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waking up in the middle of the night when i try to go to sleep early. how do i deal with this?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Sleep: Try to establish and maintain a consistent sleep pattern, ddays and weekends. Avoid caffeine after lunch, take a shower before going to bed to relax. Turn off television and computers 1 hour before going to bed, to prevent the light from the screen from lowering you melatonin. Depending on what ime you get up, try a small dose of melatonin - available at pharmacies, to see if it helps get you b.

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Why everytime if I sleep early, I always end up waking up too early?

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Body needs: Unless one is sleep deprived (quite common in the us, especially among teens), the body has a fairly standard time of required sleep. So, if you go to bed early, you are apt to waken once your body has decided you've had enough sleep, even if that it earlier than you might like.
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What's a matter with my sleep? Woke up early though exhausted

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Some people go to sleep really late and wake up early yet don't have dark circles. Why is that?

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They are unrelated: Unfortunately, your genetics probably has more to do with the dark circles than your sleep habits. Concealer works great for dark circles. Making sure that you don't eat too much salt can also help to minimize the puffiness around your eyes. Astringents like witch hazel can help to reduce the puffiness too, but they are only temporary fixes.
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How can I get more hours of sleep per night if i can't go to bed early?

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Sleep hygiene: First practice sleep hygiene (type term in browser for details). Take melatonin two hours before desired sleep time. Purchase and faithfully wear blue-blocker sunglasses to block stimulation of the ganglion cells of the retina which, in bright light (such as in front of a computer like I am now) send a message to the brain that it is not time to sleep. No caffeine and no alcohol.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I get myself to sleep in after waking up early for work for the past couple months?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Get to sleep: Everyone has a biorhythm pattern. When you have established a day/night routine for several months, it will take a while to reestablish a dyatime wakefulness pattern. You can move your sleep time back toward normal about 1 hour every 2-3 days (it may need 1 week intervals) until you establish the pattern you want. Melatonin which is the substance that regulates your biological clock can be a hel.

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