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I don't drink as much as I used to, but I don't stray away from it at night like I "should".
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:32 PM cokezeroholic is offline  
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There is a cool app for the iPhone (if you have one) that is an alarm clock but to turn off the alarm, you have to solve some math problem. Not something i'd really want to do first thing in the morning but would wake me up as I hate my alarm ringing forever. Another idea, if it hasn't been suggested, is maybe trying to find a morning workout buddy - I have such a huge guilt trip if I bail on a workout with someone that it never fails to drag me out of bed. Good luck - I feel your pain on not wanting to get up but knowing you should.
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i put some web-capable device near me (iphone, laptop) that makes me start surfing the web instead of sleeping. then another problem: getting off the internets in time for work.

The other side of that would be that you'd spend an extra 5 (or 10 or 15) minutes surfing and/or using the device instead of going to sleep at night.
Old 10-10-2010, 09:58 AM KorruptioN is offline  
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Your situation sounds similar to mine. I could get 6 to 14 hours of sleep and feel exactly the same. Tired and stupid.

I did a full sleep study and went to multiple specialists, and it turns out that I had acid reflux. My REM cycle is just under 2 hours long, and every 20 minutes I would wake up to swallow the acid that had pooled in the back of my throat thus resetting my sleep cycle.

The solution has worked wonders for me and I feel like an entirely new person. I don't get sick as often, I have more energy, and my general mental performance has improved.

To solve this I got a wedge mattress, and I take Zegerid OTC before I go to bed if I ate anything after 8:00 PM. When picking a good wedge you want to be as elevated as you comfortably can be. This'll keep the acid in your stomach for as long as possible. Also, I sometimes take a Tums before bed if I ate something spicy or nasty.

Once I solved the sleep issue I then worked on getting to bed every day at the same time. Once I had a rhythm down, I felt like a normal person.

Hope this helps.
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I did a full sleep study and went to multiple specialists

How did you go about doing that? Did you just talk to your primary care doctor? Did your insurance cover the sleep study?
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Ha. I used the sun to wake me up in the past. Blasted me in the face at six AM and got me out of bed. It's all about getting into a routine though. I got used to going to sleep at 3 and waking up at six and I was full of energy w/o caffeine and what not.
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Another thing I've used in the past with relative success is Melatonin, I forgot to add that; haven't done it in a while. Seems to work well as long as I use it sparingly and adhere to some sort of sleep pattern.

I think I'll start leaving the blinds open as well... in my new place, windows will be facing east.

Long term, I'll try to ditch caffeine, or at least take it down a few significant notches.
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How did you go about doing that? Did you just talk to your primary care doctor? Did your insurance cover the sleep study?
My dad was seeing a doctor for his staph infection, and his doc just happened to share the office with a sleep specializing neurologist. My insurance did cover the sleep study, but I do have some pretty nice insurance. You'll want to check with yours I guess.

Once I got a hold of the sleep doc I did a preliminary appointment, and she scheduled me for the sleep test. The test confirmed that I was waking up every 20 minutes to swallow. All other things (breathing heart rate etc) were very normal. I had an upper endoscopy which confirmed some moderate acid issues.

Apparently this is called nocturnal acid breakthrough, and it's only just now starting to gain a lot of traction in the field. The doctor told me all about her adventures to get a full blown study done by some major research institutes, but they hadn't gotten around to it.

Having the sleep study was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
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How did you go about doing that? Did you just talk to your primary care doctor? Did your insurance cover the sleep study?

That is a good start. Your dr can recommend or refer you to a sleep specialist, etc. Highly recommended if daytime fatigue or other symptoms interfere with your life.
Old 10-12-2010, 10:18 PM Hornswoggler1 is offline  
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put a pot of coffee near your bed and premake it for the morning. When you wake up, hit the bottom so it'll start brewing. Have coffee in bed!

Or get a coffee pot where you can set the time for it to start automagically.
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:07 PM hobart is offline  
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put a pot of coffee near your bed and premake it for the morning. When you wake up, hit the bottom so it'll start brewing. Have coffee in bed!

I have a friend who takes a provigil when his alarm first goes off... then hits snooze.
Old 10-13-2010, 02:24 PM Hornswoggler1 is offline  
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being in the military i've basically trained myself to sleep whenever i can/want. i sleep whatever time lets me sleep for 7 hours. i still need an alarm to wake up in the morning, but vibrate on my phone works well and i just keep it under my pillow.

i usually wake up right when the alarm goes off with no snoozing or sleeping in for a couple more minutes.

i think all you have to do is train yourself and you'll get used to doing it. calm your mind before you go to sleep and think of NOTHING. just let your mind go blank and you'll eventually sleep. that's what i do.
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I find that setting my alarms earlier than I need to doesn't work well, I just hit snooze a bunch of times and get up late. Also, math problem alarm apps for android or ios work if you have a smartphone.
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Something that helped (but didn't completely solve!) this problem for me was getting int he routing of eating something for breakfast every day and then not overeating too late at night.
I will naturally wake up to eat... or at least it will help me wake up.
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