick. thank you for your response. happy mylotting. ann
21 Jan 10
Do not misunderstand the doctor's suggestion. It does not mean everyone needs 8 hours sleep, few people needs 4 or 5 hours, it is enough for them if they feel ok every day.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear hereforyou999, what a relief. i will be happy to sleep at least 5 or 6 hours a day, but i thing i am able to for only 3 to 4 in a day. thank you for your response. happy mylotting. ann
• China
21 Jan 10
I have the same problem as yours.I am a university student, and sometimes I stay up late in order to prepare for my exams and papers. If this continues for more than a week, I can no longer fall asleep before midnight, even if I go to bed at around 11pm. Besides, my roomates seldom sleep before 1pm, which also delays my bedtime. However, since staying up lowers my sleep quality, I need even more than 8 hours' sleep to get enough rest, which in turn delays my bedtime. A vicious circle, isn't it? I tried lots of methods to get over it, such as doing exercises, drinking milk, not taking naps at noon...in which the most efficient one I found was to make a sleep schedule. People usually feel tired after dinner. On the first day, I went to bed right after dinner. The next day, I no longer felt so tired right after dinner, but at sometime afterwards, and I went to bed at that time. In this way, I managed to put it off until around 11pm, and I persisted in sleeping at that time to keep it steady. I hope I explained it clearly, though my English is not very good. Wish you have a good sleep!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
dear casperS, this is really a very good explanation. thank you so much for your response. and dont worry about the english. you did excellent. ann
@deenaly (162)
• Malaysia
21 Jan 10
I also have trouble sleeping. Mine is weird. When I stay awake, I'll feel very sleepy, but when I put my head on the pillow, I cannot go to sleep. Recently, I redevelop a habit of sleeping late at night. So what I did is I read a book while lying down. Then I would get sleepy, and sleep. Sometimes I needed to force myself to sleep. After doing it for a week, my biological clock is restored to it's rightful place. About your question on why as we get older, we get less sleep. Think of our body a a battery. I'll use my cell's battery as an example. it takes 2 and a half hours for my battery to be fully charged. As the battery grows older, less time is needed to recharge the battery, since the battery is weakened by the old age. My point is, sleeping is like charging your body's energy. As you grow older, you discharge your energy a lot less, and therefore you need less time to charge the body, meaning less sleeping time. My mother is 41 this year, and she only sleeps 3-4 hours a day. I on the other hand, sleeps up to 8 hours a day. Hope the explanation is useful. By the way, this example is analogical. There's probably more scientific explanation on this.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
hello deenaly, that weird thing with you also happens to me. thank you so much for this response. it indeed is very helpful. ann
@shylade (3135)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
hi tigeraunt! what keeps you awake till midnight? maybe this is the reason. are watching TV or surfing the net? if i remember right, in one of a talkshow i have watched, to be able to sleep early you need to make your room an ambience. which means make your room especially your bed a place to relax and sleep. do not bring your work to your bed, your laptop, PC or even TV. it will make you feel its not a place to sleep. also, try to check your diet. even if you are drinking milk, if you are taking in too much foods or drinks with caffeine then there is no effect at all. sometimes its also the stress that you feel. worries may also be a cause. just pray before you sleep. everything will be alright. good day!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
dear shylade, it is the work in the office, i guess. it is difficult to leave the problems especially if you know that it is your responsibility to make the operations smooth and without hassles. part of the duty is being called when there are emergencies in the field, and that is even late in the night or in the wee hours of the morning. no, i am not a doctor i dont take coffee so it is not caffaine. thank you for your reply. it is appreciated. ann
@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Jan 10
I don't sleep as much as I should, but I normally take a bath to relax. Or, I try to do something to ware myself out. It usually works, but sometimes if my mind is full then it doesn't. I wish you luck in getting sleep. Try power napping that is sometimes better if you can't get the recommended 8 to ten hours most get.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
dear kay, a bath is always a very nice thing to do before getting to bed. but i am so used to doing that everyday that it seems its not helping much. i dont understand power napping. can you explain further please? ann
@dsis26 (54)
• India
21 Jan 10
Hi I think you solve your problem very easily .When you going to sleep, don't think anything , leave your tension, try to sleep and try to watch sweet dream.If that's not work then you have to do yoga. I think it make your problem solve easily. Happy sleeping.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
dear dsis26, i just wish i could do that. its difficult not to think of nothing or anything. but i understand what you are implying. thank you so much for your comment. happy mylotting. ann
@jenn_ley (13)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
try this tip...i use to be like that before. what i did was, i take a sip of jasmine tea, or any other tea that you feel relaxed, and savor its aroma. then i prepare my bed, i take a shower with a warm water, i dim my light, i pray, and read some books. or i read then pray!...after a while i didn't even noticed that i dropped the book i was reading...try this tip! it worked for me! hope it works on you to!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
23 Jan 10
dear jenn_ley, i have done the rest of what you said and books are interesting and also i didnt notice that i dropped the book i was reading.. at 4am. am not making you laugh or this discussion amusing. honestly, it didnt work for me. but am very glad it did to you. thank you for the response. please keep doing. ann
• United States
21 Jan 10
I have this same problem. I get on average about 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night. And that's for the same reason, my biological clock says that I cannot go to sleep yet because I still have things that I need to do for some reason. And some nights I'll even stay awake rolling around thinking about everything... it sucks. I know how you feel. And I have tried just about everything in the book and it still doesn't work.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
23 Jan 10
dear Gsxrking2009, i am not alone then. i took some pills today which after a few minutes makes me very sleepy. but in between i woke up and now am back and could not sleep. so i thought i better earn a few points rather than stare at the ceiling and wait for the sleepiness to come back. will just make up for lost sleep in the morning. thanks for the comment. have a nice day. ann
• Hong Kong
21 Jan 10
yes it should be 8hrs of sleep but me too i can't do that i sleep early before midnight but still i cant get that sleep very much, i only have 6 is so lucky and 3hrs is no good, and still i can't sleep that much..
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
23 Jan 10
hello john_ronald, i hope you are not fond of black coffee. thank you for your response. happy mylotting. ann
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
20 Jan 10
I know some elderly people that only really sleep like around 4 or 5 hours a day too. They go to sleep really late and wake up really early. I guess as long as it doesn't hurt the way you function its okay. I think they take a nap in the afternoon too. I would try not to eat or drink anything close to when I am going to sleep because my stomach would wake me up. lol. I would also try to reduce my stess level too. If that doesn't work then I would just get prescribed sleeping pills.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
hello nijolechu, sometimes i get 2 or 3 hours sleep for 3 consecutive nights. on the fourth night, i feel i am already tired hence i get a longer sleep hence i am able to sleep earlier than usual. but after that, am back to the 2 to 3 hours sleep again. am afraid to use the sleeping pills. thank u. please keep responding. ann
20 Jan 10
I can't remember the last time I slept for 8 hours a day, probably the last time I has the flu or something. I usually survive on 2 or 3 hours most days but that is because of a back problem which makes getting to sleep difficult but also causes me to wake up numerous times a night. The thing I have learned is not to worry about getting 8 hours a night, or going to bed by such an hour so you can fit in those 8 hours, because the more you stress over it the harder it becomes. If you go to bed when you are tired and wake up naturally without being disturbed then you will be getting however much sleep your body says you need. For some people that is 8 hours for others that is a lot less. What I find and this goes against all medical advice is to have the TV on when I go to bed and will naturally drop off whilst watching it. If I don't then the silence drives me to distraction and my mind becomes over active with thoughts going around and around.
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@SirDukes (10)
• United States
20 Jan 10
i sleep 4 as well i deliver bread and wake up at 3 am
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
dear sirDukes, i am sure it is a very hectic schedule in the morning and so early too. but i think it has something to do with job or business? do you sleep in the middle of the day? ann