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Aunty Sprout: Sleeping Solutions?

Posted by Aunty Sprout from Cardiff - Published on 19/03/2012 at 14:04
10 comments » - Tagged as Health

  • Aunty Sprout

Hello Sprouters, it's time to get our advice caps on!

Dear Aunty Sprout,

So I'm having a problem...

It's the same one I suffered with before when I was sleeping too much and still continuously tired only this time it's gotten worse. Nothing has been diagnosed so I don't know what to do.

My problem is that I can sleep at night, yet when I wake up I'm absolutely shattered. I'll go to school and fall asleep in most of my lessons like maths, English, catering, even at a computer! It's insane and I'm worried.

So not only will I now have slept in school but when I come home from school I'll go and have a couple more hours sleep. Sure I'm not going to sleep now till around midnight - but I used to go to sleep a lot later and still get up at 7:30am.

I'm fine with feeling tired, but when it gets to a stage where I can't keep my eyes open any more and I'm in school when this is happening, more importantly my lessons... then it's worrying.

I thought I should mention it's not just school, it's when I'm on a bus, train, whatever transport you can think of - I fall asleep on it. Or I start to drift off to sleep anyway. Then when I'm over a friends house I struggle to even stay focussed, let alone awake!

So I'm wondering, is there any advice anyone can give me? I tried the doctor before but they said it is insomnia - just not the one where you cannot sleep so there is nothing they can do.

Have you got any advice?

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Aunty Sprout

Aunty Sprout

Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 14:06pm

There's a small section in the info part of theSprout on sleeping but it doesn't really answer your question, maybe there's something in this article?



Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 14:21pm




Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 14:23pm

I'd consider getting a second opinion from another doctor if it's worrying you that much. Hope you feel better soon!



Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 14:26pm

Go to bed at 10:30pm. Wake up at 7:30am. Even if you don't sleep, don't move. Just lie in bed. Then when it's 7:30am, get up, even if you're shattered and ready to go to bed. Make sure there's someone to wake you up in school should you fall asleep. When it's 10:30pm, go to bed, and don't get out of bed until 7:30am, whether you sleep or not. Repeat this process.

Other tips: my favourite is this: when you're lying in bed, count 1 as you inhale and count 2 as you exhale. 1 = inhale. 2 = exhale. Just keep counting 1, 2, 1, 2. Focus on nothing other than your breathing and counting and you'll be sorted. It also helps if you have a very warm bath about an hour before bed. Don't eat a good 4 hours before bed.



Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 15:04pm


Thanks for posting a message on Auntie Sprout. It’s good to hear from you.

From what you’ve said I can hear that falling asleep in class and on the bus is really concerning you. It’s natural to feel worried and concerned; lots of other young people in your position would feel the same.

Going to see your GP was a really positive thing to do, however, it sounds like you didn’t get the answer you were looking for. It might be an idea for you to get a second opinion on this because there might be some other reason why this is happening.

I’ve found some information on tiredness on the NHS website which I thought might be useful (here’s the link).

If you’d like more information or advice then you can always contact Meic via telephone (080880 23456), instant message (www.meiccymru.org), text message (84001) or e-mail (help@meiccymru.org). Meic offers a confidential service, which means we won’t tell anyone what you say, however, if we feel you or someone else is at risk of harm then we may need to pass your details on.

Take care

Meic Team



Commented 50 months ago - 19th March 2012 - 19:35pm

I think maybe you should look into getting tested for Glandular Fever, depending on how long you've had these sypmtoms it may be too late but by what i've read it sounds right, it starts off with like a sore throat and sometimes goes into tonsilitus (sorry can't spell) it's found by a blood test and can be seen only once, some of your blood cells will look purple under a microscope (i only know this aqs i was told after being tested myself) there's no cure but it will get better.

You may sufferer every couple of months or years as you can have this for the rest of your life, it's not dangerous or contagious but makes you sleep loads and means you can never donate blood. Hope this helps, i have the condition myself and im perfactly fine :) so dont worry if you find out you have got it. I'll have to post an article one day soon.

Aunty Sprout

Aunty Sprout

Commented 50 months ago - 20th March 2012 - 11:09am

Our Sprouter in need says...

I've been tested for it before, my blood came back fine. It was tested for diabetes, glands and iron count so surely it would have come up anyway? I'm stuck on what to do but will try all the things suggested. Thanks (:



Commented 50 months ago - 20th March 2012 - 17:18pm

ive got the perfect knowledge of what to do!
Step 1- go to bed at around 10.30 if you're an adult or 8.30 if your a child.
Step 2- go straight to sleep, no distractions! just peaceful sleep.
lock your door if you have to, or if you cant lock your door, shut it and ask nobody to bother you, lock all animals or etc. out of your room!
Maybe prepare a drink or something incase you get thirsty in the night!
now, i know you may think what i am about to say is mumbo jumbo, it really isnt!!! TRUST ME!!!
Now, go out whenever you can, obviously before bed time, buy some scent sticks, your favourite smelly ones.
Then, buy an incense holder!
Go home, go to your room and prepare the things ready, for example,
put the incense holder by the side of your bed, put a scent stick in there, and put a lighter there, wait till bedtime, do what i said at the top, but light the incense stick and play some soothing music, maybe of dolphin sounds or waves and pan pipes, etc. you know what i mean!
then relax and go quietly to sleep.
Step 3- wake up in the morning, about 6.00, but go back to sleep and set your alarm for 7.00, so you get an hour lay in aswell!
get up at 7.00 and go into the bathroom, splash some water in your face, do some jumping jacks, etc. and do whatever you do, like brush your teeth, eat some breakfast, put on your clothes, pack your bag and off to school you go, make sure you have a drink ready for school/work, via, buying a drink or making one to put in your bag in the morning!
make sure to drink lots through the day, should be water if possible!
at play time, go into the toilet and splash your face with water again!
then do the same lunch time and at the end of the day! Make sure that when your in class/work, sit/stand up straight! dont lean your face on your hands and keep your eyes wide!!!
make sure to do lots of action in lessons and dont bag off and be lazy!!!
At the end of the day like i said, if possible RUN home, when you get home, splash water on your face and do some more jumping jacks, etc.
and do the same! over and over til you WILL feel much better!

best wishes, Pixie.



Commented 50 months ago - 21st March 2012 - 02:18am

There's this thing known as sleep cycles, where basically, depending on how long you've been asleep, you're in a different depth of sleeping. The deepest sleep is the time when you're dreaming, and the shallowest is when you do tossing and turning and the like. If you wake up during the dreaming phase, that can make you feel exhausted, even if you've slept for a good eight hours! If you have an iSomething, you can get a Sleep Cycle alarm clock here for a small amount of money, that traces your movements to detect how deeply you're sleeping, and wakes you up when you're at your most shallow. You can set a time, and it'll go off when you're most active in the half hour leading up to that time.
Hope I helped :)



Commented 47 months ago - 12th June 2012 - 18:57pm

yes maybe consider a second doctor opinion. That would be best. xxx

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