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Do expats sleep poorly here??

Oddly Every Single expat that i spoken to says the Same thing. Initially my sleep was fantastic, but after a few months constantly waking up in the night, clocking in fewer hours. Spoke to a woman here from the States, according to her she has not had a good sleep in 5 years. So who else has the same problem? Even a sedative did not help last night, I slept but constantly woke up and this sedative before would have knocked me out for 12 hours.
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Oddly Every Single expat that i spoken to says the Same thing.
I heard singles in general don't sleep all that well.
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I don't have any problem at all, other than having a houseful of kids waking me up all the time.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:03
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

Well:

Plus: My insomnia is gone.

Minus: I wake up 5 times a night and when that damn sun comes up, which seems to be earlier and earlier every day now.

I blame the pillow.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:08
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I sleep very well here, just not enough (which is my own fault as I always go to bed too late!).
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

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Oddly Every Single expat that i spoken to says the Same thing. Initially my sleep was fantastic, but after a few months constantly waking up in the night, clocking in fewer hours. Spoke to a woman here from the States, according to her she has not had a good sleep in 5 years. So who else has the same problem? Even a sedative did not help last night, I slept but constantly woke up and this sedative before would have knocked me out for 12 hours.
I definitely have had this problem here! I don't know why it keeps happening but I just don't feel very rested, even when I do manage to fall asleep. I had the exact same thing with sleeping pills too, they just don't seem to work anymore
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

It could be related to the lack of sun. You need more vitamin D. it help to sleep well at night.

Since we move under the sun, I sleep like a rock!
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

For me, it's not really a problem. I can pretty much lay down and sleep anywhere, but old grandma advice was to have a warm cup of milk with some honey to help one sleep better. Whenever I needed, it always worked for me, so maybe it helps some other people as well.
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It could be related to the lack of sun. You need more vitamin D. it help to sleep well at night.

Since we move under the sun, I sleep like a rock!
And not forgetting to drink water eh?
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

i am not alone........its been a year that i wake up 3-6 times a night!!!! kind of got used to it by now i also make a stop at the munchies at least once
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:29
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I wonder if it's because people who are here temporarily (and who are not on a full "bring over everything at the company expense" package) aren't spending enough money on their bed.

The most expensive thing I've bought for my apartment, by far, is the mattress. It's lovely.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:33
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I hardly get to page two of my book before it lands on my face! I notice though that being out and about helps much more in the summer than when in winter when you are more at home. If you dont have problems in the morning, then try standing up an hour earlier and enjoy your coffee and shower. By evening you should be tired enough to sleep through!!

Pleasant dreams and to those who wake up, Silence!! the rest of us are snoozing
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:34
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

Don't have a problem, sleep just as well here as anywhere, but then I can sleep on long distance flights in economy class whenever I feel like it.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:35
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

Mattress quality is definitely a consideration. I recommend qualifying that purchase as a "splurge." Do research prior to choosing a mattress, and don't fret over trying out the mattresses at the store by lying on them for a while, even if you get strange looks.

Also, be aware of your caffeine and alcohol intake in the evening and if possible, try not to work out within a few hours of your bedtime. Any of those can have an effect upon your sleep patterns.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:36
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

No, I sleep really well here.

I sleep really well everywhere.
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

Yeap. Have problems sleeping since I arrived. Wake up about 5x a night.
I eat very healthy, drink more than 2l of water a day, go to bed on time, tried sleeping pills, etc .... So not sure what it is.
Good to see I'm not the only one!
A nice cup of rooibos tea before bed helps the most for me.

Hope you sleep well soon Sam Ali!
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

Another possible solution, which I am sure many can vouch for, along with myself:

Have a baby, or maybe two within a couple of years of each other. You will be able to sleep standing up, with your eyes open.
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Old 21.03.2012, 13:40
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I can have the odd restless night, especially when I have a lot of things on my mind, but I don't necessarily put that down to being an "ex-pat". In fact, I'm a fully integrated, red-passport-holding, SVP-voting Swissie now (the last bit was a joke btw ).
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

I don't have more trouble getting to sleep here than I did "back home", at least, not when everything else is going well.

The bed itself is an issue, I wake up less rested and have achy back and shoulders though. This is definitely on my "must upgrade" list next time I have gobs of money - I really miss my bed which practically required a step stool to get into as well has having nice thick pillow-top mattress (and box spring).


If you are having trouble getting to sleep, try to arrange things so that you're not watching any highly-emotive / adrenaline pumping TV or movies within an hour of planned sleep time. Instead listen to soothing music, read a book, watch something "boring", and have some sleepy-time tea (orange blossom has properties which aid in restfulness) or other beverage. Make it a routine that you do (pretty much) every night and it will help you consistently get to sleep better.
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Re: Do expats sleep bad here??

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I wonder if it's because people who are here temporarily (and who are not on a full "bring over everything at the company expense" package) aren't spending enough money on their bed.

The most expensive thing I've bought for my apartment, by far, is the mattress. It's lovely.

I initially assumed that my matress was to blame, because my initial time here was spent on a relatively cheap ikea mattress. That has since changed and now i also have a very expensive matress. The improvement in sleep is negligible.

I really thought I was the only one having this problem. Since i have moved here I have had miserable sleep. Its not that I cannot fall asleep, I usually fall asleep very quick here. The quality is worse. I wake up at night periodically, i developed a snore, (possibly the beginning of sleep apnea), and on ocassion i wake up in the morning with a shortness of breath and my heart just racing. I wake up early and cannot sleep in. I often feel during the day like i have a loss of focus, and am generally sluggier than i was before

The problems disappear when i go to my parents in the us or hotels externally.
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