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I slept better last night; I went to bed earlier, so when I woke in the wee hours, I'd had more sleep already. Ironically, while awake I read an article about sleep in Details (free year's subscription!) which did not cheer me up as it told me all about insomniacs having more heart attacks and storing more fat. *sigh* If I don't get a full 9 hours, or at minimum 8 hours, I drop things, I can't concentrate at dayjob, I take little joy in anything, I feel more volatile and paranoid and depressed. It sucks.

I am wondering how directly stress affects my ability to go back to sleep once I've woken (usually for the bathroom). It seems like it would be easy to tell. Sometimes I can trace a direct line to an upcoming event - upcoming travel with bus or plane reservations, job interview, family issue. Sometimes I can't, and I wonder if it's hormonal. Sometimes the waking up and being awake for an hour or two lasts for several days, and I can barely function.

I am a worrier, as you probably already know, and I (LOL) worry about being a worrier, and worry about not getting enough sleep, which keeps me awake. This is...somewhat...frustrating.

But I usually have little trouble getting to sleep in the first place, which is a blessing. And if I didn't have to get up to go to dayjob in the morning, I could just sleep a couple extra hours in the morning and be fine. This, also, is frustrating.

All that said, I feel okay today. I had insomnia, but I also had almost enough sleep.

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nifwitch
Oct. 5th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sleep! Sleep well soon!
Do you find that your sleep cycles shifts with the seasons? I know that I'm perfectly happy to wake up early when it is summer and the days are long, but that I'd much rather go to bed early AND sleep late in the winter.

I hate insomnia. I, too, am more prone to morning insomnia than evening, though I stay up too late in the evening plenty often enough. 9 hours of sleep is definitely my ideal. I can function on 8, but I can't function on less for very long. Compensating for a run of morning insomnia by going to bed super early helps me a lot. Sometimes I find that this even resets my clock.

Sleep problems that aren't stress are definitely hormonal, because I'm pretty sure that it is hormones that tell us when to sleep. But you mean THOSE hormones. Could be.

For me, stress is almost always the precipitating factor, whether I'm aware of what the particular stressor is or not. Sometimes I bury that awareness.


What do you do in those wee morning hours when you can't sleep?


You might like the book Incognito. It is about consciousness and how the brain works. Very little of the work of the brain is consciousness and conscious functions. I thought it was fascinating.
oracne
Oct. 8th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Sleep! Sleep well soon!
I have an assortment of "insomnia books" that are usually theory of some kind - current one is Bodies in Dissent, and an encyclopedia of Mediterranean vegetables. Last night, I was reading VOGUE.
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