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1/12/12 12:46 A

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Hi everyone. I'm very interested in starting this challenge! I'm on here to loose a lot of weight, so far so good, but my staying up and late snacking as been getting in the way somewhat and I'd like to do whatever I can to change that. I want to go to sleep and wake up normally again.

I was wondering though, do the instructional e-mails come at the beginning of the week?
I haven't gotten one yet

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1/11/12 8:11 P

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Hello everyone. I decided to start up with SparkPeople again (after a three year break) so I could track my food. When I got back on here, I found all of this cool new information and ways to reach out to people.

I've been suffering from insomnia for about 10-12 years. I joined this page because even though people sympathize with me, they do not fully understand what it's like to go weeks or months at a time with only a few hours of sleep a day. I also know that not being able to sleep is hindering my weight loss attempts and my overall health and well being.

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1/9/12 9:34 P

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Hi everyone. I was on Sparkpeople a few years ago and managed some minimal success because I was just not in a place that promoted a healthy lifestyle. I am back with renewed dedication and my new husband (long time best friend) is on board with me. Poor sleep hygiene has always been an issue with me and I am hoping changing my weight and eating habits can help me improve my leep habits. I look forward to hearing everyone's story. emoticon

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1/7/12 6:38 P

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Hi, Everyone,

I joined this challenge, for 2 reasons. One being that I have been working on weight loss, altering between success, and backsliding, for 2 years now. And, one thing I have noticed is that if I don't get enough sleep, I don't work out. Either I'm too tired to get up earlier to workout in the morning, or I'm too tired after work to workout, because I didn't get enough sleep. So, the other reason is that I need to shut down my computer at a reasonable time, and get to bed, and am hoping this challenge will inspire me to do so.



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1/7/12 9:36 A

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Hi everyone! Started this challenge two days ago, and finally realized how to get in the forums emoticon More sleep is probably the best idea for me lol I do have sleep apnea as well, but had surgery in July to correct it. Sleep has been a challenge for me, I usually go to bed somewhere around midnite or 1 am, then try to drag myself out of bed at 5:30 am !! The tips and advise I have seen here should get me on a better path!
Best of luck everyone!

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1/6/12 1:52 A

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Hi, I also have terrible sleep habits. I fall asleep in front of the TV then wake up several times during the night and watch a bit then go back to sleep. I am hoping that this challenge helps me get rid of my bad habit and put some good ones in its place.

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1/5/12 10:41 A

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Hi Everyone
My sleep habits are horrible, Most of the time I am in bed by 12:00 BUT I will read or watch movies until 2 - 4 am. I dont have to get up at a set time so I can sleep until 10 or noon but I feel terrible.
And this needs to stop.
I do have sleep apena and have been using the CPAP for one year now and I am so thankful that I have it for it has made such a difference in my sleep.
Tired of being a night owl!!

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1/5/12 4:25 A

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Hello to everyone! I am Chrissy I was on sparkpeople years ago and just fell right off track I'm back to kick my health and fitness into high gear. One of my main issues is sleep, I cant seem to get enough of it and I'm always tired. I started a new job that's nights and its hard to keep on a strict schedule cause my hours change depending where I'm needed. This is a perfect kick off point for me and here is to happy sleeping :)

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1/4/12 4:52 P

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Hi there,

I'm Angela. I joined months ago, and then kinda forgot all about getting fitter and healthier. So now that the new year is here, I've decided to really work at reaching my goals. I want to lose weight, but I also want to become healthier, and I know that I really need to improve my life in lots of ways for that to happen. So, I've joined this challenge, because I think that if I improve my sleep habits as well as my fitness and food habits, I can become a stronger, happier person.

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1/4/12 12:45 P

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Hi everyone, I'm new here. I successfully lost 16 lbs with Spark and am looking for new challenges. I need a lot of sleep, but rarely get the amount I need, so I'm hoping this challenge will help me track and be more accountable.

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1/3/12 12:41 P

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Hello Everyone. My name is Christine. I've joined the Better Sleep Challenge to help form better sleep patterns/habits. I've dealt with insomnia (on & off) for years. So far, I've had lots of great advice and tips for falling asleep & staying asleep - which I plan to use.

As of now, I don't have a "regular" bedtime or "regular" wake-up time. I do however usually wake-up around 7:30am. I plan to set the alarm for 6:30am starting tomorrow. I'm hoping that by establishing a normal & regular wake-up time, I'll be able to establish a normal & regular bedtime as well. Additionally, I plan to try some other relaxing techniques before bed... (unsure what those will be at this moment, but I'm sure to figure it out.)

Anyhow... Glad to be here!

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1/3/12 11:49 A

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Hi everyone and happy new year.

I'm new to Spark People and I chose the Sleep Challenge as my first challenge (well other than the losing weight challenge that I joined this site for).

I generally always go to bed at a reasonable hour, as I am an early riser. So I am normally in bed by 10 and I will read until I drop off... this can sometimes be a matter of minutes! So I have no problem normally going to sleep... its staying asleep that is the problem.

I generally wake naturally around 6am, as I go out walking the dog at 6.30am... however most nights I wake at around 3am or 4am... and rarely get back to sleep.. I tried going to bed a little later... but I'd still wake at the same times and therefore have had even less sleep... I will start my sleep journal tomorrow...

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1/2/12 11:50 P

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Welcome to all the new challengers! My name is Bobbie this is my second time attempting this challenge. The first time I wasn't sure what I was suppose to be doing by I have read everything and ready to begin. My official start day is tomorrow, I have been updating my profile, goals, and such since I really haven't participated with my fellow sparkies for over a year. I look forward to turning the TV off this week and waking up refresh without late night snacks, TV surfing, and unnecessary worrying!
Would love to add some friends on this journey!

Happy New Year!

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1/2/12 5:29 P

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Welcome to the team and good luck.

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1/2/12 4:16 P

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Hi everyone,

My name is Felicia and I joined this group because sleeping pills have become my new best friend. I would like to be able to go to bed without taking them. Hopefully this challenge will help me with that plan.

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1/2/12 4:15 P

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, Nice meeting you! I wish you well on this sleep journey! I really understand where you are coming from. i am totally in the same state as you! Hopefully we will both get the sleep we are looking for.

Edited by: FELICIAAO at: 1/2/2012 (16:15)
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12/30/11 9:35 A

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Hi everyone!
My name is Kat and I am tired of being tired all of the time. Between work and school, my life is about to get pretty hectic and I need to be functioning at 100% daily in order to be successful! I had gotten good at getting to bed and waking up at a regular time but fell off track over winter break. My goal is to get 8-9 hours of sleep per night so that I can try to become a morning-exerciser!

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12/28/11 6:32 P

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This is my second time around with Spark People. It is time to get my life where it belongs. I have a hard time staying a sleep. I can fall asleep very fast, but wake up again in a couple of hours. It's frustrating.

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12/26/11 10:34 A

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Hi all,
I can never remember a time in my life when I was a "good" sleeper - it has always been a challenge for me - but one I am committed to meeting because I know it is so important for my health and well-being - so here goes! I'm going to keep my sleep journal here because that is easier for me than a separate log (and there is the accountability factor).

Had a bad start last night: was in bed at a good time, but then did e-mail and internet stuff until way past when my body was telling me it was time to turn out the light. So that is my first hurdle: no e-mail or internet in bed! Wish me luck and best of luck to all of you!

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12/24/11 12:28 A

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Hi Everyone,

I have tried this challenge again and again, and it seems like an insurmountable obstacle to me. However, since sleep is so crucial to an optimal lifestyle, I feel that it is nonetheless a mountain I am willing to fight for.

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12/21/11 9:35 P

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Hi my name is Cheri and I joined this challenge because I can never seem to get a good nights sleep. I am hoping to change all that with this challenge and my new goals.

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12/21/11 2:22 A

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Hi everyone -- my name's Calochortus and I just got out of grad school. I've always had problems with getting up in the morning (i can't remember even one day that I've woken up refreshed and ready to start the day, even as a kid), but things have definitely been snowballing since high school. Once I got into college, it was super easy to just stay up late to do homework and I really haven't gotten out of that habit. However, grad school killed any sort of circadian rhythm I ever thought I had -- 14-22 hour workdays, impossible amounts of statistics, and enough stress to keep me awake all night with worry/despondence/literal gnashing of teeth. I'm over the teeth-gnashing part, but I'm stuck getting sleepy at 4 am and waking at noon. It's horrible, and it seems to affect my whole family, too, so I would really like to be able to manage my circadian rhythm a bit more effectively. It's great to have a challenge for this, and I wish everyone the best of luck!

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12/16/11 2:25 P

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Hi, I am Christine. I a single mom of 4, with only 1 left at home. I have suffered from insomnia for about a yr or more. My dr gave me some tips on helping with my sleep (like setting a routine of bath, tea, bed at the same time every night to get my body used to the schedule and train it to start shutting down) and they worked, although I tend to not be able to stick to a schedule because my son is a teenager and dates. So instead of getting to bed at a certain time every night, I stay up late on nights that he is out or his girlfriend is here. which wasn't too bad because it was only on the weekends. When I lost my job however, I started going through more stress and that caused sleepless nights as well, an when I do sleep, it's restless sleep. I know that just with loosing weight, I need to be disciplined in my sleep. I am just not very good at self discipline.

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12/16/11 12:21 P

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Hi I'm Ashlee. I am single mom of a 5 year old boy. My biggest problem with sleep is getting restful sleep. I can sleep a full 7-8 hours and still feel very tired in the mornings. Occasionally I will get up after I've gone to bed and start eating whatever I may find. The last time it was cookies and brownies.

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12/16/11 10:27 A

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Hi! I'm Nicole, and I'm a stay-at-home Mom with two kids. My biggest issue is night time snacking, which leads to several, very disruptive, bathroom trips in the middle of the night. I just finished my first week and I'm doing much better already!

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin


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12/15/11 6:12 A

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my name is Leelee and i'm a mom of 4 grown kids and 5 grandkids. recently, i was diagnosed yet again with sleep apnea - back on CPAP which i HATE! still getting up between 4am and 6am most mornings, after having gone to bed the night before anywhere between 8pm and midnight. looking for support and ways to change!

If at first you don't succeed, try again tomorrow!! SparkPeople is the best site ever; thank you for your support!


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12/14/11 10:56 P

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Hello everyone!

My name is Kristen! I am a full time mother, wife and student at Community College and have a serious problem with getting enough sleep. I have to be awake by 6:00 to get ready for school but often find myself staying up too late at night for a whole mixture of reasons, none of them are really all that good. I'm really looking to get my sleeping habits under control so I can actually get the amount of sleep I need to function!

Cheers!

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12/12/11 3:57 P

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Carol-I'm right there with you on the chronic lateness.

Hi, I'm Carole and have problems with getting to bed at a decent hour, waking in the middle of the night and waking up exhausted. I suspect hubby may have sleep apnea as he is always tired too. Far worse than me some days. He goes to bed earlier than me and sleeps later and is still tired. So I hope to work on myself and talk him into doing the same.

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12/11/11 6:29 A

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Hello, all. I joined this challenge because I know that my poor sleep habits affect my energy levels, motivation, and job performance. If I can develop better habits, I hope to have a foundation upon which I can build better habits in other areas of my life, as well. The first thing I want to improve with this challenge is getting to work on time consistently-it's a lot easier to do when you're well rested!

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12/9/11 9:56 P

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Hi I am new to the team and I have always had trouble sleeping ever since high school. I believe that it is mainly due to stress and anxiety. I am always worrying about something.

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12/8/11 10:06 P

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I'm Alden and I have really bad sleeping habits. I am a mother of 3 boys and work evenings, so I don't get home until between 11-12 every night and I'm up at 7 am to get my boys off to school. Because of my job, this early morning is incredibly important to me, because I only see my boys for a half an hour in the morning during the week. They are sleeping by the time I get home.
I require wind down time when I get home, so there are some nights I don't get to sleep until 1 or 2. On top of that, I am developing sleep apnea. I can tell my sleep is not as restful as it used to be and my husband says my snoring and coughing and talking in my sleep is getting worse. Poor guy.
I am working very hard at eating right, and I know sleeping better will only help me on my journey to a healthier, happier me.

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12/8/11 8:22 A

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Hello, My name is Pat. I am a 45 years old and have insomina which leads to other conditions. My goal is to learn how to sleep again.

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12/7/11 8:44 P

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In my younger days, it seemed I did not require a lot of sleep. Even now, 6-8 hours is plenty. I almost always get up at the same time every day - that much is habit, and it doesn't matter what time I went to bed, I will be up between 5 and 6 a.m. because that is "normal" for me. And that's the problem... the no matter what time I go to bed. I know that I can't sleep more than 6 hours without a bathroom break (sometimes less) and I don't mind that because I can usually go right back to sleep. The problem is in staying up later on some days. I know sometimes it is because I decide to exercise too late. Other times, I get tired early and push past it... get the "second wind" going and then I cannot fall asleep until I get tired again.

What I'm hoping deal with through this challenge is finding the other reasons (besides late exercise) for me not getting to bed early enough and then find the ways to correct this bad habit. Honestly, there are times when I seriously consider staying up all night because 2-3 hours seems silly at that point. But I know my body & mind both need the down time. Developing some bedtime habits that I can use to make bedtime close to the same time daily just like my wake-up time is would be the ideal result.

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12/6/11 11:43 A

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Hello I am a nurse and I work night shift , 11pm to 8 am. It is really hard for me to sleep during the day. and then when I have nights off I struggle to stay up all night to establish a sleep wake cycle. But really even when I worked days I had trouble falling to sleep at night and staying asleep. I so much would love to be able to say I slept just 6 consecutive hours. with out getting up for any reason. Or being interrupted with the phone. So I am going to take this challenge and pray it works for me. Maybe I will pick up some good habits that will stay with me.

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12/3/11 11:42 A

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emoticon I'm getting a slow start on this challenge, as I struggle with being tired and mentally foggy. At 51, I've spent the last 5+ years trying to figure out what is "wrong" with me. Just not feeling as good as I think I should, and tired most of the time. My journey has led me to a few diagnosis', including migraines, complex sleep apnea, osteo arthritis, and recently, major depressive disorder. I've used an auto type CPAP consistently for two years now, which I've adapted to well. However, I still awaken tired, and don't get enough hours of sleep. I average 6 hours most nights, finding I wake too early, especially if I go to bed earlier. This has increased since starting SSRI medication. I typically fall asleep on the couch, after dinner, watching T.V. and don't wake up until close to or past the time I wanted to go to bed. Then I still have to do all my going to bed prep which can take 30-60 minutes. This can make me get to bed later than I wanted to (12 -12:30 instead of 10:30-11:30), and I often wake up early (4:30-5:30), I don't need to wake up before 6 or 6:30, so my sleep time is shorter than I want it to be. Sometimes I have sinus issues that make it hard to breath and sleep well, sometimes migraine aura symptoms and sometimes stress issues and pain issues. Sometimes I do a good job of managing all of this, and sometimes I don't.

I believe I need to establish a more consistent bedtime, and want to work toward a consistent 7 hours of sleep per night. (8 hours would be nice, but 7 would be an improvement). I try to stop eating at least 3 hours before bed time, and I need to do my bed time prep earlier, so if I do fall asleep on the couch, there is not so much needed to go right to bed. I'm also working on lifestyle diet improvements and exercise, to create a balanced healthy lifestyle.

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12/2/11 1:04 P

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Hello I just joined the Spark site to hopefully get a better grip on my health. Thought this challenge would be a great place to start as sleep and I don't get along. Have been using a c-pap for the past 6 months which helps tremendously however i still wake up multiple times a night. Looking forward to improving my health and weight and think this site is an awesome tool to use. Looking forward to seeing if this challenge will help my sleep habits improve.


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12/1/11 1:09 P

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Howdy y'all :-)

I have been using spark to track foods and have started exercising again, but my weight loss isn't tracking like I think it should.... maybe it's the fact that I am tired most of the time.

I know I have a sleep disorder that means I used to wake up about 1/minute, but I'm not sure if this is still true since I moved, changed jobs, and lost access to the sleep clinic I was using.

Hopefully this will help me sleep a little more at night -- and maybe a little less of the snooze button in the morning

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12/1/11 12:06 A

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Hi, I have suffered with insomnia since I was a child. I have been through meditation courses, medication and talk therepy and it only helps for a short time. I am figuring that if I start using a sleep journal it could be helpful for my doctors and reading other peoples stories can help me out.

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11/29/11 10:14 P

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Hi, I'm 45 and I've recently - over the last 6 months - been having trouble getting a good night's sleep. I think that some of it has to do with the need to break old habits and develop healthy ones. Looking forward to the challenge!

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11/29/11 9:59 P

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Hi! I'm 50 and need to start somewhere. I thought this would be a good start to give me a foundation on which to build regular exercise and better diet. Besides, sleeping sounded like the easy part. :)

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11/29/11 4:30 P

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Hey everyone!
I'm new in the challenge, it is my first week, but I am looking to get a full eight hours of sleep every night! I feel a lot more awake when I get the full amount of sleep and am tired (sleep joke!) of falling asleep in class every day!

Anyway, it's nice to meet you all!

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11/29/11 4:04 P

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Hi I'm new and I joined this challenge because even if I get in eight hours of sleep in a night it is never restful.

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11/28/11 12:17 A

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I need to get more sleep so I'm trying out this challenge. I usually sleep about 6 hours during the week and about 8 on the weekends. I wake feeling tired and have to keep busy during the day to stay awake

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Hello...This is my first time doing a 'challenge' via Sparkpeople, so I am anxious to see how it works! I generally only get between 4-6hrs of sleep per night, which for years has not seemed to be a problem. Lately though, I find that I am plagued with sympotoms of sleep deprivation, so I think it is time for a change! Wish me luck emoticon

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welcome to all the newbies!

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11/25/11 12:19 P

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Hi I am new to this Challenge and am hoping that by joining I will finally get my sleep issues under control. My "baby" is now 15 months old and sleeps through the night yet I can't seem to.

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11/22/11 7:02 P

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Hi I am new to this challenge. I need to get more sleep and have more energy, this challenge is just what I need.

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11/22/11 2:19 P

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Allo folks-

My sleep problems were greatly lessened a few years ago when I first got my CPAP machine, but I still suffer from occasional Insomnia- (hey at least when I do fall asleep I know I'll wake up.) It's that initial falling asleep that eludes me- or worse the waking up just enough to turn off the machine, then try to fall back asleep and all the old non-restful sleep problems come back.

Basically I have severe Sleep Apnea- and have basically since early childhood. I knew after my first sleepover that my snoring was not normal, and first viewed it as an embarrassment. By my teen years it almost became a thing of pride- like being able to belch the loudest, and eventually just a part of who I am.

As a teen, I also discovered meditation as a rest/relaxation substitute-supplement. So by the time I went to college, I would usually only sleep for 2-3 hours a night, and then meditate for 1-2 hours two or three times a day. This actually worked well for my social life, but would wear me out to the point of illness or crashing (ie lethargy like a sugar crash, headaches, susceptibility to any cold or flue) every 2-3 months.

Only recently as part of the DMV requirements for commercial drivers (I was a School Bus Driver then) did I finally have my 'official' diagnosis of 'Severe Sleep Apnea.' In fact the sleep tech basically asked me why I wasn't dead for not getting "any significant restful sleep." Kind of a wake up call... if you will pardon the use of that phrase.

I've now had the machine for 3 years, and for the first year just plugging into it put me out, and I was amazed at the refreshed feeling that true sleep gave. But after the novelty wore off, now I still have to fight with the demon of actually falling into slumber. Once there, most nights I'm fine... on a rare occasion I will almost wake up (usually for a night bathroom trip) and when I lay back down I either don't put the mask on, or forget to turn the machine on, or sometimes both. The I wake up cranky, and unrested- meaning I have to take an hour or two to center and calm myself through the old-school meditation.

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11/20/11 3:24 P

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Hello! I need more sleep. I need a new challenge. So I think this is the place for me. I've not been keeping a great sleep pattern so I hope doing this challenge will help.

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11/19/11 7:21 P

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emoticon Hope you get your sleep pattern down pat. emoticon

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