Turn out the light - please

@ElicBxn (60832)
United States
May 21, 2011 6:54pm CST
So, we went on this little trip, and everything was reasonably good. Most of the trip we had one room for the roomie's mom and another for the two of us, with 2 beds I will add... But on the way up and back, we only got one room. On the way up we stayed in a motel with 2 doubles and a roll away. Because we had the roll away along with the beds, that was fine... but... On the way back we found a motel that had 2 queens and a twin, but the twin was along a different wall. The roomie's mom leaves the bathroom light on so she can find her way more easily, tho she pulled the door to. None the less, it shone in my eyes. I went to sleep because we had it off at first, but around 12 she got up and went to the bathroom. I woke up then, but dropped back off for a bit then woke up and was awake from about 2 until after 4 when I had the bright idea of putting the roomie's had over my face to block the light and got another 2 hours-ish of sleep. When the others got up, I got up and we got ready and were out before 7:30. Still, I might not have been the most pleasant company on the way back to town because I hadn't had enough sleep. The roomie's mom said something about me being snappish, and the roomie told her that I'm never at my best when I'm tired - that, my dear, is an UNDERSTATEMENT! She's been known to tell me to "go to bed" when I'm too tired and get snappish. So, how about you... can you sleep with light in your eyes? how about your temper when you are tired - are you snappish like me?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 May 11
I sleep w/a night light on every night so it probably wouldn't have bothered me. I can not see in the dark or sleep etc. I think u are like me, Elic & are always snappish. lol.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 May 11
Nah...she can even be startlingly perky sometimes--but not in the way that some females are, you know, that pasted-on "I'm gonna smile even if it KILLS me" perkiness. THAT kind, well, I just wanna slap 'em. Especially when I'm already crabby! I don't find you cranky! What do you mean, anyway? Maggiepie “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, internationally-recognized biblical scholar & German Christian pastor, & contemporary & outspoken foe of Hitler
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 May 11
I didn't mean anything just saying what i feel as usual. I can be very cranky , i think we all can be at times. I just let my feelings be known & some people can't deal w/the truth if u know what i mean. I admire people that show their true colors & i think elic & u do that.
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@misterMR (797)
• Philippines
22 May 11
I'm used to sleeping with the lights on due to some reasons. First, It is because sometimes my brother used to forget to turn off the lights after he uses the computer. Second, when I'm with my roommates (I'm living in a dorm now), I am used to it also because of the same reason, however, there is an addition. I am sleeping at the top of the double-deck bed or bunker. I don't really get snappish and all when i wake up but I do get frustrated in my sleep (as stated by my roommates).
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
22 May 11
It must be hard for me to sleep if my bed is at the top and the lights is on. It will makes me keep awake a few times and it really bother me so much. Even if we will get used to it but it still irritate me. At least they should use lamp desk instead the main light source.
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@moirai (1727)
• Philippines
22 May 11
Hehe. Yes, I can sleep with the lights on, no problem. And snappiness is more dependent on mood, not tiredness. =P Next time, give her a flashlight. =P
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
22 May 11
My husband decided that because we are both getting older, we need a night light.. That would be find if it could be plugged into the electrical outlet near the floor, but he insists that it has to be in the bathroom. Not only does the mirror intensify the light, but the door is permanently proped open. The light shines in my face when I sleep on my back, so I either sleep on my side or pull the covers over my head.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
well, here at the house, the cats don't let us leave the door open. I can actually go sleep with the big light on, but a little one, in my eyes, a whole other story!
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• United States
22 May 11
Generally I do not sleep much at night. I go to bed fairly late waiting on my boyfriend to get home and then I usually get up early. So I have oh about 6 - 7 hours of sleep each night. More leaning towards 6 hours and I can function okay, but, and there is a but. If a light is beaming at me, grrrr.. I won't be able to sleep and anytime I do not get at least the 6 hours I can be pretty cranky, to say the least. So as a rule anyone who knows me knows that I must have at least that much so that my usual smiley face is on bright and early. lol I am pretty high on the chatter mode and if I do not get my at least 6 full hours, I tend to be very quiet and if something bothers me I am known to snap. lol
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
22 May 11
Me too~ I need that hours of sleep to keep me bright the next day. Sleeps do affect our daily life huh??
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• United States
23 May 11
Oh gosh yes, I can't function properly when I am tried, makes my brain feel like it is running in slow motion.
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• United States
23 May 11
well I am a sleep tech and I can tell first hand how important sllep is. Also a person needs to have complete darkness when they sleep so an important hormone called melatonin can be released. Even if you are a daytime sleeper you should find a way to sleep in complete darkness, that way when you wake up you will feel refreshed.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 May 11
I think I am actually easier to get along with because I don't have as much fight in me To be honest..when I sleep..I sleep...it can be with the light or without the light..things can be loud..or soft. I am one of those that when I am tired..it doesn't much matter. Great to hear from you!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
25 May 11
Dozed off to oblivion , hahaha .. just like me too..
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 May 11
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@GardenGerty (98203)
• United States
22 May 11
Vacations tend to make me snappish after a bit. Then I know it is time to get back to "normal". I bet next time the three of you go on a trip you will take a night light for roomie's mom. Hubby uses more lights than I do, except if we are at a motel, then if we did not bring a night light I want a light on in the bathroom myself. A short string of white Christmas lights, or even a red light makes a good night light without disturbing things.Glad you made it back home in one piece. I think we hit the perfect day for Dodge City. Did the weather Thursday ruin the family get together?
@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
I agree, Dodge City was GREAT! It was as nearly perfect as a day could be. Listen, just west of Larned is the Santa Fe Museum, or something like that, between Larned and Ft. Larned. I can strongly advise that you and Bob would like that very much, and if you go down Memorial Day weekend and also go to Ft Larned ($4 each for Santa Fe and free at Ft Larned) they will be firing the cannon at Ft Larned several times each day. I will go into detail of the visit when I feel a bit better!
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@GardenGerty (98203)
• United States
23 May 11
Sounds fun, but Bob may be "outstanding" in his field, depending on Harvest. He has a temp job as a field inspector for a crop improvement group out of K State. He has 17,000 acres to inspect when it gets a bit closer to harvest. I wish I was independently wealthy.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
22 May 11
Yesssss I can be a bit snappy too when I'm tired. I think a lot of people are like that. I get either hot or cold too when I'm tired and I'll either be too chatty or quiet as a mouse. It's weird. Heck, I'M weird. Anyway, the roomie's mom should've taken you into consideration when the light was in your eyes and turned it off so you could've slept. Or she could've traded places with you since it was her that wanted the light on.
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• United States
22 May 11
Trading places makes sense. I'm surprised that she didn't.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
but then she would've been further from the bathroom... she IS 70 years old its all done, we will just plan a bit better if we go on a trip again...
@allknowing (63502)
• India
22 May 11
Light out Masks - They come in handy when it is necessary for the lights to be on when one is sleeping. They also help one have a sound sleep in the day time.
I need a 0 bulb lighting while I sleep as I cannot sleep if it is pitch dark. But if a brighter light is on I use a Lights Out Sleep Mask with which one can sleep soundly as it blocks light. I use it also in the day time when I have a siesta. If you are travelling next time, remember to take a couple with you.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
8 Aug 11
I think I will, have to track some down before the next trip!
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
22 May 11
Sleeping with a small amount of light doesn't bother me. It would bother me if all of a sudden there was a lot of light. Like when the door was opened. I usually leave the bathroom light on also if I am in a strange place. I am very nasty when I get tired and have next to no patience. I hope other than not getting enough sleep that one night you had a good time!
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
I did, slept good most nights, but that last one... I'm just not at my best tired...
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• Canada
22 May 11
Hubby and I got a futon that we sleep on in the living room, because all we have in the bedroom is my gigantic homemade (by my step-dad) wooden SINGLE bed. His computer is on a desk in the living room, and I have my laptop. I often tell him in the middle of the night to shut off the computer monitor, because in the dark the light is maddening, since he usually works in word processing programs. I can handle the TV, but word processors, like the MyLot test screen are as white as the light at the end of the tunnel, and that's too bright for me.
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
22 May 11
Yeah the screen light is really bright. Right now I am using my laptop with my room lights turn off. And I still can see everything~
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 May 11
I used to be out of sorts when I didn't get enough sleep but I'm so used to it now that it makes no difference. I wake several times a night and have come to accept tiredness as a part of life. I didn't use to be able to sleep with a light on but when I became a mother that changed-in fact, I learned to sleep in all sorts of disturbing conditions but would always wake instantly if my child's breathing even changed. So I really haven't had a good night's sleep for about 24 years and now that I'm older and have arthritis I doubt I'll ever have a good night's sleep again. So I force myself to be cheerful and optimistic and it really helps.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
22 May 11
I don’t have a problem sleeping with lights on because I am generally so tired I could sleep standing up! My nine year old daughter will not sleep with the lights off so I guess I am used to lights in the night! It is noise that can easily wake me and then I have no hope of getting back to sleep!
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@bunnybon7 (35926)
• Holiday, Florida
22 May 11
lately i have been snappish most all the time. i used to have a lot of trouble sleeping anyway, but since this whole shoulder and arm aching thing, i get very little sleep. then to top it off son has another " go over to her house" gf which on weekends ends up with one night staying there and i hate being alone. so not much sleep at all. hopefully, soon a doctor will come up with something good for me.
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@leshaya (36)
• Belgium
22 May 11
Sleeping with the lights on is no problem for me: I never got over my childhood fear of the dark! That's pretty weird I guess, especially as I'm trying not to waste electricity or energy. So yeah, no problem for me except if the light source is shining directly in my eyes. This is horrible so I feel for you!
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
1 Jun 11
Hi Elic...I can sleep anywhere, any time ...except at night in my own bed...lol. I don't get snappish, although I have gone a little that way lately if I'm tired AND in pain. Usually when I'm tired, I just tend to drop off...anywhere, any time...which can be a tad dangerous if I'm driving long distance.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
3 Jun 11
yeah, and I had to finish our drive back to Austin, and darn if they both didn't nod off once!
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
3 Jun 11
Dang! That's bad. It's the responsibility of the passenger/s to help the driver stay focused...don't they know that???
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
20 Jul 11
the roomie knows it, but if its bright her eyes shut and if her eyes shut and she's not too uncomfortable, she goes to sleep - besides, she was in the back seat and couldn't see that her mom also went to sleep!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
25 May 11
I think your roomie should respect your boundary there .. anyway ... sometimes people close to us forget what we like and dislike. I'm a different basket case. You can put me in a tunnel ..close to the railway tracks with a comfy mattress and pillow and when I'm sleepy I'll sleep no matter where it is. If it's not life threatening , I'll doze off. That's just me. Put on a thousand lights and I'll still sleep when my eyes droop.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
25 May 11
the roomie wasn't the problem, she's more than capable of wandering around in the dark, it was her 70 yr old mother and the arrangement of the room
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
30 May 11
Oh ok ..sorry .. so how's the situation now...how about night lights?
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
8 Aug 11
by the time I wrote this, I was home and in my own bed and lights were no longer an issue
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
22 May 11
Hi Elic. I have absolutely no problem with light in my eyes. It's sound I have a problem with when trying to get to sleep and staying asleep. I could go to sleep in broad daylight but, unless there is absolute quiet or a monotonous sound like a fan or something, there's no way I could sleep unless I was totally exhausted. Now, as for bring grumpy if I don't get enough sleep, I think everyone is like that, myself included. I TRY to be aware of it, though, and do my best to control my temper but, if I forget and start biting everyone's head off, I almost always do remember and put my temper back in check while asking forgiveness as I'm replacing everyone's head. I think that anger is just one in a series of emotions we go through as we are deprived sleep. Eventually, you know, we become delirious if we continue not getting sleep. I'd HATE to get to that point! Luckily, I can sleep just about anywhere, as long as there's not a lot of noise.
@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
you know how it is, if you are rested you can smile thru the same story for the "X" time, but trying to tell me something about something I know about... I mean, REALLY know about... if I'm tired, well, that's a final straw - I did think that since we were getting in around noon, we ought to appease her husband by taking food.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
22 May 11
Yeah, I know exactly how it is. That's why I gave up trying to sleep in the same bed/room with my husband. He has sleep apnea and that will keep me awake if he falls asleep before me and it will wake me up if I'm already asleep when he goes to bed. He has a CPAP machine and will sometimes use it but he always wakes up in the middle of the night to pee and has never put the CPAP back on. Sometimes, he just doesn't bother with it to begin with. (I just can't wrap my head around why he won't use it... he knows it makes him feel so much better the next day when he does AND he knows how much I hate it when he doesn't use it. ) If I fall asleep in "our" bedroom and he wakes me up, I now just get up and go to my other bedroom. I don't even try to get back to sleep with him. I'm working on moving all my clothes and stuff into the other room so, eventually, I won't have any reason at all for being in what should be "our" room. Hmmph to him! Actually, you've made me realize why I'm especially angry at my husband right now. I didn't sleep well at all last night, mostly because my hips were killing me. (He fell asleep in the recliner in the living room.) Whichever side I slept on, that hip would begin to scream at me until I rolled over. Then, the other one would start screaming, etc. etc. This went on all night and I've been pretty pissed all morning since he's been sitting like a lump in front of the TV after doing that all day yesterday, too. I asked him for help outside, just a little help, covering my peach trees with netting since the peaches are getting close to being ripe. I only have two peach trees so it's not like it's a lot of work. Still, he couldn't help me until AFTER he washed his clothes and took our trash to the dump. It's now 1:30 in the afternoon, he still hasn't washed his clothes or gone to the dump AND it's now raining. So, no covering the trees today. Grrrrrr! I'll just keep trying to avoid him until he goes to work tomorrow.
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
yeah... lack of sleep can unpleasant person make annoying but maybe the rain will keep the birds away.
@vaishnavc (556)
• India
25 May 11
well i don't like sleeping with the lights on...it bothers me and i cant go to sleep unless i am really tired...and people do get snappish when they haven't got enough rest....
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
26 May 11
I'm STILL trying to catch up!!!
@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
26 May 11
huh... just took a good look at your avatar (picture) I think the local college would LOVE that picture - it looks like their "hook'em horns" sign...
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
22 May 11
Hi. ElicBxn. I can't go to sleep properly when there are lights on. If the lights are bright, then I will be disturbed from resting. I would have to tell my roommate to turn her lights off because I am trying to go to sleep and I can't rest properly just knowing that the lights are on and it is disturbing my eyes.
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
22 May 11
Me too~ When light is turn off it really help me to feel relax and sleep at that minute. Some even said that light during sleep can affects our body clock and it is not good to our body. So turn off the lights!
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@ElicBxn (60832)
• United States
22 May 11
the roomie is partially blind and can't see well in bright light, but if I had said anything, it would've awaken her too, then we all would've been up!