Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt

Sleep eludes me

I hate the fact that if I fall asleep earlier in the evening -- any time before midnight, really -- and wake up subsequently, I can't get back to sleep, regardless of how short that period of sleep is.

Tonight, I came home from work tired. I passed out from ~6 to ~9 -- 3ish hours -- and woke up.

Since then, I have spent hours reading, lying in bed staring at the wall, and otherwise doing essentially nothing, but no feeling of sleepiness or tiredness seems to exist.

It doesn't matter if I'm in a warm room, cool room, or other. It doesn't matter what I'm doing. Once I've slept 2-3 hours, my body is done -- until about 8am, when I'd actually want to, you know, start my day.

The same thing happened on our recent trip to upstate NY; we got started late, and were driving late, so I drove from 6pm - 11pm, then took a two hour nap. Took back over driving at 1am, got there at 2am... and didn't fall back asleep until 8:30AM.

Clearly, I'm fucking up my body clock by taking naps/sleeping at odd hours, but ... what can I do to fix it? When I'm in a state where I'm wide awake and don't want to be, what can I do to encourage sleep?

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