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I Have a Messed Up Sleep Schedule

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    Here in Boston it 1:18 a.

    m and this is just the beginning of my night. I stay up all night, mostly sitting here on experience, battling my anxiety and depression, writing my feelings out, smoking by myselfI don't fall asleep until 1 in the afternoon sleeping until 7 at night and then it starts all over...
    FarrahRelates FarrahRelates 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    Last night I stayed up late finishing a paper.

    I only got 4 hours asleep and to make matters worse I have to take the train and walk to school in the rain.. Really it's a hurricane with all this wind and heavy rain smdh. I have to find a schedule that works because going to school and work tired is not a good look. When I...
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F Mar 28

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    No matter what I do or how little sleep I get

    the night before I'm almost always up until at least 3 am. I always have such a hard time falling asleep, but as soon as I fall asleep I'm in a dead sleep. It's so hard to wake up in the morning. Anyone else have these issues? Haha
    xojules xojules 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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    According to society I should be sleeping at

    night time and be awake during the day... But **** the system right? Haha
    MistahDavid MistahDavid 18-21, M Mar 20

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    American Dreams...

     I find it funny how we all view our sleep schedules as being messed up.  We've been conditioned into thinking that because of some societal norm.  A norm that dictates a normal sleeping pattern consists of approximately 8 solid hours of sleep, beginning around 9 o...
    alobar alobar 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 28, 2008

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    I've work the 11:00pm - 7:00am

    for 12 years, so my sleeping schedule is already much different than most people's. When I come home from work, I have to bring the kids to school. On a really good day I'm asleep by 9:00 am. I have to wake up by 2:00 pm to pick the kids up. Then I sleep again from 8:00 pm to 1...
    JacobsGirl360 JacobsGirl360 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    I Don't Have One.

    I don't have a sleep schedule. I prefer sleeping during the day and being awake in the night, but often that just isn't possible. Like most, I'm expected to be awake during the day. Daytime is full of noises and other things that make me panic and get scared which is why I prefer...
    ItchyWitch82 ItchyWitch82 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 24, 2011

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    Should be asleep, but I failed

    and I'm still awake
    CupcakeQueen318 CupcakeQueen318 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    I sleep really late some times.

    Other times I just fall asleep really early. Usually when I can't sleep is because there is something bothering me or I'm just sad or something.
    PedroNune PedroNune 16-17, M Jan 31

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    I climb into bed at 9.

    . And stay up on my phone/EP until 1... Humph. Sleep. It's time :3 maybe if I put down my phone id fall asleep... /end pointless post Zzzz.
    Hello7282828282 Hello7282828282 46-50, T 3 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    I'm not sure which is worse: The feeling of

    having three hours of sleep or the feeling before that, when you know you're only going to get three hours' sleep.
    ShakeyJake68 ShakeyJake68 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 3

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    At night, I usually stay up

    until about 10 or 12 and I wake up at 4 or 5am. It really reaks because I never feel like I have enough asleep. I'm always CRAVING for the weekend so I can finally get the sleep I need. It's really horrible... In 2012 and 2011 I used to stay up all night and sleep all day. I...
    brianag96 brianag96 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    I'm always up late ( I mean really late like 5

    AM US Eastern Standard Time) I'd like to meet some other people to talk. You can be in a different time zone or a night owl. It doesn't matter to me. I'd just like some late night company.
    lzgroupie96 lzgroupie96 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 24

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    Medical School Did This To Me

    Medical school messed up my sleeping schedule and it didn't get any better.I used to sleep 5 hours a night on some nights.Not that it is bad but sometimes it good.  I get a lot done.Reviewing charts, writing reports, praying, it all works out.When I have down time, I really have...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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    I sleep when I'm tired.

    Because I know that if I push myself to stay awake until "bedtime" I probably won't be tired any more and not sleep that night. Sometimes it's at 7 am or 2pm it's not often the same time a few days in a row
    JennaReiko JennaReiko 22-25, F Jan 31

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    I either stay up until about 5 am

    and sleep almost a complete 8 hours , or stay up until about 5 am and sleep 2 hours.
    thelostgirl25 thelostgirl25 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 23

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    Sleep, I detest the word.

    Sleep ruins my dreams. When I start to get to really thinking I just up and fall asleep, then waste hours unconscious. Hours that I could be thinking and other practical things. I prefer to sit on my hard office chair with a coffee IV and lots of lovely distractions thanks.
    PansProtege PansProtege 70+ Mar 9

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    I've noticed that when I 'alter' my sleep

    schedule in order to get more sleep and wake up at roughly the same time as everyone else, I feel really aggressive and pessimistic. It's somewhat odd. Sleep deprivation is my method of sedating myself in order to not completely hate everyone lol
    imonur21 imonur21 18-21, M Jan 2

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    I love to sleep alone with my cat in the bed at

    night or all day. I work nights so my schedule is wacky. I have always craved sleep. I have made myself sick sleeping too much. I call it a sleep hangover. It hurts like hell. You can't think straight and your head pounds like crazy. So you go to your medicine drawer and...
    kneadme kneadme 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Sleep? Whats That...

    1am.2am.210am.247am.311am.334am.413am.452am.523am. Then I gave up.. Literally staring the clock in the face all night. Every night. Okay brain, you win this one. **** me.
    elliexxlights elliexxlights 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2013

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    BobbyRan BobbyRan 61-65, M Jan 12

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    I Am a Night Owl

    I have always been a bit of a night owl.  Even when I was going to school, during the summer vacation, I would stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning.  Of course, once school started again, I would go back to my regular hours of sleeping.  I've have always been a...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 3, 2009

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    My screwed up work schedule normally has me

    working until around 10:30 at night, but on rare cases, I get scheduled for first shift. And normally (my luck) when I get scheduled for first shift, it is the day after a second shift. I usually can't get to sleep until 2 or 3 in the morning after second shift. I normally don't...
    RoninDesigns86 RoninDesigns86 26-30, M Jan 12

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    It's always fractured.

    Three hours here, two hours there. And I don't remember the last time I got eight hours. I might feel worse if I did than if I got two three-hour stretches. But I'm convinced my lack of sleep will eventually kill me.
    ShakeyJake68 ShakeyJake68 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 21

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    Like now, its 11am, havent sleep

    yet since yesterday, breakfast done, but im not sleepy just curling in bed. i have work a little later. Later in the evening i will try or it will be my 3rd day staying awake. Inshallah i can sleep.
    noxicillin noxicillin 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I have to be up in 4 hours,

    and I'm not tired at all. I haven't slept in 20 hours now. This **** is ****** up.
    Amidala97 Amidala97 16-17, F Apr 7

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    i used to have perfect sleeping pattern,

    and then i fell pregnant, and got serve depression, that was sixteen months ago now. ive recent taken up sleeping tablets, and they seem to be doing the trick.
    eviemay6 eviemay6 16-17, F Apr 4

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    I have insomnia. Awake all night,

    basically. Haven't slept straight in two days. Nobody notices because my face is good at masking it. Although, my body does. I am so tired yet I will not fall asleep until 6am. It's part of my routine. Go to the corner-store at 9pm drinking a jumbo-size of coffee and reading...
    michellemaya michellemaya 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2013

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    Those days when I slept 6-8 hours every night

    are over! About two years ago, my sleep pattern changed drastically. I am still able to go to sleep in a snap of a finger around 10pm, but I always wake up early. Almost everyday, I'm awake around 2am, some days even earlier. Once or twice a week, I'm lucky to be able to go...
    shiningcosmos shiningcosmos 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 5

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    8 a.m. 3.5-Ish hours of sleep.

    Just put Tiny Party Girl back down, and the church bell is fixing to ring. Dear Lord, forgiveth me my cussing this day.
    ShakeyJake68 ShakeyJake68 36-40, M 3 Responses Mar 16

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    I have narcolepsy. I hate

    when ppl say I should just get more sleep...problem is, mother nature's cruel joke is narcoleptics are usually insomniacs too. Ironic huh? I don't want to fall asleep all the time I can't help it.
    dd2726 dd2726 41-45, F Mar 3

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    Generally Whacky

    my circadean "rythm" has 2 left feet, people.  and i'm on vacation at the moment, which usually means my sleep schedule gets even more out of whack.  sometimes i even get so involved with what i'm doing that i loose all track of time and before i know it it's...
    natasha9 natasha9 36-40, F 4 Responses May 17, 2009

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    College + Stress = Late Nights

    It all started last year school year, my first semester of college. At first, it was parties that made me stay up so late. Then, it was hanging with friends. Then after a while, it became normalish for me. I'd always stay up all night, go to breakfast in the caf, go to my 8 o...
    MysteriousSkin MysteriousSkin 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 22, 2008

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    When Will I Sleep?

    It is 3:20am and I have been waking up at this time every night for the past week. Then I will wake up constantly throughout the night if I go back to bed. Right now I decided to stay up the night. I have a bad nightmare problem and just don't want to go throughout my life with...
    FreshBeginning FreshBeginning 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2011

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    I've seen movies longer

    than the amount of sleep I've gotten the past three nights.
    ShakeyJake68 ShakeyJake68 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    Hypervigilance

    I have now gotten used to the fact that I had just better sleep with my shoes on and keep my keys on hand when I sleep. I cant sleep if there is anyone else in the room, or without my dog. I can only sleep lightly and hear every single noise, even the cat woke me up when it...
    WakgUp WakgUp 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 14, 2011

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    I am working night shift tonight,

    almost done! My friend I used to text every day at night shift is gone recently :-( I'm super tired here, help me stay awake! ^_^
    alcool91 alcool91 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I got two hours of sleep yesterday,

    worked all day, got home to watch the Super Bowl, when I start to feel tired - I fight it for a while thinking (if I pass out now I will not get a full nights sleep) only to wake up at 11pm today wide awake.
    michaelli michaelli 26-30, M Feb 2

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    Akward Sleep Habits

    I was remembering when I woke up too soon and fell out of bed because I was still paralyzed from sleep. My boyfriend at the time had to scoop me off the floor and put me back to bed because I couldn't move. I know from psych class that your body does this so you won't hurt...
    feistypepper feistypepper 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2012

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    sometimes it sucks

    Though I've long had an abnnormal-ish sleep cycle, as of late it's gotten particularly bad. For whatever reason, it's all but impossible to sleep at night. Indeed, dawn itself seems to be my signal to become sleepy, as if melatonin's role is reversed. I don't even think I have a...
    solowing solowing 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 20, 2011

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    I've been working in night shift

    for 4 years now, I have minor insomnia, sometimes I sleep after 42 hrs, once I was awake for 56 hours at stretch. I wonder if I am a human anymore
    Aazim Aazim 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'm such a night owl

    and I'm always tired but I like staying up late because at night I feel ok and in the day I feel scattered.
    samsam810 samsam810 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 46-50 Mar 14

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    My sleep schedule's been WAY off track

    since I started a new job producing a morning radio talk show about 6 months ago. For about 4 months I had to wake up by 3:30 to get to work on time, and when I'd get home by afternoon, I'd want to stay awake so as not to "miss out" on anything. And naturally I'm a night person...
    emeraldfaye emeraldfaye 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    Some week I'll have a normal schedule.

    Other week like this week i'll stay up all night and pass out around 4am then wake up at 12 only to fall asleep again around 5pm then wake up around 10 xD its a never ending schedule and it's a pain to fix!
    Shadoevines Shadoevines 13-15, F Feb 19

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    Seriously...

    Well here is my sleep schedule... Monday (and this is starting when I finish working at the food store). I go straight to another job after picking my kids up (if my husband isn't home)and I get done that job around 1030. Asleep by 11pm.  I crash until 1. Then I...
    FolsomOrchid FolsomOrchid 26-30, F 1 Response May 20, 2008

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    Definitely. I'm so tired in school all the time

    idek why. I just feel so restless & constantly looking at the clock but time seems to be c r a w l i n g ugh I hate it. No matter how much I sleep I'm just chronically tired.
    ELSAhugsyou ELSAhugsyou 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    I change shifts at work all the time

    and I also go to school full time. 3 days a week I work night shift and wake up around 4pm other times I work evenings. I can never just settle into a good sleep schedule because my shift is constantly changing! But I love the job and I always get enough hours so I am happy :-)
    alcool91 alcool91 22-25, M Jan 30

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    I stay up late. Regret in the morning.

    Repeat. Well, sometimes. Sleep early. Wake up even later. Too much sleep? Tired. Too little sleep? Tired. One thing is for sure, I'm always tired.
    SuicidalSilence SuicidalSilence 13-15 Feb 1

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    gds83 gds83 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    But Jesus saved me. I've had sleep paralysis since I was little. My first experience was when I was around 6, and I would wake up unable to move and terrified because a large black...
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