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For the past few weeks, I've been waking up all through the night. Not only that, but, because I'm on a schedule in the AM that begins when its still dark outside (I get up at 5 AM, eat breakfast, take a walk/jog,) sometimes I'll wake up at a random time (1AM, 2AM, whatever,) and think its 5 o'clock. Usually, I figure it out after a minute or so, but, last night I woke up at 1:30, got up, got dressed, and was fixing a bowl of cereal before my finacee heard the ruckus and came in to let me know I had only been asleep 2 and a half hours. I was practically sleepwalking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I think the waking up has to do with working out (whenever I work out hard, I wake up during the night,) but, I've never had this problem of thinking it was time to get out of bed whenever I woke up. Any ideas on how to a) stop waking up, or b) figure out its not 5AM before I'm up and making food?!?!?!
 

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It is true overdoing your workouts can lead to sleep problems.<br><br><br><br>
Also, when do you work out?<br><br>
Late in the day or early in the morning?<br><br><br><br>
Are you getting up because you are hungry? Maybe the increased workouts are depleting nutrients and your body telling you to get up and eat.<br><br><br><br>
My un-professional recommendations would be to make sure you are exercising earlier in the day, and are replacing the electrolytes/magnesium you are losing during hard workouts.
 

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I doubt I'm overdoing my workouts, but, I'm not sure. I work out (30 to 45 minute walk/jog) first thing in the AM, then an hour on the elleptical trainer in the evening (around 6:30 to 7:30.) I come home and eat around 8, and I'm usually in bed around 10:30 or 11:00. So, I doubt its because I'm hungry, because I'm eating relatively close to sleeping.
 

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Could you get one of those clocks that project the time on the ceiling so you can see it big when you open your eyes? Or maybe set a timer to go on in your room so the lights go on at 5 am so if the lights aren't on, you know not to get out of bed yet. But I guess that might bother the bedmate... Unless he gets up at 6 as well?<br><br><br><br>
I've not been sleeping well since I got back from my vacation. One of the docs at work says its cause I don't have my man in bed with me to cuddle with (he's who I went to visit on my vacation). .. but what does the doc know?? He's just a vet :p
 

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hmm personally i can't go to bed right after eating or i'm up all night with a noisy gurgly tummy. what are you eating/drinking before bed though, anything high in carbs/sugar might be giving you too much energy for so late in the night. try to eat most of your carbs early in the day (that's when you need them most anyway because of your workout times) and eat lighter at night. drink water not pop or juice.<br><br><br><br>
as for knowing it's not time to get up yet, i tend to wake up a few times before my alarm goes off. it seems to be my inner alarm clock because i automatically look at the clock even though my eyes aren't focused enough to see it yet. but it's like i wake up thinking my alarm must be about to go off soon. anyway do you have a digital clock? ours are all digital and the numbers are lit up so as soon as i can focus i can just look over and see the time.
 

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When I do cardio that late at night (around 6 or 7) I have trouble going to sleep too. I finally changed my workouts to my lunch hour or in the morning. That seemed to help.<br><br><br><br>
Or maybe you can switch your walking time with your elliptical running time. Walking to me is more of a relaxing activity and may work better for you in the evening before going to bed, where as elliptical running seems to get the blood moving and may work better in the morning. Well, just a suggestion anyways. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Put clocks to whereever you might look at them. Last Friday I woke up 4:30 a.m. because I wrongly set the alarm to 4:30. I was musing, that it´s already dark in the morning, days getting shorter, when I looked at another clock. Make sure that you have lots os clocks around.<br><br>
BTW: Clocks by Cold Play!!!
 

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Well, yesterday, I changed things up a bit. I didn't work out, and ate dinner around 6:30. And.... I didn't wake up once, until my alarm went off! Maybe I'll take Capt Swab's advice about switching up the walking with the elleptical trainer, as I don't have time to do all my working in the AM.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I try to eat light at night, it's just that I'm usually pretty hungry after a big workout. Again, something that might be fixed with the AM/PM workout switcheroo.
 
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