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I Just Can't Fall Asleep Before 4 A.M.

by Jeniffer
(Bergenfield, NJ)

I've had this problem for months now. I don't know if it's the satisfaction of knowing I don't have anything to do the next day, but even if I do I can never fall asleep.

I wake up almost every day around 1pm. I then eat lunch then do cardio and workout for about 2 hours. Then I shower, watch some tv, then eat dinner. After dinner I watch tv or read for about 2 hours.

It's 11pm and I'm all ready for bed. I toss and turn but cannot fall asleep! I check the clock and the hours pass by. It's now 4am. I give at most 3 more hours until I actually fall asleep. My body is so tired but my mind just won't shut down!

I've tried listening to music but it just makes me hyper, even when I listen to slow jams. Tea or milk just won't cut it. And I refuse to go on medication. Anyone else have home remedies that have worked for them?

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Oct 15, 2015
Same with me. NEW
by: Lu

Jennifer - I'm experiencing the same exact thing. I can't get to sleep before 4am and sometimes as late as 7am. My whole schedule is messed up and I'm exhausted and frustrated. This last night, I haven't slept for one minute and it's now almost 8am. I have to get up by 10am and I'm thinking of just doing it now (get up). I feel like some of this is anxiety. I'm scared I won't go to sleep and so I don't. I've tried hot baths before going to bed to relax and I've even taken otc sleep aids for a few nights. The only thing they did was keep me groggy all day - still going to sleep around 4am. I hope we both are able to go to sleep earlier, soon.

Mar 22, 2016
Also Not Sleeping NEW
by: Anonymous

If you're not getting up until 1 pm, then it's no wonder you can't go to sleep at 11 pm. You haven't even been awake for 12 hours at that point. Being awake for 16 to 18 hours between waking up and going to bed is pretty standard. I also have the not being able to sleep until 4 am but with me it doesn't matter how long I've been awake. Even if I got up at 7 am the day before after little or no sleep, was busy all day, wiped out exhausted by 10 pm, I'll still be awake until 4 or later. I think its more that your body gets used to sleeping at certain times and waking up at certain times. So if you sleeping between 4 am and 1 pm on a regular basis, you can't drastically change that. You have to reprogram you sleep cycle little bits at a time which is what I'm trying to do. Like trying to go sleep at 3:30 for a week or two, then 3:00, and so on.

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