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How do you get yourslef to sleep easily even thought u are awake

  1. Aug 26, 2011 #1
    some times im kept awake till like 1am, oops sry spelling error.
     
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  3. Aug 26, 2011 #2

    Ryan_m_b

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    Reading in soft light always helps me. Avoid the internet, TV or any other screen activity as they will keep your brain far too active.
     
  4. Aug 26, 2011 #3

    lisab

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    Earplugs are effective for me.
     
  5. Aug 26, 2011 #4

    Fra

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    Eat a large high carb meal before going to bed. Not healthy at all, but it often works.

    The converse is, if you NEED to stay awake for a long time, eat small meals often, avoid large meals too alot of carbs.

    /Fredrik
     
  6. Aug 26, 2011 #5
    I second that. I find if I avoid large meals at 1pm I dont get the afternoon 'slump' :-)
    Small balanced meals is the key for me....

    and I rarely eat a big meal when I come home from work at 5pm....that just makes me lazy and wanting to lie on the couch :-)
     
  7. Aug 26, 2011 #6

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    Anything that trends towards sensory deprivation. White noise generators (like fans), extremely dark room, and having a few ounces of something with a light flavor (water, decaffeinated tea, or even milk). My ex used to spray the bedroom with some flowery-smelling stuff in the morning; by night time there was just a hint left; it tended to block out other miscellaneous odors. I always complained, but frankly, it was kind of nice.

    If I'm really having a hard time falling asleep, I'll put a heavy pillow over my face to reduce the amount of oxygen I take in. As the carbon dioxide levels rise, you'll find it harder to stay conscious.

    Okay, seriously... don't do the pillow thing. That was a joke.
     
  8. Aug 26, 2011 #7
    I generally just stay in a constant state of sleep deprivation. 5-6 hours per night is normal for me - it's not "my" amount of sleep, but it's the only way I can keep any sort of schedule.

    If I went to sleep one night at 11:00 to get 8 hours, the next day I wouldn't be able to sleep until 12:30, then 2:00, and so on.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2011 #8

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    Yeah, I sleep about 6 hour each night and feel fine as a result. If I sleep more, then I actually feel tired when I wake up, like I can't get out of bed.
     
  10. Aug 26, 2011 #9
    Lie still in bed. At least you'll get some rest if you don't get any sleep. When I have trouble sleeping, I concentrate on pleasant thoughts like sitting by a swimming pool or taking a walk in a garden.
     
  11. Aug 26, 2011 #10
    I hit my head on the wall until I fall alseep
     
  12. Aug 26, 2011 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    Sadly, in years past I did this many times in a pinch. Even worse, I have metabolic syndrome, so when I eat a lot of carbs I crash hard. If I take it too far I end up in extreme low blood sugar, which results in a horrible feeling that can keep you awake.
     
  13. Aug 26, 2011 #12
    So far, some beer or vodka works perfect for me.
     
  14. Aug 26, 2011 #13

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    The sleep ingredient in many sleep aid products is an antihistamine. If you don't take it too often, Diphenhydramine, sold as Benadryl, can be quite effective as a sleep aid. For some people it can be extremely effective. The first time I took it, after about an hour I could hardly move!

    That is why Nyquil knocks you out. It's the antihistamine. I used to take Nyquil if I was desperate for sleep, but that is bad because of the acetaminophen - not good to take too often or to overdose. Products with acetaminophen (Tylenol), if abused, over time can be suprisingly dangerous.
     
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  15. Aug 26, 2011 #14

    Dembadon

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    Reading helps me fall asleep.
     
  16. Aug 26, 2011 #15

    Evo

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    Sleeping pills.
     
  17. Aug 26, 2011 #16

    Dembadon

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    Don't they make you feel weird in the morning, though? I don't like how I feel when I wake up after taking sleeping pills.
     
  18. Aug 26, 2011 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0805b.shtml [Broken]
     
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  19. Aug 26, 2011 #18
    Mint tea, warm milk, maybe some melatonin
     
  20. Aug 26, 2011 #19
    Anti-histamines are strong stuff. Took them once and got these wacky surrealistic dreams and a delirium when I woke up.
     
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