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Caregivers Who Have Lost Someone
DH died 2 wks ago today
I've been going through a similar experience since last Aug.
My wife died between 4-5 am.
I started waking up every morning around that time.
I'd lay awake for at least an hour before falling asleep for a few hours more.
I like mind puzzles so I bought a book of various Sudoku puzzles.
When I went to bed, I'd work on a puzzle until I start falling asleep.
When I woke at 4-5 am, I'd work on a puzzle until falling asleep.
It did help me go back to sleep quicker.
Doing these puzzles has become a sort of nightly ritual now to get through the night.
If you're losing too much sleep waking up at 3 am, maybe there's something you can think of to help you sleep, such as reading a book or watching a movie, or doing a mind puzzle?
Nighttime is worse for me too and it's been more than 6 months! I keep reliving the days my mom was dying and my heart aches, but I tell myself this is common and it will lessen in time. For some people it just takes longer and that is OK, but I have to believe it will get better. ON nights I cannot get to sleep or back to sleep-I just stay up reading till I am exhausted. Thankfully I am retired so I don't have to get up at any firm hour and just sleep in till I want to get up. DH knows better than to wake me up, lol!
I hope you will get to sleeping better soon.
I keep reliving the days my mom was dying and my heart aches.