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How Can I Change My Sleeping Pattern Travel Every Week From Coast To Coast
Challenging: Your job requires you to adjust frequently to different light patterns and you simply can't do that easily. Early morning light where you are is important, limit alcohol intake and try to get on the schedule of where you are quickly will help. A medication called rozerem (ramelteon) is effective at resetting your internal clock more quickly, but requires a prescription and instructions on how to use it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Behavior modifying: One place to start is practicing good sleep hygiene. Keep your sleep pattern consistently structured, avoid napping, use bed only for sleep or intimacy, and avoid lying in bed long periods without sleeping. If falling asleep is troublesome because of trouble turning off your thoughts, relaxation and imagery techniques are often helpful. For more help with these make an appointment with a therapist. ...Read more
Sleep is off and I'm sleeping throughout the day and night. Up at odd times. How can I change my sleeping pattern?
Circadian rhythms: The body has it's own internal clock - which for the most part matches the light/dark cycle of this planet. Certain things however can throw it off - especially alcohol or problems with the mind (anxiety/depression). Stimulants too like caffeine can cause haywire with the system. Sounds like you need someone to help you review 'what' you're doing wrong to set you back on track. I believe you can! ...Read more
Fragmentation: New dad or parent. Sleep pattern will become more like that of your newborn: fragmented. Unfortunately this leads to much lighter sleep and less restorative sleep. The key is to try to sleep for as long of periods as can be gotten so falling asleep when child falls asleep. Avoid exhaustion which can cause signfiicant mood disturbances and other problems. ...Read more
You can't: Most people can't 'phase adjust' more than 15-30 minutes per night. When possible, give yourself enough time to gradually & methodically shift your sleep pattern. In cases where you have to adjust quickly (travel for work, etc), medications can be immensely helpful, both to initiate sleep & to promote wakefulness. Admittedly, this is an unnatural solution to an unnatural problem. Talk to you doc. ...Read more
Yes: Lots of people switch to night work. It takes a little while to adapt because circaadian rhythm is normally related to the night/day cycle. ...Read more
What to do if I have never been this bad or long so what is the cause in my change of sleeping pattern?
Behavior modifying: One place to start is practicing good sleep hygiene. Keep your sleep pattern consistently structured, avoid napping, use bed only for sleep or intimacy, and avoid lying in bed long periods without sleeping. If falling asleep is troublesome because of trouble turning off your thoughts, relaxation and imagery techniques are often helpful. For more help with these make an appointment with a therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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