It seems that most people don't get enough sleep, and sleep deprivation can have significant effects on your health. How much sleep do you need? Do you get that amount of sleep or less? What are your biggest reasons for not getting enough sleep? Share Your Experiences
eating while a sleep
- I'm in bed by9pm and in the middle of the night I'm up, something eating and sometimes getting ready for work like turn on the coffee pot or getting dress for work , then I start waking up and see it only 2am and go back to bed for a few hrs . the doctor gave me some sleeping pill but they don't work either and I'm a shame
- —Guest lyn
- I Google staying awake because I have literally been trying to sleep for 8 hours and now have to wait 14 more before I can attempt sleep again and your first bit of advice is "get a good nights sleep"? Lol
- —Guest Seriously?
Help I can't stay asleep
- I have been a rapid cycler for 20 years. I can't stay alseep and sometimes I don't sleep at all. I have numerous pills but none seem to help. I am awake usually by 2am and I can't fall back alseep. I don't know where to turn. My doctor has worked with me with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions
- —Guest kettou35
- In the Circadian Disorder page and the Irregular Sleep-Wake Syndrome says "in those who choose to observe an unusual sleep pattern." People who suffer from one of the Circadian Sleep Disorder do not choose to sleep on bad times, it's a Neurological Disorder, not a behavioral problem. I have this for 20 years and it doesn't work like that.
Dr. Peters's Response: The first part of that sentence is important: "It may result in individuals with a brain injury or..." The second part of the sentence refers to the fact that some people with jet lag or who are shift workers may be observed to have a sleep pattern that is disrupted and irregular. These people actually have another circadian disorder, but the pattern (which is more behavioral) may be similar. The cause in those cases is obviously quite different and, as you say, there can be a clear neurological cause to it.
- —Guest Ann
- I recently started working 3rd shift and have an ok time staying awake overnight, there is plenty to do and I've followed the suggestions of others includind spacing out my work, getting up and moving around, eating (for me frequent small bites work best), and occasional caffeine. My biggest problem occurs on my days off! All I want to do is sleep. I could literally stay in bed from Tuesday morning at 7am (the start of my "weekend") until Thursday at 11pm (the end of my weekend). I hate it! I feel so unproductive and like I don't have a life! The shift and job are great; however!
- —Guest 3rd Shift
I have superior brain power
- I don't need sleep it's a waste of time.
I'm currently getting a divorce she has a dumb attorney I don't need one why because I have superior brain power I bet I could pass the bar.
- —Guest Doug
- I read this article after I completed a full night with sleep alarm clock ( clock that wakes you up in your lightest fase of sleep to improve awakeness) and realized I only got 7 hours of sleep. I read this article to realize that I need 9.25 hours of sleep. I better get to bed earlier!
- —Guest Hannah
reason for not sleeping
- started out because it was difficult for me to unwind from a very difficult day at work (more anxiety driven). Now I am addicted to pain killers
- —Guest psych
- Good idea for determinig needs. Will have to try that one.
- —Guest Simitronic
- While enjoying a year of severance, I discovered that my natural sleep need was approximately 10 hours! I may have been playing catch up after a 33 year hectic (and great) career, but you'd think after even 3 months that would be paid off. Now that I'm back in the workforce, I try to get 8 a night, then 9-10 on weekends whenever possible. I look forward to true retirement, where I can allow my tired self to sleep all I want.
- —Guest kathryn
- A Fellow worker discovered I had Naraclpsy while working with him .I was falling a sleep during the day time .I told the Dr., than sent to a sleep lab for testing .It was diagnosed correctly .That is why I had a terrible time learning in school .I was tired most of the day and was not listening what was instructed or I was sleeping during class and no one told me what the problem was .I could not wait to get home to have a half hour sleep before supper.I'm now retired and take a pill while driving .I can fall asleep one hour after I get up and sleep for a least an hour .I love to sleep .(sleep my productive life away ).Its a terrible desaese not many understands .Most people think you are lazy .Its now 2:20 AM ,and I'm wide awake on the computer .I lost jobs and a good wife because of this terrible disease.
- —Guest James K. Gordon
work and sleeping pills
- I work as a full time bus driver. It's like playing a video arcade game all day long. At the end of the day my mind is overstimulated and difficult to maintain solid sleep without sleeping pills. I do average 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours sleep most nights. I'm 54 postmenopause which explains problems with sustained sleep. I wake up about 2-3 times per night. During my vacation I had better sleep without sleeping pill most nights. When I wake up and can't fall back to sleep I get up and read the Bible. It's very calming and works almost all the time.
work and sleeping pills
- I work as a full time bus driver. It's like playing a video arcade game all day long. At the end of the day my mind is overstimulated and difficult to maintain solid sleep without sleeping pills. I do average 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours sleep most nights. I'm 54 postmenopause which explains problems with sustained sleep. I wake up about 2-3 times per night. During my vacation I had better sleep without sleeping pill most nights. When I wake up and fall back to sleep I get up and read the Bible. It's very calming and works almost all the time.