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I’m a extremely poor sleeper, often struggling to get an hour, if that, a night for days sometimes.

I normally feel fine at Glastonbury what with alcohol consumption, tiredness from walking & dancing, finding my tent etc. & I’ve been extremely fortunate not to have anything like a hangover like I would if I had the same alcohol consumption at home.

My question 1: Do any of you take meds with you to help sleep whether drinking or not?

My question 2: Do you have any other techniques other than meds to help?

My question 3: Should I have posted this in the questions topics now I think about it?

I’m thinking of having a quiet night one evening so as to possibly drive & pick someone up the next day but concerned noise & the vibe of being at Glasto keeping me awake all night might impair my driving ability.

Edit: I know this could be a sensitive subject.

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A word of warning for everyone considering sleeping medication (particularly prescription)at the festival - do your research!  Don't just read the label, which might cover alcohol, but do some googlin

Sleeping at Glastonbury? Is that a thing nowadays? How quaint.

I love threads like this, so much so that I'm compelled to reply even without a ticket! Sleeping at Glastonbury was always a huge issue for me back in the day, but I think I've about nailed it now tha

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I work nights, don’t drink, love coffee and have FOMO. Hence I don’t get much sleep till my forth or fifth night there. It really matters but intend to cope as it’s only for a week or so. 

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Plus one for the blackout tent. Last year I took a couple of packs disposable ear plugs, they don’t drown out the sound completely but they did the trick, it was mainly for the morning when Oxlyers is pounded by the sound tech for the Other Stage!

Good luck!

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I'm also a lousy sleeper at the best of times.

At Glasto I use non-prescription sleeping pills, wax earplugs, aspirin, a blackout tent and an eye mask. That usually gets me 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night which is plenty 🙂

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I take an eye mask & ear plugs but rarely, if ever, have used them.

I’m considering buying some Calms or something similar but they haven’t really helped in the past.

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Im a deep sleeper. It's a blessing but man I get cranky if I dont feel rested. 

I've never gone to sleep before 6am at Glasto except on the Wednesday. I think the exhaustion of that day knocks me out easily, but I always use ear plugs and an eye mask. 

This year was brutal being woken up by the heat around 10am so I'm investing in a fresh and black this year. 

Melatonin does the trick also but I'd recommend giving it a try before the festival. 

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Sleepeze are over the counter in boots and I found them to be non groggy when you wake up. I really struggle to sleep as well. As Kate said melatonin can work as well. Didn't help with my sleep cycle but did make me drowzy. 

I think I sleep alright at Glastonbury due to the mileage covered as well though. 

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I'll be getting some prescription sleeping pills for my flights from NZ to London. They usually give you way more than you need (i.e. 10 when you only need 2-4), so I'll probably pop one of those one night if I'm desperate for sleep.

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2 hours ago, H.M.V said:

Sleepeze are over the counter in boots

I also find these useful - not so much for dropping off initially as for getting back to sleep if you have to get up for any reason.

Plus an eyemask, earplugs and a decent pillow.  After you hit a certain age a scrunched up jumper no longer cuts it.

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37 minutes ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

Plus an eyemask, earplugs and a decent pillow.  After you hit a certain age a scrunched up jumper no longer cuts it.

For me that certain age was last year. First time I took a pillow and oh my days...

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Last year was the first year I used ear plugs, they were much needed as I have to be up for work at 05:30am. The music/partying across site can be heard all night without it for me now so i'll defo be using them again this year. However I usually pass out around 1-2 am. It's mainly for getting back to sleep after something wakes me up during the night. 

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2 hours ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

Plus an eyemask, earplugs and a decent pillow.  After you hit a certain age a scrunched up jumper no longer cuts it.

Never a truer word spoken CalGon

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