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Can't sleep.

 

Worked 12 hours today in the sun.

 

You'd think I'd be exhausted.

 

But nooooooooo. Stupid brain won't shut off.

 

Any remedies you guys have? Besides that weird tea and more booze.

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Read before going to bed. Even if it's just a few pages. From a book though, not from a screen.

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That's a good one. Used to do the trick.

 

I squashed about 100 pages of Winters Heart tonight. Still not tired.

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Google sleep hygiene and start doing that stuff. I wouldn't recommend reading or anything that makes your brain work, or your eyes.

 

OTC sleep aids like diphenhydramine work but aren't very good for you. Alcohol counterintuitively makes it harder to sleep.

 

The weird tea, sleepytime, with the bears on it, actually works some but barring that...

 

Close your eyes and construct a very quiet, dark happy place. The mental image should be quiet and dark, like nighttime forest, beach, cave, whatever. Take something peaceful from a favorite book of movie and live there in your mind. Sometimes works quicker than others.

 

The room should be dark, but you may sleep better with white noise, like a fan, than in silence.

 

And if you don't sleep tonite you probably will tomorrow.

 

Sweet dreams.

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I got about four hours. I actually feel pretty awesome today, which is weird.

 

I even woke up a half hour earlier than normal.

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I actually slept very well that time when I drank too much alcohol.

 

I did decide not to do it again though, the headache is kinda annoying.

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Water fixes the headache too. It's mostly dehydration but it's also alcohol poisoning and a little liver and brain failure.

 

You may stay unconscious or mostly so fir a long time after drinking but it's not normal sleep and it's really not a good thing.

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Well, it wasn't that I was unconcious. Not quite that bad.

 

But yeah, it's not good to drink that much before going to bed, just to sleep well. Do it every day and you're an alcoholic.

 

That said, I never noticed anything adverse from consuming some alcohol.

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There are some good apps out there. My daughter used a mindfulness app that helped her go to sleep for a while. 

 

But you shouldn´t take advise from me, since I´m starting to think that I´m a real zombie now. Sleep, oh lovely sleep... 

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A good rule of thumb can also be "no screens (phones, pc's, etc) for 30 or 60 minutes before going to bed".

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Melatonin works really well for me... I know a lot of people who have tried it and say it doesn't help them a bit, though.

 

It works in about half an hour for me, I'll get a little bit sleepy - the kind of sleepy you can push through and stay awake if you want to, but if you give in to it and go to bed, you realize that you really can sleep.

 

If I let myself run out (or forget to bring it with me on vacation), I'll start to notice within a couple of days that I don't really get tired at a decent time of night, and if I try to go to bed early it takes me half of forever to drift off to sleep.

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Close your eyes and construct a very quiet, dark happy place.

This.

 

Maybe not even a happy place. Just a nothingness place.

 

Fidget until you are 100% comfortable and don't settle for a position you know you'll shift out of five minutes later. Think about a big empty nothingness. If any part of your mind roams anywhere else tell it to shut up and think about a big empty nothingness too. Usually has me out within about two minutes of laying down.

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Melatonin works really well for me... I know a lot of people who have tried it and say it doesn't help them a bit, though.

 

It works in about half an hour for me, I'll get a little bit sleepy - the kind of sleepy you can push through and stay awake if you want to, but if you give in to it and go to bed, you realize that you really can sleep.

 

If I let myself run out (or forget to bring it with me on vacation), I'll start to notice within a couple of days that I don't really get tired at a decent time of night, and if I try to go to bed early it takes me half of forever to drift off to sleep.

 

I have found that melatonin can be helpful, too. I take it when I work my two graveyard shifts, to help me sleep through the day.

 

Close your eyes and construct a very quiet, dark happy place.

This.

 

Maybe not even a happy place. Just a nothingness place.

 

Fidget until you are 100% comfortable and don't settle for a position you know you'll shift out of five minutes later. Think about a big empty nothingness. If any part of your mind roams anywhere else tell it to shut up and think about a big empty nothingness too. Usually has me out within about two minutes of laying down.

 

I do something similar, sort of. I think "My feet are relaxed. My feet are relaxed," and feel the tension leaving them. They get heavier on the bed. Then I think, "My calves are relaxed. My calves are relaxed," and I feel the tension leaving them. I usually start having half-dreamy thoughts long before I get to my shoulders, but if not, I just start over again, and sometimes move more slowly, in more detail, like adding ankles, and shins, and knees, and waist, hips, buttocks, whatever. It almost always works for me.

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Sorry to hear that. I'm usually sick most of the winter. I work outside, I play outside.

 

I generally spend more time outside in the winter than the summer. So lots of vitamin c and whiskey.

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Is vitamin c and whiskey a good combination?

Does it taste good? No. I mean the whiskey does. Not those nasty vitamins. I dislike oranges (and most fruit), so I take it in capsule form.

 

Whiskey goes great with everything when your 12+ hours outside in below 0 weather. It goes good with a sandwich, or a cigarette, or even a tumble down the mountain. Warms ya up a bit, and gets the blood pumping.

 

Science says that's wrong, but it works for me!

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You should give fruit a chance. It can be tasty.

 

Not had much whiskey. On occasion. Oddly enough, now that I think of it, it usually was in the winter. Usually with my husband, oh well, that's a whole other story now, and I'm guessing a part of my past.

 

And moving on....

 

Wait a minute. You're supposed to be trying to get rid of cigarettes, right? Need to replace that cigarette with something else. And something safer than tumbling down a mountain.

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