Monday, April 16, 2012

Sleep Hygiene for the Rest of Us | Psychology Today

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They'll tell you that you just need to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.  I got sick while I was working full-time -- I had no choice but to get up more or less the same time, or I'd be in trouble for being late to work.  Therefore, I went to bed at more or less the same time, in order to get a decent amount of sleep. 
But if you're in pain and can't get comfortable enough to sleep till complete exhaustion hits at 6 AM and the alarm goes off at 7:30, all the sleep hygiene in the world isn't going to keep you healthy on an hour and a half of sleep every night for weeks.
At first, because I'm not a morning person, I was making myself get up at 7:30 every day so I wouldn't have to re-train myself when I got well and went back to work.  Eventually, I realized that wasn't going to happen, and gave myself permission to get up when I was good and rested, not because the clock said it was time.  If I don't fall asleep till 6 AM and then stay in bed till noon, that's not sloth -- it's still a lot less than the ideal of 8 hours sleep.

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