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    INSOMNIA...the new and improved insomnia thread..help.

    "Don't be fooled by any of the previous cheap imitations "

    I have been getting insomnia more and more it seems. I don't have an excessive amount of caffeine in my diet. One venti coffee in the morning a few sips then finish it on my 9:30 am break. No more caffeine the rest of the day. Yet here I am at 1:00 am. Wide awake and have to be up for work at 5:15 am I know that there have been other insomnia threads in the past but this one is the new and improved one. So any suggestions may be taken to heart. Bring it!

    Oh and be quiet on your delivery I'm trying to sleep.
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    Too many bags of coffee flavored potato chips.
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    I just woke up at 2 am, went downstairs and turned laptop on. Munching on some carrots.

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    INSOMNIA...the new and improved insomnia thread..help.

    Melatonin works for me. With beer. And I'm a notorious non sleeper.

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    First try melatonin, or an OTC sleep aid (diphenhydramine).

    If that doesn't work, go for the big guns like Ambien. Fair warning about this stuff. You may sleep walk, or run, or drive a motor vehicle, or do something that you have no idea you are doing. It's perfectly safe. Really, it is!

    A slug of Jack Daniels can do the trick or glass of wine or a shot of Nyquil.

    I've also heard that an upper cut to the lower jaw can put your lights out.

    BTW, I took Ambien last night so I will have no recollection of ever posting here.

    Now go to sleep dammit and stop bothering us!

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    I have insomnia too but I also have never required more than 6 hours of sleep. When I was a frontline staff nurse I worked 12 hour shifts: days and and nights (for years!). I'd come home after a busy, crazy shift and could not fall asleep. My circadian rhythms would get messed up because of the constant switching from days and nights.

    I can't explain my insomnia now... stress?, age? hormones?... I dunno. For me it's more of a problem falling asleep, than getting enough sleep.

    In the past I tried taking medication to knock myself out especially when I used to work weeks and weeks of 12 hour night shifts. But it just messed up my mind and body. I'd be too groggy the next day and I worried I'd screw up at work. But over the years I learned some methods that work for me.

    Eliminate sounds, dark, cool bedroom. stretch

    I use meditative relaxation techniques. When thoughts or images enter my mind I think "black" and erase them or open my eyes and start again.
    Relax your jaw and let your tongue float between your teeth and not touch your palate.
    Then start counting backwards from 100

    Maybe some of this might help
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    or listen to some Icelandic music like Sigur Ros (if you're still alert after the first song.... start counting sleep... should do it)

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    I'm one of the sleep challenged myself. It's a real bear to fall asleep and I haven't had more than 6 hrs sleep since forever. I can't get to sleep without some quiet background noise, which for me is simply the radio. It seems as though I can't quite turn my brain off and so in a quiet room I focus inward too much. I'm thinking about giving melatonin a try one of these nights.
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    I only smoke weed when I need to,
    And I need to get some rest, Yo, where's the Cess,
    I confess, I burnt a hole in the mattress,
    Yes, yes, it was me, I plead guilty,
    And on the count of three I pull back the duvet,
    Make my way to the refrigerator,
    One dry potato inside, no lie
    Not even bread, jam,
    When the light above my head went bam!
    I can't sleep, something's all over me,
    Greasy, insomnia please release me,
    And let me dream about making mad love on the heath,
    Tearing off tights with my teeth.
    But there's no relief,
    I'm wide awake in my kitchen,
    It's black and I'm lonely,
    Oh, if I could only get some sleep,
    Creeky noises make my skin creep,
    I need to get some sleep,
    I can't get no sleep....
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    DJ, I have a strict rule about no cocaine after 10 pm. You might want to consider a similar restriction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clbryant1981 View Post
    I sleep an average of 4 hours a night, been this way for ten years. Tried ambien, was not good for me. I was texting people and not remembering it. I actually texted my boss one night and told him he was a jerk, which is strange because he's a great guy. Sometimes I I haven't found anything that works for me yet.
    So are you unemployed now?
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    I sleep an average of 4 hours a night, been this way for ten years. Tried ambien, was not good for me. I was texting people and not remembering it. I actually texted my boss one night and told him he was a jerk, which is strange because he's a great guy. Sometimes I I haven't found anything that works for me yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    So are you unemployed now?
    No, like I said he's a good guy, completely understood it was ambien talking. It was an awkward meeting with him afterwards though.

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    I can fall asleep no problem. The issue I face is waking up somewhere between 3-4 am just about every morning (even after long MTB rides and other forms of strenuous exercise during the day). I know that a lot of it has to do with a hectic work schedule because when I travel elsewhere (particularly on vacation) I do not wake up very often.

    Most of the time I can get back to sleep after a half hour or more. On the rare occasions I can't, I get up and do stuff for an hour or so ((write wth pen and paper, read book, mag in low light) something non-LCD screen related) and then go back to sleep for a couple of hours.

    I've been doing IT work for almost 30 years and learned long ago that glowing screens at night stimulate the brain for most and can make going to sleep more challenging. My suggestions to those who have challenges falling asleep: stop watching TV or playing on the computer at least a couple of hours before you go to sleep (definitely no laptop/tablet in bed- even for reading!). TV in bedroom is also BAD...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clbryant1981 View Post
    No, like I said he's a good guy, completely understood it was ambien talking. It was an awkward meeting with him afterwards though.
    Happy to hear that you weren't booted but I worry that you might really go over board in the future. Whatever you do, don't send disparaging remarks regarding his wife. Same goes for porn. Since he's an understanding guy, maybe you should ask for a raise.
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    I've got the same problem. Once I'm out, I'm out, but getting there is the problem. Usually I'm plenty tired, but I just can't get my brain to shut the f*ck up.
    Trying to win hearts and minds, but willing to stomp them if necessary.

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    It's not just caffeine, but TV in the bedroom, staring at the smart phone, big bowl of ice cream 15 minutes before bed etc....

    when in doubt, yank it out lol....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clbryant1981 View Post
    I sleep an average of 4 hours a night, been this way for ten years. Tried ambien, was not good for me. I was texting people and not remembering it. I actually texted my boss one night and told him he was a jerk, which is strange because he's a great guy. Sometimes I I haven't found anything that works for me yet.
    Wow. You actually had the iconic Ambien side effect! All's it ever did to me was make me have such weird dreams that I'd wake up and not be able to go to sleep again.

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    Two things have helped me with insomnia. I almost always get a good nights rest after a heavy mtn bike ride with a minimum of 2500 feet vertical continuous climb here in So Cal, along with great single track descent, on an evening /night ride. Best if finished up 2 to 3 hours before bed time. The other is sexual activity at bed time, get some from the Wife, GF, Significant other, partner, what ever. Very relaxing, roll over afterwards and fall asleep. Pleasuring one's self doesn't work at helping insomnia like a loving partner does, not the same effect.

    YMMV, these work well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyonadyke View Post
    The other is sexual activity at bed time, get some from the Wife, GF, Significant other, partner, what ever. Very relaxing, roll over afterwards and fall asleep. Pleasuring one's self doesn't work at helping insomnia like a loving partner does, not the same effect.
    It's been clinically proven that rubbing out a good one is a natural sleep inducer, especially after a few beers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    It's been clinically proven that rubbing out a good one is a natural sleep inducer, especially after a few beers.
    And you wake up naked on the floor in a pile of lube with your pud in your hand with your favorite porn flick playing in a loop.

    No thanks!
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    What's more important, modesty or some quality sleep?

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    wait this thread looks familiar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And you wake up naked on the floor in a pile of lube with your pud in your hand with your favorite porn flick playing in a loop.

    No thanks!
    DJ, if you want sound sleep then it's time to drop your jock and grab your cock. It's for the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And you wake up naked on the floor in a pile of lube with your pud in your hand with your favorite porn flick playing in a loop.

    No thanks!
    Lol awesome
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