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why do i keep waking up at 2:30 am?

fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
every gosh darn day???
i even went to a therapist over this.
i cannot sleep past 2:30 am.
i am fully awake and then i get sleepy around 4 am.
is it hormonal?
am i a vampire?

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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    .....sleepy now.....will be late for work.....again.....zzzzzzzz
  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    I know you have probably already done this...but have you tried any medications to help?
  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    yes, but then they wake me up at 4 am.
  • MeghuneyMeghuney Posts: 4,263Registered Users
    LMFAO

    Well, I guess 4 a.m. is better than 2:30 a.m. Have you asked your doctor about it?
  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    well, i fall asleep as soon as a i get home, sometimes as early as 8pm. then i wake up at 2 am.
    the doctor suggested that i force myself to stay awake until a later time, but i am unable. i think the commute (1.5 - 2 hrs.) has really been wearing on me.
    the thing is, i can never cook dinner. i keep buying food that spoils.
    every night i say, i'm going to cook that salmon, steak, hamburger or chicken, but when i get home i'm too sleepy. then at 2 am, i don't want to cook at that time, plus i'm not as hungry.
    then the next day becomes the next day and in a month i throw away over $50 of meat.
    :(
  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Posts: 1,732Registered Users
    I wake up at 0430 every morning and its so frustrating!! I just want that one more hour of bliss before the alarm goes off so I feel your pain!!

    (Allthough I wake up like that because the damned dog wants to go out and the cats think its run across mom time so...I have my own problems :lol: )

    Good luck, I take Melatonin to sleep...its herbal and non addictive if you want to give it a try.
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    Have you tried melatonin?

    Oh! There's an article all about sleep and sleep aids in this month's issue of More magazine!

    Anway when I can't sleep I have certain DVDs that knock me out. Like old Seinfelds. I know we all hate Kramer now but I can't give up the DVDs as a sleep aid.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    People need less sleep as they get older. I only get about 6 hours of sleep at night, and that's all I need. Sounds like you're just in a bad habit of when you fall asleep. That can be changed, but you'd have to force yourself to stay awake a bit later.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Try forcing yourself to exercise or walk when you get home if you want to stay up later - it re-energizes you for a couple of hours.
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  • avataravatar Posts: 454Registered Users
    Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout the day. According to Chinese medicine, between the hours of 1am and 3am relate to the Liver meridian (not the actual organ in the body). This is the time when the blood in your body is stored and it is peak energy time for the liver. As you know, the liver processes everything in the body and is especially taxed by toxins. This is why the water is important, to help the liver to flush these things out of the body.

    Additionally, according to the chi (energy) cycle, if you are very tired in the early evening hours (related to two certain meridians), you need to look at the meridians for the opposite hours. For you, this would be the early morning. Check to make sure you are eating a good breakfast.

    Finally, it appears as though your Fire element is out. You may want to look at increasing regular exercise during the day (but not late in the day).

    Note that I am not a practitioner of Chinese medicine, but have studied it along with various other energy medicines for several years.
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  • mandyvmandyv Posts: 2,437Registered Users
    I believe calcium helps me sleep. I take two an hour before bedtime, I don't know how many miligrams that is. I usually wake up around the same time, 2:30 or 3:00 and sometimes turn on my radio for 15 mins to listen to Air America and then fall back asleep but I don't know if I'm reinforcing the habit by doing so...
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  • WiggilyhairWiggilyhair Posts: 779Registered Users
    I've read that this can be caused by dips in progesterone. It occurs even more frequently as women get closer to perimenopause (which can last for 5-15(!) years before actual menopause. It's supposedly the first symptom of peri many women get-way before hot flashes, etc.
  • nextmovenextmove Posts: 686Registered Users
    In addition to drinking more water, if you're the type that gets a boost from caffeine, try drinking some coffee late in the afternoon so you can stay up past 8pm. I rarely drink it and if I have some around 3pm I'll be up later than I want to be.

    This could be a temporary fix until you get accustomed to the commute. Unfortunately a lot of people drive that distance to work but don't fall asleep that early so you most likely will get used to it.
  • guinnessguinness Posts: 351Registered Users
    Have you seen a doctor? I had the same problem that got chronically worse and it turned out to be an overactive thyroid. It had already caused some minor heart damage. My dr. prescribed a time-release beta blocker and it's like having a new life. I sleep like a normal person now.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Maybe you're hungry and the one lettuce leaf you eat for the day isn't enough?
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  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users
    I've read that this can be caused by dips in progesterone. It occurs even more frequently as women get closer to perimenopause (which can last for 5-15(!) years before actual menopause. It's supposedly the first symptom of peri many women get-way before hot flashes, etc.

    This has been my only serious perimenopause symptom. I started waking up every morning at 3. I now take half a unisom and an over the counter stress pill every night before bed and 95% of the time I sleep through the night, not counting getting up to pee 2 or more times a night. (Another symptom).
  • CynaminbearCynaminbear Posts: 4,476Registered Users
    Taking a calcium supplement that contains magnesium and Vitamin D at or just before bed time helps me sleep through the night. If you're close to my age you're going through a hormone change which can cause insomnia. Our bodies need calcium to make hgh during the first 4 hours of sleep.
    Exercising during the day is supposed to help ready the body for sleep, too.
    As for meals, can you make several meals on the weekends then save them to reheat during the week? At the very least, when you make a meal double the recipe so you have left-overs.
    I've heard several people recommend melatonin to aid sleep.
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  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users
    Taking a calcium supplement that contains magnesium and Vitamin D at or just before bed time helps me sleep through the night. If you're close to my age you're going through a hormone change which can cause insomnia. Our bodies need calcium to make hgh during the first 4 hours of sleep.
    Exercising during the day is supposed to help ready the body for sleep, too.
    As for meals, can you make several meals on the weekends then save them to reheat during the week? At the very least, when you make a meal double the recipe so you have left-overs.
    I've heard several people recommend melatonin to aid sleep.

    I just wanted to say that I tried the Calcium before bed, it was part of a Bayer aspirin tablet. It gave me really weird, uncomfortable dreams, but I did sleep!
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I have taken valerian, a mild herbal muscle relaxant, and that really helps me have a peaceful, restful sleep, especially if I'm headachy or have a pain somwhere. It's known as "nature's valium".
  • NYCurlyGirlyNYCurlyGirly Posts: 1,012Registered Users
    M2LR & Co. wrote:
    Maybe you're hungry and the one lettuce leaf you eat for the day isn't enough?


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  • WiggilyhairWiggilyhair Posts: 779Registered Users
    Bach's Rescue Sleep or Hyland's Calms Forte are homeopathic sleep aides that can be taken at that time of "night". Bach's-GNC. Calms Forte-most Walmarts and Walgreens.
  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users
    Bach's Rescue Sleep or Hyland's Calms Forte are homeopathic sleep aides that can be taken at that time of "night". Bach's-GNC. Calms Forte-most Walmarts and Walgreens.

    Calms Forte is the one I take with the 1/2 Unisom.
  • echokittenechokitten Posts: 1,751Registered Users
    I usually take a Benedryl. It has the same DHCl that most sleep aids have. I will not necessarily knock you out but it will make you drowsy, which for me is usually all I need...just get me halfway there and I'll do the rest.
    I usually start with 1 then in 30 min if I am not drowsy I will take another, I don't need more than 2 of the 25mg generic ones. If I still cannot go to sleep then I just flip the TV on and turn it to something boring and wait. :lol:
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  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    It's called getting old. . . at least older. My sleep changed dramatically once I got to about age 40. I now take one generic PM tablet (equivalent to a Tylenol PM) and a regular Tylenol before I go to bed. I sleep good except for the once or twice a night I have to get up to go to the bathroom as was mentioned above by someone else.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Bach's Rescue Sleep or Hyland's Calms Forte are homeopathic sleep aides that can be taken at that time of "night". Bach's-GNC. Calms Forte-most Walmarts and Walgreens.

    I find both of these help for getting back to sleep in the middle of the night. I tend to wake up around 2 AM, and sometimes also around 4 AM. For me, this is by far the worst thing about the whole menopause deal.

    By the way, taking Benadryl, or Tylenol PM, works as an occasional remedy, but is not a good idea for nightly use. The sedative effect of antihistamines tolerates out with regular use.

    Melatonin doesn't seem to do much as a sleep aid for me. Valerian works somewhat better. Once in a while I take an Ambien, but I am leery about using it regularly. I might ask my doc about Ambien CR next time, since staying asleep is more of an issue than falling asleep. (Though that's a problem too -- it often takes me an hour to fall asleep.)

    I read an article that said that your body temperature naturally drops while you are sleeping. So if your temperature rises (at the start of a hot flash, for instance), it signals your body that it's time to be awake. And it may take a while for your temp to drop, and you will be there staring at the ceiling...I tend to think this may be accurate. I notice that I wake up first, and then the hot flash starts.