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I can't wake up

Seems a suitable title following on from Camilla's!

I am really struggling to wake up in the mornings. After deciding it didn't matter too much for the festive fortnight I decided that I would get up between 8 & 8.30 starting monday....... well, I haven't managed much before 9.30 yet and that is only because I know Rosie will need to go out. I'm usually up in the middle of the night and take her out for a pee then so it is urgent urgent but still.

B sleeps late most mornings but then that is the way of his illness, he will also have a nap in the afternoon. I've been joining him recently too!

Why am I being SO rubbish. I need to start my days earlier but don't seem to be able to.
Any tips?

Posted at 9th Jan 2014 - 10:39AM   Posted by CalicoKate   I can't wake up Comments: 10

Fairy Nuff's Avatar What time to you normally go to sleep, if your a 2am sort of sleeper (and I know you don't always sleep well) then it's only your normal body clock to sleep till 10am to get your eight hours.

I love our sunrise alarm clock in the winter (I use it because I can't stand bright lights first thing in the morning and the alarms light slowly gets brighter before the alarm goes off so my eyes have adjusted before I'm even awake) but it was invented to help people regulate their sleep patterns especially in winter when it's still dark up here at 10am!
Might be worth looking into, it's just not our natural rhythm to wake up while it's still dark.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:02AM

Ivy's Avatar All what Fairy said apart that I have not got such a fabulous alarm clock but as I am light sleeper these days getting out of bed is not a problem for me. Have you checked your early morning blood pressure? daughter's is very low and she just can't get going. But as she has to go to uni she has to force herself out of bed....

Posted by: Ivy on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:07AM

Fennie's Avatar I'm not sure I can suggest anything apart from going to bed earlier with a cup of Verveine tea to help you sleep. How long will Rosie go without a pee? I have the same problem but as the telephone starts ringing at 9am I have to be up and breakfasted and ready to go by then. I like to be up at 7 but very rarely achieve this, particularly in winter.

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:37AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I too struggle to wake up - but that is mainly down to my auto-immune diseases as I am generally 'slow' in the morning.

Have you had your Thyroid checked recently as that can make waking up difficult and can leave you feeling that you are still exhausted despite the fact you have had plenty of sleep.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Jan 2014 at 11:49AM

CalicoKate's Avatar Thanks everyone, am feeling like I need a nap! Could just put my head down right now.....
But I need to clean the chickens out and find something in the shed before it gets dark again but I seriously would like to go to sleep for an hour right now! Confused

Posted by: CalicoKate on 9th Jan 2014 at 02:24PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar A lot of people find those first few weeks of January a little hard, in that we feel sluggish and tired and dare I say it...a little fed up at times. Daylight hours has a lot to do with it...and since I moved Northwards away from my Cornish riviera I take vitamin D in the winter months.
I feel the same at the moment....and am currently bombarding myself with vitamin C etc. to give me a boost! I think we will all be fine once the snowdrops and primroses come and the chooks start laying again.... Smile

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 9th Jan 2014 at 05:34PM

Withy Brook's Avatar I expect day length is part of the problem.
I try to go to bed about the same time and get up at the same time, 11.00ish and 8.0. I have a radio alarm. It comes on with radio 4 at 7.30 and I force myself out of bed at the 8.0 pips.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Jan 2014 at 09:11PM

Camilla's Avatar Perhaps the winter days at the moment might be the cause, when it is lighter in the mornings and longer days of light seem to make us feel so much better. I am an owl nowadays and go to bed very late, early hours in the morning usually, but I need at least 6 hours of sleep or more at least before I can get my act together when I wake up. It does upset the body clock especially I find sometimes when the later I go to bed the later sometimes I wake up, it's swings and roundabouts with me.

Perhaps it would be worth asking your GP for a 'Well Woman' check up at the surgery Kate and ask GP to check your thyroid too as WW says.

Big hug for you.


Posted by: Camilla on 10th Jan 2014 at 12:55AM

Blackbird's Avatar Am I the only one who pops out of bed at 5 or 6am- ready to go? And ready to put everything aside after 4 or 5pm? except dinnerVery Happy

I've always been that way- even after a late night out, much to my chagrin.

I think there's quite a bit of hormonal activity that helps the body keep to it's rhythms. I was thinking just this week that I'm very warm when I wake up and very wide awake- the opposite of 'being at low ebb'. And I was thinking how hard it would be to get up if I felt the way I do at 10pm- especially if I'm not in my bedVery Happy

Since hormones are involved- everything gets complicated and topsy-turvy in women in their 40's and 50's. It would be good to rule out thyroid or any other imbalance but there are also good sleep habits that help- dark and cool room, regular bed time, enough exercise during the day, eating last meal well before bedtime.

And dear Kate- above all, don't be hard on yourself- after all, we are mammals and it is the dead of winter.Very Happy

Posted by: Blackbird on 10th Jan 2014 at 05:30AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar A trip to the well woman clinic sounds like a good idea just to be sure, don't forget tiredness is one of the first signs of diabetes too.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Jan 2014 at 10:22AM

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