For the past week or so I have been sleeping at 2-3am and waking up at around 8 or 9. I then sometimes have 30-60 minutes sleep in the evening.
Last night I went to sleep at around 5am and woke at 7. Apart from just feeling tired, which is to be expected, I also have a headache and a very sick-feeling stomach.
The thing is, my major problem is that I have an end-of-semester exam worth 100% of my total mark today... at 1:45pm.
I have tried eating and drinking lots of water but my tummy is still feeling very sick. What can be done to settle it? And is it from not enough sleep?
I have a lot of studying to be done now. I'm just not sure how to concentrate when I'm feeling so dizzy and ill.
And how can I make myself go to sleep? I have been sick with a sore ear and cough that kept me up most of the nights. Last night I just lay there for hours not sleeping. I will probably be able to fall asleep ok after this exam, however, I have another one early the next morning.. so I'm not sure if I can afford to sleep just yet.
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Well, I'm feeling a bit more awake and healthy now...
However, I would still like some ideas on how to get some sleep. My sleeping hours are very wrong. I would like them to be normal, i.e. sleep at 11-12, wake at 7. But I can't seem to get it back to the way it was. Any ideas, please?
My husband goes through the same thing when he gets stressed out and it usually takes him a week or two to get back on schedule again.
A few things to try to relax are to take a warm relaxing bath before going to bed. I now it's summer time and probably warm but worth a try. Listen to some relaxing music or read a book about an hour or so before you want to go to bed. Make sure there are no lights on or light streaming in the room. Don't drink any caffiene in the afternoon or evening. If you normally drink caffienated products use decaffienated (sp) instead until your pattern is back to normal.
You may want to try some of the over the counter medications but be careful, your body can become used to them requiring you to use them frequently.
Hopefully some of those will help you out and you'll be back on track soon. Stress takes its toll on our body's in various ways, including disturbing our sleep patterns. The key is to try to get yourself relaxed so you can get back to normal.
There's your problem. Alot of people react to allergy medications, myself included. If I take an antihistamine I stay up for at least a day. If you have problems with coughing try Benadryl instead, it should actually help you to sleep and not give you insomnia.
Yesterday I only used the cough syrup and was able to get to sleep by about 1am, only I kept waking up every 20 minutes or so and then falling back to sleep quickly... so each time I woke up I thought it would be morning.
One other Winter I took some day and night flu tablets and the night time ones were good because they made you feel sleepy. I might get some of those, as well as some Benadryl for the cough, next time I need it again.