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Does anyone else wake up in the middle of the night for no reason?

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I am certain it is due to me working full time and taking nursing classes and I almost forgot I am married with three children. I am considering going to the gym again. I need more energy and I think the gym will help me both physically and mentally.

I am well aware that stress and anxiety are part of the program but I also feel if I had more energy that I'd feel so much better. The last few weeks I have been dragging myself through classes. Might the gym be my answer?

Sorry if this post is ridiculous but I had to vent and my wife is busy doing something for my son hehe.

hikernurse

Specializes in NICU. Has 8 years experience.

Over tired and under stress, that's what leads to the middle of the night wake-ups for me. It's my sign that things are out of balance and I need to make some changes. Of course with work, school and a family, perfect balance might be a bit hard to come by :rolleyes:.

Definitely try the gym. It does wonders for me; I'd go in the morning before class when I was in school. I didn't like to study on the machines because it kind of negated the good feeling I get from exercise, but in a pinch, I figured at least it was helpful physically.

Also, and again, this is easier said than done, try to have some alone time in the evening--without textbooks--before you go to sleep. That can make a difference, too; letting your head settle down a bit.

Wow, you have time and energy for the gym? That is great.

Do you wake up and have a hard time falling back to sleep? If so you might try melatonin, it works wonders and is non addictive and won't leave you feeling drowsy in the morning.

Does anyone else wake up in the middle of the night for no reason?

OMG yes! I am also working full-time and attending a full-time nursing program. I find it hard to turn "off" my brain after a long day of work/school. Funny thing, the one day that I don't work or attend classes, I sleep like a baby!

I tried melatonin and a sleep aid and ended up oversleeping and feeling zombified. Please let me know if the gym works for you. I might be able to squeeze in 30 minutes somewhere in my day. I'll do anything for a good night's rest. :yawn:

I am going to go to the gym tomorrow after work. I probably should have mentioned before that I am also overweight. At 6 foot 0 inches and 263 pounds I could stand to lose at least 60 pounds.

I have been monitoring my time recently and I noticed that I am a much better night time studier than daytime (sad that it took me this long to figure this out). I am going to try hard to go to the gym Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings and possibly 1 or 2 cardio only nights during the week. We'll see what works but I need to do something.

smartin13

Has 5 years experience.

Going to the gym sounds like a great solution. I had my first migraine in my entire life this week while at clinicals, I thought I was having a stroke or some kind of massive bleed. The stress is tough plus regular life stuff it can get overwhelming. Let me know how the gym works, it certainly won't hurt me to try that.

welcome to my life (after reading the title of your posting).

nighttime wakeups?? I'm with you on those!:wink2: I found that I can't study right before bed. If I do, I'll start dreaming about what I was studying about....I have to find a more relaxing way to wind down before bedtime. The gym sounds like great idea!!

A few nights ago my husband and I took a yoga class. It was my husbands idea and I was skeptical about it at first but it turned out to be SO relaxing and therapeutic. I felt really calm and focused afterwards. We had an awesome teacher who was very "serious" about keeping us focused and on track. Some of the poses/breathing exercises we were doing were totally new to me and seemed so strange to me that I absolutely could not do them without laughing. Of course, even though laughing does have it's own therapeutic value it is not exactly the focused atmosphere of yoga. Anyway, I did love the class and think it might be just what I need to help me through NS! = ) Good luck.

Going to the gym sounds like a great solution. I had my first migraine in my entire life this week while at clinicals, I thought I was having a stroke or some kind of massive bleed. The stress is tough plus regular life stuff it can get overwhelming. Let me know how the gym works, it certainly won't hurt me to try that.

I had my first migraine last year (due to them turn the fluor. lights up full blast at work)...now I COMPLETELY understand what reg. migraine people go through....worst experience ever..I thought I was going to die, now I have this light phobia (sorta)

I tried melatonin and a sleep aid and ended up oversleeping and feeling zombified.

I hope you didn't mix the two. Melatonin is good enough by itself. OTC sleeping pills are horrible, they leave you with a horrible taste in your mouth and drowsy in the morning.

I have an 18 month old who (for whatever reason) wakes up in the middle of the night and melatonin helps me go directly back to sleep after he wakes me up.

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