Can you fall asleep when something's driving you nuts?

@k1tten (2321)
United States
May 28, 2008 10:28pm CST
Our neighbors have very annoying dogs. They bark at all hours of the night and I'm actually surprised I get any sleep at night with them constantly barking. Somehow I manage though. What about you. Have you had a sound or something drive you nuts right before or during the time you were trying to get some sleep? Were you able to get some sleep?
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• United States
30 May 08
Usually I can fall asleep things do not bother me too much. It really depends on how tired I am and how grating the noise is to me at the time. Sometimes when my dog is barking or something, and it's really loud it annoys me because I can't get comfortable enough to sleep. Sometimes the ringing phone bothers me because no one here will answer it. Usually though I can fall asleep or stay asleep with no problems.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
30 May 08
I hate ringing phones. You do not know how many times I've been woken up by them and have not been able to go back to sleep because of it.
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@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
29 May 08
Sometimes I really can't sleep they are too loud especially when having a party....it is so hard to sleep especially when you know that you still have work tomorrow. I keep on looking on the clock then tries to sleep again but most of the time, as long as I can tolerate the noise, I can really sleep well. Cheers!
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I do exactly the same thing sometimes. I just hate when you watch the clock and never seem to get any sleep.
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
yes, I hate that as well staring the clock then knowing that I have to wake up in few hours! Cheers!
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
30 May 08
With me its the five garbage trucks that pick up our five dumpsters here in our apt. complex. they start up about seven and make the most godawful noise coming around 'behind my bedroom and always manage to wake me and as I am no longer working I do not need to get up that early. I am retired andseldom go to bed before midnight so do 'not relish getting woke up at six thirty or seven o clock. I usually go back to sleep then I wake up later than I want to. cannot win.lol.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
30 May 08
I hate garbage trucks. They irk the heck out of me and bothered me when we were trying to sleep.
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@Kierstal (143)
• United States
29 May 08
I used to be a deep sleeper when I was younger, but ever since I turned 20 (almost six years ago) I've had very light and broken sleep. It's mostly because I am a worrier. If stuff is going on outside, like the dogs barking or whatever, then usually I can tune it out because it's not MY problem. However if MY cats start making noise when I'm trying to sleep, I won't be able to sleep until they settle down, because they're mine... if that makes sense? It's the same with music. If there is music playing - or at least, if that music has singing in it and not just instrumental - then my mind will follow the words and be distracted by the music instead of letting me sleep. Most of the time I need total silence (white noise like the fan running is fine though) to get to sleep. Also, if something is on my mind that's either worrying me or if I can't figure something out and it's been bugging me all day, those thoughts will keep me awake as well the same way music does. My mind simply does not want to rest, and it amazes me that I'm still able to dream because I constantly wake up in the middle of the night from noises people or animals make, and I never feel rested when I wake up.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I'm almost the same way sometimes. Other times I'm out like a light. I've gotten used to the constant noise in the back ground. Fishtanks mostly and the tv everyonce in a while. That I can handle. But the spirotic barks I can't. Thanks for replying!
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
29 May 08
dog keeping me up  - woof wooof all day and night
Kitten I can't sleep with any noise usually . If a dog is barking that will bother me, and even a tv in the next room . I have neighbors who will wake me up in the mornings calling for their dogs who just run free . So at 9 am all I hear is her sog screaming hogggggesss come back . Also, she screams at her kid day and night!! All so annoying .
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I can believe it. I would hate to have them screaming like that. Thanks for replying!
• United States
29 May 08
The dog thing has happened a couple of times. We have dogs that are quiet at night, but they get going when they hear other dogs barking. Unfortunately it's now cat season here. My neighbor has like five and they roam at night. And there other cats, but they're strays. So, usually one or two are in heat and the loud screeching at night is a mess. The sound is annoying and kind of disturbing.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
Oh my, I can understand why that's annoying and disturbing. I've had cats prowling before and they are annoying as all get out.
@fluffysue (1458)
• United States
29 May 08
OOh I hate that. I can't sleep if I can hear anything. I have been trying to sleep without earplugs the last week or so, as I became kind of dependent on them. A couple of nights, around 2 am, I hear this huge rolling sound coming from next door. Then it repeats again in a couple of minutes. Then again. I sleep in the basement (it is finished so it is a real room, not a dungeon LOL), and I wonder if maybe next door's basement is not finished, and the kid is practicing his skateboarding? I am dying to ask them.
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@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
lol I would die of curiousity if that happened. So weird to hear that noise though.
• China
30 May 08
honestly i can sleep well if i wanna sleep no matter what kinda sounds driving my nuts,,but if i canot fall asleep for myself i will get lost!
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@misshoney (973)
• Philippines
30 May 08
surprisingly i can especially when i am really tired and in need of sleep...some of ou neighbours would sing at the wee hours of the night and it can really be annoying..but somehow i managed to fall asleep
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• China
30 May 08
Actually,i also have two neighbors who drive me nuts.They always talking in night,and very nosiy.Excpet that,they often brawl and brannigan.I get annry at them,but i have no ideal how to do.We rent a apartment with them,and we are not very familar.I admire the two guys very much,they are so strong that often make me can't fall asleep.You know,that is not very polite.
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@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
29 May 08
Back in university I had to play "white noise" over the dorm noises. So, I guess that means that I cannot sleep if something bugs me.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
29 May 08
I rarely sleep well. It is hard for me to fall asleep and then, to make matters worse, anything and everything wakes me up. I could hear a rat peeing on cotton from 10 counties away and it would wake me up! LOL! So, yes...if there is a dog barking, as there is also in my neighborhood, it will keep me up. Or, if I managed to fall asleep before the dog started barking, it would wake me up. If my hubby falls asleep before me and is snoring, I can't sleep. And, he will wake me up with his snoring. About the only thing that won't bother me is the clock ticking in my bathroom. For some reason, it never bothers me. But, if that sound were coming from another source in the room, it would drive me bonkers! LOL! There are rare...very rare...occasions when I have slept through a really horrible thunder storm and it always amazes the hubby when he asks me about it the next day because I so rarely sleep through anything. And, as much as it amazes him, it pleases me that I slept that soundly! LOL!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
29 May 08
I can't sleep through snoring, barking, loud music or tv, bass sounds, no matter how low, loud talking, etc. I HATE IT!! I would have had to kidnapped those dogs!! LOL We went camping one weekend, where they had a "quiet" rule after 10pm. This group of drunk people were LOUD and keeping us up. I went over to ask them to be quiet (stupid to ask drunks this) and they became mean. I had to report them to the owners and had them thrown out of the park, permanently. It was horrible!! We had an early morning ride on horses up a mountain and we were friggin' exhausted!! My husband and I sleep in separate rooms because of his snoring. The funny thing is, I snore now, too!! LOL
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I hate noisey drunks, the worse drunks too. I've dealt with that loads though because I live part time in a college town because of school. At least something was done about it. I would have been terrified to even comfront them. Thanks for the response.
• United States
29 May 08
usually i can,but since working at night,the guy next door's really been irritating me with his leaf blower,i'm about ready to go smash that thing.he does it at all hours,and has made the whole neighborhood angry. he has no leaves,either-he's blowing his gravel driveway
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
Ah, the infamous leaf blower. The maintenance people at our appartment did that all the time. We got so mad at them for it too so you're not the only one! Thanks for the response!
@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
29 May 08
I would have to say that my petpeeve is the television late at night. I do not watch t.v. much and I really prefer silence. At night when I am trying to sleep. one of my roommates falls asleep with the t.v. blaring. I end up having to get up and go into the other room to shut it off. This is a nightly thing and very annoying. I also am awakened each morning to his blaring t.v. He rarely stays awake long enough to even need the darn thing on to begin with. I tried the ear plug thing and it ended up causing an unbearable itch in my ears. I find that I sleep best after everyone leaves the house in the morning and then I will sleep for a few hours to catch up. I look forward to getting a place on my own again.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I absolutely hate inconsiderate roommates! So you're not alone. We've had one roommate come in at all hours of the morning and do the exact same thing. We have another that just likes to slam doors a lot which doesn't help our sleeping either. Thanks for responding!
• Canada
29 May 08
I have no trouble sleeping through noises. I usually fall asleep to the familiar sounds of a favorite dvd. I have four kids in the house right now and I work the occasional night shift, so I need to be able to get sleep when activity is high in the house. So I am lucky that I can sleep through the noise. On the other hand if an issue is on my mind, then sleep won't take place until I have come to some resolution about it. There is no such thing as "sleeping on it" for me. I make up my mind before I can sleep. If I can't make up my mind...then I don't sleep. The closest I can come to sleeping when I have something on my mind, is that half-sleep that you get when you know you were dreaming but it seems like you were actually living and reliving the experience over and over to get it just right. You wake up and it feels like you were never asleep, feels like you have been running a marathon in your sleep, you are so exhausted. Hate it when that happens. But I've been sleeping really well lately "knock wood". I think I am just really tired.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
Having something on your mind is never fun. I've been there and done that and spent the whole night working on a school paper that didn't get a good grade anyway. Oh well.... lol Thanks for the response!
@athinapie (1152)
• Philippines
29 May 08
That is very annoying. I'm so sorry to hear that. Well, mine is when my sister barges in my room and turns on the television. She usually does this every night to watch those soap operas that go on late at night. I usually don't get to sleep well because of that but there are times when I do. That drives me nuts.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
We had an old roommate that did that! We just wantd to beat her with the remote and her laptop!
• United States
29 May 08
This makes me think about a time when I was very young. My parents had purchased a new home, and it wasn't available for us to move into on the date given to my parents. They had scheduled the closing dates of both the houses for the same day, but their attorney called them in the morning to tell them there would be a delay of about a month. The people who purchased our old home were already moving their things in while my father was speaking with the attorney. My mother was furious. Now we needed someplace temporary to live in for a month. Fortunately, one of my uncles owned a house in the city which was vacant. Unfortunately, it was near a train. During the day it was very noisy, but we learned to yell over the roar as the trains whizzed by. Obviously, we spent a lot of time away from the place during the day. But at night when the trains went by, they caused such strong vibrations that the cots we were sleeping on (all of our furniture was in storage) would gradually slide across the floor. The first couple of weeks we lived there, we got very little sleep. But after a while I adjusted to the changes in our environment and didn't even notice the noise anymore. Looking back on this, I can understand why I adjusted to the noise, but I can't imagine how my parents handled it. Adults aren't as resilient as children. Their nerves must have been tied in knots by the end of the month.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
I've lived with trains most of my life so I know the feeling. But I got so used to it that they don't even bother me anymore! Thanks for the response!
• Indonesia
29 May 08
Actually I can. I can sleep in all of condition because sleep is my hobby, even if all the star falling and the world is turning black, I can sleep enough. Even if Im in stand condition, i can sleep. I dont know why, I hust love sleep
• China
29 May 08
wow, so great. Altough I love sleeping, I can not sleep if it is too noisy.
• Canada
29 May 08
I would call your neighbors every time the dogs bark! I feel that if I am awake, that the people in charge of the cause should be too! If you don't know their numbers, call the police every time! The neighbors will get it figured out! There is no reason for that!
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
29 May 08
True! But the police wouldn't bother with where we live. We're basically in the part of the county that no one really cares about so oh well.