They advice to count the sheep jumping over the fence to fall into sleep.

Count sheep - One million ,one million and one and Yawn -------
By Bala
@balasri (26553)
India
May 1, 2009 8:50am CST
Have you ever tried counting those sheep? What is the maximum number of sheep you have counted at a go?
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24 responses
• United States
1 May 09
I have never really counted sheep to fall asleep if I have trouble falling asleep i will turn on the ceiling fan and stare at the blades as the go around its rather hypnotic LOL
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 May 09
You got anything dangling from those blades ? Plain ordinary blades sound a bit boring
• United States
1 May 09
dangly things are too distracting for me LOL
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 May 09
... especially if they are hanging from the ceiling and out of reach
@Darkwing (21588)
8 May 09
I can't remember... I did try counting sleep but fell asleep and forgot how far I got! It would be far simpler to just open the curtains and count the sheep in the field! Brightest Blessings my friend.
@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Make sure the windows are closed.The sheep may jump in.
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@Darkwing (21588)
9 May 09
I can't sleep with the windows closed, but they have to get over the fence at the bottom of the garden first and through the holly! ha ha!
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Back to square one.Jumping over the fence.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
9 May 09
I didn't try to count them although I have learned this lesson but somehow I can't imagine them jumpin over the boundary wall. Thing which I do is imagining a cricket match and try to count the shots they play!
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
How about mixing the two ideas and imagining sheep playing the cricket.Well of course there are some black sheep already in the cricket field.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Absolutely my friend.
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@anuraa32 (2452)
• India
6 May 09
I tried once or twice. I got jumbled and therefore more stressed. My numbers would get all mixed up. And beyond a 100 or so it got boring and I was still awake.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
It makes things worse I suppose.Imagine a situation where you are trying to sleep and instead trying to extricate from a jumble busily.
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@anuraa32 (2452)
• India
9 May 09
oh ya..... It became a bit jumble.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
10 May 09
I can see that Anuraa.
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• Canada
16 Sep 09
i got rather bored at around 100, so I turned on the radio, and decided to listen to the bBc world Service until I finally fell asleep.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
21 Sep 09
Another great use of BBC.
@GreenMoo (11842)
6 May 09
I never have a problem falling asleep, so no sheep for me. In fact, often I fall asleep when I don't intend to, most often when I'm reading in the evening.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Good news for the sheep GreenMoo.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 May 09
I usually don't have any problems (thank goodness) in falling asleep. I never go to bed unless I am almost dropping and then as soon as my head hits the pillow I am gone However I did try counting sheep and found it was not working very well until I read somewhere the trick to make it work - you have to count them BACKWARDS It seems that if you start from number 1, being an infinite number, your brain will keep on counting. If you start from 100 and go backwards to number 99, 98, 97 your brain will relax as the sheep get over that fence. Try imagining them jumping backwards too like a film in reverse and it's even more fun!
• United States
1 May 09
strangely enough that is a technique used by hypnotists when hypnotizing someone having them count backwards
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• Somalia
1 May 09
hypnotize yourself to sleep...
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@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
That is so taxing and makes me very very wide awake.This counting backwards thing.
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
2 May 09
Nope. I never did that. I remember counting the stars and counting numbers backwards as a grown up though. As a child, I do not remember staying awake for sleeplessness. Play, study, more play, eat and go to bed. All followed spontaneously and going to bed would mean going to sleep! such simple, happy life!
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
Your response is everyone's dream Mimpi.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
2 May 09
Childhood is a bliss. Its sad how children are growing up so quickly, losing their childhood. Let your angel enjoy every bit of it and your joy would be manifold. I know you do that, still just said.
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@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
3 May 09
Morning shows the day and the way I had seen her told me about the lady in the making. Keep enjoying the rainbow.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
2 May 09
i have tried counting whenever i have the problem of insomnia,i have to get up in the morning as my kids have togo to school in thr mornings but i have counted til 1000,then i lost my concentration.
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
With great respect I beg to submit that it is a very slow counting for an entire night Riya.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
4 May 09
not the entire night,i think i lost concentration during the first hour itself.
@balasri (26553)
• India
4 May 09
1000 in one hour.Now that is to fast.
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
2 May 09
No, I haven't done that since I was a child. I was told that then. Now I turn the ceiling fan on low and try to count how many times it goes around. It's hypnotic and I go right out.
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
Another good friend of mine alaso states that she does the same.Surprising.
• United States
2 May 09
I used to have a lot of trouble sleeping - too many things in my head and my daughter said she did this. She was right.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
1 May 09
I think Ive done that when I was a child. I just wanted to try if it was effective. I remember getting to more than a hundred and fifty, then I just about gave up, rolled to my side, closed my eyes, and the next thing I knew it was morning.LOL! I guess I shouldve counted those sheep with my eyes closed huh? Maybe I counted those at least a few more times during bedtime but nowadays I really dont have to. I dont have insomnia anymore and I can fall asleep whenever I wanted to, as long as its night time. Actually, in the waay early hours of the morning cause I my 'bedtime' is at 3am, especially nowadays that its vacation.
@balasri (26553)
• India
9 May 09
Well that is holidays for the sheep too.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
9 May 09
Oh, hahaha. Didnt know sheep had vacations too. Guess they deserve it after jumping over those fences.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
2 May 09
Backwards Bala from 100 till 1. And guess what i never got beyond 74 sheep. Did i fall asleep ? No. I went on muttering something confused between sheep and the numbers. I could not sleep at all after that.
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
I could see the sheep going in reverse.That makes me more tipsy than sleepy Alok.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 May 09
No idea! I don't have any problems falling asleep at all these days and I don't enjoy counting sheep. In the past on the rare occasions that I had problems going to sleep I used to think of a movie I had seen and play it to myself from beginning to end; I usually didn't get to a quarter of the film and I would be off to snooze land!
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
I think that you are pretty good at choosing the right movies my friend.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
2 May 09
I think that is a fallacy my friend, because I have tried it in the past and the sheep refuse point blank to jump over that damn fence! Love nor money or a nice patch of daisy infested grass will get those sheep over the fence. I have tried replacing the sheep with other animals but to no avail, so I have given it up as a bad job! It doesn't work for me. I wonder if sheep to help them get to sleep county humans jumping over the fence until they nod off? Baaaaaaa!
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
Ever tried beautiful girls jumping upon something else Wolfie?It makes you not feel sorry for being unable to sleep.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
2 May 09
Ya, tried a few times but its doesn't work for me as I alway miss count and have to start all over again. That make me more awake and I couldn't remember the maximum count. If I could remember the maximum count then it means that I'm not sleeping at all.
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
You make a mess of the herd Lynnchua.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 May 09
No, I don't count sheep, but I do have a little radio plugged into my ear. I like listening to the talkback and the quizzes they have on at night - and usually I fall asleep right when I DON'T want to, because I'm listening to something interesting!
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
A great thing to do whether you sleep or not.
• United States
2 May 09
I tried it once many years ago. It got boring so my mind wandered. Eventually I fell asleep anyway. I don't remember how many sheep I counted.
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
Well it doesn't matter how many sheep you counted as long as you felt tired and went to sleep.It may be the idea behind this counting stuff.Is it not so?
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
1 May 09
Hey balasri! I have tried counting the sheep jumping over the fence, but to no avail! I just kept counting and counting and I finally got bored and tired of counting! I wonder if that really works for anyone? It surely didn't work for me! If I continue I would have gotten into the billions if I could remember what number I was on after awhile! So, no that isn't going to help me fall asleep! I need to find another and better way!
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
Well stop counting the sheep at once.You may hit the sack pronto.
1 May 09
Hi balasri, I've tried to count sheep but each time I count them, some would run off and then I have to start all over again, I get mad and it don't help me to sleep at all, these sheep are a handful, lol! Tamara
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
How about counting the lame sheep?
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
1 May 09
Yeah balasri, I had tried counting sheep if I couldn't fall asleep earlier. After counting 100 sheep, my eyes still opened widely I then started counting one black sheep, followed by 2 white ship, 3 black .... the next morning when I woke up I had forgotten completely, actually I had how many sheep of white as well as black color before going to my sweet dream. Nowadays I could fall into sleep easily. I don't have to count those sheep anymore Happy posting
@balasri (26553)
• India
2 May 09
May be the satisfaction of mastering the art of counting the black sheep from the white makes you to sleep peacefully.