T Nation

Disturbed Sleep Patterns


I was always a late sleeper, but in the past few weeks, this got really really out of hand. I just cannot fall asleep till early morning now a days. Being a grad student helps with waking up late afternoon and getting to work, but it is still troublesome.
I have tried staying up an entire day till the next night to try and set my sleep timings. Didn't work.

Last week, I was falling asleep at 4-6 in the morning. So, the day before yesterday, I drank some cough syrup to fall asleep and slept from 2 AM-2 PM. And could not sleep for a minute today.

Can someone give me some advice on setting sleep patterns? Life would be so much better if I can consistently get up at 7AM or so.

Any thoughts?


Get up
Get up
Get down with the sleepines


Oooooo wah ah ah ah

Snor snor

Snor snor


Thank you Sir. I did NOT know that it was that simple.


-Write in a journal
-Take a hot shower in the dark with a candle (for srs)
-Put on a lecture given by a british dude with no sense of humor (on low)
-ZMA, melatonin, Z-12
-Wake back up at 410 am, shine a bright light in your eyes, fall asleep again


Guess you miss ed the disturbed joke

Buy some melatonin an hour before you wanna go to sleep and relax in your bed.

Burn some incense too


I have the same problem, I'm a student also. Only ambien works for me. With OTC sleep aids I'm so groggy the next day it's not even worth it.


Could be depression. If you have other reasons to suspect you might be depressed, get it checked it out. I'm not saying you are -- just saying that this kind of disturbed sleep pattern is often one symptom.

It could also be your cortisol is screwed up. Ideally, cortisol should be higher in the morning (makes you wake up and get going) and low later in the day. If you do stuff like train heavy late in the evening, you could be causing a surge of cortisol when you don't want it.

At night your cortisol should be lower and your melatonin levels should be higher, making you relaxed and sleepy. Bright lights, including TV/monitor screens, suppress melatonin. This is why you often hear the advice of making sure the room you sleep in a very dark room.

Maybe try switching off the TV and computer earlier in the evening and dimming the lights before you intend to go to bed. Also, when you do manage to wake up early, get yourself outdoors as soon as possible. Bright sunlight early in the day will help reset your sleep/wake cycle.


Does buying melatonin really help? Do you have to eat it too?? serius


TITS OR GET...oh, wait never mind.