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One of the things that greatly effects my mood is my sleeping. I don't think I've ever had a consistent sleep cycle or pattern. Right now my schedule is pretty light. I'm only taking 8 credits at school, and I don't have large time obligations otherwise. The earliest I have to be anywhere on the weekdays is 11am; Sundays vary.<br><br><br><br>
Generally I don't get out of bed until I have to in order to keep an appointment. So if my first class is at 1:30pm, I'll sleep til about 12:30. But I don't want to stay up until 4:30am at night, so I'll take OTC sleeping pills usually around 11pm or midnight, eventually going to bed around 2am, or later. Really, I'm not very consistent about the bed time, but I consistently sleep in. If I don't have any obligations in a day, I'll sleep into the late afternoon. I'm not happy that I do this, and I know it should be something that I can just quit by mere will to do so, but that hasn't worked after about 12 years of doing this, so I'm hoping for some suggestions.<br><br><br><br>
For a couple of weeks my best friend and I were making daily appointments with each other to meet at 9:30am for breakfast or whatever; she struggles with this also. However, she now has a pretty regular job that has her getting up at 7am most days, so we don't get together in the morning anymore.<br><br><br><br>
Sleeping too much makes me depressed, and I sleep too much because I'm depressed. One of the things that makes it harder is that I have vivid, unsettling, realistic dreams that I want to resolve, and I feel like I need to stay in bed until it's resolved, but that never works. But I also feel like crap if I do get out of bed with a dream unresolved. I feel like crap either way, but I can't break the cycle. At least I haven't yet, not for more than a few days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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I would get off the sleeping pills first of all. Those things don't allow you to get proper rest and they can be very habit forming (I know a lot of them say non-habit forming on the box, but they still can be).<br><br><br><br>
The best way is to set up a daily routine. Make a schedule to be in bed by 11pm and be up by 8am (or whatever times you want). Always wake up at the same time everyday (weekday or weekend) in the morning whether you get to bed late or if you have a dream that you're trying to finish off. Once your body gets used to your new sleeping patterns, the dreams won't be like this!<br><br><br><br>
If it helps, next semester, start scheduling your classes earlier in the day. You could also find a part-time job that you can work in the morning or volunteer. Basically, find something that you can do in the mornings that will help you to break this cycle. Once it becomes a habit (give yourself a few months), you could maybe leave some of your mornings open.<br><br><br><br>
I've struggled with this problem before, so I know it's hard to break. I find when I get up early if I have things to do that keep me occupied it makes it a lot easier. Whether I do or don't have something to do, I make myself stay awake. It's not healthy to sleep so much (unless you're sick). If it seems to difficult to break, I'd look into seeing if there's an underlying cause other than it just being a bad habit. There are sleep disorders that can cause this and depression could be another culprit, too.
 

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Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly begins and stops during sleep. It is less common than insomnia, although it may be more serious in some cases. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA) are the two forms of sleep apnea that are commonly found (CSA).
 
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