No Sleep, Once Again...  

femalesquirter 44F
256 posts
5/13/2006 9:26 am

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5/16/2006 8:52 am

No Sleep, Once Again...

Another sleepness night. Under the advisement of the good people who responded to my last blog, I decided I would try some of their ideas, instead of parking my ass in front of the tv.

First, I have to learn to relax. So I laid down on my bed, closed my eyes and really started to focus on my breathing. I then realized it wasn't really a "relaxation" problem that kept me awake. It wasn't that AT ALL!! I was already relaxed and calm and if I had been any more relaxed and calm, I would be pronounced DEAD! So do I continue or do something else? I picked "something else".

I decided to take the "reading" advice. But I didn't "read" the first book. You see, my friend Cassie sent me, "The Devil Wears Prada" on CD so I listened to the book while soaking in the hot tub under the stars. Within minutes I was bored! So I decided perhaps I should really read a book, the old fashion way and take a hot bath in a bath tub as suggested by Forepla4u. Here's a confession. I have lived in this house for 2 years but had never drawn a bath until now. I guess I have always preferred the stand up shower and whenever I felt like a bath, I went to the hot tub outside. Anyway, back to filling my bath tub. First, I started with hot water. Hot water? What hot water? Guess what? There was NO hot water flowing from the stupid hot water faucet!! There was water alright, just not hot. I was petrified! How can I live like this? Let's try the cold water. Cold water? What cold water? There was NO water, period, coming out of the cold water nozzle thingy. Shows you how much I know my plumbing! I wasn't going to take a cold bath hence taking a bath was out of the equation.

Where was I? Oh, bathing and reading. So, no bath, but the least I could do, was still read. I'm currently reading two books. Depending on my mood, I sometimes read The Da Vinci Code and other times, The Al Franken book. I zipped through 3 chapters of the Code. Man, those chapters are really long between pages!! My dad gave me the Al Franken book a month ago. That's my dad for you. He passes his books on to people and then calls to discuss it when you're done. I better hurry my ass up, finish reading the book before dad's book club comes calling.

Man, what a night that was! It was definitely a lot more interesting than eating crappy food and watching MTV all night long. This is insane. I haven't slept since Wednesday night. If this continues, I may have to see a sleep discorder specialist.

Any further suggestions for the insominiacs?

Djeeper1987 47M

5/13/2006 9:46 am

There were nights I couldn't sleep at all. Especially one week I didn't sleep hardly a wink. So what I did was, and mind you it worked for me. I went to bed earlier than normal, meaning it is still light out and I would close my door and close the blinds to make it darker. It worked!!! I was fast asleep. Now maybe you can try that? If it doesn't, then maybe seeing a doctor could be your last resort!

Carpe Diem

sfvppl818 50M/50F

5/13/2006 10:00 am

Any further suggestions for the insominiacs?

I was considering a late night gig with the Samaritans for awhile, working a couple of nights on the suicide prevention hotline, but then I thought it over and came to the conclusion that I am not very good with other people's problems.

Sick, but true!

smileguyqc 53M

5/13/2006 10:24 am

What's your lifestyle??... Maybe you need to get more physical during the day. Run, walk, ride a bike, just get outside and do something in the fresh air while the sun is shining.

imaxtoy 33M
1289 posts
5/13/2006 11:38 am

I agree with smileguy. That might help a lot. Just don't do any strenuous physical activity a couple of hours before bedtime.

Maybe your at a phase where your body doesn't need much sleep. Do you get fatigued or sleepy during the day? If so, then you need the sleep. Don't nap during the day and force yourself awake until it's time for bed.

In my opinion, I think you have a lot on your mind. You must be a person that thinks a whole lot. I would try the relaxation exercises, but then all that would be left is the loud train of thoughts in my head. It's what kept me up most of my life. I've learned I can quiet my mind if try and focus on something. An image in my head (the "happy place" thought). A boring manual. It's basic meditation. Some people try meditating, but they don't learn how to do it properly. There's some good meditation advice in a nonfiction book about the Dalai Lama. It's called 'A Policy of Kindness'.

Good luck with everything. If you still find yourself awake, you might as well enjoy every second of your life that you are awake. Sleeping people miss out a lot on life.

imax, the toyed

lifeisablast333 53M

5/13/2006 9:40 pm

3 shots of whiskey....the Redneck

milliondolrbaby 47M
12 posts
5/15/2006 9:47 pm

You've lived in your house for two years and you didn't know you have no hot water?? YOu really know how to crack me up!!

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