Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sleep Problem

No, it's not insomnia. I can still sleep whenever I want to. Except when I sleep early, say between 9 to 11 pm, I find myself waking up a few hours later, usually around 2am. I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep then until 5am. That translates to waking up late and getting to work late. On the other hand, when I sleep late (i.e. past 12mn), I wake up late, and thus get to work late. Either way, I'd end up feeling drowsy so I will then try to sneak a nap within the day, usually around lunch time or after my shift. Despite 30 to 60min. of nap however, I still end up feel drowsy the remainder of the day.

I'm not totally worried because I still manage to do whatever it is I need to do for the day, but it's just a tad bit disconcerting thinking about it. Especially since I'm not sure what the best course of action to take in order to solve this. The usual advice of sleeping early goes out of the window because of my silly waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night routine. Taking sleeping medications is definitely not an option because there's a huge chance I'd still wake up in the middle of the night, or wake up and find that it's the middle of the day.

Last night, I attempted a different approach. I merely stopped sleeping and went to work as soon as the sun was up. I took long walks, which were refreshing and kept me feeling energized the whole morning. I stole a nap during lunch that ended up turning into a 2 hour sleep which didn't help me at all. I felt sluggish most of the afternoon.

Tonight, I'm going for a 6 hour sleep starting at 1:30am, and see if I could get myself up and running by 7:30am. I need at least 6 hours of sleep because tonight is Badminton night. I'm slow enough as it is on court without throwing fatigue into the equation.

So if you have any suggestions (that does not include any of the above mentioned strategies, please feel free to share them.

It's close to 1:30am now so I guess I'll log off.


joyfulchicken said...

"It's close to 1:30am now so I guess I'll log off."


philos said...

@JC: Hmmm, that might be part of the reason why I wake up late. Thanks for the insightful comment. :p

Anonymous said...

It's probably an accumulation of distorted sleeping habits and twisted body clock, much like JC. :p

Seriously, you can do the ff:
1. If you're not late, reward yourself; and/or
2. If you're late, discipline yourself.

philos said...

@lester: what kind of reward/discipline do you suggest? anyhow, I sorta did that earlier, woke up late, and was of course late for work, so I walked instead of taking the trike

Anonymous said...

Examples of rewards:
1. Indulge in good FOOD!!!
2. Buy yourself something you like
3. Go to Thewi Thai Massage
4. Get to have a cooler temp. in the morning
5. Get to blog that you're not late hehe.

Examples of disciplines:
1. No internet on the day you're late
2. No TV on the day you're late
3. Reduce a % of your budget for every __ mins. late
4. Treat your family

It's up to you to create a system.

Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)