"Flipping To Sleep!

@Maggiepie (7821)
United States
May 16, 2011 2:51am CST
Sometimes I get bad spates of insomnia. Pills don't work...well, they do, but they leave me feeling groggy the next day. Turkey & a glass of milk will work if it's not too severe, but for really hard-core insomnia, something I discovered so long ago I can't even remember when or how I did it, does work. I call it "Flipping." I don't mean turning over to the other side, I mean putting my head at the foot of the bed, & my feet where my head usually spends the night. What I'd like to know is why it works! There's no logical reason I can figure, & it seems really weird, even to me--The Sultana of Weird! Do you do this? Or have you found some other trick to end insomnia? If so, please share! Can you figure out why "Flipping" works for me? Or should I just stop looking this gift horse in the mouth, or risk jinxing it? What do you think? Maggiepie "In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences." ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer & orator 1833-1899
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
16 May 11
That works for me, too! I have no idea why it works but it really helps me. I usually lay like that for about ten minutes then I can return to my usual sleep position and go to sleep. Although I did try that this morning and it didn't work, probably because I'd gotten a little over 5 hours of sleep. It was one of those nights and I couldn't go back to sleep so at 5AM I gave up and started my day.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
16 May 11
Wow, really? Do you recall how you discovered it?
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
16 May 11
I started about 24 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I was so uncomfortable and looking for a good position and I wasn't consciously looking to sleep opposite of my usual way but sleeping on my left side felt better than on my right and that meant the flip. See, I have to sleep facing the doorway, it's a compulsion of mine to never turn my back on an open space that I can't secure--don't ask my why, it's just how I am. Flipping like that allowed me that change of position and the security of facing the door. It was successful that night and I've done it quite often over the years! Some would say why not just turn the bed around? Impractical, the way I have it set up and when I did try it, it did not work! I knew a guy once who swore that he slept better and was healthier when his head faced east--not true with me but it may be true with you.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 May 11
I wonder if all this has something to do with things we just don't know yet about how the brain operates? There's still that "90%" we supposedly never use; maybe we use it & just don't realize it! Yeah, turning the be around wouldn't do it, I'm pretty sure, even if it worked for the room--which it wouldn't. You are the first person I've ever met who flips! Kewl! Maggiepie “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep & bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 May 11
well if flipping works I would flip I have no problems sleeping
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 May 11
Good on you, Lakota! Sleep the sleep of the innocent, then! Maggiepie “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep & bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
@ajk111 (2527)
16 May 11
Never heard of that but it sounds great if it's working for you. i have no problem sleeping as i can nod off in the middle of a sen......
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
16 May 11
Not exactly the answer I had in mind, but funny, none-the-less! Love yer pretty tiger, btw. Maggiepie "In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences." ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer & orator 1833-1899
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
17 May 11
I think if 'flipping' works for u , go for it. I to have a hard time sleeping & it's very aggravating . Wish i could find a solution to it myself.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 May 11
Well...have you tried flipping? Maggiepie "In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences." ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer & orator 1833-1899
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 May 11
LOL, No, i haven't tried it. I don't like changes, everything has got to be the same w/me. I know old & set in my ways.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
24 May 11
I've always promised I'd avoid that, just to keep my brain active. The other thing I avoid is trading operation stories with others my age. I could charge to see my scars, though; they're rather spectacular! Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
24 May 11
LOL, leave well enough alone......if it works, it works, you might jinx it ... I haven't tried it myself. I went thru a bout of insomnia after my surgery. The only thing that worked for me was sleeping in my recliner with my feet above my heart...... hugs, quita
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 May 11
Oy! Whatever works! My motto is: "Never Argue With Success!" Seriously! Maggiepie “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep & bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
28 May 11
You got it babe !!! quita
@cream97 (29168)
• United States
22 May 11
I guess turning on the opposite side helps you to go to sleep much faster. When I can't go to sleep like I would want to, I usually just watch television with the lights off. I also will listen to some music on the radio. I was having a very hard time in trying to go to sleep in January when my cousin has passed away. Last night, I got tired of laying to the front of the bed, so I decided to lay at the bottom of the bed and I ended up drifting off to sleep this way too.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
24 May 11
Hi, Cream! I used to know a blond cat by that name, as it happens. He was a real sweetie, too. I also let the TV play with the lights off. Often I tune it to a Music Choice music channel called Soundscapes, which plays very soft music, mostly, sort of newage & Celtic, & the like. And of course I do prayers. If all that doesn't relax me enough, I turn the light back on & read while listening to the music. And when that & some turkey & milk don't do it, I flip. Glad that worked for you, as well. Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown
@GardenGerty (99482)
• United States
18 May 11
I had to go do a little search on this. First I came across the fact that for some babies, you are supposed to flip them, heels over head, gently, to reprogram their brain and their body clock. Then the next thing they said is to do with your baby the same way you are describing, feet to head, etc. Then there was one place that a lady said she does what you do to cure her insomnia. It is like you are rewiring your circuits. I have done this in the past, but only in the summer, and it was to get a better breeze from the windows. I did sleep better then. So, I guess I am saying that if it works for you, do it. It seems to work for others.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 May 11
Well, I'll say! I'd never heard of this! Since I doubt most folks have, I wonder how we all survived our babyhood? It does seem it's not unique to me. I suppose it's nice to have company in this, but I feel sort of sorry for my fellow insomniacs! Maybe everyone should at least try it to see if it helps! Thanks for the research, Gerty! Maggiepie "In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences." ~ Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer & orator 1833-1899
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
16 May 11
Hey, Mags....I, too, have trouble sleeping only I have it more than occasionally! I had never heard of flipping before but thinking about it, it makes sense to me. Your mattress level may have something to do with it. The part of the mattress where your feet are takes less weight than the rest of the mattress so the bottom end of the mattress would be higher than the top and I always sleep better with my head higher than my feet. As a child I used to love to find different positions to sleep in, under the covers or even under the bed! Something about being in that enclosed space made me feel more secure and safe. I guess it had something to do with going back to the womb? Although it may be interesting to find out why it works for you, I think you're right about not looking the gifthorse in the mouth. You have something that works for you. Just be glad it's not habit forming or harmful! I use Melatonin on occasion but there are times even that won't work. And then there's those street lights that shine in my eyes when I try to sleep...they don't help any. I sleep with a teddy bear for two reasons: 1) draping my arm across him helps my shoulder stay in alignment so it doesn't hurt and 2) I position the teddy bear to block those pesky street lights. I love my teddy bear!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 May 11
Interesting theory about the mattress, but this has been the case through most of my life, & I've had numerous mattresses on which to try to slumber! Of course, most everyone turns this way & that, awake or asleep, but I dimly recall something like having tried various positions, & finally, completely exasperated, I think I flipped believing my action to be ridiculous, & finding it amusing...only to discover I could suddenly relax! I do recall reading (ages ago) that one should align one's bed with the north-south axis of the earth. I thought that was a tad much, but it was supposedly based on theories about Earth's magnetic fields, & the fact that our own bodies act as magnets...but I don't think I ever tried it. Seemed kinda...newagey...to me. But then, flipping makes no more sense! Oh, well! I guess I should just shut up & use it; it does work for me, after all, but...so much of me is a person who always wants to know why! Maggiepie “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep & bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson