What do you do when you can't sleep?

August 22, 2008 9:12pm CST
I often have difficulty getting to sleep and so end up spending a lot of time at night here on mylot or on sites like facebook,or i try to read a book or put the tv on. What do you do to pass the time on nights when you can't seem to get to sleep? xx
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
8 Sep 08
Hey there sweetie, when I can't sleep I usually read a book, wash my bike, take a shower and listen to some classical or jazz music. And if I still can't sleep, I would take that last resort, and go to the nearest coffeehouse with my bike mates (whoever is available to accompany me) and chill out until the wee hours. This always happen during my off days, because I'm so used to be working all nights out. It would be awesome if I could have a girlfriend then I could spend my time with her.
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8 Sep 08
Hiya mister!!! If i can't sleep i can't call my friends, they'd all be fast asleep, they're quite simple creatures really, they need their sleep!! hehe I listen to music or sometimes have a bath! I work shifts so sometimes when i got home from a late shift it's difficult for me to get to sleep at a decent hour, even though i have to be up early the next day, because my mind just won't switch off from all the things that have happened during the day!!! I know what you mean, i might get to sleep easier if i had something other than a cat to cuddle up to, but hey, that's life!!! thanks for the response! happy mylotting!!
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Ha-haaa! How about getting a boyfriend and talking on the phone till wee hours in the morning...? Or just communicate over the internet with him.
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15 Sep 08
Lol i think we are all well aware of my terrible track record with boyfriends!! hehe you do make me chuckle! xxx
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@mands61123 (2098)
23 Aug 08
i usually come on here or update my squidoo or my website, watch tv, read. I've been known to sit on the step with the pets and look at the stars, wash up, fold clothes anything really. I like you don't sleep too well so my boo is very used to me pottering about he prefers me in bed cos sometimes if the pains bad i might keel but the dogs pretty good at alerting him and usually he hears the thud. Admittedly my fav place it the computer chair cos i can go on the net, listen to music (via earphones of course) watch a film, read a book all without leaving the chair and it's very comfy for me this particular chair so i'm usually happy here! :)
23 Aug 08
Sounds as though i need to get me one of those chairs! lol it's rare that i resort to folding clothes or doing any sort of housework! lol nigella lawson has nothng to fear from me! I don't blame you boyfriend for wanting you next to him so he knows you're safe! Looking up at the stars can be quite theraputic especially if you have a lot on your mind, helps you to put things into perspective! xxx
23 Aug 08
if someone was to walk past i'm not sure they'd agree much i look like a loon just sat on the step lol the chair is starting to go now from over use i'm dreading tryna find a new one it's like getting new shoes never as comfy
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23 Aug 08
you'll just ahve to break the new one in and get it moulded to the shape of your bottom!! hehe xxx
@gemini_rose (16192)
23 Aug 08
When I cannot get to sleep, I will normally get up come downstairs and have a coffee and a smoke. Believe it or not this actually seems to do the trick and I normally get back to sleep not long after.
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23 Aug 08
Would have thought coffee would have the opposite effect but if it works for you then that's great!! xxx
@gemini_rose (16192)
23 Aug 08
I think that I drink so much of it that it now works the opposite way on me!
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24 Aug 08
hehe maybe you've built up a tolerance to it!!! xxx
@falassion (419)
• Brazil
23 Aug 08
I recommend going to your bookshelf, taking out a dusty book that no one reads anymore, opening it in the middle (then you'll not understand anything and will get tired faster) and start reading it while sitted on the bed. The warmness of the bed plus the (in the moment) boring book are quite a perfect medicine for me to sleep. ;D
23 Aug 08
Ooh sounds like a good plan! never thought of that, usually i read books that really interest me and so i don't want to put them down but if i start in the middle i can't be that interested due to not knowing what's going on! hehe might have to give that a go! xxx
• Brazil
24 Aug 08
I really can say to you: this ALWAYS worked for me. There you are reading, and that thing is boring, and your bed is warm, and then you get more and more sleepy.. Believe me, that's the fastest way I know. :D
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24 Aug 08
well thanks for sharing it with me! i'll give it a go for sure!! xxx
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
18 Sep 08
Munchkin I would resort to internet, television and lastly books. I am a voracious reader. I think reading books helps instead of mylotting or TV. These have no time out. But reading gives me a feeling to retiring my senses to the point of sleeping.
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18 Sep 08
I think reading is probably what works best for me, going on the internet or watching tv pass the time but can tend to make me feel more awake!! thanks for the response! xxx
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
19 Sep 08
Yes same with me. Happy reading.
@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
i always daydream... it always put me into sleep...
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8 Sep 08
Sounds like a good plan!! xxx
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@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
it is if you know how to do it right... i usually daydream when i like to think of my girl friend... hihihihi
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• China
15 Sep 08
Hi,dear friend, For me I would like to drink a bottle of milk which is really effective for me ..if not then I will count the sheep ..one sheep two sheep three sheep ,four sheep......then sleep until the next day.... Actually,I don't like stay up very late at night since you know it is really bad especailly for girl's skin..So for my outlook I would rather get to sleep at an very early time .... Wish you good luck;-)
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15 Sep 08
Milky drinks help me too!! If i count sheep i end up thinking about sheep and things and it stops me from sleeping!! hehe My mind sometimes just goes into overdrive when i try to sleep, my brain doesn't want to turn off!! It is good to have an early night for sure, sometimes i think i must go into work looking like some sort of zombie!! lol thanks for the response! xxx
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
8 Sep 08
Usually if i can't get sleep, i'm pray "Holly Mother" continuously in lay position, and it ends up when i open my eyes, it's already morning strange but it works for me You can try it
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8 Sep 08
That's interesting!! i'm not really the praying type, but i'm glad it works for you!! happy mylotting! xxx
@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
8 Sep 08
I usually watch TV or read both activities send me to sleep LOL
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8 Sep 08
I usually try those as well, they do work quite well! thanks for responding chick!! happy mylotting xxx
@animeniak (425)
• United States
8 Sep 08
i dunno... i just do some random things (actually i used to) im like the youngest one in my family, so i really don't have the right to do whatever i want whenever i just CANT sleep... but there were times when i just took a little walk outside, or just play video games or computer games or watch animes, movies, whatever... but yea counting some random things just trying to sleep... i tried that many times and it NEVER worked, like... not even ONCE
8 Sep 08
Haha i've tried that to, either that or thinking song lyrics all the way through in my head, sometimes it actually works for me!! lol thanks for the response, happy mylotting! xxx
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 08
Hi Munchkin, I guess if I'm having difficulty getting to sleep then the obvious choice for me is to grab a brew, listen to some relaxing music until I almost doze off, and then I try and get to sleep once more. At the height of summer though this is a real problem for me, the heat is just so unbearable! I do the occasional midnight surf on the Internet but that's it!! Now that I have been introduced to My Lot though, things may be very different! This place is just so addictive!! Andrew
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8 Sep 08
Coming om here late at night means a won't get any sleep, i'd end up on it all night, it makes me feel more awake!! i still do it though!! A brew actually is the answer to all of life's problems!! hehe thanks for the response! happy mylotting xxx
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@cuttyrish (2668)
• United States
7 Sep 08
when i can't sleep, i watch tv or read books, or just lay in the bed and ponder on certain things... sometimes, if just surf the web..(this makes me more awake though)
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7 Sep 08
I usually read or watch tv, i do go online sometimes but like you say it makes me feel more awake! thanks for the response! xxx
@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
24 Aug 08
I do Read books , Watch Movie Listen To Music Chat To Friend Remember My Lord Mylot sometimes Go For a walk Eat Something gud.....provided I m hungry Thats it...... Thanks Ganesh
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24 Aug 08
They all sound like good ideas to me, i think if i tried all of those out i would definitely feel more tired!! hehe thanks for responding! xxx
@alpram96 (95)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I have a lot of problems sleeping too. Mostly I read. If its really bad I get up and start cleaning hoping I will make myself tired. Most over the counter sleep meds don't work for me.
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24 Aug 08
I find that over the counter sleeping tablets don't work either! sounds like you have a good plan though!! xxx
@p1kef1sh (45638)
23 Aug 08
Well as you are a well brought up young lady I an unable to answer that question entirely truthfully. However, I find that a book, a cup of tea and sometimes the TV help. I tend not to come on the computer, as I spend far too long on here anyway.
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23 Aug 08
Even as a well brought up young lady i think i know whatt you're talking about - it works for me too! lol Coming on the computer wakes me up even more so when i get on here it's like admitting defeat! A cup of tea solves al of life's problems!!! xxx
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
counting sheeps,.,sometimes it makes me sleep.,.totally i have an insomia,.,and i cant sleep every night...
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23 Aug 08
I have the same problem, counting sheep neverworks for me though, hope it has more luck for you!! xxx
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
23 Aug 08
It happens with me very rarely when I can't sleep and when it happens I take our pillow from under my head. When blood rushes to head more, you fall asleep. If still I can't sleep then I start counting from 1 to 100 backwards lol.
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23 Aug 08
I have never heard about taking the pillow away before, will have to give that a try!! xxx
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
23 Aug 08
Hey munch! Well, I guess we have the same idea. I was here until 5:00am yesterday morning and now it's 1:00 this morning. Oh, I'm so confused! I'm sleep deprived! All I know is that all those hours of mylotting and I made 25 cents! That's really pathetic! I need to get a life! I just can't get to sleep and I run out of ways to try. Nothing seems to work for me. This seems to be the best way to spend my time. At least I'm with friends!
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23 Aug 08
You sound as though you're the same as me! I started this discussion at 3am this morning, i was on here as there was just no way i could get to sleep! i finally nodded off at six am! Wish i could offer you some advice but i'm as bad as you! being on mylot is as good a way as any to pass the night though, there's other people to intereact with so you don't feel as alone!! hopefully you'll get a good night's kip soon Opal! xxx
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
Hi Munchkin. Reading a boring book is usually very effective for me.
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23 Aug 08
I think that would probably work pretty well for me too wisedragon!! thanks for the response! xxx
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
I play video games untill my eyes pop out. Hehehehehehehe. Or listen to my mom lecture about me not getting enough sleep. That usually elicits a yawn from me and her voice ulls me to sleep. Heehee! 8)
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23 Aug 08
haha i might have to start calling my mum and get her to lecture me late at night then!! lol :-) xxx