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Trouble Sleeping

 
 
Seed
 
Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 07:54 am
For reasons I will not go into, I have trouble sleeping at night sometimes. Being here in Iraq I really just can't get up and get me a glass of warm milk or go for a stroll (being on a recovery team, they kinda need to know where I am at all times in case a mission pops up).

I usually sit at the computer and read news articles or something until the sandman finally feels like making a house call and doing his job. Sometimes though that gets old and doesn't work and I am awake long before my alarm goes off and it is pointless at that time to try and go to sleep.

What do you guys find as a good way to go to sleep when sleep just doesn't seem to want to grace you with its presence?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 07:59 am
@Seed,
I read - but it has to be something that kinda bores me. In the old days it used to be catalogues of small household appliances (Consumers Distributing here in Canada). Two or three pages of detailed descriptions of kettles or irons and I was snoozing.

Working on breathing techniques helps me as well. Focussing on my inhaling and exhaling and getting the rhythm right can knock me out.

Thinking about things with patterns - knitting, swimming ... <zonk>

Playing the double letter word game in my head also knocks me out.

Being at the computer keeps me up too late - too many interesting things to allow my brain to unwind.
Izzie
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:02 am
@Seed,
ahhhh... hun... wishing I had an answer for you for that one. I guess you have the computer.... but it becomes kinda lonely looking at a screen in the early hours - can you get your hands on any more books. I look at a lot of photographs/images - videos online - just started playing word games - mindstein etc - but of course, that gets the little grey cells moving around. Music... did you get you're Ipod back???????

Sure someone will come along and give you some tips here Seed, will read along with ya. x
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:03 am
@Seed,
Do you know any foreign language, but not very well? What I would do was to count in French, as s-l-o-w-l-y as I could. I would bore myself to sleep.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:07 am
@Phoenix32890,
I know a little spanish. Can only count up to like twenty. Problem is I have a really hard time staying on one thought wave. When I lay in bed my mind tends to jump from thing to thing.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:21 am
@Seed,
That's part of the process, Seed. You have to work on focusing enough on one thing that you sort of relax yourself into sleep.

for example the counting thing:

(in Spanish)

one
one two
one two three
one two three four
one two three four five
one two three four five six
etc and etc up to twenty and then start over

~~~

It definitely is easier for some people than others. I studied with a prof some years ago who was doing research on people who can self-hypnotize. He found that people who were artistic could self-hypnotize best, and that people could train themselves to do so - it was about focus.
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:24 am
@ehBeth,
Im sorry, you were saying? There was a butterfly, and then I had to get something to drink... :-D
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:44 am
@Seed,
I put on a set of headphones to block out other sounds and listen to classical music on the radio and focus on hearing and identifying every single instrument and every single note each of them are playing.

ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:47 am
@Seed,
pffffffffft

Laughing
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:49 am
@Butrflynet,
i listen to bob marely and stevie ray vaughn to relax sometimes. its great but it just relazes me, it doesnt seem to make me go to sleep. but I guess that is the first step
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Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:52 am
@ehBeth,
haha Smile
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 11:32 am
I use one of those white noise machines set to play the sound of gently flowing water (make sure you pee before bed). Like ehBeth I focus on patterns as well -- I "practice" various forms of t'ai chi in my head.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 11:41 am
i like to make sure i'm laying down, and then i close my eyes
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 08:05 pm
@ehBeth,
I go along with ehBeth - I use reading, but am selective. None of those novels where you can't wait to find out what happened. Hey, history could be good..

I admit I fall asleep reading the New Yorker magazine, preferably a well written article on something I've little interest in. So, I have all these crumpled New Yorkers lying around.

Banishing worry at all costs - or postponing it.
I used to work on some intricate things at work, and also go to school at night, and come home wired. What did I do, I stopped at 7-11 and got a Newsweek and some ice cream (hah, milk again). I could usually shut my mind up by that distraction. Thinking about work (or the equivalent) could obliterate sleep.

But that stop to get a treat and something to read was a kind of trigger for my mind to shut down. Not so much the individual things, but a shutdown routine.
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Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 11:04 pm
@djjd62,
smart ass :-D
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 11:39 pm
@Seed,
Seed wrote:

I know a little spanish. Can only count up to like twenty. Problem is I have a really hard time staying on one thought wave. When I lay in bed my mind tends to jump from thing to thing.


For me, getting a relaxation tape works...it bores the crap out of me, and I think I go to sleep to escape.

Can you get enough exercise to really get tired?

Some meditation tapes seem to help me, too.....
Seed
 
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Reply Sat 29 Nov, 2008 11:42 pm
@dlowan,
Quote:
Can you get enough exercise to really get tired?


haha yea I work out every day and twice on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays I am always tired at the end of the day, trust me, I just dont seem to be able to unwind and have my mind let go of things to fall asleep.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 30 Nov, 2008 12:32 am
@Seed,
Yeah....I know that feeling.

Seriously, if you try a proper relaxation regime, and get yourself physiologically into the "relaxation response" it does seem, gradually, to have an effect on all that.

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Nocturna
 
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Reply Tue 14 May, 2013 05:11 am
I have been reading all these old posts trying to find solutions for my "can't sleep problem". A lot of the suggestions seem to require concentration which I'm horrible at, the minute I can quiet my mind it's like princess and the pea syndrome. I can feel every lump and bump in my mattress, I notice it's too hot or too cold, I can hear the refrigerator running. Any advice for a hypersensitive girl who really really wants to get to sleep at night?
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