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Getting back to sleep...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM

usually dont have a problem sleeping.

last couple nights, been woken up middle of night, cant get back to sleep.(we have winter storms here and people sliding by my house spinning tires on ice and my dog barking at them)

Whats your tried and true method for returning to REM sleep after waking up or being woken up?

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on January 15, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Louisa, you forgot about the sex part you can do! ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 06:55 PM

What about white or brown noise instead of earplugs? I know you can't really block out a dog barking though. It's more about falling back to sleep immediately, right? Not about avoiding being woken up?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Bless your heart cynarin! ;) I know it's tough when you don't know how to drive in it. Truth be told, there are some snowy days, I'd love to just pull over and have someone come rescue me.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 14, 2011
at 06:25 PM

I've tried to leave the house for work twice and both times got stuck and, on the verge of tears, called my partner to come help. I am One of Those Southerners.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Oh no Kent! My co-workers are in Atlanta (where Stephen is), we laugh at them here! All in good fun though, we know they don't have salt and plows like we do here. :)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 14, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Getting really drunk might seem like it helps, but the sleep quality is really poor and not nearly restful enough. So in addition to waking up hating the world, you'll also be exhausted the rest of the day (assuming you can pull yourself away from the toilet!)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 14, 2011
at 02:31 PM

sherpamelissa: Wow, that's sad - I live and work in downtown Chicago and everything's been fine here for days!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Ah yes good point, don;t think of anything negative or stuff you have to do, that's a sure fire way to stay awake :D don;t you hate it when those horrible negative thoughts wont leave you alone, although I must say I get that much less since going paleo, plus I seem to have mush less angry dreams then I used to!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Move somewhere they know how to deal with snow and ice? ;) I kid! Some of my co-workers have not yet made it back into the office because they are too afraid to drive still!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Yep, it can't be something you are worried about, like what you are doing the next day. I like going over happy things in my head, like when I met someone for the first time and all the times we met after that or my starting with my first half marathon and going through them all in my head, picturing them, remembering them. Eventually I just kind of fall of to sleep in the middle of my "story".

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 14, 2011
at 12:07 PM

cant do earplugs, irritate me to the extreme. id have to soundproof my walls.

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33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

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on January 15, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Yes, this is bimodal sleep you are experiencing......there is another thread about it here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/318/how-can-i-hack-my-sleep#axzz1B5cUSfkY and here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/9143/how-does-bimodal-segmented-sleep-feel#axzz1B5cUSfkY

and I have also done more research on it here: http://constantstateofflux.com/2010/01/18/i-am-awake-again-my-bimodal-sleep-pattern/ as I too, 'suffer' from it. When you eat more protein and cut down on the SAD diet, and perhaps start going to bed earlier, or observing more of a natural routine (i.e. going to sleep when the sun goes down, waking up nearer to dawn) your sleep will naturally fall into two sections, and you will be awake for a period of time during the night. Apparently it was a very common occurrence in pre-industrialized societies who did not use electric lighting.

Read more about it on these threads above - it is a fascinating subject, also tap in 'sleep' to the search box, for more threads.

The best thing to do in the case of trying to get back to sleep is to relax, realise that you WILL get back to sleep (and not necessarily be more tired in the morning) perhaps turn on a red/yellow coloured light and meditate (?), listen to music or just relax and trust that your body is doing what it needs to do.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on January 15, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Louisa, you forgot about the sex part you can do! ;)

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on January 14, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Just think of it as bi- or polyphasic sleep (you probably read the paleohacks threads on this). It sometimes happens to me too, and I just quietly think a bit, not being irritated that I don't sleep. Instead of seeing it as a problem, I know it is kind of normal/natural. For me this seems to help.

In the past the wake time in the middle of the night was the preferred time for having sex. No kidding. Maybe you can try that ;)

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Earplugs are good, but if I wake up in the night the sure way I can drift back off is to imagine a scenario in my head, about anything really, no matter how silly it is, if it's dark and you're tired your brain will eventually take over, trust me. I think that's where the counting sheep thing comes from, if I imagine counting sheep jumping over a fence, it will eventually morph into something else, just let it happen and you'll start dreaming :)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Ah yes good point, don;t think of anything negative or stuff you have to do, that's a sure fire way to stay awake :D don;t you hate it when those horrible negative thoughts wont leave you alone, although I must say I get that much less since going paleo, plus I seem to have mush less angry dreams then I used to!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Yep, it can't be something you are worried about, like what you are doing the next day. I like going over happy things in my head, like when I met someone for the first time and all the times we met after that or my starting with my first half marathon and going through them all in my head, picturing them, remembering them. Eventually I just kind of fall of to sleep in the middle of my "story".

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77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on January 15, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Gelatin. If I can't sleep, I get something that has a thick and soft consistency, like soup or hummus, put a tablespoon of gelatin and some kind of fat, like butter or flax seed oil, in it, mix it up with something spicy like hot sauce or salsa, then eat it. The result it not delicious, but its pretty tasty, and its only about 3 to 5 big bites. Trust me, it'll make you sleep like a baby. I don't understand the science behind the gelatin-sleep relationship (I forget it), but I got the idea from a link from Seth Roberts' blog. Try it, trust me, it works every time. You can buy large cans of powdered gelatin from Amazon for cheap.

PS - this is a repost of my answer to a similar post.

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3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

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on January 15, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Stephen - I had that exact same probem. My ability to get back to sleep increased since I decided not to eat past 6pm and to get a great, perfectly customized pillow (constructed of three seperate pillows in different sizes).

Also I feel like I tolerate outside noise better when I go to bed later/am more tired.

Good luck!

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1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

on January 14, 2011
at 11:45 AM

I'm a very light sleeper. It has gotten a little better this past year I have eaten paleo but I still wake up sometimes and can't get back to sleep like you. Ear plugs help immensely but they hurt your ears if you sleep on your side. Getting really drunk works too but when you wake up you will curse life.....lol. I kid. Try earplugs and see what happens.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 14, 2011
at 12:07 PM

cant do earplugs, irritate me to the extreme. id have to soundproof my walls.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 14, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Getting really drunk might seem like it helps, but the sleep quality is really poor and not nearly restful enough. So in addition to waking up hating the world, you'll also be exhausted the rest of the day (assuming you can pull yourself away from the toilet!)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 06:55 PM

What about white or brown noise instead of earplugs? I know you can't really block out a dog barking though. It's more about falling back to sleep immediately, right? Not about avoiding being woken up?

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