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Question #45255 posted on 05/26/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I asked Board Question #23086 a while back, and the answers I got were really quite helpful. BUT, I'm back for more advice and to give you more info. I have gotten a lot better about being able to sleep in a variety of circumstances. I can now fall asleep even if my husband falls asleep before me. If there is some light in the room, I can deal with it. I can even fall asleep without music, but I still prefer to fall asleep with music.

Now, for a little history- My freshman year at BYU, I had a roommate that didn't like to fall asleep with music. I figured that would be fine, and I would just do without. Throughout the entire semester, I struggled with my sleeping habits. Even when I was very tired, I would find it difficult to fall asleep at night. I could nap any time of day, though. When I did finally get to sleep, I would wake up throughout the night all night long. I am not exaggerating when I say that I slept the whole night through less than five times the entire semester.

Oddly enough, I didn't realize until Christmas break that when I fell asleep to music, I could sleep all night without waking up. So, the next semester I made a point of turning on my music about 30 minutes before my roommate intended to go to bed, and when she went to bed, she'd just turn off my CD player. It was perfect. My sleeping went from miserable to perfectly fine. So, I learned that music was key, not just to my falling asleep, but to my staying asleep.

And now, it's been like 4 years since that discovery. And I'm sort of back to square one because even when I fall asleep to music, I still wake up all night long. And I end up being tired all day but not wanting to take a nap that will throw off my sleep schedule. I wouldn't be that worried about it if I could just sleep in, but I teach early-morning seminary for my branch these days, so sleeping in is not an option.

I'm sorry that background information was so ridiculously long. Do you have suggestions for me to be able to sleep the night through? I'm not sure what causes me to wake up- dreams, sounds outside, roly-poly husband (he's not generally roly-poly, so I don't think that's it). What should I do to get a good night's rest?

Thanks oodles.

-some girl

A: Dear Sleepless,

Take a Benadryl. That puts me out all night.

The Mayo Clinic may have some helpful information. If it's something that's really affecting your life, you may want to find a sleep center in your area. They might be able to help.

Good luck.

-habiba