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I'm a 22 year old female, and I have this habit of rocking myself to sleep. I can't go to sleep unless I rock myself, and I find it so comforting. Will I be rocking myself to sleep forever? And is it normal?
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i rock back and forth and up and down (if that makes sence.).. i also sometimes like to swish my legs across the bed, like a windshield wiper.
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I do too. I have no idea why??
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LMFAO
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I'm 30 and I have done it for as long as I can remember. I remember my mother said I used to sit on my elbows and knees in bed rocking back and forth, banging my head on the headboard. Thankfully the headbanging stopped pretty soon and there wasn't any permanent damage (although I am going bald).

Why? Well believe it or not this is actually the first time I have ever thought to look it up! I found this:

"More primitive mammals cling to their mother or ride in a pouch, but humans must be carried. Rocking simulates being carried by the mother as an infant. To our primitive ancestors, the instinct to awaken and cry if movement stops gives an unpleasant stimulus to the mother and kept many a child from being left behind, so it became an evolutionary imperative."

Which is why the majority of humans like being rocked to sleep; be it in a hammock, on a swing or in a rocking chair. Maybe as babies we weren't held enough, so we self-soothed by rocking ourselves and this carried on into adulthood. I don't really know it's just a guess but it's certainly better than the so-called 'equilibrium'! So be thankful you come a from a long line of rockers!
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Thanks for posting wileycat1. I'm a 35 year old male and have been rocking myself to sleep for as long as I can remember. Just like you I only recently decided to look this up. It seems to be more common than I thought. I was in a relationship for 4 years so couldn't do it but found that tapping at least one finger or foot constantly gave roughly the same results. Now I'm single again I rock my self to sleep every night without thinking about it. It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one to do this. It personately dose not bother me, just a part of who I am I guess. Rock away dude!
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I'm a 23 year old female and have been rocking since I was a toddler. I do it every night and I used to feel ashamed of it in my 2 year relationship but eventually I couldn't hide it anymore. I'm glad to see that other people do it too.
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I had a friend who had to bang his head into a pillow, rhythmically. He called it "bonking," and couldn't sleep without doing it. Sleeping over sucked, until he finally fell asleep.

He grew out of it in his twenties.
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Budthewise
Sounds weird and definently a double standard (good for you, bad for me) but girls in general can get away with doing this. However, I suffer from insomia so if it would help me sleep, I would do it. Good for you and it is rather cute from my perspective.
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I've rocked myself to sleep since birth. Destroyed my crib. As soon as my head hits the pillow I'm off. It just feels normal to me. Some nights when I couldn't sleep, instead of counting sheep, I'd count rocks. I've been well into the thousands before I quit or fell asleep.

I've never met anyone else who does it. Or admits to it.

When I get a GF that I'd shack up with I'd tell them that I do it in my sleep sometimes. But they all eventually figured out that I do it before I sleep. Much to my surprise, not a single one of them has ever given a shit. They've never said anything or made fun of me. That goes for my wife as well.

So if you're a rocker like me, don't let it bother you. No one really cares.

Btw....I'm 45
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btw i hope whoever i end up with rocks themselves to sleep too. plus i have to listen to music and sing myself to sleep too.
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i've never done that, might try it tho, usually i go to sleep best just hugging pillows and soft stuff.
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actually thats pretty normal alot of your body functions are determened by your equilibreum and the rocking motion has a soothing effect on our brains most likely you can talk to a doctor or therapist about having trouble sleeping and they could offer some alternatives that are more comfortable and convenient but for the most part totally normal.
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Just like sickenigma_92 said. its to do with your equilibreum. This is why babies have those cribs/cots that rock. It helps them sleep. Don't get me wrong. I'm not calling you a baby :).
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I did this as a kid, and do it sometimes when I have insomnia. Put my feet against the wall and push with them to rock myself to sleep. Not sure why, but it feels good.
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My brother does that.
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I'm 18 and have too do this in order to fall asleep. I got to bed at 9 u start rockin and eventually fall asleep around 1 am. I feel weird because o this. My own family has made fun of me for this. I'm glad I'm not the only 1 out there as for a long time I thought I was. I don't think I'll ever grow out of this. But hopefully I do. I've heard ppl rock back and forth because of not being held enough as a baby. I find myself very sluggish in the morning and hyper later in the day.
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I'm 23 and I've been rocking and moaning since I was in a crib. I find I only feel the urge to rock now when I'm stressed or if I have a lot on my mind. I'm sure it's tied to ADHD but I haven't seen a doctor about this yet. Do you rock every night?
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I'm 44. As a baby, I used to rock forward and back and bang my head on the wall. As I got older, I switched to the side to side rocking of my head, which eliminated the jarring and disturbing (to others) sound of banging of my head. When lying on my stomach, rocking my foot back and forth also worked. I have also liked the light dizzy sensation in my head when playing on swings or rocking in a rocking chair. It's relaxing! When I left home for college and moved into dorm life, I worked really hard to stop "rocking" at will. Eventually I learned to go all night without rocking voluntarily. However, rocking while asleep still occurred: during sleepovers, friends and bedmates would wake me up to tell me to stop rocking because it was disturbing their sleep. At 44, I still rock my head in bed to calm myself, even voluntarily. I have resolved that it is normal for me to rock my head, it calms me, and I am not hurting myself by doing it. I have a theory that this habit is why I don't get seasick easily.
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I'm 17 years old. I've rocked myself to sleep ever since I can remember really. I would just "rock" myself to sleep by kinda banging my head against my pillow (not violently) rhythmically until I fell asleep. I don't know why. I would keep a steady pace and until I slowly dozed off. When I was younger and smaller I would also climb into a chair and sit in it (Indian style) with my legs crossed and rock my whole body back and forth and close my eyes and just concentrate. My family would give me a hard time about it and my siblings would tease me but I had no clue why I did it. When I spend the night at my friends houses I have to resist "rocking" my head against my pillow because it would seem weird, but I've found that just tapping my leg against the bed or moving my hands in the same rhythmic kind of way helps me to call asleep as well. Either way, I am 17 and I still rock myself to sleep. I don't think it's a problem and I think it's just a normal phenomena that doesn't really effect you, it just helps me sleep. Other than rocking I'm just an average everyday teenager. Hope this helped in some way, at least in finding comfort that there's others out there!
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Hey, Im 22 and Im commenting to let you know that you are not alone. I love to do this and I find it very soft and calming after a long day at work or ESPECCIALLY if I am stressed out. I would find myself using a rocking chair, softly laying on my side rocking, or using my back hammock if I am really adventurous. DESPITE WHAT PEOPLE SAY I want to let you know that there is absolustly nothing wrong with you or the rocking that you do, as it is very thereputic and it is used as a calming technique by adults all the time, and is being studied in science more often than we may be led to beleive. I hope this helps. Have very sweet dreams
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Wow! i wondered if i was the only one for so long. im 21 male. i feel like i found my long lost brothers and sisters. i just wanna have a sleepover with all of you. Crazy!
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I have rocked since a baby, every night for 15 to 30 mins. I am 46 now. The only time i do not rock is if someone is in bed w me. However i will need to go to bed early or have to take a nap during day if i miss too many nights. Surprisingly no one has ever said anything about it.
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To all my rockers out there..no pun intended... :) Have you ever rocked so much that it doesn't help you fall asleep as quickly anymore. Is that normal. I am 23 and I have rocked since infancy and now I will rock from 9 to 1 am finding it hard to fall asleep until I lay still. :(
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