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    :::Insomnia:::

    I can't seem to get to bed at a decent hour any more. I have been getting 3-5 hours sleep a night for about 10 days now. It seems near impossible to get to sleep and once I do, it's even worse trying to drag myself out of bed once the alarm starts. Sleepy most of the day at work and then once I get home, I'm wide awake and raring to go... It reminds me of when my daughter was just a baby and hadn't quite sorted out the whole day/night/sleep/awake thing.
    Very frustrating...
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    Read "Power Sleep" by Dr. Maas. It will teach you all the tricks and techniques you can use to maximize your sleep strategy. I used to recommend it to my insomniac patients with excellent results. Helps you avoid becoming dependant on Ambien or Lunesta.

    http://www.amazon.com/Power-Sleep-Re...r+sleep+maas#_

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    I agree with Darren. Exercise and a better diet will cure a lot of what ails you.

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    I use alcohol. And stuff.
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    I began having trouble sleeping when I was a kid, and it's stayed with me off and on my entire life. I never really looked at it as a big deal, but when I was married it used to concern my wife quite a bit. It's been a part of who I am for so long now that I don't remember what it was like to sleep 'normally'.

    Generally speaking, if I get three hours of sleep a day/night I'm doing well, and there are many instances where I'll stay up for two or three days or more at a stretch without even trying to go to sleep. I don't mean it to sound like I'm running at full speed all during those times because that's not the case. Because of my health problems I'm unable to keep the pace I once did, and sometimes I need to lay (lie?) down to rest my body, but I don't sleep. It's more like I'm at half-speed and I just keep going until sleep comes.

    Too much on my mind, too many books to read, too much music to play or listen to, and too many worries. To me, that's the biggest negative about my not being able to sleep; it gives me that much more time to worry about things. I know it does no good whatsoever, and I also know that it isn't healthy. It's a vicious circle, but I've never found a way to change it.

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    My story is quite similar to Goldtop's. It didn't get any better until I started taking care of myself. Part of this process for me meant seeing a doctor which was something I hadn't done since my last physical as a kid. I walked in with an issue that controlled my life. I basically walked out with it manageable. I have Restless Legs Syndrome.
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    When I've had insomnia, it's been mostly due to stress. My mind gets stuck on something and won't let it go and I can't sleep. Best thing for me is to get rid of that stress, which largely goes back to what Darren said. I feel so much better in general when I'm eating pretty well and exercising.
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    The experts say 7-8 hours of sleep is optimal. However, many people can function normally on 4 hrs.


    Between the ages of 20 & 45, I slept 4-5 hrs a night. Now I sleep 5-1/2 to 6 hrs. I do get tired easier than I used to, but I think that is mostly due to being out of shape & just age in general. Last night I got 4 hrs & I'm all good. However, I am not scared to take an hour nap in the afternoon once in a while
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    I didn't learn how to sleep until I was about 26. Now if I'm not sleeping well, I get up at the same time in the morning and lie to myself saying something like "You got enough sleep - you were in bed weren't you". If I got up during the night, I don't believe the lie and feel tired.

    And I'm liking this nap idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I use alcohol. And stuff.
    Yup.

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    My sleep pattern isn't great. I've always been a night person and quite like thr small hours. regardless, even if I get a full and undisturbed 8 hours I never feel refreshed in the morning. I'm used to it though.
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    I'm with Mike - if work weren't an issue, I'd be up until 2 or 3 AM every night.

    I usually stay up late during the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially the early rounds. But last year something weird happened - I stopped feeling the need to go back to my normal sleeping pattern (bed around 10:30-11:00). Since then it's usually been 12-12:30. I drag once in a while. But I feel like I have more time to get things done. Which doesn't mean I actually get things done! It's funny, though - if my wife drinks iced tea shortly before bed, she can't sleep. I usually finish a glass of Cherry Coke Zero right before I walk down the hall, no problem. And I have to have a radio on (a TV will do) - although I am banned from listening to Liquid Metal overnight because it keeps her awake. But if she has to work odd hours, when she gets up, she'll put Liquid Metal on and turn it up for me (26 years today - we didn't get here by not taking care of each other!). And I sleep like a baby!
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    I would say it is good to know I'm not alone but that just doesn't seem the appropriate response in this case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    When I've had insomnia, it's been mostly due to stress. My mind gets stuck on something and won't let it go and I can't sleep...
    That rings a bell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeful Sinner View Post
    I would say it is good to know I'm not alone but that just doesn't seem the appropriate response in this case...
    I feel a similar way every now and then about some subject that comes up here. I think it might surprise us to know about some of the more personal things we have in common. I'm not trying to start up a group therapy session here; I just think we forget sometimes that we all have things to deal with that can be difficult or trying.

    I probably take it too far myself. I say things here that perhaps some people wish I would just keep to myself. I hope I don't step on too many toes along the way by doing that.

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    I'm up 'til the wee hours every night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I'm up 'til the wee hours every night.
    Me too, but that is only because we are vampires.

    May I suggest a sleeping mask and a white noise generator? I am personally fond of thunderstorm generators and I find it is also important to allot a specified time for getting to bed.

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    Just to prove a point, it's five to three in the morning and i'm just starting to feel tired. Night folks!
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    As loathsome as it may sound, I sleep best when I get some strenuous exercise a few days a week. Karate class has been one of the best things I've ever done to balance out the stupid psychological stresses of a scientific/IT white collar career. Alcohol disturbs sleep badly, which galls me because I like alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    My story is quite similar to Goldtop's. It didn't get any better until I started taking care of myself. Part of this process for me meant seeing a doctor which was something I hadn't done since my last physical as a kid. I walked in with an issue that controlled my life. I basically walked out with it manageable. I have Restless Legs Syndrome.
    There have been a few times in my life that I've had the restless legs problem, and it was an agonizing experience that I remembered for decades! In all cases for me it was induced by extreme, unaccustomed fatigue. I believe that exercising regularly, and becoming accustomed to fatigue helps fend it off.

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