crazy little thing called sleep

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

recently i've been having some sleeping issues.

as in i'm not getting enough of it. i just can't seem to get all comfy in my bed like i used to causing me to not get enough rest at night - and i frankly don't even need that much of it.

i can function perfectly fine on 5 hours of sleep but anything less than that is like poking the sleeping bear - watch the hell out for my cranky ass.


i'm thinking some of my issues may have to do with my random sleeping positions that i've been testing out to try to get comfortable and get back to normal.

my starting out goto sleeping position over the last couple of months has been 'alexa #1' below. it's this weird top of bed diagonal lay that gives me a perfect view of the tv and is ridiculously comfortable.


now while 'alexa #1' may be my i'm-still-watching-jimmy-fallon-trying-to-fall-asleep position i usually end up waking up in the position below - the 'alexa #2'.


the 'alexa #2' is when i'm completely face down (minds out of gutter) on my stomach, which used to give me the perfect proximity to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock before i moved it across the room.

but it hasn't been working recently - i've needed to mix it up.

the last couple of weeks i've been rockin' the 'alexa #3'.


backwards i know - literally. but i'm kinda in love with it.

am i totally weird for suddenly liking to sleep "the wrong way" on my bed?


probably.

but as long as i'm not sharing it with anyone (note the lonely and all alone stick figure) i can sleep in any position i want to.

so how do you like to sleep?

51 comments:

  1. I like to sleep soundly.

    Oh, what?

    Fortunately, I have a futon, so there's no real "head" of the bed.
    Particularly in the summer, I just tend to migrate wherever it is cooler.

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  2. Five hours, for serious? I need at least seven or else I turn into a haggard old woman who will sooner stab you in the eye with a fork than look at you.

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  3. Lack of sleep for me too! Maybe thats why I live on 4 cups of coffee a day.

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  4. Great drawings! I like to sleep all curled up.

    But you should turn the TV off, you know the TV wakes up the brain right? Not that I should talk, I often take the laptop to bed! lol

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  5. we are the same person. except that all splayed out posish? i'm flat on my back with both arms above my head. LOVE.

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  6. Oh how I LOVE that 2nd position. I like hogging my bed and not let anyone on it lol

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  7. I'm having this same trouble lately. I don't know what it is.

    And I totally sleep on my face.

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  8. I sleep just like this! I turn
    360's all the time. My bed and tv are in the same place as yours and I flip and flop all over the damn thing. Here's a secret....try taking less than the smallest dose of Nyquil. It's just enough to make you drousy enough to pass out. Should I be suggesting drugs? Probably not but I'm having the same issues and this works for me.

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  9. 1. LOVE your schematics.
    2. My favorite is curled up in the fetal position.
    3. Having the bed all to yourself definitely makes things SO MUCH more comfortable!

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  10. I sleep like Alexa #2, definitely.

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  11. First, I love my dogs dearly, but love it when they both decide to sleep on the floor so I can have the bed to myself. My room is set up almost exactly like yours and I love position number 1 so I can easily see the TV. Except I have to have a pillow between my knees and one for my arm to rest on. I also sleep with 8 pillows so it's sorta like sleeping on cotton balls.

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  12. I'm a high maintenance sleeper! I share my bed...yuck...for me anyways. I like to have room! I also need pillows strategically placed, and I listen to headphones to fall asleep. Oh, and I always have the back of my hand resting on my mouth while laying curled up in the fetal position. Weird, I know

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  13. Has anyone mentioned how #2 is very sexual?

    Anyone?

    Just me?

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  14. Uhm, wasn't gonna say what Chris said but I was thinkin' it...

    But in other news, sometimes ya just gotta sleep backwards. So yes.

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  15. Ive done the Alexa #3 before.

    Wait that sounds dirty.

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  16. I don't share either, and so often tend to sleep on a diagonal. But I rarely, if ever, wake up in the same position I went to sleep in.

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  17. i sleep like a flamingo or something. face down, one leg straight, the other one totally bent, (foot at my other knee). its so ridiculously confortable.

    but if i have trouble falling asleep i usually switch and lay like Alexis #3.

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  18. OMG! You are hysterical with the drawings.

    I have had insomnia like a mofo for the past 6 mos or so. I can not tell you the last time I slept through the nite. :(

    Perhaps it's time to try out Alexa #3...

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  19. Can I tell you how much I love the visuals? Because they totally add to it.

    When my bf is not there, I prefer to sleep what I call "starfish" (aka completely sprawled out taking over every available square inch of bed. I have to concede slightly when he's there into a very mini-starfish adaptation.

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  20. Haha, love the drawings. I toss and turn all over the bed. I've never tried the backwards thing. Maybe I should.

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  21. why would you ever be up watching jimmy fallon? That show is horrible.

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  22. Usually I sleep on my tummy, kind of like Alexa #2. However, when I totally can't fall asleep, I flip over and sleep in Alexa #3. My fan is at the bottom of my bed, so it's,like white noise and puts me to sleep really quick.

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  23. If you ask my boyfriend he'll tell you that I like to sleep diagonally, but starting in the middle of the bed. I don't mean to but I'm a serious bed hog.

    The best is sleeping backwards though, I used to prop my laptop up on my dresser to watch movies before bed and it was COMFY.

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  24. LOVED your diagrams. :-P I used to fall asleep with my head at one end of the bed and wake up in the exact opposite direction. Super weird.

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  25. It's impossible for me to sleep on my back. So I'm either on my side or my stomach, but never really in the fetal position. I like to spread out.

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  26. I think the problem is clearly that you are watching Jimmy Fallon.

    I am tall, so I sleep diagonally, top corner to bottom corner. Though I alternate which top and bottom corner a couple times throughout the night.

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  27. I usually curl up on my right side. Dog at my feet. Sweets spooning me. And I usually wake up in the same position with Sweets' back towards me and I'm spooning my dog.

    But, throw the fractured right elbow into the mix and my preferred sleep position is out of the question. Now, a little Vicodin, a pillow under my right arm and sleeping on my back or left side is how I normally rest.

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  28. That's so funny because I used to do that every now and then before I moved in with my fiance. I don't know what it is with sleeping with your head at the bottom of the bed, but it is nice :-)

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  29. I typically start out on my left side, then wake up either on my stomach or on my right side. It's weird. I try to sleep on my back (bc my back hurts!), but it never, ever works.

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  30. maybe you need to flip your mattress?
    (from laura... formally "she dreams in spanish")

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  31. Drunk.

    Oh, was that not the point?

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  32. I sleep on my side, straight up and down on the bed. I'm tempted by the Alexa #3, though.

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  33. ooh, i like the alexa #1! i do pretty much the reverse of that each night, and then wake up in the alexa #2, but on my back.

    (also the only one in my bed, obvs)

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  34. I am totally amused by your illustrations. When I moved in with JiT we introduced ourselves to the conundrum of two people sleeping in a FULL size bed. We're still working on that one...

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  35. I'm having the same problem. I moved into a new apartment that I love, but maybe it's not feng shui'd correctly or something. I can't seem to get it right... I've even been waking up BEFORE my alarm!

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  36. I have been having trouble sleeping lately too. The other day, I did a pilates video on exercise tv right before bed and it made my muscled all tired, so I fell asleep easier.

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  37. I haven't been sleeping that great either, but usually I rotate between sleeping on my side or my back. Pretty traditional.

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  38. On my side, kind of cuddling the pillow.

    But now I totally want to sleep backwards.

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  39. Try without the TV. I used to always have the tv on and it started keeping me up later and later. Now I put on music and I fall asleep way faster.

    Or drink. I also recommend drinking.

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  40. these visuals are fantastic!!!

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  41. I sleep curled up in a little ball lately. With the blanket pulled up right over my head, so that all that's poking out the top is my eyeballs. I never get enough sleep, either. Five is a good amount!

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  42. Dude. I loved sleeping diagonal BEFORE Mike.

    Now I'm forced to sleep straight.

    (Although, I do take all the blankets still. It's my way of getting back. :))

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  43. having recently spent 7 years in cleveland, i agree that the city is definitely a plum.

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  44. i usually sleep curled up to one side with a big pillow. it's quite nice.

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  45. I like sleeping on my side curled in the fetal position with my stuffed animal. Yeah...I'm cool..or not.

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  46. Haha, love the diagrams -- maybe you should change careers and be an engineer (like me!) or architect or something ;)

    Kelly

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  47. i totally did the sleep backwards thing for awhile. the way i see it, whatever gets you comfortable should be the way to sleep. my dr. told me i should sleep only on my back, for spine issues ive been having. i was really hesitant at first, but ya know what, i find it surprisingly great. in a month i will have to move my bed and sleep horizontally.

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  48. I used to sleep at the bottom of the bed - see Alexa #3 - every summer because my house was AC-free and the ceiling fan blew more air toward the bottom of the bed. It is strangely comforting to sleep that way though.

    These days, I sleep like a rock no matter what direction I'm in, so I don't think I can be much help. Sorry...

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  49. As a kid, I moved around so much in my sleep that I would usually wake up at the bottom of the bed. (See Alexa #3.) So no. You aren't weird.

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  50. right side, stomach, left side, back, repeat. like a counter-clockwise barrel roll.

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