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Old 03-22-07, 11:32 PM   #1
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No sleep

I've worked 10 days in a row without a day off. Almost had to work 16 in one day. I average 3-4 (if I'm lucky, 5) hours sleep a night. Insomnia tears a person up. Seven years of this now. I'm a wreck.

This is really bad. Not even ice cream will help.

I wonder how druggies can handle functioning all day and not have ANY sleep..



That's all. Just ranting.
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Old 03-22-07, 11:35 PM   #2
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rant away, we dont need any sleep if i learn how to fight i will tell i dont know either
i get about 5 to 6 hrs or less
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Old 03-22-07, 11:36 PM   #3
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Old 03-22-07, 11:37 PM   #4
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I'm right there with you Siu. Being a student, I rarely get more than 5-6 hours of sleep at night.
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Old 03-22-07, 11:38 PM   #5
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You need to pull up the Insomnia thread, and take a ride on the magic bus to the Redwood forest.

No, we were not on drugs, but Serendipper was with us. Where the hell is he, anyway? <curious and concerned Vega look>

Siu, take a brisk walk around your neighborhood, unless your personal safety prohibits such. In which case, I recommended some hi-steppin' to some old disco music for 15 minutes. Then go to bed. If that fails, return to Foo.

That was my protocol for fighting insomnia that lasted more than an hour.... ((hugs))
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I just turn on the Food Network...puts me right to sleep
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I've worked 10 days in a row without a day off. Almost had to work 16 in one day. I average 3-4 (if I'm lucky, 5) hours sleep a night. Insomnia tears a person up. Seven years of this now. I'm a wreck.

This is really bad. Not even ice cream will help.

I wonder how druggies can handle functioning all day and not have ANY sleep..



That's all. Just ranting.
I don`t work that many days in a row but my average shift is about 16 hours, usually through the night till sunup. long shifts wreck the body clock. Some nights I can`t fall asleep others I sleep for 12 hours straight. Sometimes its 3 hours and I`m wide awake. Excercise helps me sleep better. But the long shifts are the killer
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Also opening just about any college textbook worked well for me in the past
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Also opening just about any college textbook worked well for me in the past
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I wonder how druggies can handle functioning all day and not have ANY sleep..


they have drugs. duh.


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There was a time when the English thought that sleep was some sort of ailment and they tried to find ways to "cure" it.
Wait until you have children.
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If you can get either one with a prescription, I recommend either Tylenol with Codene or Chloralhydrate.

Either one will help you or put you to sleep faster than you know.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:02 AM   #13
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Thank you Powerhouse but that is my problem. I refuse to take any kind of medications into my body unless I really really have to. I just wish I could sleep solidly naturally.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:34 AM   #14
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If you can get either one with a prescription, I recommend either Tylenol with Codene or Chloralhydrate.

Either one will help you or put you to sleep faster than you know.
I take 3 Tylenol3 w/ Codine daily and they don't make me drowsy one bit... until I add a few drinks to the equasion. I think it really depends on the person.
I do know that a nice fat turkey drumstick will put me out quicker than an orgasm though.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:36 AM   #15
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^^melatonin is good stuff.. it's your body's preferred (''natural'') drug for inducing sleep. And since it's not a narcotic like most kinds of sleeping aid medications, it will not deprive you of the 'good'/quality sleep and will not leave you feeling drugged. . It's still not as good as a glass of warm milk with a shot of rum, but hopefully it will help.
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i got an idea. i can lend you my 8-year old son for five days. on the sixth day i can almost guarantee you at least 12 hours sleep
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Old 03-23-07, 04:27 AM   #17
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I am curious as to what type of work you do that requires that kind of commitment and if the reward is is proportional to the effort.
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Old 03-23-07, 04:30 AM   #18
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I just wish I could sleep solidly naturally.
I've worked graveyard for over 25 years. I've never managed to get more than 5-6 hours sleep in my 'night'. I've worked 6 days a week for more than two years, close to three years, with one brief interuption.

Wait until you get older and wake up every three hours. Not because you need to, but because your body tells you to.



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Math doesn't put me to sleep, it actually wakes me up! Equations run through my head if I do math homework before sleep!
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It happens...I have a hard time sleeping (I'm one of those people that moves around constantly while sleeping).

My trick is I never stop thinking of something during the day....ever. Even if it's just sheer madness, don't stop having stuff run though your head...that's when you actually get sleepy. Downside is that really screws up my short-term memory.
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Siu I too have problems sleeping. My body tells me I'm tired but my brain tells me something else. I do take over the counter sleeping pills. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't

I just wished I could turn my brain off somehow?? Anyhoo I hope that you get some sleep soon
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My grandfather and father both where asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow.

The trick they used was to empty your mind, the way my grandfather explained to me was he used to think of black, a completely empty black void.

For me this does not work all the time, but when I cannot sleep, I have tried it and it appears to work.

Just my 2cents

P.S. it also used to annoy the hell out off my mother.
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SUI...
Soak ur feet in a basin of hot water with some salt .. an drink some relaxing tea or a glass of wine..
u be asleep very fast .. i do that every night ....
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