rapid eire movements

4/14/10

Today was a big occasion at the Blake-Wms household (more on that tomorrow), but I have a burning question that needs answering, because, goddamit, I need to know where I stand. I just gotta figure out where I am relative to other people. And so, might I ask… in all honesty, what time do you average going to bed each night, and how long do you sleep?

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  1. kjf

    i usually go to bed between midnight and 1 am and wake up around 8:30 or 9 in the am. and once i’m asleep, i’m asleep.

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  2. eric g.

    10:30, and I get up at 6:15. I usually wake up two or three times briefly during the night. Deepest sleep occurs between 2 and 5 in the morning or so.

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  3. Cris

    Sleep is a major challenge for me, but lately it’s been relatively ok. I usually get to bed by midnight, sometimes a little earlier. But then I wake up at least once or twice. Some nights if it’s particularly bad I’ll get up and move to the guest room so that my tossing and turning doesn’t keep my partner awake also. I often feel like this nocturnal creature moving around the house in the dead of night – well, along with our cat.
    I keep an Ambien prescription handy, but in the past year I haven’t had to take it too often – only when my insomnia starts to really rage and I can’t even fall asleep to begin with. The exception is traveling. That really throws my sleep cycle out of whack and can ruin a vacation, so a lot of times I just proactively take ambien.
    As a neuroscientist I have very specific theories about what’s going on with my brain circuits and sleep cycle but I won’t bore you with them.

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  4. Salem's Little Sister

    Midnight to 7:00 with 1 -2 wake ups. I could sleep until 9:00 or 10:00 if I didn’t have to get Ben to school. I am a good sleeper.

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  5. Neva

    My sleep varies tremendously. Usually I’m in bed by 10 but read until 11 or so. I absolutely cannot fall asleep without reading (which bothers my hubby). Sometimes if there is something major on my mind I stay up until midnight. We get up around 6:20a.
    As my college buddies can attest, I was a great sleeper. Used to nap every day and sleep great at night but my sleep has been screwed up for years now. I think it started with getting paged on call so much and never feeling I could really relax and then that was made worse by having kids. Now I am woken up by my husband turning over, my kid coughing upstairs, the dog moving around another room, you name it. It is rare that I am not awake at least twice during the night and once a week or so I’ll be up for over an hour in the middle of the night.
    Boy, just writing this makes me think I have a real sleep problem. Unfortunately, ambien works too well and I need it the next night to sleep at all so I avoid it.

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  6. kent

    since i found out i was diabetic I’ve made an effort to get more sleep, but it’s hard for me to get more than 7 hours. Even if I go to bed at 10:30 or 11, I’ll start waking up 6-7 hours later.
    This morning I started waking up a little before six. I had a vivid dream that I was chatting with Princess Diana in a Home Depot parking lot. She was having trouble with a shopping cart with a wonky wheel.

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  7. Anne

    I aim for 10:30, end up going to bed around 11-11:30 these days. (For a while I was going to bed at midnight to 1 am, but that simply isn’t working for my daytime schedule.)d
    My alarm goes off at 6 am and I’m out of bed by 6:15.
    My natural sleep pattern, sans alarm clock or job obligations, is a 12:30-1 bedtime, 9 am awakening.

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  8. jersey

    In bed no later than 10:00 p.m. and up at 5:30 a.m. – I find the red wine/ambien combo is a nice sleep driver.

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  9. CM

    Go to bed around 10:30/11. Hubby sometimes stays up later, but he’s younger than I am. If I was alone I’d probably stay up later and write like I used to, but our apt. is small and that would keep hubby up. So without doing that, I might as well get some shuteye. We are both up at 7 or 7:30 for work.

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  10. Kelly

    When I had one child who slept through the night, go to bed around 10:30 and up at 6 AM, no waking, solid sleep. When Twin babies slept through (really Dad did most of the night duty as I went back to work and he stayed home) only one brief wake to nurse, half awake, still very rested all things considered with 10 PM and 6 AM.
    Then it all changed when a twin was diagnosed with diabetes at 20 months old.
    Ideally, I go to bed as soon as possible after the kids do, maybe 8- 9 PM, sleep to 10:30. Otherwise I stay up doing work or surfing or chores (in that priority order, heh) until that time. Then I check blood sugar of diabetic 4 year old, and that then determines the rest of the night. If she is in a safe range at that point I sleep again to 2-3 AM and check again, which then determines what’s on the go for the next three hours. If levels are NOT good at the 10:30 and 3 am check I could be up for the night every 45 min or so making sure I gave proper insulin or didn’t spike her too high with a snack.
    This has been what it’s like since her diagnosis when she was 20 months old. I don’t know if it will ever end. I am sitting at my (full time) desk on the edge of tears I’m so tired. It feels like I’ll never sleep 8 consecutive hours again and maybe I don’t need it anymore, my body has adjusted so that this January when I went away for 2 days for work (oh joy) I still woke up at the regular times with no alarm. I do the night waking job as my husband sleeps heavy and through the alarm… and it is just not something you can sleep through. I know its just how it is, and could be so much worse, but thank you for the vent space.
    This isn’t intended to be poor me moment, I share this here for one reason: If you know parents of a young diabetic and can handle just one night of getting up like this, please offer it, so BOTH parents can sleep at the same time.

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  11. killian

    Bed between 10 and 11. Up by 5:30 the latest. Wake up at LEAST 3 times during the night. Verge of tears from tiredness? You bet.

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  12. Greg T.

    I normally get to bed around 12 and get up at 7:30. For the last few weeks it’s been more like 3am and 8am. I think I have a stress-related sleep disorder.

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  13. tregen

    I go to bed when I’m tired, usually around 8:30 – 930.
    I wake up when the sun comes up. Do this, you will feel much better. Leave your shades open enough for some light to enter the room. You will wake up naturally after a day or two, when the sun rises. You will feel rested.
    If I am at home, I try to take a short nap during the day, which makes a ton of difference

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  14. Joanna

    Pills, earplugs, sound machine (husband snores), and I’m good to go about 10:30-6:30. How I wish stressed out, sleepless people wouldn’t break out in a rash if shared info. about natural supplements that help me and could help you. But I know you will! :)

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  15. Ehren

    I should also add that I don’t drink coffee or any other caffeine in the morning. I have no trouble getting to sleep or waking up on 6 hours of sleep, and feel rested all day (except during allergy season). Caffeine animates my corpse if I’m running on only a couple of hours of sleep, but it also degrades the quality of my sleep so I can’t get back to normal, and it makes me crash in the evenings really hard.

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  16. chip

    Asleep between 10 and 11…up at 6…usually wake up a couple of times
    probably should take ehren’s suggestion and cut caffiene.

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  17. julie

    Usually asleep by 11 or 11:30. Get up at 6:30. Weekends it is usually the same bed time (unless I get to crash earlier) and sleep until 7:30 if there is a sporting event, 9 if not. I always have to get up at least 2x (my bladder has to be one of the smallest on the planet). If I work out after 9 – my night is a wreck both on the ability to fall asleep and the amount of times I have to get up. I always required complete darkness, but now after having kids, I now require ear plugs. It appears that super-sonic hearing is one of my post-pregnancy idiosyncrasies.I require caffeine and am usually extremely tired at my desk (magically get second winds when I return home).

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  18. julie

    Oh and I forgot to mention – no sleep aids. I’m actually too afraid to take one for fear that either I’ll get addicted to them or, after time, they’ll stop working. Then where would I be?

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  19. kazoo

    try to be in bed by 1030p by it usually takes me a while to fall asleep, and if left to my own devices, i’d get up around 9a, which is never the case. alarm goes off around 7a and i’m constantly exhausted.
    randomly, i know i have a touch of SAD, and part of why i left boston was that i had to fight hibernation urges to sleep all day. and, indeed, once the day gets longer, i find it much easier to get out of bed. in another month of so, i’ll be up with the sun…

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  20. Karin

    Sleep and I are good friends. I nap every day for an hour and then fall asleep around 1am. Wake (with alarm set to music) at 8.15ish. This wouldn’t be possible if we had kids or if I didn’t work for myself. I sleep more lightly than my husband and often have to wear earplugs to drown out hubby and pug snoring.

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  21. Bud

    Bedtime is between 11:30-12:30. I sleep through the night and usually get up at 8:30, 7:30 if I have to.
    On weekends I usually sleep a little longer. I often take 20-30 minute naps during the day.
    Since college, I’ve always gotten about the same amount of sleep (8 to 9.5 hours), but I used to stay up and get up later.
    I’ve never had trouble sleeping or waking and I don’t use an alarm clock. No sleep aids, no caffeine.
    Can’t wait to hear the big news….

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  22. Kathy

    Love your blog, going to start commenting. Sleep is a good topic to start with.
    Husband and I go to sleep between 11 and midnight, get up at 6 or so. Not enough sleep so at least once a week, crash really early. Problems come up if, when you crash early, you wake up too much and can’t get back to sleep. Then I’m doing laundry at 2 a.m.
    I really need more sleep and consistent bedtime and I know it.

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  23. Lee

    in bed by 9 or 9:30 but would happily do 8 or 8:30 if i wasn’t embarrassed. up at 6:30 and never ever feel like i have enough sleep.

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  24. Tanya

    Usually in bed by 10, read Kindle, asleep by 11. Up around 6:45-7:15. Ever since I had the kiddos, I wake up around 3 a.m. every night. Even if it’s just long enough to glance at the clock and go back to sleep. Both boys woke up at 3 for months at a time before they finally slept through the night. so maybe that’s why.
    skeered of sleep aids.

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  25. Ellani

    I usually go to bed aorund 11. Two little children have given me some serious sleep disorder issues. My 22 month old wakes up several times a night–she is a late teether and is really suffering for it–which means my sleep is very disturbed, to say the least. Husband sometimes snores like crazy on top of that. If the baby wakes up any time between 5 and 6am, then I usually can’t get back to sleep at all–leaving me completely exhausted the next day. A 20 minute nap in the middle of the day, really saves the day for me.
    If there happens to be a night where no one wakes me up, I usually wake up some time in the early morning (any time between 5:30 and 6:30)–I am so unused to be allowed to sleep through the night, that my body/mind doesn’t know what to do about it on the rare nights it is granted to me and I wake up worried and stressed out (rdiculous, I know).
    Interested to see what happens when the little one starts consistently sleeping through the night.

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  26. Bill

    Average bed time: 11 p.m.
    Average wake up time: 5:30 a.m. Some mornings it is 5 so I can go to the gym (I’m not bragging — it is the only time I can fit it in with 3 kids) and the alternate mornings it is 6 a.m. or a bit later. Weekends: 7 a.m. (see earlier comment about 3 kids).
    I wake up at least once a night, and I usually can’t blame the kids. We are lucky to have good sleepers (knock on wood) — even the 10-month-old sleeps solid from about 7 to 7 most nights.
    Sleep is more of an issue for my wife — she needs more and our schedules don’t always match up.

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  27. Rebecca

    Usually in bed by 10-10:30 (but I lay there for an hour waiting to fall asleep), sleep until 6:45-7. If no child wakes me up, I can sleep until 7:30 or so.
    Kelly, I’m so sorry. My 11 year old has a friend who is diabetic, and has been since about 2 years old. He got an insulin pump 2 years ago, and his Mom says it has changed their lives. Hopefully that will be an option for your daughter at some point.

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  28. Scott M.

    On a worknight, I usually go to bed around 1:30 AM and get up around 9 AM. (7.5 hours)
    But, it’s not unusual for me to stay up to 2 or 2:30 and sleep in until 10 AM – gotta love working from home!
    On weekends I usually stay up until 2 or 3 AM, and sleep until 10 or so.
    My wife is usually in bed by 10:30 – 11 PM and gets up around 7 AM on weekdays and 8 AM on weekends.

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  29. Piglet

    On weeknights, I aim for 10pm, usually make it to bed closer to 10:45.
    Wake up between 5:25 and 5:45.
    So, seven hours, a little less than that. Sometimes I lie down for a half hour nap in the evening.
    On most weekends I stay up till 11, and wake up at 6. Because others in the house keep different hours, I don’t even turn the alarm on. I don’t really need to.

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  30. Amy

    Generally speaking, I’m in bed by 10 and wake up at 7. DOn’t use an alarm, haven’t since before the kids. I’ve always required/ liked a lot of sleep. I’m a terrible napper though.

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  31. Lisa Villiarimo

    Under ‘normal’ circumstances I’m out by midnight at the latest and up by 8 am unless the dogs, garbage truck or yelling neighbors wake me up prior or if I have an early wedding meeting.
    I tend to wake up at 6 or so to pee if I guzzle a bunch of water before bed.

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  32. josie

    Usually pass out b/w 11:00 p 12:00 a; Awake anywhere from 3 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. Often, many times over.
    And you?

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  33. josie

    Well, wait. On weekends I might sleep as late as (*gasp*) 8 a.m. And that’s only because I have small children as alarms or very poor window coverings. But I think I really do like to rise early.
    And, like someone else said, there is at least one night every two weeks where I crash at 9:30 or 10p – super early for me. I need that to recover from cumulative deficit.
    When I wake up before 5, it is not voluntary. Occassionally, and that means no more than 2x a week (more like 1x if I am truly honest), I wake up at 5 a.m. voluntarily — to work out before the day begins.
    I think I get a hair less than the sleep I truly need, but I manage to function.

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  34. Greg T.

    Posting about my sleep problems made me remember that the last time I was on Adderall, I stopped because I thought it disrupted my sleep too much. I started back on Adderall about 3 weeks ago and Voila! I guess it’s time to find a different ADD med.

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  35. xuxE

    during the week i’ll go several nights during the week sleeping at about 2:30 and getting up at 6:30-7:00. then i’ll have a catchup night going to bed at around 10:30.
    On friday/saturday i’ll often stay out dancing till about 4:30-5 AM or if i’m home i’ll even stay up that late. then i’ll sleep in until about 11.

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  36. Scott S.

    Generally go to sleep between 1 and 2 a.m. Up between 7 and 8, a couple of hours later on the weekend…

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  37. JB

    My natural cycle is probably 2 a.m. – 10 a.m. I’m self-employed and single and don’t HAVE to get up at any set time, but I find that the older I get, the more I enjoy rising really early. But man, is it hard to wake up! I have to put the alarm in the living room to force myself out of bed. It takes me awhile to drift off (probably a couple of hours) but once I’m out I could probably sleep through a Metallica concert.

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