This has nothing to do with saving money or being frugal, but I really would like your help if you have suggestions.
I have been dealing with sleep problems for at least the last five years of my life.
In college, I tended to have long nights, either working or doing homework into the early hours of the morning (3 or 4 a.m.). I’d get up around 10 or noon the next day, depending on when I had class and I just felt exhausted the entire time.
I graduated in May, and I still haven’t been able to get on a normal sleep schedule.
Yesterday, I was up for 35 hours straight for absolutely no reason. Typically, if I stay up for more than 24 hours, it’s because I’m too excited to sleep (couldn’t sleep before my wedding day, couldn’t sleep before going on our cruise).
But I don’t know why I couldn’t sleep the other day. I fell asleep about 11:30 or midnight last night, and woke up around 10, but ignored my alarm until noon.
It’s bizarre, but I find that if I need to be up and going at 8 a.m., I am more awake if I stay up all night, than if I get 10 hours of sleep and try to wake up at 8.
This summer, I had to be at work at 9:30. It was difficult (I was never completely awake) but I thought it would help to reset my circadian rhythm and help me get on a normal sleep pattern. Nope.
Now that I have nowhere to be on typical mornings except home, it’s difficult to wake up early and get the day going.
I want to be up with the sun, especially since it rises a little before 8 a.m. and sets so early these days.
I’ve been to the doctor before about this. They’ve checked my thyroid–no problems. They can’t find any reason why I have trouble sleeping, and suggested I do a sleep study. I haven’t done one yet, partly because it’s expensive, and also, because I don’t see how I could sleep during the study–doesn’t seem comfortable at all.
My bed is amazingly comfortable, I don’t have depression, and I don’t consume caffeine. I don’t nap during the day. Before bed, I try to wind down, sometimes taking a warm shower or bath.
I’m trying to do light exercise earlier in the day (Pilates and stretching).
I don’t remember what it’s like to wake up feeling refreshed. I’m always tired.
I’m beginning to wonder if this is just how I am–terrible at sleep.
Any ideas? Help!