Getting a Good Night's Sleep?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-03-12 22:29:36 -0500
Started 2015-03-10 11:11:42 -0500

Many of us have expressed some frustration with getting a good night's sleep. I found this article to be interesting in offering some reasons other than our obvious one of having to get up to pee.

Actually it talks about high blood pressure as being a big culprit to getting up at night. Its a good read and gives you some questions you may need to be asking your doctor on your next visit.

15 replies

mema67 2015-03-11 20:52:03 -0500 Report

I just started using a CPAP machine at night. I have type 2 diabetes and I feel so much better during the day. I have more energy and I don't feel the need for a nap.

JoleneAL 2015-03-11 15:41:03 -0500 Report

I have always had a hard time "getting" to sleep. I also have tinnitus pretty loud which doesn't help. I have slept with ear buds to my cellphone that plays relaxing music to drown out the tinnitus. But I was still taking a good half hour to drop off. Then I read about the light in our rooms from various devices, clocks, etc. I keep a nightlight in the bathroom because we're old and clutzy, but I sleep facing the bathroom.

Two weeks ago I went and bought a $2 eye mask from Bed, Bath and Beyond and started wearing that. Per my FitBit, I'm getting almost a good 8 hours of sleep a night now. Plus I feel like I'm getting to sleep faster than I used to as well.

GabbyPA 2015-03-11 16:03:46 -0500 Report

I have always wondered about a sleep mask, but thought it would get claustrophobic or something...I look at the time on occasion at night.

lilleyheidi 2015-03-11 03:15:32 -0500 Report

I used to have major major problems with sleeping. About a year ago, I decided to try an experiment with my body. I decided to go to sleep when I was tired and wake up when I was awake. I now go to bed between 4-5 in the afternoon and wake up around midnight or so, sometimes 11, sometimes 1am. I no longer have problems sleeping, I lie down and within about 10 minutes am sound asleep, rarely wake up in the night (unless the animals jump on me) and wake up completely refreshed. I have even stopped using my bi-pap machine, with no problems. I know that the hours are very unusual, and have at times put a crimp in my social life, it's hard to go out with friends at these odd hours, but my sleep is so good, I just do not care about the social aspect any longer. I'd rather have good sleep and see friends during the day. If something in the evening is very important to me, I go to bed early, set my alarm for 6 or 7 whatever time the event is for and then come home and go back to bed with no problems, but that is rare. I love my sleep schedule now.

GabbyPA 2015-03-11 08:58:10 -0500 Report

That is very interesting and a good example of listening to our bodies. I am up with the sun and once it's down, it can be hard to stay awake unless I am very involved in things. I usually sleep pretty good now, 10:30 pm to 5:00 am (that is when my four legged alarm clocks get me up) If I have nothing pressing to do, I back to sleep until the sun comes up. Sometimes that last little bit of shut eye is the best.

stonehedge 2015-03-10 16:46:57 -0500 Report

I get up 2 times a night. My fault I drink coffee at night. Go to bed at 10 most time up at 4-30 or 5- have realy no problems with sleep no differant than when I was not a diabetic. 1 thing no one said about, you should not sleep with your pets.dogs and cats have differant sleep habits..sooooo,they will wake you up when you should be sleeping.

jayabee52 2015-03-10 16:45:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Gabby
I had been having sleep difficulties for a while, but here recently I have been sleeping very well, even when needing to get up to empty my bladder. Lately I can go back to sleep almost immediately.
I pray that continues


camerashy 2015-03-10 16:00:32 -0500 Report

I talked to my doctor about my sleep problem. Being also bipolar I have manic days that take over everything! He didn't really have a solution.

RebDee 2015-03-10 15:07:28 -0500 Report

Gabby, thanks so much for this article. I plan to read it to my TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group when it is my turn to lecture.
Personally, I get up once or twice per night to urinate. Then I find it hard to go back to sleep. If I watch tv (and I put everything on the DVR), I get to see about half of a show before I fall asleep. That means that the next time I watch the show I get to see the second half. Thank God for the DVR or I would never see the end of any shows. I must admit it is like having a sedative for me and puts me right to sleep.

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