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Sleep

Sleep.

Over the last two years my sleep has been horrific.  To say it's disrupted is an understatement.  Does anyone else have sleeping problems?  From reading articles, it appears it gets worse with age and your deep sleeping decreases from 2 hours a night in yours 20's to 30 minutes or less over 65. I am just 34 and am definitely not looking forward to it getting worse!

I personally have changed my bed, mattress, pillows and quilt multiple times.  I have tried sleep teas, cutting out light from the bedroom, alcohol intake, relaxing, baths etc.  Some of this helps my sleep and prolongs how long I sleep for, but generally I wake up feeling exhausted and like I haven't slept.  I probably sleep well 1 night out of 7-10. 

Running my business is stressful and the demands definitely put me on high alert and stop me relaxing. 
 

I just cannot believe how rough the lack of sleep makes you feel, especially over a prolonged time.

So, who else suffers and what have you done to try and remedy the issue? 

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Sleep depravation is a form of torture!

 

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I agree, it doesn't help when you end up torturing yourself though! 
 

My sleeping problems came about from my cat. I got a rescue, by fluke as he was being abused as a kitten so we took him. I fed him up and sorted his diet as he was on the verge of death. I lived on my own so kept the doors open at night as he was a bit lonely, and he used to wake me up every night without fail purring wanting attention. This went on for 6 months until I locked him out the room but I never really recovered.
 

Added to that, having a small construction company with working on site, paperwork, customers, estimates and doing everything yourself, that just added fuel to the fire as there was not enough hours in the day.  I was waking up at 3am and doing quotes.  Now I'm regretting it! 
 

I'll use the advice and links so far and look into it all. I want to knock this on the head before we think about children in the future, as I know it will start again then! 

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Trouble is that stress feeds on itself and sleep problems are an entirely normal response to stress. Running your own business is both the most fulfilling way of life and the most stressful, particularly if you have any inclination to be a bit intense as a personality.

Relaxation techniques would be a good place to start and there are plenty of variations from yoga and tai chi through to hypnosis. Whatever you do keep the enemy of worry at bay and do the things that help you chill, make sure you manage your business in any way that helps you absolutely believe you and only you are in control and sleep tight

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JK is always good at signposting useful reading / reference materials.

I’ve generally had good sleep but things that worked for me - exercise, no caffeine once home from work, notepad / pen at side of bed (if something is on your mind write it down so you can park it till morning), going to bed & getting up at the same time every day and not falling sleep on sofa early evening!

Good luck!

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I found walking helped me sleep. It also helped lose weight as (no joke) I was too tired to go to the fridge as often. Great mind cleanser too. I thought I'd be bored rigid but I put headphones on and off I go...

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I was going to suggest exercise. I find when I cycle to and from work (6 miles each way) I sleep like a log. How’s the caffeine and alcohol intake? I’ve reduced my caffeine at work my alternating decaf tea with normal as I have a mug of tea an hour until lunchtime and it was getting a bit much. 

 

 

 

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I found swimming really helped me get good quality sleep. I would call for the last hour before they closed which was 10pm on some nights. Often I was the only one there so the water was completely still and they played calming music - great thinking time. I couldn't wait to get to bed when I got home.

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Stress and I think overall Anxiety is a big part.  My job is physical so I get exercise with that however, I think separate exercise away from work is a good idea. I was doing this every Sunday which helped until an issue with an employee knocked me back a bit. 
Tea & Coffee are generally minimal. I don't drink any at home or rarely.  I tend to drink water. Alcohol consumption needs to be cut down even more I think as in my view, it's still too much. 

I have tried doing mindfulness and relaxation techniques and I should be focusing on that too. 
 

Thanks for all the tips. Some great stuff for me to try.