If I don't sleep tonight, just shoot me!

United States
June 24, 2008 10:21pm CST
I've been sleepless for three nights in a row and I'm like a zombie. I've tried everything from herbal remedies, over the counter drugs, prescription. And I still spend the night either trying to go to sleep or hovering in a near-sleep state for hours. This morning I got tired of laying in bed and finally got up at 6 a.m. I'm retired and don't have to get up at all if I don't want to. But you can only lay in bed sleepless so long. So, tonight I've got to sleep or I just can't function. Keep sending those good-night's-sleep thoughts my way. Because if I don't sleep . . .
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
27 Jun 08
If you don't normally have this problem then something particular is probably triggering it. Sounds like you have an active mind at the moment, are you going through a phase of creativity, or higher than usual mental stimulation? One way of getting into a more calmer state is to close your eyes and focus on the space behind the eyelids. Don't think about anything, just focus on what you see. You will actually be focused on the point between the eyebrows and not necessarily behind the eyelids. The feeling may be like being cross-eyed but that will pass! I have lots of tips and tricks so if this one doesn't work, let me know.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
Thanks. I'm sleeping better now. But I'll keep you in mind if I have another spell of insomnia.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
Thanks for BR. Hope you're having sweet dreams.
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@ElicBxn (59916)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I hope you got that badly needed sleep. I do know where you are coming from.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
Thank you. I seem to be sleeping better again. What a difference it makes.
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@ElicBxn (59916)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I tell you what, I LOST the battle of the pillow last night. I got up this morning and my hair looked like snakes! I also felt like I hadn't slept a wink! I know I must've because I was able to stay awake, but it wasn't a lot of fun. As I told the roomie and my client, I had a black cat on me all night - not necessarily the same one.
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@Babymycah (166)
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
Im an insomniac myself and I can relate to your situation. I experienced not having to sleep for a couple of days and when I did I sleep for only 2 to 3 hours. I have tried making myself tired before going to bed but usually it don't work for me. I haven't tried sleeping pills though. I started a discussion about this weeks ago and you should check it out I got a lot of advice from them some of them actually worked and helped me sleep. Not regular 8 hour sleep though, maybe its not on my system to do that anymore. Try some it might work for you... Hope you sleep well soon...
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• United States
28 Jun 08
My doctor says the length of time we sleep is not the most important factor. It is the quality of sleep that is important. If you sleep 8 to 10 hours and wake up tired, that's not a good night's sleep! Glad you are finding things that work for you.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I have the same problem all the time. My problem is I am not retired and I have to be up with my daughter in the mornings. The best thing for me has been to turn off all the lights, TV, and computer. If I do this about an hour before I am ready to be in bed I seem to undwind easier. I also lay in bed with a cross word puzzle book or something like that....that always puts me to sleep. Hope you are sleeping sound right now.
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• United States
26 Jun 08
I usually read for a while before turning out the lights. Sometimes that helps. Last night I slept seven hours straight! It was wonderful. I could have slept more, but my bladder wouldn't let me!
@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Yeah, I know what you mean! I think the biggest problem for most people is having something near them such as a tv, computer, or something to entertain themselves! You'll always be tempted to go hop on the computer saying.. i'll only be getting on for a minute! and in no time, you've already spent hours! It's also not a good idea to eat or drink 5-6 hours prior to bedtime(give or take an hour or two.) but the biggest thing that gives most people trouble is having too much on their mind before bedtime. If you want to get something done that day, get it done that day, otherwise you might spend half the night with it on your mind! Hope this helps, =O
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• United States
26 Jun 08
The only thing I have near me in bed, besides my partner of course, is my brain that never wants to settle down and sleep. I think about what there is to do tomorrow, etc. Sometimes I can slow down enough to focus on one thing - like floating in water or sitting in a meadow. That helps. Thanks.