What keeps you awake at night?

@p1kef1sh (45647)
August 7, 2008 5:50pm CST
Are you a worrier, noisy neighbours or just can't sleep? Many of us have difficulty sleeping occasionally. I used to have a very stressful job and would often find myself lying awake worrying about something which I could do nothing about, so I should have stayed asleep. What keeps you awake when you should be sleeping?
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@psphacker (1055)
• United States
7 Aug 08
my grandmother because she wants us to work on her other house she owes she don't care if i have worked five non stop hours.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
Gosh. You need to tell her that there is a time beyond which you cannot work. You get more work done when you feel awake anyway.
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@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Sigh... Sleep is one thing I would dearly love to have enough of. I'm an insomniac and I just can't sleep (properly, for the lack of the right word) no matter how hard I try. I've done everything you can possibly think of. From drinking milk to exercise to sleeping pills. I don't know if I have an overactive brain or what... not to mention my already sleepless nights are at times compounded by noisy neighbors, the weather etc. Can I sigh once more?
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
There's nothing worse than you brain whirring and stopping you from sleeping. I've had noisy neighbours in the past. That's just awful and so inconsiderate.
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
7 Aug 08
I just have trouble sleeping most of the time I can't sleep. I sometimes have a few problems with neighbors, but not so much lately as we used to. Tho for New Years they were setting off fireworks (illegally I might add) until after 3 a.m.
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@ElicBxn (60134)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Well, I've seen/heard fireworks, but these guys were getting these HUGE ones - morters they call them.
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9 Aug 08
my dog doesnt let me sleep, he just stands on my bed and licks my face.
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@kerriannc (4282)
• Jamaica
7 Aug 08
When I am here at my parents home MYLOT will keep me up. While at Norris I will be watching the television. For instance yesterday was an holiday our Independence Celebration and I watch DVD shows until my eyes start rebelling.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
I used to say up way too late doing myLot. But I am better now. I don't go beyond midnight too often. If I visit my parents I'm usually in bed by 10pm!
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• Canada
7 Aug 08
The things that keep me awake at night are stressful situations that hae been UNRESOLED, and noisy neighbours from above, or when here is some kind of show in he building behind me. They tend to have loud concerts on Satuday night. Annoying as heck!! People ned to quit with the loud music after 11 PM.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
Unresolved situations can keep you awake. Silly, because the middle of the night is the one time that you usually cannot do anything about them! Those concerts must be a pain. Unless you go to them!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
9 Aug 08
Mylotting. Beacause all my best friends live in wonky time zones!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
LOL. Yes. Guilty as charged! I made my 100 plus quite a few!!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
9 Aug 08
Wowzer! LOL So, What's your wife's name? How old is your daughter? When was the last time you saw your garden? How many keys on a keyboard? .......you need a break from lotting bud! ROFL
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
Is this not the pot calling the kettle black? LOL. Daughter (who's name I know as she is wearing a name badge) has 30 of her friends round. We've BBQd in the pouring rain and now we are hiding in our bedroom. Being here is easier than worying which valuable ornament is being destroyed downstairs!
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
7 Aug 08
I'm certainly a worrier, and having a 21yo son at home doesn't help. If he was living elsewhere, I wouldn't know what time he got home, etc., and would have a bit of peace and quiet! One of my daughters is a bit of a daredevil and thrillseeker, but she lives away from home and now knows to tell me of her exploits when they are over, NOT before she does them! When I go to bed I listen to a radio, which is plugged into my earhole all night. I love the talkback and the quizzes - and the later the hour, the nuttier the callers get! It's tres amusing and VERY entertaining. I've never been a big sleeper, so the radio at least stops me worrying about my offspring!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
My offspring worry me by coming home in the small hours, putting on every light, trashing the kitchen and making phone calls to people that they saw five minutes earlier! That wakes me and makes me very grumpy!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
He sounds like my 19 year old daughter. Perhaps we could match make them. LOL.
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
9 Aug 08
Brilliant! Is she good at managing sparse finances, finding lost items, interpreting random mumbles and grunts, listening to endless hours of guitar playing and able to endure wafting clouds of Lynx deodorant? Bring her on!
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
20 Aug 08
hrm, excitement, nervousness, paranoi over the DUMBEST things, grinding my teeth to hard, spacing out, but since my mind would be active during the spaceout, it would just be, AWAKE, and the unbearable heat....but that's summer in Calgary for yah!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
20 Aug 08
My wife grinds her teeth. That keeps me awake. I wish she's snore. LOL. Last time I was in Calgary it was April and whatever else it was, it wasn't hot!! (Thank goodness).
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• Canada
20 Aug 08
well, it is summer here now of course, so yeah, too fricking hot at night *sigh*
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@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Aug 08
If I can lay my head on a pillow, nothing can keep me awake apart from the kids! I've always wondered how it can be that I can sleep through parties and all sorts, yet one of the kids stirring can have me functional in moments. Actually, I did have a period a few months ago when I had difficulty sleeping. I could go to sleep no problem, but had real problems dropping back off again after the littlest woke me in the early hours. It was a period where I had lots going on in my life, but there was nothing that I could do personally to move things along as everything was in the hands of others. I guess that makes it a little like your wakefulness. I find being powerless to effect change the most stressful situation to be in.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
21 Aug 08
Yes that's exactly how I feel about being powerless. My breakdown was brought on partly by the fact that I was powerless to affect the attitude that my new agency owners had towards me and some others. We were yesterdays men and we were not wanted. Hard to change that mindset.
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@icegermany (2524)
• India
9 Aug 08
its a problem with me too, if i have any kind of tension or worries i really cant sleep at night n all the worries keep moving in my mind. it usually happened with me when i studing n my results r going to be out next day, the previous night i was not at all getting sleep. and agaain it was happening with me when i got married n after a few days i had problems with other family members of my husbands family mostly caused due to my sister-in-law n again i had so many tensions i was not sleeping properly at night n also i had fallen sick . in this way when i m worried about something or have any tension i dont get sleep n just keep thinking about all things happening all night.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
There is nothing worse than lying awake worrying. But late at night is not time when you can do anything about it.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Aug 08
well sometimes i cant help it..i mean stay awake atleast a hour ait happens when im excited of something or looking forward for a new day so or sometimes thinking of everything that happened to me/us during the past years and sleep with a smile or a tears in my eyes..
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
Expectation and memories can do that Vanities. Lovely reasons for staying awake at least.
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@ruby222 (4848)
8 Aug 08
Good morning Pike,well there isnt too much that keeps me from my slumbers,but I do have restless sleep..a sleep where I can wake and feel that I have done a twelve hour shift down Hickleton main colliery when the pit ponys werent on duty.But the restless sleep will generally come if im overtired,or thinking too much..I hear you say ..thinking too much?..lol..yes usually if one of the kids has a problem!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
Does Hickleton Main Colliery still exist Ruby? Must have been a hard life you had as a miner pulling those coal trucks! Funny how concerns about ourselves slowly become worries about our children. I know that my parents still worry about my sister and me - with good cause!
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@ruby222 (4848)
8 Aug 08
Hickleton main doesnt exist any more,im not too sure when it was closed,I would be able to see from the internet,but my fathers side were miners and that was the pit that they worked at.Ive a badge upstairs that belonged to my Grandfather,it was for fifty years service!when you think that was all he ever knew pike.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
You have the most interesting background Ruby. Derbyshire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire. Your family really moved about. Ripley to Rotherham isn't that far. You're almost home again. LOL.
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
I used to have insomnia since I was in my early teen years, and then now I have it again. Normally, what keeps me awake at night are my school works and the things I need to do on the internet. But recently, I just can't stop thinking about my boyfriend. That's what's keeping me awake these days.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
29 Mar 10
What do you think about your boy friend? Your thoughts abut him should be good ones.
• Philippines
30 Mar 10
Yes, good thoughts about him. I just really miss him because he's overseas right now, so I can't help but think about him every night until 3am.
26 Mar 10
Now a days i cont sleep well,and very difficult to sleep early in night, unwanted memories coming again and again my mind not satble to sleep.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
27 Mar 10
I am sorry to hear about your unwanted memories. Try to relax before bed and think of good things. Welcome to myLot.
29 Mar 10
Thank you for your response surly i will follow....
@SViswan (12095)
• India
24 Nov 09
My littls son....he still hasn't moved to his room and though he has his own bed besides ours...he loves to pat my cheek as he sleeps and that keeps me awake all night!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
24 Nov 09
LOL. Perhaps his bed needs chains!
@SViswan (12095)
• India
26 Mar 10
HE would need chains! He is still at it!
@henryjoe (249)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 08
One should understand what is the root cause.Could this be the environment,unfinish job,no solution to your daily problem,money problem,old age or something which is keeping you awake.Next you should discuss this with someone,friends,family just like in here and list down all the possible solutions.Then proceed on how to prevent this from happening and possible long term solution.If all fails,I recommend practising "Gigong" which would likely give you a better control over your mind.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
10 Aug 08
Good ideas Henryjoe. Thank you. Welcome to myLot.
@henryjoe (249)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 08
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@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
9 Aug 08
Hello pikefish, there are times when a herd of stampeding buffalo would not wake me, but often a cooling-motor from a fridge, or the sound of expanding or contracting pipes can wake me, if my sleeping routine is not good. This has been a problem in recent weeks as the humidity was making it difficult to sleep. This left me overtired, which made it even more difficult to sleep and I found myself in a vicious circle, where I was only getting to sleep three hours before I was about to wake up, as I virtully conked out from exhaustion. When I could not sleep I got up and did some work on the computer which only made it worse the next day. However, I am getting back to a good cycle of getting up early, getting out more and reducing my late-night computer activities, so my sleep has definitely improved. Regards Umart
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
That must be very frustrating Umart. It is not god to be permanently tired. Sometimes I sleep during the day and catch up a little.
@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
9 Aug 08
Hi pikefish, well basically that is what I had to do - just take loads of naps 1 or 2 hour naps until I was getting enough sleep again. It wasn't REM sleep, but it was better than none at all. Have a good weekend. I have to get up early tomorrow for the swimming and the basketball. All the best. Umart
@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
9 Aug 08
Moneyproblems and problems with my kids. Those are the two things that could keep me awake at night. So I hope I won't have to much sleepless nights in my future Have a nice day
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
I hope that you don't have those problems Bieke.
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@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
9 Aug 08
well, we had our share of money problems the last few months, but it's getting better now so i'm sleeping better. Thank you. have a nice day
@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hi p1, What keeps me up are the dogs barking, It scared me because I have a couple of cats outside, the rest of are inside. I'm scared that the cat will jump the gate and go on the street. So when I hear the dogs barking I'll get up and see what the dog are barking at. Ever since 3 dogs kill my cat I have not being able to sleep. It it's quite I can. If I heard cats fighting I'll run outside to see if there my cats. My family thinks I'm crazy, they make fun of me. As to how fast I get up. If there is a shooting, I can sleep through that. Other than that, i'm fine.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Aug 08
The dogs keep you awake but a shooting you can sleep through? Gosh Kalee where do you live? A barking dog can drive me to distraction though. Blooming things.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
I worry a lot. If I hear some bad news, if someone says that I am bad, if someone wants me to go somewhere I do not like (like a senior citizen;s home because he had a stroke and I do not want to go because I would have to spend twenty years after he is gone and cannot afford to buy a small house) or if someone on myLot calls me horrible names, then I will not sleep. I will run over my mind whether I should stay here, or how am I going to get my husband to get better, or I sometimes worry at why I did not get pregnant and what horrible thing I did. Now if all these thoughts happen at the same time, I will not get much sleep.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Aug 08
Let me see. Good for you for not going to the Home. They strip away your dignity. I think that you are a sweet woman and I shan't call you names. Just love and support him. That's all that you can do. What has happened has happened and you cannot change it. So accept that it is futile to fret over it. You are a good person, not a bad one and you have the respect and affection of this old fish. Finally, sleep well.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
Thank you. I do not want to be with a lot of over 60s, etc. who is just waiting for God. I want to do some traveling and I am not ready to die yet. I do suffer from low grade depression so when someone is nasty with me, and makes a long rant and says that I am wrong, that it really gets me down.