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Posted 4/23/15

Esoteric77 wrote:

2 shots of Zyquil


I wish I had some.
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Not a problem I've ever had. I fall asleep near instantly. Actually, I fall asleep too easily. I fell asleep a couple (make that four) times while typing this out.

However, I'd suggest to eat a banana. Nothing knocks me out like a banana. They contain Potasium and Magnesium (both muscle relaxants) as well as a chemical that triggers both serotonin and melatonin.
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GrateSaiyaman wrote:

Take an aspirin or two.... then think of either someone hot or nothing.... The "nothing" can sometimes be more distracting. It's about turning the thought process off and letting your subconscious take over.


Again: The trick in "distracting" the conscious to let the subconscious take over is not just in listening to music or an audiobook--
It's in listening to it at just UNDER the volume where you would start to ignore and lose attention to it.
If you were paying attention to it, well, that would be concentrating, wouldn't it?
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My mind races into a personal hell where I either stay until I sleep or I stay until I give up on sleep. If I'm lucky, I'm too exhausted to fight sleep.
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Reflect on life
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Posted 4/23/15
Drink a warm cup of milk, helped me.

I can literally sleep anywhere. I slept on the toilet once while dropping a deuce.

But I'm always tired.

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Welcome to the world of insomnia. When I am at school, I just drink a bunch of booze and watch anime until I fall asleep. It doesn't really matter if I make it to class in my last semester anyway. This doesn't work for work though. At least not for my job. I work in agriculture, drive a lot, and need to be attentive during the day. I clock in at 6:00 am and it's not uncommon to put in a 14 hour day when we are busy. Showing up to work hungover is completely unacceptable, so I usually just deal with being tired. I can usually get to sleep after a long day, but every so often I can't. I don't normally sleep through the night either, no matter how exhausted I am. You learn to live with it if you choose to not rely on drugs. Benadryl seems to be a relatively safe and effective sleep aid, but I am not fond of drugs/medication, so I just deal with being tired. Instead of trying to sleep, I've found ways to stay awake and attentive without chugging energy drinks, drinking excessive amounts of caffeine, or popping whatever the doc prescribes as a cure all. This works for me, but it probably won't work for most people.
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When I can't fall asleep (but am tired) I use the somewhat meditative approach, which is as follows

*Note on breathing, you want it to be as similar as possible to your sleeping state.

-take a slow, moderately deep breath
-As I breath out I clear my mind (think nothing)
+repeat above until mind is mostly clear (goal is to have many wandering thoughts)

-continue previous breathing pattern
-as I breath out I consciously relax muscles in certain parts of my body
+repeat above until the body is in a relaxed, natural sleeping state

I continue doing this until I fully fall asleep or until I need to wake up.
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I have nights where I can't fall asleep VERY often. I usually just read manga until I feel my eyes getting heavy. It always works for me!
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Your father made fetuses with flesh licking ladies
While you and your mother were asleep in the trailer park
Thunderous sparks from the dark of the stadiums
The music and medicine you needed for comforting
So make all your fat fleshy fingers to moving
And pluck all your silly strings and bend all your notes for me
Soft silly music is meaningful magical
The movements were beautiful all in your ovaries
All of them milking with green fleshy flowers
While powerful pistons were sugary sweet machines
Smelling of semen all under the garden was all you were needing
When you still believed in me
Say what you want to say and hang for your hollow ways
Moving your mouth to pull out all your miracle for me


- Jeff Magnum Oh Comely

A part of something I would listen to until I got bored.
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Posted 4/24/15
I think there's a lot of terrible advice here. It's not about watching tv, drinking various things or listening to music. Those could all stimulate you too much.

Dark and quiet are the best, or a neutral white noise like a fan. Then get comfortable and keep your eyes closed!

After that its a mental game. Resign yourself into believing that so long as you're resting your body and eyes that you're at least going to be better off in the morning than if you stared at a screen all night (which is true). Eventually you'll likely end up getting a little sleep. And even if you don't you'll probably at least be rested enough to function for the day (albeit a bit miserably).
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I try classical music, or just calm and quiet music, or I just get lost in my thoughts while laying in bed. That helps when I'm wide awake at like 3 AM
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Balzack wrote:

I think there's a lot of terrible advice here. It's not about watching tv, drinking various things or listening to music. Those could all stimulate you too much.

Dark and quiet are the best, or a neutral white noise like a fan. Then get comfortable and keep your eyes closed!

After that its a mental game. Resign yourself into believing that so long as you're resting your body and eyes that you're at least going to be better off in the morning than if you stared at a screen all night (which is true). Eventually you'll likely end up getting a little sleep. And even if you don't you'll probably at least be rested enough to function for the day (albeit a bit miserably).


Unfortunately, the better advice we give, the worse it gets.

Not that I'm the same as the OP.
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Alcohol. Works everytime.
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On the topic of Alcohol, while I do agree that it helps me fall asleep it doesn't help me sleep well.
I usually wake up just as or even more tired than when I went to sleep.

What I do when I can't sleep?
Read a couple of pages from the book at my bedside or watch a bit of TV after which sleep comes pretty fast.
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