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Paleo Pick me up after a bad night of sleep?

by (1458) Updated July 06, 2012 at 3:45 AM Created May 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I do my best on most nights to get enough sleep, but there are times when things come up and you have a bad night sleep. I have the added problem of constant uncontrolable interruptions.

Normally I try to go to bed by 10 pm, then by 11 pm I am usually awaken by the dogs needing to go pee or be let out, or barking at something. Then again I am woken up by my 3 year old around 12 or 1 who had a nightmare. Then I am again woken up by my natural body clock around 2 for what ever reason. Then my husband wakes me up around 3 when he gets home from work. He unwinds in the living room and passes out then comes to bed around 4 or 5 and wakes me up again, then at 6 am my 1 year old is wide awake and needs to be changed and is ready for the day. So.. That's a good night sleep for me and I usually function ok throughout the day because I got 8 housed of interrupted sleep.

However on some occasions like last night I was not able to go to bed until 3am and was up at 6 with several interruptions. Needless to say I can not function today and I feel like I am hungover. Does anyone have any advice for these types of days to get me through it so I am able to get stuff done?

I don't drink coffee it really messes with my stomach, and I don't like the taste. I occasionally drink green tea, but am very sensitive to caffeine and don't want to be kept up late again.

Ps I can't take a nap either...too much going on.

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5323 · July 06, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Low lighting rule in the evening after 8, so you sleep properly, and so do the dogs, your husband and the kids. Bright light in the evening has a profound effect on sleep. Darker curtains/room migt keep your 1 year old asleep?

No tv/computer after a certain time for your kids?

Your husband working daytime hours would also help, if possible. If not he could always sleep in a seperate bedroom/bed as not to wake you.

Nip the dogs on the neck like a bite, so they dont bother you (natural dog bevahavior).

All just ideas, but seems the best approach would be to problem solve your and everyone elses sleep issues, however you do it.

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4275 · May 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Sometimes I think your body is telling you you've got to take it easy and get some rest! I know you've got a lot going on - but maybe taking a day out and starting fresh tomorrow will be better than having an unproductive difficult day today? I think if you soldier on for too long eventually you get sick as your body forces you to rest...

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594 · May 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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