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Insomnia [Jul. 30th, 2007|01:09 pm]
[mood |grumpygrumpy]

The last week or so, I've been going to bed late. I've put it down to being crook and getting up unusually late. It didn't seem to matter what time I went to bed, I wasn't close to being asleep by 2am. I took it that I had stuffed my sleep cycles.

The last couple of days I've ahd late nights and early mornings with the desired effect - last night at 10pm, I was knackered and ready to collapse into bed and sleep. I was in bed by 10 past 10, lights out, all snuggled and warm.

And I didn't sleep.

There are times when you don't think you've slept but you've actually been dozing. This wasn't one of those. I lay down and BING, the brain kicked into overdrive and wouldn't friggin' shut down. I was still awake at 2am! Bastard!

Been a while since I had an insomnia cycle. I'd forgotten how much I hate them.

[User Picture]From: smofbabe
2007-07-30 04:21 am (UTC)
I've had bad sleep patterns my whole life, being the uncontested World's Lightest Sleeper, now exacerbated by living with a relatively frequent snorer. My pattern for the past few weeks has been as follows: sleep restlessly if at all and wake up tired. Collapse into bed around 10:30 - 11. Even if sleep is achieved, wake up at 5 or so and find it impossible to go back to sleep. Therefore, become extremely tired and need to go to bed between 10:30 - 11. Rinse and repeat. Not as bad as insomnia so I won't claim I feel your pain but still annoying. Hang in there.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-07-30 04:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a light sleeper, though not as bad as I once was. Also familar with the pattern you mention here, though it's less of an issue post-stroke. Yay!

But knowing my pain or not, anything that screws with your sleep sucks.

Sharon snores, but I like her snores, they aren't too loud.
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[User Picture]From: rendragon
2007-07-30 11:07 pm (UTC)
I suggest valerian too. It won't put you to sleep as such, but it does make those inner voices/thoughts shut up so you can. I use the Blackmores ones. The tablets smell like feet, but they do the trick :)

Apparently going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, regardless of how tired you are or how much sleep you get is supposed to help get your sleeping patterns under control, but I'm not convinced.

And yes, I'm in the "taking more than an hour or two to get to sleep" crew too. I average 45-60min to drop off and wake up at least once during the night, usually 2-3, so my "9 hours in bed" usually results in about 7 hours sleep.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2007-07-30 05:47 am (UTC)
Considering I've seen defintions of insomina that include 'taking more than an hour or two to get to sleep', I've had insomina since I was about 11. But it's been worse the last couple of years - an earthquake saw to that.

Brought to you by 2 hours of sleep. Waiting for the purple monkeys any minute now.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2007-07-30 06:19 am (UTC)
Btw, I want to throw scads of money at you, but need to know how much postage will be for those DVDs.

*need cheeta peopleeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
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From: gutter_monkey
2007-07-30 09:51 am (UTC)
> Waiting for the purple monkeys any minute now.

Will a gutter monkey do?


I've been having sleep problems lately as well, but of a different sort. Opening night for the play I'm working for is less than a week away and we still haven't finished at least half of the props and puppets. Some nights when I'm making stuff I allow myself 3 or 4 hours of sleep, some nights I work straight through and get no sleep.

For the TARDIS i went over 48 hrs without sleep.

Damn I hate short deadlines.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2007-07-30 01:14 pm (UTC)
> Will a gutter monkey do?

*looks for the purple paint*
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[User Picture]From: swirlability
2007-07-31 08:58 am (UTC)
I've given up thinking I'll ever sleep well. Broken sleep is my problem. I'm not a fan of sleep these days anyway. Too much time in the past when I spent for 12 hour stretches in bed just because I didn't want to be awake and aware. Sleep feels like wasted time.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-07-31 09:21 am (UTC)
I sometimes use non-sleeping stretches as meditation time. But mostly I just get annoyed at it.

It's the frustrating thing that my brain is kicking into gear and getting filled with cool ideas to write about, but when I'm up and about, I'm too tired to do much writing.
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2007-07-31 10:41 am (UTC)
You need a pad by the bed or a voice recorder.

sometimes I just have to write stuff. I cannot sleep till I do Usually I wake at 3 am and go back to sleep about 4. Total garbage on Tv at that time, but these days I can waste time doing Youtube. One night I upgraded my computer to an an untried version of Linux. couple of problems, but I kept downloading updates and It settled down. amazing what seems like a good idea at 3.30am. I think you have seen two or three fanzines from those nights, although the weirdest stuff came from Phil and I having three of four milos and going where it took us. good times--don't dare drink Milo these days, afraid of the chocloate in it.
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