What do you do to keep yourself awake?

@beauty_ph (2751)
Philippines
May 26, 2007 4:44am CST
My mother is admitted in the hospital because of stoke. She can't move her right body. I went to watch her over night. I just can't help fall asleep. I need to stay awake because I have to assist her everytime she wants to move her body to the right or to the left side of the bed. What do you do to keep yourself awake?
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@hobohobo (680)
• Indonesia
26 May 07
i just prepare some snack and drink black coffee and it will make me still awake for allnight, just try it or listen some music, but not music with slow melody :D. But if there is a TV try to watch it
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
26 May 07
Yes I too watched TV but I just can't help from getting asleep so I nap sometime. Thanks for the response to my question. God bless!
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@bimflux (294)
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
YOu should sleep my friend...Coz God is watching your mother...
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
18 Jun 07
God is always watching. Thanks my friend. God bless!
@laiyongjun (1337)
• China
26 May 07
drink something or eat something.
• China
26 May 07
everything will be fine.keep a good mood.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
26 May 07
Thank you my friend. Yes I will drink, I'll do what you say. God bless!
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@Phlamingho (7827)
• Denmark
26 May 07
Sorry about your mom, hope she'll be OK... I've always been more of a night person than a day person, so I don't have the problem of stayinf awake at night, unfortuantly I'm always tired during the day.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
26 May 07
Hi thank you for this reply. I really hope she can recover too. Good for you not having a problem staying awake at night. I think what keeps me getting to sleep is the work in our office I do by day. God bless!
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@acmepride (1546)
• United States
26 May 07
I truly hope that your mother would get well soon. In response to your question, I drink lots of green tea to keep me awake. I normally do this when I have lots of things to study or when I have examinations. Currently, though, I found something that seems to be a whole lot stronger and more addicting than tea, since it keeps me awake all night--myLot.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
26 May 07
I am keeping my faith that my mom recovers soon, in God's perfect time. Unfortunately I don't have a pc in the hospital to keep me awake with mylot. Thanks for the advise. God bless!
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• United States
28 May 07
coffee, coffee, coffee I hope your mom is better soon...
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
Thanks...Yes I do hope she'll get well so soon in God's time. God bless you my friend!
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@golfproo (1840)
• Canada
27 May 07
Well the obvious is to drink a lot of coffee. However that will only work to a certain point and then make you feel sick. Just keep moving around...do not sit still. As soon as you sit still that is it...you will be asleep in no time. cheers,
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
Thank you my friend for the help. I hope you continue helping others here in mylot. God bless!
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@kharen (1488)
• Philippines
26 May 07
caffeine really helps to keep you awake so having cup (or even cups of)coffee is one of the best ways to keep awake... think about her condition and your worry would definitely keep you awake...fear of disappointing her is one notion that would keep you awake, i think... well, if you really are that sleepy, taking a nap is ok, then your notions that your mother needs you can wake you up now and then... ^^,
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
27 May 07
I would do that. Thanks for the help. God bless!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
26 May 07
Your mother has a long road ahead of her toward recovery and you need to be well if you are going to travel that road with her. If your mom is in the hospital you can let the nurses and aids help with turning her so that you don't have to do it all. You will have much to do to help her when she is released from the hospital, so save some energy for that. It is important for her to use the muscles on the right side or they become weak. So whenever you can, move her arms and legs for her until she has control over them herself. In regard to turning. If you prop up her left side with a pillow behind her back when she is lying flat she can turn herself to the right by pulling on the bars of the hospital bed. If the bed doesn't have side rails, tuck a sheet under the mattress and leave an end out for her to hold onto so she can pull herself to the side. She needs to begin as soon as possible to do things for herself so she doesn't get depressed about being "helpless". Turning to the left side is harder for her. Even if she is propped up on the right side she can't pull with her right arm. But if she has a pull sheet under her with an end long enough for her to pull with her left hand she may be able to do it herself. It meant so much to my mother to be able to do things for herself that I worked hard at thinking up ways for her to do it. I hope you can do some creative problem solving for your mom, too. As for staying awake, you don't need to. You can "cat nap" in a chair and you will hear her when she calls your name. For me, I did lots of needlework, read, and drank lots of water so I'd have to go to the bathroom frequently. I'd also take small breaks to walk up and down the hallway. Hope you have family who will help take turns with your mother's care. And I hope you take really good care of yourself through it all.
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
27 May 07
Hi thanks for helping me. God bless!
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@Zelmarq (12563)
• Cebu City, Philippines
27 May 07
I pray that your mother gets well soon beauty. Its really hard when someone in our family gets sick we have to be strong for them and lots of prayers that she may be ok. I have ways to keep myself awke at times like these. I often read soemthing or in worst cases I drink coke or to keep me from sleeping. Sometimes the tv could help but I end up sleeping soundly.
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
28 May 07
TV leads me to sleeping too LOL. Thank you for the prayers my friend. God bless!
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@Zelmarq (12563)
• Cebu City, Philippines
2 Jun 07
Thank you for giving me the best response. God bless you. I hope your mother is well.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
2 Jun 07
No problem my friend. Its a way of saying thanks for helping. My mother is having her therapy now in my aunt's place, her sister. But whenever am with her I still need to stay awake to assist her since she is still paralized. God bless you!
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@uiwwitch (892)
• United States
27 May 07
First of all, let me say how sorry I am for what happened to your mother. I think that the best thing t do is not to stay awake but to actually sleep for couple of hours at a time to rest. You can set your alarm to wake up every two hours to help her reposition. Remember that you have to take care of yourself too in order to help your mom. I hope your mom gets better.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
28 May 07
Thank you so much for giving ideas. I hope you keep helping more and more mylotters like me. God bless!
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@My1Savior (125)
• United States
26 May 07
I interact online to stay awake. I write (journaling is awesome therapy through a time like this such as you're facing). When the nurses come in talk with them. Engage in activity, walking, stretching. I would not suggest reading or watching TV myself as those are things I do when I'm disengaging and relaxing, they put me to sleep rather quick, unless the show or book is very active in its own right. Good luck to you - you and your mom are in my prayers!!
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
27 May 07
Hi thanks for praying. We don't have internet connection in the hospital. I'll try some activities you suggested. God bless!
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@ssh123 (31083)
• India
13 Jul 07
When one is doing a hospital work espeically night, one should sleep for couple of hours in day time. Also take some books with you. Also wash your face whenever you are sleepy. That is what I did when my son was admitted to the hospital for appendicitis operation.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
I hope your son is fine now. Hospital work is not easy. And getting sleepy is inevitable. Thanks for the tips you gave my friend. God bless!
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@ssh123 (31083)
• India
16 Jul 07
My neice is a manager in nursing home and it is difficult to meet her at home. So we always go to nursing home to see her. She is fan of Floorence Nitingale. She dedicates herself to the patients although nursing home does not require that personal attention. My son is alright now. Are you working in hospital?
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
I work in a telecommunications office. We have a shifting schedule for a 24X7 operations and maintenance in our company. That is why I am also used to staying awake late and do mylotting at work when am not busy. LOL. God bless!
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@yamskee (827)
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
how is your mom now sis? in class, i keep my self awake while doodling notes.. at home, i play loud music..
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
My mother is into recovering. She in our house now. She still needs our assistance in walking, standing, but she can manage to be left alone when she's in her seating position. Thanks for the tip. God bless you my friend.
@yamskee (827)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
youre living in the philippines right? try red bull or extra joss. thats what i do everytime i need to study for the rest of the night. you wont feel sleepy in red bull while you wont get tired in extra joss..
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
Yes I am living in the Philippines. I haven't tried red bull, I am too paranoid towards energy drink I guess. LOL. But I have tried drinking extra joss, I liked it. I took extra joss because I went graveyards shift and have to attend my masteral class. It only happened once and it helped me stay awake until 3pm.
• United States
14 Jul 07
So Sorry Beauty_PH..I will Pray for you and your mother both and also all your family. I too had a father who had a stroke (CVA) and he did this when he was 74 but he lived to be 77..but he was not the same and he had a lot of work with therepy and stuff like that. Just give you mom a lot of TLC and pray hard and often..Therepy is a lot better then it was in 1987..so is the medicine..and it matters how active your mother was and her age..but the main thing is God..pray for a miracle and ask it in Jesus Holy Name..I cannot tell you how I feel as I read your discussion and when I seen your name and beautiful picture..you melt my heart..you remind me of my asawa when she was younger...she too was a good daughter who lost her mother several years ago.. Here in the United States it is only 10 p.m. and not ready for bed time..i like to stay up late and be on the computer..do you have a computer at home? well, i do.and this causes me a lot of sleepless nights..lol..also my asawa like to play literati and scrabble on the computer..she loves scrabble.. I know you are feeling sad now but soon your mother will be OK..the Doctors in the Philippines are very good..my Doctor here is a Filipino..named Dr. Yap he is very kind man and good at being a doctor..there are a lot of Filipina nurses here too..I am a CNA but I am retired from my regular job at Ford Motor..but I took this last year to help people like your mother who need help..but I do it in their homes and not a nursing home..good luck and God Bless ..you are still a number 10 to me and a Blue star in my Book..
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
Thank you for the prayers my friend. My regards to all Filipinoes in your place and specially to your asawa. I do not have an internet connection at home. MOst of the time I access the internet at our office or in school. Thanks for the compliments you gave my friend. My mother is 63 and I never expected her to be in this situation. She's health consicious specially that she knows about her being diabetic. But I guess she needed to be more careful now. I know God gave me friends like you to be there and help me stay up and cheer. I also keep on praying because God is a great healer. We also went to a "Divine Mercy Shrine" near our place. And I believe that our faith in God can heal. My parents and I went to healing. I trust God that He will make us healthy. My mothers stays at home. And we try to cheer her up. Give her the love and care she needs before its too late. I do hope that children will always treasure the love for their parents. God bless you my friend and your family.
• United States
15 Jul 07
Yes, You and your family will be quite busy for awhile. Today is Sunday and it is !2:41 A.M. but I will go to 9:30 Service and think of you and your family.. Romans 10:13..for whosoever call upon the name of the Lord..will be saved I am 62 and I know I have to take a lot of medicine for my heat..but garlick is good and ginger and a lot of herbal remedies..as my wife's fater was a healer in Ngros OC with the use of HERBS..but my wife is 55 and she is still very active as we like to swim daily in the YMCA pool and use the whirlpoola and sauna..we have been marriede 22 years. Have faith in God as He will always take care of you.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
15 Jul 07
You wife must be lucky to have a husband like you. Yes I do keep my faith in finding one too. LOL. And faith that my mother will recover very soon as well as healing for my father and me. Thanks for the prayers and for being a great friend. God bless!
@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
7 Aug 07
Do you have a laptop? When my son was in the hospital, I took my laptop and was able to tap into their wireless. If you have one that could keep you busy for a while. Hope you find something for yourself!
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@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I just realized you posted this message 3 months ago... guess I'm a little late on advice ;(
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
I do have a lap here not a laptop. LOL. Yes there are wireless access points in the hospitals nowadays, but I guess am not lucky to have a laptop. Thank you so much trying to help my friend. I am happy for your response. God bless!
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
It's never too late for an advice here my friend. I am happy for your time spent with my discussion. Thanks for being my friend. God bless!
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@rakhii (1302)
• India
5 Jun 07
I don't need to be awake late night these days because I have nothing to study. when I used to have my exams I had to study late nights and early mornings. So, the best formula for me to keep myself awake was to sprinkle water over my face. I wash my face with water whenever I feel sleepy or go for a cup of tea or coffee, whichever I can go for at that time.
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
5 Jun 07
I can sense that you are a very hard working student to stay awake late nights and ealy mornings. I also do that when I am into studying. I love those times, no disturbances and very silent. I can focus on my studies well. Thanks for the tips you gave me. You are a great help my friend. Keep it up. God bless!
@rakhii (1302)
• India
6 Jun 07
I happy to know that my tips are going to help you. Are you having any exams these days? Best of luck!!!
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
No exams today, but I am taking my masters now. And just like in my college days, I do love late night and early morning hours studying. Tips can help not only me but more of the mylotters. Thanks for everything!
@balasri (26545)
• India
7 Aug 07
Well I usually take tea and sit in an upright position or walk around the room. Most of the time the severity of the situation which warrants my waking up is enough for me to turn into an owl.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
Thank you for the response you gave my friend. I like to tell you that I do not want to turn into an owl yet. LOL. But I guess I look like one. Hehehe. God bless!
@balasri (26545)
• India
10 Aug 07
You know one thing.Owls are pretty.At least I think so.If you think you look like an owl you should be proud of it.
@dstrent (112)
• United States
13 Aug 07
I have slapped myself, taken pills, drink caffeine drinks, walk around, never sit down.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
13 Aug 07
That can be painful. I can't slap my myself. I am not that brutal to myself. Hehehe. Thank you so much for the tips my friend. I am happy to know that you are able to wake up late, I am sure this has something to do with watching your kids. GOd bless!
@ashar123 (2357)
• India
12 Aug 07
I think while I am posting this, your mother may be all healthy because I am posting on your old started discussions. I still pray that your mother gets well soon. If you want to keep awake, just try having black coffee with less sugar.
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@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
13 Aug 07
My mother is now out from the hospital. But she is still in the process of recovering. I am praying for her complete recovery. Thank you so much for the prayers too my friend. Also thank you for responding. Yes a black coffee can be of help for me to stay awake. GOd bless!
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
11 Aug 07
SOrry to hear about your mom. I"m sure she will be able to recover movements. Although I understand that you need to help your mom when she needs to move, you also need to rest and sleep a bit. You will have a big job once she gets home to help with recovery and you need to be strong for that. I"m sure that the hospital staff will want her to rest at night too. IN any case for avoiding to fall asleep occasionally I guess your best bet is both to eat something and to drink anything with caffeine. I don't know if you're a big coffee drinker, if you're not even a strong tea will help, if you are then it has to be coffee. Stay strong.
@beauty_ph (2751)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
Thank you so much for responding my friend. I am happy to let you know that my mother is now out from the hospital and she is in the process of recovering. It is true, when she got out of the hospital, we needed to watch her so often. We just can't leave her alone in the house. Sometimes we have to make turns or see to it that somebody is with her all the time. Thanks for the tips on what to drink to stay awake. I am glad to read a response from you my friend. I do appreciate it alot. God bless!