I do everything I can think of to keep good sleep hygiene. I have blackout curtains. In the summer months I run the AC overnight to keep the room cool. I have plants in the room and an air purifier with a HEPA filter (to cut down on problems with asthma). I refrain from eating a few hours before bed. No alcohol or caffeine (for me). And I get some physical activity during the day but not right before bed. Oh, and I try to cut down on screen time before bed: I also use f.lux to cut down on blue light.
This past week, both my husband and I have been sleeping poorly, despite going to bed early enough. We're sleeping about 8 hours, but feel exhausted in the morning. Am I missing something?
I wonder if there are fireworks going off at night that we don't remember, but it seems unlikely that it would still be going on.
One other possibility could be that we were in a different time zone for a couple weeks, a couple weeks ago, but it seems unlikely to still be affected by that. I think we also haven't been terribly consistent about when we go to bed: sometimes it's 10:30, and sometimes it's more like 11:30, but that seems like a small difference, and it's never been a problem before.
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on July 08, 2013
at 02:38 AM
do you exercise on a daily basis? Also, cool rooms are good but the sound of air conditioners are pretty loud.. if you are leaving it turned on at night it could be not letting you get the quality of sleep you need.
on July 07, 2013
at 09:36 PM
You didn't mention if you have had a sleep study or not to rule out sleep disorders like sleep apnea and PLMD (your husband could be affecting your sleep)
What is your age? This is very pertinent to a differential. Bathroom trips at night? Try going to bed at the exact same time 7 days a week and don't sleep in or stay awake in bed for more than 15 minutes. If there is no insomnia, no sin in a nap, either!
on July 08, 2013
at 06:16 PM
1) Cold room. Often you don't realise that you're too hot and sleep lightly/wake often 2) Morning sunlight, as soon as you wake, 15 mins (eg short walk) 3) sex! To completion for both partners
It could be a phase. The more tired I am the worse I sleep. Try a few days (no more) on St Johns Wort before bed or the Z-12 supplement from T-nation (ridiculous overpriced site which I do not endorse but this supplement works like a dream (har) for me and I've tried many things and suffered insomnia my whole life)
Actually I don't use blackout curtains when I'm on a conventional sleeping schedule as the gradual lightening in the morning helps me wake when I should do, without the need for an alarm. I go to sleep with an eye mask on loosely and it comes off in the night.