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Old 11-17-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Going to sleep is a huge issue for me every night. It's not that I have trouble sleeping, I don't have any trouble, it's just that the idea of going to sleep gives me anxiety. I also decide to pull all nighters every couple days because I decide that I'm going to be super productive and spend all night doing stuff. Another problem is I don't want the day to end, I really enjoy life and my hobbies. My meds make me tired so I try to fight it and stay up but it usually ends up with me falling asleep at 3 in the morning then having to get up a couple hours later and being miserable. Sometimes I make it a full 24 hours but it's not common anymore with the mood stabilizer I'm taking now. When I stay up that long, I start out with tons of energy then eventually end up just being up exhausted and getting none of the stuff I planned on doing done.

So my goal is to go to sleep every night, at a reasonable time and get good rest, not fight it.

Last night I only got 3 hours because I slept late yesterday.
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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Well... a good night's sleep is important, of course. So I hope you can find a way to achieve your goal of going to sleep at a reasonable hour every night.
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I have the same problem. I am somewhat nocturnal and don’t like putting away things. Have you tried creating a schedule and going for gradual change instead of changing all at once?
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You need to change your environment and make sleeping pleasurable, because otherwise any will-based (self-discipline-based) measures will be short-lived and ultimately fail.

What can make sleeping pleasurable for you? Say, I listen to audiobooks when I am falling asleep. I sleep on a silk fitted sheet, have silk pillows and silk pillowcases (when I can afford it, I will buy a silk comforter), and they are very pleasant and cool to the touch. I have this bottle https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Amber-G...dp/B01G98Y1BA/ that comes with labels for hand-labeling - I dilute lavender essential oil in water and spray my silk bedding before I go to bed, and I hand-wrote "Nighttime spray" on the label in my best hand writing, so I like seeing my handwriting (I was a messy hand writer as a kid, worked on developing a pleasant handwriting as an adult, and now enjoy seeing how I handwrite).

I in no way suggest that you replicate my habits, but just that the way to sleeping regularly is by being hedonistic about it - as opposed to, well, punitive. Spend some time figuring out what it is that will make sleeping something that you look forward to. Say, I look forward to audiobooks and the smell of lavender. Again, do not want to impose specific advice on you, but suggest the general methodology instead.
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Okay so... Get into your Pj's and put your clothes that are for tomorrow on a sheaf .socks+underwear with your clothes.. Than have a cuppa tea with chocolate biscuit,dream of nice things and ask your self what your doing tomorrow and dream ... hope this helps you x
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When on sickleave earlier this year, @Blue_Bird I was advised to stop drinking coffee too late, have tea instead which I enjoyed, and do some gardening which was enjoyable being among flowers. But also I had some wooden Venetian blinds, so come afternoon I flipped the blinds upwards to deflect the light to make a comforting glow on the ceiling.

I was advised to reduce my time on computer because light from the screen can keep me awake. And in the evnings I'd change into pajamas and read a favourite book. All this helped me. Reading can not only relax, reducing anxiety, but make us feel sleepy. After a month of all these, I found going to sleep less anxiety making, and enjoyed a good night's sleep.

Some evenings I listen to rainfall on my phone or computer. rain.today is a good site as is mynoise.net which can have its sounds saved to a bookmark. The distant non-threateningh sound of thunder + gentle rain makes for a wonderful night's sleep.

I hope you find some of these tips useful.
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When on sickleave earlier this year, @Blue_Bird I was advised to stop drinking coffee too late, have tea instead which I enjoyed, and do some gardening which was enjoyable being among flowers. But also I had some wooden Venetian blinds, so come afternoon I flipped the blinds upwards to deflect the light to make a comforting glow on the ceiling.

I was advised to reduce my time on computer because light from the screen can keep me awake. And in the evnings I'd change into pajamas and read a favourite book. All this helped me. Reading can not only relax, reducing anxiety, but make us feel sleepy. After a month of all these, I found going to sleep less anxiety making, and enjoyed a good night's sleep.

Some evenings I listen to rainfall on my phone or computer. rain.today is a good site as is mynoise.net which can have its sounds saved to a bookmark. The distant non-threateningh sound of thunder + gentle rain makes for a wonderful night's sleep.

I hope you find some of these tips useful.
Thank you, I posted this thread about a year ago and my sleep has greatly improved since then, I also started to use relaxation apps that have thunderstorms/rain mp3's and reading helps a lot too
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Thank you, I posted this thread about a year ago and my sleep has greatly improved since then, I also started to use relaxation apps that have thunderstorms/rain mp3's and reading helps a lot too

Ahh, I'm so pleased to read you're feeling better and sleeping well. Those relaxation apps are so good when we need them.

In the early days of my job, I came home so exhausted that I had a light meal and went to bed. For weeks I woke at dawn and went to bed at dusk. It was the only way I could get by.

A very lovely evening to you.

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