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LaraGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 15-Mar-21 09:14:00

- Are you constantly exhausted from a bad night’s sleep? 😴
- Find yourself waking up during the night and unable to get back to sleep?
- Do you hit a wall during the day, and resort to sugar or caffeine to keep you going?
- And let’s not mention your partner’s snoring… grin

If any of this rings a bell, then we want you to join Gransnet’s first Sleep Week!

We’re going to be drawing on the wisdom of 350,000 monthly users to talk about sleep - what causes a bad night, how to sleep better, and what to do if you find yourself wide awake in the wee hours.

Are you a hesitant poster? Or a new joiner? Love reading our threads but have never actually posted yourself? Say hello on this thread. Tell us what you like about Gransnet and join our warm and wonderful community. This is a great opportunity to join in, not least because we have a number of fabulous prizes up for grabs, just for joining in the fun!

What are the prizes, you ask? WELL <drumroll> we have an assortment of glorious goodies including:
- a luxury spa day for two,
- a limited edition dress from Bombshell worth £269,
- a This Is Silk pure silk pillowcase and eye mask,
- a Curious Rose pure wool microwave wheat bag and matching knitted bed-socks,
- and a fabulous book bundle from Quercus!

Please head to our Sleep Week page for more information, including how to win and the T&Cs.

Posting is quick and easy - but if you have any questions, head over to our handy ‘getting started’ guide. This week we will also be running tips on how to get the most out of the site - and if you can't yet tell your DIL from your SIL, here's a handy guide to Gransnet abbreviations and acronyms.

So welcome all. Don't be shy! Do post!

We’ll be posting sleep-related threads for you to take part in every day this week (although you’re very welcome to start your own too). All winners will be announced on Won Anything thread on Mon 22nd March so make sure you’re receiving our newsletter to stay in the loop.

And if you enjoy the site but haven't yet joined (it's totally free), you can do so here.

Happy posting!


dahville Mon 15-Mar-21 10:03:21

Well, his is timely, I had my worst nice sleep last in a long tine!

As I get older, and closer to menopause, I do think I will need different sleep strategies.

I used to fall asleep easily, stay asleep, and wake refreshed. That changed with motherhood and is changing again as I age.

FlexibleFriend Mon 15-Mar-21 10:12:50

I sleep well every night, on the rare occasions I wake up during the night I just concentrate on my breathing and then fall back to sleep.

mumofmadboys Mon 15-Mar-21 10:19:48

On the whole I am a reasonable sleeper. On occasions when I do wake up and cant get back to sleep I have a cuppa and read for 20 minutes and then I can usually go back to sleep again.

Calendargirl Mon 15-Mar-21 10:39:28

I’m a lightish sleeper, DH’s snoring sometimes keeps me awake.

Applegran Mon 15-Mar-21 10:39:32

I go outside and walk every day, which definitely helps. It doesn't happen often, but if I am really tossing and turning at night, I get up and read for a while, and then am able to sleep. I avoid screens in the evening and only watch TV for a shortish time - but am OK with my computer because I have an app which changes the colour of the screen in the evening. And I've trained myself to go for longer without needing a bathroom visit in the night - it turns out I could re-train myself! And above all I go to bed and get up at the same time, so I've trained my brain to expect to sleep then. I do not have a longer sleep at weekends - I've read that this gives you 'weekend jet lag' as you confuse your body clock.

mbody Mon 15-Mar-21 10:40:48

I sleep badly most nights and wake very early. I try not to let it worry me, just read!!

marpau Mon 15-Mar-21 10:42:38

I vary quite a bit sometimes I have a solid 6 hours of sleep or else I have 8 hours broken once or twice and takes a while to get back to sleep on a really bad night I wake every hour

womblekelly Mon 15-Mar-21 10:44:22

We haven't had a TV in our bedroom for 20+ years - no mobiles in bedroom either. I do take Ipad with me as it has my relaxation app on it as find I wake up at 4am and can have problems getting back to sleep. As we live under the flight path of our local airport use earplugs to drown out the night time flights, especially in summer when we have the windows open. Have to admit the past 12 months have been great - very few flights!!

Froglady Mon 15-Mar-21 10:45:44

I go to sleep each night a talking book; it can be the same book every night for a week or so and then I'll listen to another one. It usually works and I can feel asleep within about 30 minutes. Sometimes it doesn't and I may have to Valium. I have struggled with getting to sleep for the past 50 years and talking books are the only thing that works for me - most of the time.

JS06 Mon 15-Mar-21 10:45:59

I tend to sleep well but sometimes there's a pattern of waking up, often coinciding with when my husband nips to the loo. What has altered things greatly for me is my volunteering for a charity offering online support. I do a couple of shifts during the night each week and, boy, do I sleep well the rest of the time. I love to go to bed on the non 'working' nights and feel utterly delighted that the alarm won't be going off in a couple of hours. It's turned things around for me although I know it's drastic!

jaybee66 Mon 15-Mar-21 10:51:56

My fitbit tells ne that I have 6 to 7 hours sleep. Mostly light sleep. If I do wake up to go to the loo around 3am and can't get back to sleep I read for 30 minutes and usually fall straight back to sleep.

katynana Mon 15-Mar-21 10:53:41

I go to bed around midnight most nights and get up 8 o'clock onwards. Will usually pay a couple of visits to the loo (really shouldn't have coffee last thing but I like it) maybe 4. Go back off quickly once back in bed. On a very rare night I may get up around 2.30 and go in the kitchen for a cup of chocolate and a read for an hour or so. Then back to bed and sleep OK.
No tv or tech. in the bedroom. The only light is red from the clockface. Door and window open so not too hot (tog4.5 duvet all year) no heating on at night. All other doors shut so no noise/lights creeping in.
Really ought to go off earlier and forgo the caffeine but, what the heck, I'm still here so why worry too much?

Echame Mon 15-Mar-21 10:56:32

This is very apt for me as since I hit my seventies my sleeping pattern has become very erratic and disturbed, not helped by having chronically blocked nasal passages (worse at night) since getting Bell's Palsy five years ago. I used to be a pretty deep sleeper but now tend to wake up almost hourly and sometimes even more frequently, which usually results in a 'comfort' trip to the loo..oh the joys of ageing!

MissChateline Mon 15-Mar-21 11:00:02

I always wear a Fitbit which tracks my sleep. It can monitor my periods awake even though I may not be aware of the fact that I am awake. The device also monitors my REM sleep and deep sleep. I find it fascinating. I am also able to see how my daytime activities affect my sleep. Days with no exercise usually mean a poor night’s sleep as does an excess of alcohol in the evening.
A good long walk and a cup of cocoa in the evening and no devices in bed before dropping off is the answer for me.

Juno56 Mon 15-Mar-21 11:03:44

I wear my Fitbit at night. It tells me my stages of sleep and gives a sleep score, mine is consistently in the eighties. I average about 7 hours sleep a night although I am in bed for about 9 hours. I sleep better now than I did when I was working as I now no longer need to get up at 6am 😃.

starlily106 Mon 15-Mar-21 11:07:48

I have always had difficulty with sleep. Getting to sleep, waking up through the night umpteen times, and I wake because I need the loo. I now use a pillow mist and it works very well. I have tried quite a few different ones, some didn't work for me, but this one is great. I live with the railway just over the fence at the bottom of my garden, 4 tracks, and trains constantly every few minutes, and the noise kept me awake, but now I usually go to sleep within a few minutes.

barbaralynne Mon 15-Mar-21 11:14:52

Since I had chemotherapy 7 years ago, I have very poor sleep. I need to get up to go to the loo sometimes 4 times a night and, if my osteoarthritis is making its presence felt, it can take a couple of painkillers and an hour or so for them to work, before I get back to sleep.
Most nights 5 - 6 hours is all I get. Before the chemo I would sleep for a good 8 hours, no problem!

Grannygrumps1 Mon 15-Mar-21 11:15:00

I had always slept really badly and final plucked up the courage to speak to my doctor. She wasn’t really interested but referred me to local hospital for tests.
After initial tests they said I had sleep apnea and was referred to another hospital 2.5 hours away (5 hours round trip plus any waiting time) for more tests. They gave me a cpap machine to wear at night and said lose weight. This was awful.
In the mean time my local hospital ENT asked me to come for an appointment.
Interestingly at this appointment the consultant asked when I had been in a car crash. Well I hadn’t. But had quite a few accidents as a child. Cutting a long story short. Now after two lots of major surgery to reconstruct my broken twice nose and all my airways and turbinates. I can breath and sleep at night. Losing nearly 7 stone has also made a great deal of difference.
I had suffered since I was at junior school. Now being retired I can even enjoy actually going to bed and sleeping.

Lclaytonuk555 Mon 15-Mar-21 11:22:20

I have ME/CFS and my sleep varies from night to night. One thing I do find is that I don’t have a lot of deep sleep ( according to my Fitbit app) - I’d love to know how to improve this!

Most mornings I wake up feeling as tired as when I went to bed but think this is part of the illness.....

Maggiemaybe Mon 15-Mar-21 11:28:11

This is very timely for me. Once I’d retired six years ago I slept like a log every night. That’s changed over the years, so I’m doing a bit of research on sleep (and how to get it!) at the moment.

inishowen Mon 15-Mar-21 11:29:39

I sleep very badly. Last night was a bad one. I woke at 2am,got up at 3am and watched TV. Went back to bed and still couldn't sleep so got up at 5am and had tea and toast. Watched more TV. Back to bed at 6am and slept until 9am. I was exhausted going to bed and still can't sleep. This has been happening for about 5 years. I'm 68.

BRAVEBETH Mon 15-Mar-21 11:31:13

I used to sleep like a log
Then I became a full time carer for my mother. She is 100 and worries all the time.
She wakes me up all the time and requests something. I am exhausted all the time. I requested some respite but still waiting. I am also waiting a new hip operation which has been postponed so many times. The surgeon says I will be able to care within days. !!!

Molly10 Mon 15-Mar-21 11:38:57

I find the causes of a restless/sleepless night can be eating too late (digestive system working overtime when it should be resting). Stress/worry (active mind). Outside noises that are not usual can disturb sleep. Other than that I find giving yourself enough wind down time before bed helps to a restful night.

Cambia Mon 15-Mar-21 11:41:48

I drop off the minute my head hits the pillow but often wake up during the night. I listen to my audible books on my iPod until I drop back off again. I always sleep better when I don’t drink alcohol but can’t resist a couple of glasses of wine with dinner most nights!
Trying this week to have dinner earlier and drink less. If I don’t sleep better I will be very cross!