What are sleep schedules that have worked the best for you guys?

I have a horrible sleep schedule and usually get around 4 hours of sleep so I’m trying to improve it but I don’t really know how many hours I should be aiming for bc doctors have told me that I should get even more than the usual 8 hours of sleep because of my POTS. Any input would be really helpful

18 Answers

Hyatt.Lenita
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I try for between 7 and 8 hours but average closer to 6


arminda.edmonson1
Answered 9 months ago    reply

At least 8


Zendejas_joyful
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I am so bad at sleeping. I get maybe 4 hours at a time.


Agueda_foolhardy
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I need at least 8 plus a nap usually. Without an alarm I usually sleep closer to 10. Then again I’m not really under control right now so hoping it gets better.


brody_79
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do best with closer to 10 hours of sleep, but most nights I average around 6-7 with my nocturia, painsomnia and everything.

I find cutting out electronics and having a solid hour or two of reading, meditation, audiobooks, dim lighting, and just overall mellow time before bed helps me sleep more soundly. I toss and turn much less throughout the night when I have a good, relaxing nighttime routine.


DLeeper97
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I try for 9, but am barely functional and my symptoms are worse if I get under 7.
I can easily do 10 hours on weekends and my off days.


joanne.michaels
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do best between 9 and 10 hours. During the school week I manage on 6-8 but my body let's me know in no uncertain terms that this doesn't work


perturbed_gabriella
Answered 9 months ago    reply

3 or 4 works for me.


cool_volcano
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have a horrible time sleeping. I only get around 5 to 6 hours a night if I'm lucky. And I'm up off and on throughout the night.


exhausted_Cade
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Have any of you had any luck with melatonin?

brody_79
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I take a supplement that has melatonin, 5htp, and L-theanine nightly. I definitely find that the nights I don't take it I am lucky to get 4 hours of sleep. I don't find it makes me very sleepy on it's own so I usually take a benadryl with it as well. Melatonin on it's own doesn't do much for me.

I've tried multiple sleeping pills throughout my life and they've all left me with horrible sleepy hangovers throughout the next day, so I refuse to take them anymore. I'm always way more tired with them.

kirkpatrick.d
Answered 9 months ago    reply

glen my kids take melatonin (natures bounty duel action). It helps stay asleep, too. 5mg. My youngest takes 15 mg, and my oldest takes 10 mg, but you should start off on 5mg, or 3mg if it's just to fall asleep.


mclean.emerald
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My doctor gave me Amitriptyline. Took one last night and it helped me sleep

kirkpatrick.d
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Emerald be careful with amitriptyline. My daughter has CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) and EDS. It caused her to develop eye tics that still haven't gone away 4 years later. It also can cause retina detachment. It's ok if monitored and okayed by an eye dr though. Just an fyi.

mclean.emerald
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thank you

kirkpatrick.d
Answered 9 months ago    reply

You're welcome.


kirkpatrick.d
Answered 9 months ago    reply

glen I don't fall asleep until 3am or 4 am, but sleep until 10am-12pm. I am on migraine meds that help me sleep a little (not knock me out). My neurologist says as long as I'm getting sleep it doesn't matter what the hours are the I fall asleep.

exhausted_Cade
Answered 9 months ago    reply

On the weekends I fall asleep around 2am and wake up anywhere between 10am-4pm, but I can’t do that regularly bc of school


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