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10/17/12 9:40 P

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I am a 36 year old with 125 pounds to lose. Since I have gained so much weight I do not sleep well, I am tired all the time, I was told that I quit breathing and gasp for breath all night long. On top of that I snore and I have to pee at least 500 times each and every night. When my alarm clock goes off I am many times more tired than when I went to bed the night before. I find myself turning to energy shots by 6:30 every morning, and if I don't take one then I find myself dozing off at my desk....I need to sleep...and rest...and refresh and I need to lose weight in order to do that....



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10/17/12 6:37 P

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I am new to this team. my sleep is very broken up and I drag the next day. I need to focus on going to bed the same time every night and getting up at the same time everyday.

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10/12/12 10:32 P

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Hi, I'm Jess. I wake up a lot during the night. It's like my brain is in mommy-of-newborn mode. My twins are 14 months and they sleep through the night thank the Lord...
So why do I have to wake up!?? ugh

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10/10/12 3:21 A

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10/9/12 7:21 P

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Hi, have been on spark awhile with this user name and previously as well, but new to this team.

I have what seems to me as massive sleep problems and that affects many areas of my life.

Glad to meet you all. emoticon

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10/3/12 2:26 P

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Ann,
LOL... They would run the other way with me too. I'm so white that it's crazy. I can't even tan. I turn red, peel, and then go back to the same pastey white.

I am one of the lucky ones who works inside most of the time. I wanted one of those jobs when I came in. I liked my regulated temperatures too much. emoticon

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10/2/12 2:22 P

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Amanda - and you have full packs of equipment to haul around unless you are one of the lucky ones that has an office job. But you still need to go outside. What does that extra equipment weigh? Maybe you should get naked and go out like that and it will make you feel skinny. If it were me, the enemy would run the other way since they had probably never seen that much white flesh in their lives. The sun reflecting off my butt alone, would blind them!

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10/2/12 2:14 A

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Hi Ann,

Thank you so much for your support. It means so much knowing there are people back in the states who support us over here. Well, besides our families. :o) I salute your friend's daughter. It takes a lot to be a Navy Seal.

lol No, I haven't sweated off 20 pounds. I've been trying to stay hydrated, so it's probably water weight that I have now. Yes, it does get incredibly hot over here. Over the summer it got into the 120's with 90% humidity. Those weren't fun days.

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10/1/12 1:04 P

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Hi Amand!

I'm new here too and first of all, thank you for serving! I am so proud of all the military but especially the women, that are serving. I have a friend who has a daughter that is a Navy Seal. I never thought I would ever see that day! I'm surprised you haven't sweat off 20 pounds over there. I hear it gets incredibly hot.

Ann

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9/28/12 2:44 A

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Hi,
My name is Amanda, and I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm an active duty U.S. Air Force member. I'm currently deployed to the Middle East. I'm hoping to lose 20lbs before I leave here.




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9/8/12 7:39 A

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This is my first time joining ths team. I have multiple problems affecting my sleep: (1) I've always had insomnia (waking up and not being able to go back to sleep for quite a while), (2) I've got sleep apnea - I do use my CPAP machine, but occasional mask leaks can wake you up, and (3) my wife has a terminal illness and uses a home dialysis machine (fairly noisy and emits a fairly bright light), and (4) depression from my wife's illness tends to keep me awake often. Needless to say, I'm not getting much sleep at all and I'm tired all the time. I have done fairly well losing weight with recent exercise and diet changes, but I need to do something about the sleep to help improve my overall health. I'm eager to see and hear all the suggestions!

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8/25/12 12:48 P

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I'm back at this!! I know I have been on and off this but I need to buckle down and do this. I could use some support so feel free to stop by my page and offer me advice and motivation.

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8/1/12 5:32 P

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Good Afternoon. I've been here before (@ SP) but am new to this team. I completely quit due to craziness going on in my life earlier this year. Tho' I've kept a few of the previous lost pounds off, I'm ready to get back to it to get rid of the rest. Hopefully, I'll get through it 100%. Gonna give it my best. My sleep issues involve major insomnia along with sleep apnea, so that when I do get to sleep, I'm not sleep long...even with my bipap machine and I admit I don't use it much.

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Welcome Chel-Rene, emoticon to the board/group. All of us have sleeping troubles for all sorts of reasons. One thing for sure is that sleep definitely affects health and weight... So you've found the right place. Most of us post our "rants" and "support" on the "what is your Rant" board, you'll find a lot of support, just keep posting and asking questions. Someone will offer suggestions as they come to understand your issues surrounding sleep and your health/weight.
Good luck.... there are tons of articles and other support boards that can also offer support of the other aspects of your situation.

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7/31/12 11:41 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Rachelle I am almost 42 and I have insomnia. It's no fun not to be able to go to sleep when you are exhausted. I have alot of health issues. And I need to get this weight off. I just like everyone else I need alot of support I know I can't do it alone. Please accept me as a friend if you need support also. I would love to make new friends and be there for my friends. emoticon

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7/2/12 3:57 P

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Welcome Brittany,
Good luck with your goals, you can count on me for support, if you would like.
I am working on sleeping, weight loss and improving my overall well-being.

I too spend a great deal of time at or quite near my computer. emoticon

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7/2/12 3:44 P

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So my name is Brittany Nicole, I'm 25 and this is not my first time on SP. I stopped taking care of myself after a break up but now I am ready to let all that go including the weight that came with it! I am always down for a chat so if anyone would like to talk I'm pretty much always online lol Thanks for having me and good luck everyone!

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welcome everyone, I haven't been on spark long, 5th week I think. I have found a great deal of support. Keep posting both your goals and your issues and you will get feedback and support. Good luck....

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5/31/12 4:49 P

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Hi All,
I'm Tiara and I am 22 years old. I have serve sleep apnea and a cpap machine that actually hurts my nose so I do not use it often. When I do not really know the last time I woke up feeling rested and not thinking about when I can go to sleep. I work with two year olds and it is very frustrating to think about sleep while playing with my little ones. I am hoping that getting healthier and becoming active will help decrease my sleep apnea although I know it will never fully go away.

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5/22/12 12:14 P

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Hi, I'm Lyonene and I'm 20 yrs old. I've been dealing with insomnia for what feels like my whole life. I've had months where all I got a night was 3-4 hours and when it's not a catnap bedtime, my mind wants to try and wake up every couple hours if not more often. Just started here last week, but I'm excited to be here.

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5/14/12 3:44 A

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I am a 27 year old woman, living in Pa, in need of friends and support to help me in this journey. Please read my blog post (Me) and send me a message if you would like to. I would love to help support others as well. I am new here and trying to “be involved”. Thank you

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5/11/12 6:35 A

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My name is John and I work graveyards at a mental health group home. My wife wroks a normal 9-5 job and i switch to her schedule on the weekends. These two things combine to make a shift work sleep disorder diagnosis. Oh and im returning to school this fall after a 10 year hiatus and plan to work and go to school. That being said i will need to make getting enough sleep a priority.

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5/4/12 9:43 P

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hey my name is jes im 25 and dont get nearly as much sleep as i need i mainly have a problem sleeping at night and tend to stay up entirely too late, then when i do sleep i wake up atleast every two hours.... its very annoying so i would like to hopefully start getting more restful straight sleep

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4/26/12 10:42 P

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New to Spark. Saw the amazing weightloss on Yahoo and decided to try Spark. It's affordable to me as well. I'm in my 40s. I have a college aged girl and elementary aged girl. Work odd, days and times for a family as a PA/Nanny Mgr. Needing to Spark and Kick Start a new way of living. I'm a stress eater. I have past and present medical issues that have prevented or hampered my exercising and eating right. Hello everyone. Very nice to have the support and advice and help. I'll need it!

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4/25/12 10:12 P

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Welcome Lovely
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4/23/12 3:14 P

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Hi, I'm Lovely. I'm a nursing student who's currently on summer vacation. I have no medically diagnosed sleep disorder but sleep cycle is a mess - partly, due to school requirements and for the most part, I cant get my hands off the laptop. My classes lasts for 10 to 12 hours every weekday including duties and we have to write a ton of papers and read on a lot of subjects in just one night. The lack of sleep makes me unintentionally fall asleep in my morning classes that my professors already remember me as the student who always sleeps in class. *sighs* It's actually 3am for me now and I've been trying to fall asleep for the past hour but failed to do so. :c

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3/8/12 3:19 A

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Hi all,

I'm Lynda. I work a night job some eight and some 12 hr shifts. This is an improvement from my previous all 12 hr shifts. I have been doing this for over 2 1/2 years and needless to say, my sleep/wake cycle is all messed up. I have been taking some sleeping pills (lunesta, now ambien and tried sonata for awhile) but I don't want to have to depend on pills to get some decent rest. It might be best if I simply only worked and then went to bed but life does not allow that. I usually get off at 9am in the morning and my body just won't allow me to sleep 8 hrs at that point. It may be 3 hrs...on a good day I get 5 or 6 and that is interrupted sleep.

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2/23/12 4:38 P

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Wow Danny! That doesn't sound familiar at ALL. LOL! I'm on Celexa and Buspar, the buspar does nothing. They used to have me on rimron (sp?) for sleep, which is how I gained 60lbs. in 6mos. BOooo! Good to know I'm not the only one.

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2/23/12 2:49 P

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Hey everyone! I just joined the sleep goal too. I too, suffer from depression and anxiety, and typically get 4-5 hours a night, but I usually get up 2 or 3 times a night. This didn't really concern me until a Neuro-psychiatrist friend of mine posted an article on facebook about all the negative effects that lack of sleep can have on your overall health, even on a neuro-chemical level!

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2/18/12 3:55 A

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Thanks for the response, Sparklyeyes. I will pick up and instrumental CD and give that a try.

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Hi Dannyray, and welcome to the group! Sounds like you have some rough challenges. Gifts certainly have two sides to their coin.

Sometimes when I can't shut my mind off, I turn on a quiet instrumental CD or a book on CD and try to focus on listening to that. I turn the volume to barely audible, so i have to strain to listen. Most of the time that helps me by giving my brain something to do besides think. Sometimes it doesn't, but if nothing else I am enjoying some gentle music through the night.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?


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2/16/12 1:39 P

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welcome to all new members - soon it will be spring -- looking forward to the longer brighter days. BB




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2/7/12 1:21 A

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Oh, question: that team challenge, getting at least 7 hours of sleep a day for 5 days: does that have to be in a row (the hours, not the days). At times like this when I can't sleep, the next day I can usually do an afternoon nap and then bed at a decent hour (for me) to get a total of 7 to 10. Would that count? Just wondering before I signed up for the challenge.

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2/7/12 1:14 A

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Howdy, all. I am new to the group; I haven't even had time to read my welcome email from the team leaders. However, after lying in bed for an hour unable to sleep, I figured: why not check things out at "I Need Sleep!"

I suffer from anxiety and depression, on medication, and in talk therapy. They finally found a mix of meds that work to help me sleep MOST of the time: Celexa, Tegretol, and Doxepin. But sometime, like tonight, I just can't turn my brain off.

I am an actor by trade, and quite the creative sort. I find, once I am charged with the creative energy, I have a hard time releasing it. Earlier in the evening, I had a meeting with a comedy director about doing a fundraiser for an organization at which I volunteer. We sat and discussed and brainstormed for nearly two hours. I left the meeting happy and, I thought, emotionally drained which usually means sleep for me. However, though my eyelids were being pulled at by the Sandman, the moment my head hit the pillow, my brain jumped into high gear. I went back and forward in time: tours I have done, projects I am thinking of doing, fliers for the comedy fundraiser, missing my mom who died three years ago, worrying about what will happen when my dad dies, to my elementary school days of performance. You'd think from all that time travel I would be tuckered out! I tried to do what my therapist and doctor recommend: stay in the now, the present. "I am in bed. I am here to sleep. Let everything else float away. It is time to rest...remember the syncopation in "Shut the Do'" in show ensemble? Trying to play the claves while singing, with their notes resting on your vocalization..." And my mind is off again!

So, anyway, here I sit, unable to sleep, fearful of taking an extra Doxepin -- which my psychiatrist say I can on nights like this. Two Doxepin knock me out for about 12 hours, and I have way too much to do tomorrow to sleep the day away. *sigh*

That's my story. A sometimes mind-racer who wishes his creativity would let him sleep. Nice to meet you.

Dan

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2/5/12 9:13 A

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emoticon Welcome Diane to the team. Here you will find the support you are looking for as well as encouragement & a lot of good information! Good luck to you!

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Hi everyone, My name is Dianne and I'm new to SparkPeople. I joined this group because I have Lyme Disease and one of the problems I have is getting enough sleep. It's 2 am and I should be sleeping now but I've already been sleeping for a while and I woke up so my sleep schedule is a mess. I'm also on SS Disability so I don't have a routine or a job I have to go to. That makes it even harder to stick to a normal sleep schedule. I'm mainly looking for support and encouragement. Thanks!

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What is post/reply on spark O?
Where is spark O?

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Mezmerija , I have the same problem, but now I can at least sleep 4 hours before I wake up.
I know how you feel, I hate feeling tired all the time.

Merry Christmas every one

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12/4/11 2:23 P

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Hello fellow sleepy heads.

I can fall asleep (thanks to an Rx) but I'm wide awake two hours later. So then I take another half a pill and finally fall back asleep for an other two hours. Basically I never sleep for longer than two hours at a time. I can't spend twelve hours a day to get eight hours of sleep, so long story short, I'm tired.

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Hi every one, I am a night shift worker, and I don't have my sleep/wake cycle regulated, I can't seem to go to sleep when I come home in the morning, and I seem to be beyond exhaustion 30 minutes or so before I need to get ready to go to work.

Then on my nights off and I am at home I can't seem to stay awake all night to establish a sleep/wake cycle ( which when I am at work and busy I stay awake all night). I think I have tried every over the counter sleep aide available. even those drinks that promise to help you sleep. I have tried exercising before I go to sleep I have refrained from exercise before time to sleep. I have tried meditation and yoga before time to sleep, reading, hot baths, you name I believe I have tried it. I do not have a tv in the bedroom, have tried white noise, soothing music, a cooler temp in the room etc.

I need help

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HI EVERYBODY

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11/26/11 8:09 P

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I just had a Dr who told me that he didn't sleep well and he participated in a study group that had them go to bed at 11:00 every night and then when they could not fall asleep they were to get out of bed and turn on a small light in the living room and read until they became sleepy. Reading in low light is suppose to make you sleepy. I tried it and it seems to work for me.

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11/8/11 7:22 A

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Welcome ANGELEAN had a problem like you in a way stay on spark till late but now find it hard to stay awake for such a long time

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Hi, I'm an on again off again sparker. I've been away for about a year now, but know I need support in many areas to get this weight off me. I think the key area that I need to work on first is getting 7 to 9 hours sleep a night. I am addicted to on line games, pogo particularly, and I stay up till 3 or 4 am most nights. I'm retired so I don't have to go to work, but even 5 yrs ago when I was working I would stay up playing till about 1 or 2 am. I've never been a sleeper even as a child I wouldn't nap, and would get up all night long. I've tried setting timers, I've tried unplugging the computer, I've made a million promises to myself that I would get to bed early. I recently got a spa thinking the hot swirling water would make me sleepy enough to over ride my seemly uncontrolable urge to play on line games. I've tried going cold turkey but it never lasts past a night or two, and then I seem to fill the space with TV movies instead. I even went to counceling a few years ago for this, but they just said to keep try to go to bed a bit earlier each not and log it, worked for about a week. I'm thinking it may be an avoidance issue, or a desire for alone time (away from my retired spouse, and my out of work son).
But since this has been my way of life for longer then they have been home with me all day I don't think it's that either. I even started taking a walking class that starts at 8:30 am , 3 days a week, thinking I would be sure to go in early if I had something like that to go too, but now instead of maybe getting 5 or 6 hours sleep on walking days I get 2 to 4 hours sleep. My dietitian said no use trying to control your diet when you can't control you bedtime. She said there are two chemicals in our bodies that effect weight. One helps you lose it and one helps you to keep it on. When we don't get 7 to 9 hours sleep on a regular basis, the one the helps you lose it decreases , and the one that helps you keep it on increases. So by not sleeping we are making ourselfs fat. Not to mention staying up all night makes one tempted to eat more. You can't sleep and eat at the same time. I have prescription meds for sleep , Amben, but I'm afraid to try it, I heard some bad things about it. So any suggestions or anyone that has this kind of addiction and can at least let me I'm know that I'm not alone on this please reply. Thanks.

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9/12/11 2:19 P

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Hi everyone. New to this type of support. My husband has been ranting for years that I need more sleep. I have to agree, but I do function well on 6-7 hours of sleep. I also do well on 4-5 hours of sleep - which is what I've been averaging for the last 30 years. It is my goal to sleep 7 hours. I do feel more rested if I sleep 7 hours. Lately, due to renewed encouragement from my husband, I have been trying to get that 7 hours.

Usually, I stay up real late and get to bed around 2-3 in the morning. Lately, I try to turn in no later by midnight - usually I like to watch a movie after the 10pm news. If I'm not sleepy, I read in bed. I find that if I'm in bed, I turn out the light sooner to go to sleep than when I just stay up. Mentally, I've put a cut off time at 1am for lights out and eyes closed. I don't always make it, but generally that allows me my 6-7 hours of refreshing sleep for I wake around 7-8am. I'm retired and like my mornings' leisure.

Last night, I slept 7 hours! So refreshed! Maybe, that's why I posted this message. Who knows, it's certainly out of my character.

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Hi Everyone. I need help! I only get between 2 and 4 hours of sleep every night. I have tried everything from a hot soak to reading or doing something boring. Nothing helps. I am currently taking perscription sleep meds, but they don't help either. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Hope you get the help you need

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9/2/11 10:46 A

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Slept 8 hours last night despite needing 3 naps yesterday. I have trouble staying asleep and getting back to sleep. I also go through periods of sleeping day and night and then other times when I'm awake round the clock. emoticon

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Welcome to the new members

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