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What do you do to fall asleep?

 
 
OGIONIK
 
Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 06:51 am
not sleeping sucks, what do you all do?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 06:56 am
@OGIONIK,
I was thinking you were up early... are you actually up late?

I kind of self-hypnotize. Hard to explain, but I can usually get myself to sleep if I have to. A sort of purposeful zoning out, unfocusing, letting go. Nothing specific along the lines of counting sheep or whatever.

Well, one thing -- Otis Redding's "Tell the truth" evidently has a rhythm that is the same as my breathing when I sleep. If I play it in my head, that usually helps things along.
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:02 am
@sozobe,
lol, up? i never go DOWN.

i have insomnia im pretty sure. lameness..

anyways some days (like 3 out of 7 a week) i will just totally not fall asleep until 3 in the afternoon.

some of my better posts are made when im in this zombie mode.
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:03 am
@OGIONIK,
it is 6 o clock in thee morning that tharr!
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Stormwatch
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:03 am
@sozobe,
I take out some work that I don't really want to do, or start reading something that I have been putting off. Anything that is a 'should do' typically makes me very sleepy.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:04 am
@OGIONIK,
Sometimes going to bed helps, she said drily...
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:05 am
@dlowan,
yeah i try ill be in bed with my eyes closed sometimes for 3-4 hours...

after a while the boredom is inbearable
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:08 am
@OGIONIK,
by the way is it bad to take melatonin pills everyday?

seriously i hate not sleeping it makes me feel crazy, maybe i am crazy.. who cares...
im gonna start getting xanaxs to pass out or umm whatever makes u tired, but then ull get liked addicted and get a tolerance...

GAH sleep sucks, im with whoever posted that...
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:11 am
@OGIONIK,
GAH!! i needz ansaar!
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:15 am
@OGIONIK,
oh jeez, wiki'd insonmia.

i shouldnt have.

DOOMED I AM!
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:16 am
@OGIONIK,
Do you have a separate room for sleeping? Or do you do everything in one room (computer, etc.)?
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:19 am
@sozobe,
umm, i sleep in the living room. on the floor or the couch, with a tv and laptop.
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:27 am
@OGIONIK,
it hit me that alot of my issues and problems are related and correlate nicely with each other

stress
insomnia
ulcer
havent seen my dog for a month now.
moved, for the 5th time in 4 years.
jobless

jeez, i just need some effing stability in my life.

ok say that one more time so you dont forget
S-T-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y lol.

stability, i like it. this new word is so simple, yet encompasses such vast new territory.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:35 am
@OGIONIK,
Dude. Enroll with your community college, get a job waiting tables, find a couple of roomates and get a place of your own.

You'll be too tired to worry about not getting sleep.
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:40 am
@DrewDad,
currently in the process of trying all of that.

if it was up to me, id have a job already.
and id be in college.

but sadly its not up to me.

i just wish i could sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:46 am
@OGIONIK,
Not to kibbitz, but finding a job should be a full-time job in itself. Wink

Also, get the heck out of the house during the day. Go to the library, or the bookstore, or play basketball, or something.

Especially, go for a walk at dusk. This helps set your body's clock.
Miller
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:48 am
@OGIONIK,
Drink a big glass of Ovaltine...
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OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:51 am
@DrewDad,
i know... i go out every day like 5 hours...

and when im at home i am on classifieds and craigslist...


i think i really should just every day to this animal clinic right by my house, just walk in every morning, call every afternoon, another call right before closing.

or something, ive been there 3 times already.

try try try again.... ad infinitum, i dont even know what that means.

damnit anyways. good idea on the walk every dusk.

i jog every day now maybe i should do it at like 7-8 instead of 4-5 in the afternoon. i dunno. i hear physical activity wakes you up if you do it before you go to sleep.
babsatamelia
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 09:07 am
@OGIONIK,
Yes you ARE right about the physical activity. It's better to do it earlier in your day rather than later (for good sleep "hygeine" they call it) I've suffered from insomnia so many years I am just used to getting up and doing something else. Otherwise I'd go nuts. Melatonin is a key in proper sleep cycle maintenance ... also don't do anything in bed other than sleep (or have sex) In other words, don't watch TV in bed, don't pay bills in bed, don't eat in bed, etc etc. Also do try to have a set schedule of when you get up & when you go to bed and try not to deviate from it. When you find your body's natural sleep rhythym then - you will be all set. Too bad it takes some of us so many years to do just that one simple thing. And get 20 to 30 min of early morning direct bright sunlight (OR do what I did, I bought a "lightbox" so I am not dependent on the weather ) We've had a very cloudy & rainy summer season this year and these new "lightboxes" are supposed to be great for people who live in areas without much bright sunlight & where winters are always long, gray & cloudy.
OGIONIK
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 10:33 am
@babsatamelia,
cool cool so i was right, i just need to relax.

i think after my workout schedule becomes more "routine" ill have a better time sleeping. today ill just stay up the whole day and try to jumpstart my schedule
 

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