Messed up sleep schedule

I really need to quit napping by day. I dont get a lot of sleep, so I’ve been sleeping when I can. I know this is bad though. I know I should only nap for an hour or two max, if I do nap. I should set an alarm or something to wake me up and then just get up and stay awake until a decent hour. I napped earlier this afternoon, and now its 2 AM and I am wide awake. I woke up at about 1 AM. I did go to bed early, at around 9:30. But I couldnt settle, even though I was super tired. Has anyone got any tips, on what you do? Do you have a decent sleep schedule? Or do you sleep at funny hours? I cant be the only one who does can I? I doubt I’m going to go back to sleep now. I will probably stay up and read. Its a vicious circle though as I am busy this morning with slimming world, then I work on friendly call in the afternoon, so by 5 PM I’ll be done in. All I will want to do then is rest. I’ll try to stay up until 10 pm or so though I think. I have to get my sleep schedule back on track. I just have to. I know it isnt good to be asleep during the day and awake at night. And they also say weight gain is atributed to getting little sleep. If I want to lose weight I need to look after my body. I’m just so tired of fighting this sleep thing. Its just getting me down a lot. Sometimes I’ll sleep for 12 hours, its rare, but it does happen, especially when I am at my parents house. I love when I can do that. I feel so refreshed the next day when I get a good number of hours of sleep the previous night.

Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

12 thoughts on “Messed up sleep schedule”

  1. Hi Precious many have a disturbed sleep patterns … not me but then I never nap in the day! Am known to rest for 10-20 mins but never snooze as that would be a dangerous pattern to start as you mention.

    But don’t beat yourself up, do something useful like read or blog. Is this a pattern when you have a busy day ahead? Are you stressing about that? Obviously being at your parents home you feel very safe and comfortable … can you replicate any of that in your place. Write a list if you can do anything as it might numb your brain into sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sweet dreams or keep busy ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    1. I am reading now and enjoying my book very much, itโ€™s a good book called survivors by Maggie Oliver she was a detective who worked on a child abuse case in the UK and brought all the people who are abusing the girls to justice itโ€™s really good

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  2. I try to keep to a consistent bedtime most nights because if I’m late by even 15 minutes I’m a complete grumpy-bear in the morning. I make sure the room is dark which is sometimes hard for me because I have nightmares and don’t really like the dark. I also keep my cell in another room so it doesn’t bother me with any notifications.

    I definitely can’t sleep if I’m too warm so I’ll turn my heat down in the house (I go as far as 65 degrees) and put my heavy Hudson Bay blanket on my bed. I need the weight of blankets on top of me to sleep (even in the summer) so that’s another reason I turn the heat down. Have you ever tried those weighted blankets that are supposed to be useful for anxiety?
    Is Nitro allowed on the bed? Murphy isn’t allowed on the bed but when I would watch my friends dog she was allowed on the bed so I would fall asleep holding her ear and she would stay beside me all night.

    I don’t like it, but my son will sometimes have a glass of warm milk with a little bit of vanilla in it if he has a hard time falling asleep.

    I’m also very cautious about eating too close to bedtime or it usually keeps me up during the night. Same with caffeine. During the day yes, but in the evening not so much. I know you like tea. If you drink tea at night, have you tried switching to caffeine free teas (peppermint, chamomile, ginger etc.)? Peppermint may or may not give you heartburn but Ginger can settle your stomach and is also known to be good for autoimmune issues if you have trouble with any of those.

    Reading usually makes me sleepy but I’m careful about what I read close to bedtime–nothing too scary or overstimulating–so I try to keep it light and easy otherwise my mind starts spinning off somewhere else once I try to close my eyes.

    I never nap (unless I’m sick) because I find it harder to fall asleep at night if I do.

    I hope you can figure out what works for you and that your sleep gets more settled soon. For me, it comes and goes so I’m always trying to figure out what works for me. xx

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    1. Thank you Kerri for such a well thought out comments. I really appreciate it. Yes, nitro is allowed on the bed. In fact I have him on there most nights because he makes me feel safe. I do read a bedtime to. I also take showers sometimes before bed because I like to feel clean going into bed. Are use a soft warm blanket to wrap up in also. It comes and goes for me too I think Iโ€™m just going to have to accept that. XXX

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  3. Have you ever tried Mindfulness? There is a great book called: ” Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” (here at Amazon: Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World [ (Audio CD ) ABRIDGED AUDIOBOOK ] by Mark Williams, Prof. (2011-05-01) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KQQ63RG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_IFDhEbWS6X1XC there are other versions available too) it has some great exercises to calm your mind and in the course sleep better. I have started to just not worry anymore. If I sleep I sleep if I don’t I don’t and use it for reading or blogging. Maybe you just don’t need as much sleep as you think? But in the end you just have to try out different things and roll with what works. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

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