no sleep til… ever. apparently.

11 October 2012

For the past month or so, I haven’t been sleeping well. Just because I’m an old lady and get to bed around 10pm or so (some/most times 9:30pm), doesn’t mean I get this full night’s sleep.

In fact, I wake up at least two or three times each night, generally between 2am-5am. And now, thanks to technology, I have a lovely little app that shows me just that.

So, Sleep Time is an app by Azumio, and basically it records your sleeping patterns. You lay the phone on your bed and through your movements is able to tell whether you’re in the REM sleep, just light sleep, or awake. I don’t quite get it’s algorithm .. mainly because for my 39% REM sleep it said I was still 85% efficient with my sleep. But part of that is because the app didn’t catch that from 6am on, I was awake but just trying not to be.

This not telling when I’m actually awake is sort of common in my experience. Because most of those green “light sleep” times, also include me waking up but just not making much movement in bed.

Do I need an app to tell me something that I already know? Not really. Was I secretly hoping that this would some how help me sleep better through the night? Yeah, kind of. It’s got soundscapes–those new-agey feeling nature noises–and I tried one last night. Ended up starting it back up two more times throughout the night hoping it would reduce the falling back asleep time…

I’ve normally not had any problems with sleeping. And now apparently the only time that’s true is when I’m on my couch on the weekends. I have no clue how to improve my sleeping habits. I go to bed tired and ready for bed. I just wake up through the night due to numerous things: noises in the alley (which is RIGHT outside my windows), the cats, pipes in the building sounding like someone trying to break into the building (but it’s either that or no heat), the cats, or just my body/mind being cruel and deciding we should be up…

How do normal people sleep through the night? Because nothing’s really changed in my life over the past month other than the stupid sinus infection that landed me in the ER. And the whole “no caffeine” thing only makes it harder. I already know I’m going to nap all weekend.

Do you have any sleep tricks/aides? Should I just stay up super late so I basically pass out as soon as I get to bed? Anyone know a natural sedative for cats?

I just want to sleep and feel rested.

*Can’t lock the cats out of the room. They would end up keeping me up all night trying to break down the door. Furry little jerks.

  • I would be nervous leaving my phone on my bed. Both of us move around a lot during the night, and I know that phone would end up face down on the wood floor (probably with a shattered screen).

    • Erini

      mine’s been safe so far, but it was a concern of mine too. maybe putting it in a pillow case will help? though that’s more work. (I do keep mine under my pillow while I sleep… but I also have the entire bed to myself.)

  • I started using Sleep Time last week too and was all like “HOW COOL IT TRACKS MY SLEEP” and then it woke me up half an hour before my 6am alarm and that love affair was over.

    Honestly, when I don’t sleep well, it’s generally because my brain is working in overdrive & something is just unresolved that’s coming out in my sleep. I actually had a week where I was sleeping SO badly & had no idea why, and then I realized I wasn’t comfortable in my blankets. I SWEAR I added an extra blanket and slept like a baby. It’s a little thing, but I feel like our bodies, especially at night, totally feel these weird little things that we may not notice. THAT being said, I think you just need to think of what it is that’s bugging you during the day and let it go when you go to bed. SLEEP GUILT-FREE girl! And if this makes no sense to you whatsoever, you can totally disregard my whole comment. Ha 🙂

    I do hope you get some good sleep soon though! So important.

    • Erini

      I read that either on their site or on the app download that they start waking you up to a half hour before the time you set the alarm. So I gave myself a few more minutes than I normally would.

      I think I’m definitely ready for it to be down comforter weather. I slept so well when I was able to snuggle up in that thing! But the cats definitely love playing on it… or rather jumping on it since it’s so poofy!

      I have found that the soundscapes are helping! I think I just need some white noise so my brain focuses on that instead of anything from the day. 🙂

  • my roomie takes melatonin, which has been a huge help for him. completely natural, organic and all that good stuff

    sleep trackers are weird. i have one (on my new fitbit). on normal, it shows i “wake up” 3x a night, but i’m pretty sure i don’t wake up at all. on sensitive, it shows every movement as a wake up, which is like 12x a night :-/ not sure what to make of that data

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