I need an off switch

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
January 15, 2013 12:56pm CST
Last night I woke up and Jason (the cat) was sleeping on me and purring. I let him for a bit, but then I got up and made my 3 am bathroom run, and then I got back in bed. Only it smelled smoky, so I got up again. I knew it was most likely from outside, the neighbors' fireplaces, but I went downstairs and did an inspection, and made sure the door to the garage did not feel hot. Naturally, after that I could not sleep, so I played a few rounds of "words with friends" (ie online scrabble), and eventually I fell back asleep. Having lost about an hour of sleep last night, this morning I feel like a zombie. I need an off switch. "I want to sleep", click. An on switch with a timer wouldn't be bad either. " I need to wake up at 6 am", click. Do you think an on/off switch would be helpful?
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@McCreeper (781)
• United States
15 Jan 13
In some cases, yes, but an on/off switch isn't very favorable for me because sometimes when you turn it off, it's hard to turn the switch back on. This method kind of goes against how I usually do things, but have you tried using aspirin?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 13
aspirin for sleep?
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Jan 13
Baby aspirin would be good if you couldn't sleep because you were worrying over having a heart attack or stroke. By the way - do hope that you are taking it every night. Seriously. Saved my life.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
I only take it every so often...
@MaylaJay (350)
15 Jan 13
For sure! I need one on my baby. "Wake up at 7am" flick. :) That would be awesome.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 13
I would think "off" would be more useful for a baby than "on"...
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@celticeagle (118559)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Jan 13
Oh ya! On and off would be great! I had a horrible run in with my granddaughter yesterday afternoon. It stresses me out big time. Then out for a nice dinner and home to bed. I think I slept twelve hours. THis happens after I have had alot of stress. I was able to find my turn off button. Thank goodness.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
When I stress, I obsess, and I don't sleep.
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@celticeagle (118559)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 13
I do too and panic and rethink. Ugh!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Feb 13
and re re thinkg and re re re think
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@BarBaraPrz (20101)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Jan 13
You mean you don't have one? I find mine extremely helpful, except for the occasional time it gets stuck.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 13
Dang, they exist?
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@BarBaraPrz (20101)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Jan 13
Yeah, they're next to the amygdala.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Oh, no wonder I can't see it.
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@vandana7 (66045)
• India
16 Jan 13
An hour's sleep is a lot!!! Of course, I have those moments too...and more often now than ever before...but since I dont go out to work...I can sleep when I want.
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@vandana7 (66045)
• India
16 Jan 13
Wouldnt it be a whole lot better if that 3 am nature's call could be switched off?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Even if I have nothing to drink after 5 PM, the nature's call still happens.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I wish I did too, I take pills to help stay asleep at night, but it doesn't always work - darn it!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
I take Melatonin, but it only helps to a point
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I take melatonin, benedryl and something called Restful Sleep I get at Whole Foods... and still doesn't always work.
• United States
16 Jan 13
I probably would have lost sleep after that as well. A switch would be good too to control mood swings and hot flashes lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
you don't need a switch, you need an entire circuit breaker :D
• United States
6 Feb 13
LOL I do better some days now.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Life is strange, I think because when we're little, we have all kinds of energy and when we grow to be adults, all we want to do is rest or sleep. I jokingly say, God has that backwards! lol It should be that we want to sleep when we're little and as adults have a lot of energy! Hey! What's up with that?! lol Anyway, I heard that as we age, our bodies lose the hormone that helps us to sleep. I'm finding that to be true because I have a terrible time going to sleep these days and I'm only 48. My mom was the same way until she had a stroke then she slept a lot. I hope that's not the way it'll go for me but we'll see. But YES! I do agree, an on and off switch would be OH SO NICE! lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 13
I needed one the last 3 nights too, Bleah.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
18 Jan 13
i could use 1 that's for sure, i usually wake up about 3 times a night and like you go to the bathroom, back to bed, then I get up and look through the peep hole to see if anybody is out there Then back to bed thinking about bills, work and life period....Yes I do need an off switch
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
Yea three times. (grrr)
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
17 Jan 13
Unfortunately I've had to depend on medications to help me fall asleep for a while now and that is the only way that I'm able to sleep. I definitely do think that it would be a lot easier if I was able to somehow turn my body off so that I could sleep whenever I wanted to sleep and I would also be able to wake up without feeling terribly groggy. When you've figured out a way to develop one, I'll volunteer to be one of your test monkeys.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 13
Definitely! The amount of nights I lie in bed wide awake because my brain won't shut down, it analyzes everything and no matter how comfortable I get I am always thinking stuff through, sometimes its ideas for discussions, other times it's what's worrying me, I am a big worrier which doesn't encourage sleep. I would also like an on/off switch for my hearing, my hearing is very sensitive and if I hear a noise then I lie awake wondering what it is! Drives me mad sometimes.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
When I get obsessing about something, my brain won't shut down either.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I don't need an off switch most nights. I find that I can fall asleep no problem most of the time. I need an ON switch. No matter how much or how little sleep I get I have the same problem getting up in the morning every time. I just don't want to get up at all. I sleep until I absolutely have to get up in the morning and if I don't work till the evening I will go back to sleep after the kids go to school and take another nap.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Lucky you. Halfway anyway...
• Greece
16 Jan 13
We already have an on/off switch it is just that it is not the only switch that wakes us up. Having a cat on the bed is a definite wake up call because they have a way of taking up more and more of the bed. The need to go to the toilet is another one. We really have no control over that one except by not drinking after 7.30 at night. Worry is another, whether it is a smell of smoke or a concern over money or a relationship. Another natural waking up call is the one you experienced of smoke. This could be a life saver if there really is a fire. I'm wondering now if there are more things to wake us up than to send us to sleep! If I go to bed before I get overtired then I sleep. If my feet are warm I sleep quickly. If I think about things that make me feel happy that helps, if I pray for friends in need and also for myself from time to time that relaxes me and aids sleep.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Gassy stomach is another on switch... Yeah, there are more "ons" than "offs". :(
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
16 Jan 13
ya that'd be amazing!! I was just saying earlier that I wished my 2 yr old grandson had a pause button.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Or even a slow down button?
• Singapore
16 Jan 13
Oh, I wish I have an on/off switch! I'm suffering from insomnia and often find it difficult to fall asleep (I can stay up in bed for 6 hours without falling asleep because of my insomnia) even if I stayed up until 3am doing a project for school. This often resulted in me falling asleep in my physics classes and failing the subject consistently. How I wish I can just fall asleep whenever I want.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Oh that's not good. Have you tried melatonin?
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
16 Jan 13
I think then you will be known as a robot. It is not good to have those buttons because it may be sometimes a real need to wake up in the night too, like the emergencies, then such buttons will not help you. Only one hour is disturbed and you want to install a button, that is not a good sign. I will never prefer that.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
I suppose that's true. but just because I have an off switch, doesn't mean I would want to sleep through an emergency.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
16 Jan 13
Well, to be honest, I must say that I sleep well at night. However I do not I need a switch switch-off, because, in my life, are unlikely to be very busy. Game-force that unfortunately I have no job yet! However some commissions for the family, and recently also for my dear grandparents who have returned to my home town, I do not refuse to instruct me to those tasks. But they are things that I do willingly. The time to rest, in every way, I always find it.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
That is lucky. Insomnia is no fun.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Jan 13
Since I arrived home I always been disturbed every night. Every morning I need a switch off for while. Yesterday, I switch of for awhile after 6am so I was woke up late already. I want to sleep more during the night so I can be energetic during the day while managing my offline business. It always my routine now, everyday I am lak of sleep.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
yeah, that's not good for you
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I wish I had one of those switches! Sometimes I wake up and can't fall back to sleep! Like when I am worring about something or had a horrible dream. I play WOrds with Friends but when I can't sleep I go my Facebook page. Sometimes I come here. This doesn't happen all the time but when it does I am a zombie,too!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Ah yes, words with friends. It's a horrible addiction...
@AmbiePam (49493)
• United States
15 Jan 13
I would LOVE an off switch. I don't get a lot of sleep. I'd love to just have it programmed in me, when to go to sleep. Even if it was just three uninterrupted hours.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 13
Less than 7 hours, I'm a zombie.