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Sleep Issues
Like everyone else I know, I spent a lot of my time at MIT in a state of sleep deprivation. This had more to do with the fact that I was having a social life for the first time ever and my ability to procrastinate than anything else, but obviously the work load was a factor. Once I finally handed in my thesis my senior year I pledged to myself that I would get enough sleep from now on.* Mostly I have.

The past week or so, I have had some sleep issues. It goes thusly: I get to bed at a reasonable hour, sleep for 5-6 hours, then wake up in the wee hours of the morning, unable to get back to sleep. Then the next day I am in danger of nodding off at work, and after dinner I find myself struggling to stay awake. I have no idea what is up with this. Normally its natural and easy for the body to shift its schedule slightly later, but its as if mine is suddenly shifting itself earlier for no good reason. I don't want to be up at 5 am, and as far as I can tell there's nothing keeping me from going back to sleep. Its really weird, not to mention annoying.

*Yes, I realize that if I actually succeed in getting pregnant and having a baby my sleep will be screwed for at least six months, probably more, but I'm willing to make that trade.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: July 26th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


Could you take a nap before dinner and try to go to bed a little later?
Is there something happening in the wee hours of the morning that's waking you?
When you wake in the wee hours of the morning, what's going through your head?
countertorque From: countertorque Date: July 26th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get this occasionally. For me, it's usually stress related. If there's something irritating happening at work, or if something is going on with my extended family that I can't help with, I'll wake up at weird times for a few days.
remcat From: remcat Date: July 26th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My first thought was also "stress" -- I will wake up before a reasonable hour (defined by me as 6AM) if there is something upsetting or even "just" exciting going on in my life.

My second thought was ... are you getting a different amount of exercise than usual?

You have a leg up on me wrt having good sleep habits. It is an ongoing battle between Late Night Rachel (who is full of energy and thinks nothing of staying up an extra hour or three to socialize/play games/do crafts) and Early Morning Rachel (who bears the full brunt of the other's carefree attitude). I often feel I would be a much better and happier mother if I could regularly go to bed before 11 pm.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 26th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mostly more of the same...

...I was thinking that this reminds me of when I don't get enough exercise. Stress, though, often has the same effect.
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