Weekend Question Thread

Insomnia cures. Hit me with them. Have already tried Lord of the Rings again, and it didn't work. 

I was just saying in the comments to the Ferretblogging post that everybody assumes Kick is the problem with me sleeping when actually I am the problem with me sleeping. I'm coming off a long two weeks at the day job, got a couple other projects I'm trying to finish up, but none of that should result in staring at the walls until midnight every night when I have to get up at 6. 

(That still sounds like a lot of sleep to my inner 19-year-old, but she was 20 years ago and I'm desperate here.) 

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13 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. muddy says:

    My doctor finally said “intractable insomnia” and now I take a pill.

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  2. iceblue2 says:

    You can buy melatonin over the counter. I can’t use it because it screws up stuff if you have a thyroid prob, but many say it’s great. Also too, before doing that try a drink brand called ‘Neuro’ and the ‘Sleep’ drink. It has melatonin in it as well as some other stuff. Half a bottle will probably work and make you sleepy.

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  3. Ariel says:

    The app Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson works for me most of the time. My offspring says good things about the Neuro drinks, so I would say to try that too.
    And wouldn’t it be great to only need the sleep that the inner 19-year-old needs? That inner 19-year-old should have kicked me out of bed to run at 5 this morning as planned, but the outer 40-year-old kept me in the house until 8. She paid the price with some awful heat.

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  4. J says:

    I have good luck with these things: Try to eat a healthy supper and then nothing else but water or relaxing herbal tea, use only dim light, no TV or computer or energetic music, read a book that isn’t very exciting. Exercise early in the day can help but not after about 5 pm. You can try Dramamine (which makes you sleepy as a side effect).

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  5. Dr A says:

    I recommend reading biochemical pathways…..Krebs cycle, electron transport, the metabolism of various amino acids…..and also I second trying melatonin!

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  6. Lex says:

    What J said. No toys in the crib — no electronic media of any sort for at least 2 hours before bed, and don’t use them in the bedroom at all. Read a book. Melatonin worked a bit for me for a while, but it turned out I had other things going on and now have to use a prescription medication.

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  7. Gummo says:

    Melatonin and a small glass of tawny port 2 hours before bedtime.

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  8. joejoejoe says:

    For me what works: Go to bed at a regular time, limit caffeine intake, limit screen/computer time in evening, keep the bedroom dark. Don’t eat rich foods late. Slow down a bit.
    For me reality: Go to bed at irregular times, drink coffee like water all day, read online for hours, have lights on, eat pizza at 11pm. Better to burn out than fade away.

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  9. pansypoo says:

    i used to read an old dictionary or play cards on yahoo. now i just stay up til the wee hours like an extreme night owl i am.

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  10. noblejoanie says:

    Half a 25 mg Benadryl will put me over the edge into sleep. Sometimes

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  11. joel hanes says:

    Your body’s core temperature must drop a couple degrees as part of the process of falling asleep.
    So help that happen.
    Get slightly chilled before getting into bed — if it’s cool out, shed a layer and go outside briefly, otherwise stand in your skivvies in front of a fan or air conditioner. Run cool water over the wrists, or dabble your feet and ankles in a cool lake or basin of cool water.
    Then don’t over-blanket when you first retire. Try using one less than usual.
    If you can arrange to sleep in a cool room, do so.

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  12. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Instead of reading LotR, try reading The Silmarillion. More effective than opioids, and completely non-addictive.

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  13. Gnome says:

    I usually like to watch a British detective show, something about the accents and lower level of shooting and explosions seems to help. New Tricks is a great sleeping show.
    Lately, I’ve discovered a new technique with the lights out and TV off. I try to recount the plot of a movie start to finish. I use movies with an involved plot, such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or Bourne Identity. I never seem to recount the whole movie before I’m lost to REM.

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