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I am curious, how many people here are insomniacs? Personally, I

  1. Jul 27, 2012 #1
    I am curious, how many people here are insomniacs? Personally, I haven't gotten to bed before 5am in the past 2 months. It is very weird, I have been like this my whole life. I've read that a lot of people in the sciences tend to be night owls. There are a lot of scientists here, maybe if its true the majority are insomniacs! Who knows, cya tomorrow (or this afternoon if you prefer).
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2012 #2

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    What are your habits in the evening? I've known people who had similar problems, mainly it was because they got into bad habits of playing video games or going on their computer for hours before bed and didn't come off if they didn't fall asleep. Activities with screens, especially interactive activities, keep the brain stimulated. Shutting off all gadgetry along those lines and spending some time reading a book in soft light tends to help.

    If you've tried all this and I'm teaching you to suck eggs I apologise
     
  4. Jul 27, 2012 #3

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    Insomnia is more to do with going to bed and not being able to fall asleep, or not being able to remain asleep. It sounds more like your sleep cycle may be off. I have always been a "night owl", prefering to do things at night rather than during the day.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2012 #4

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    I made the startling discovery that caffeinated drinks actually keeps me awake for several hours after I drink them :biggrin:. No caffeine after ~10am = a very good night's sleep.

    It's funny to me how many people (usually young'uns) are completely in denial about the effects of caffeine.
     
  6. Jul 27, 2012 #5

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    I'm one of those people that actually are not affected by caffeine. I can drink a pot of coffee and fall asleep. For years I would have a large cup of coffee right before going to sleep at night, it relaxed me, it still does. My mother is one that has one cup of coffee and will be "climbing the walls", as she put it.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2012 #6
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    My grandma sometimes have problems with sleep, and I'm sure she can't fall asleep because she can't slow down her thoughts.

    Seriously, just try to completely stop your thoughts when lying in bed. It works for me wonderfuly.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2012 #7

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    Caffeine is not a problem for me, I can drink two cups and fall asleep easily. Even when watching a movie: I just close my eyes briefly and the next moment I open my eyes the movie has ended and the television is off.

    In the morning caffeine has a different effect, two cups then feels like an overdose and indeed drives me up the walls.

    I do prefer to work in the evenings, that's when my focus is the best, but work is forcing me to get up early, thus falling asleep in the evening :frown:
     
  9. Jul 27, 2012 #8
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    I dont drink a lot of caffine (even in the morning) because I get extremely bad stomach aches. I dont do anything active after 12am either unless I'm hitting up the bars with friends. I do read alot of wikipedia/damninteresting and watch x-files (up to season 6 now!) until like 4am haha. My parents told me that when I was in elementary school they couldnt get me to bed before 12. Genetics?
     
  10. Jul 27, 2012 #9
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    Due to having to be at work at 5 A.M., I have no problem going to sleep at about 9 P.M. My only sleeping problem is sometimes I'll wake up for no apparent reason, and then I can't go back to sleep because my brain thinks 2 A.M. is a great time to run through every problem or semi-problem in my life.
     
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