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11/20/10 8:20 A

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Hello all... Like the suggestions! Thinking too much and looking at the clock are my worse enemies. Nest time I will try music. I used to play music every night when I was in College. Now, I don't do it any more because I don't want to wake the kids up... I think I will have a special playlist ready for this on my laptop and I will buy a comfy pair of headphone!
Julie P.S. Trying to keep up with my plan after week 2. I am improving! Best wishes to you all...

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8/23/10 6:26 P

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Regina - love your suggestion and will try it tonight!

I do the breathing and relaxation, but it doesn't always do the trick. If I lay awake for more than an hour, I get up and read.

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8/21/10 7:08 A

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- I play Andrew Johnson's "Deep Sleep" app on my iPod.

- I just lie there enjoying breathing deeply and naturally.

- I just lie there and encourage my mind to roam wild and free.

- I get up, take an aspirin and a melatonin, check my email and then get back in bed.

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REGINA100's Photo REGINA100 Posts: 117
8/17/10 9:39 A

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I've had some success using a visualization technique where I imagine that I'm floating on a mattress-sized, cushiony raft.

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7/30/10 11:34 A

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For one thing, I have finally learned that the absolute worst thing I can do is to worry myself to death about not being able to go to sleep or if I can't just roll over and go back to sleep.

Another thing, to just keep laying there tends to get my brain thinking too much after awhile, which leads to even more worry about all sorts of things, so I now make it a point to get up and to try to focus my mind on an assortment of relaxation exercises until I feel sleepy enough to return to bed.

If my FMS pain and muscle spasms is the culprit then I kick back in my recliner and turn on the vibrating back massage and heating pad thing (that I now always keep on my recliner) as well as using my heated rice pillows and Kwan Loong oil. Sometimes I will use ice packs instead if the heat isn't helping. If the ice doesn't help either then I try to alternate every 20 minutes between both ice and heat.

If restless leg syndrome-- or leg cramps for that matter-- is the problem then I do a bit of walking, standing in place, and also some gentle modified stretching exercises for my legs while both standing (with my walker) as well as sitting.

Sometimes I just settle down with a cup of tasty herbal tea (or worse case a strongly brewed cup of Sleepy Time Extra with Valarian Root that I don't really find quite as tasty but seems to help) and read, journal, check my email, go to these really great inspirational websites and/or SP, put on some soft relaxing music in the background, watch a movie, and one of my all time favorites -- "fuzz therapy" -- stroking and snuggling with my cat.

Rather than turning on lights I'll use a book light for reading if it is dark out. I also keep dim night lights (that turn on and off by themselves) in every room for navigating safely without having to turn on bright overhead lights or lamps.

Before I had to switch to taking showers with the help of a slider board shower chair, I used to take hot luxurious bubble baths by candle light. I would also use anti-stress fizzy bath balls and aroma therapy candles. And I miss these comforting, relaxing baths terribly!



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7/29/10 11:16 A

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When I wake up and stay awake I try to do some breathing exercises that I know. Visualizing the air going through your "heart"--down through the heart, out through the heart--while thinking of a place person or phrase that makes me feel safe and restful. The breathing usually gets me back into the pattern of sleeping breath and the thoughts help turn away those midnight anxieties

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and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

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7/23/10 8:27 A

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When I have a middle of the night awakening, I often need to displace myself to avoid waking DH. But when the mind gets going, it is sooo hard to turn off! TV dulls my mind, and CSPAN will put me to sleep every time! emoticon

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LAINYC's Photo LAINYC Posts: 7,376
7/20/10 1:23 P

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I have been getting up to go to the bathroom. When I return to bed I then turn my back to the clock and try to go to sleep.

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7/20/10 4:18 A

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the biggest thing i can do is get out of bed. tossing and turning just makes it worse for me. i get up, do something to relax-play a game, read, etc and go back to bed. keep it dark and quiet. i turn off the ph (cell). in case of emergency my family knows to call the house phone. it would only ring if a true emergency as they are the only ones who have it.

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7/12/10 11:24 A

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when I wake up i get some water and lay back

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7/11/10 9:45 P

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sometimes i get up and watch tv or just lay there hope and praying for sleep

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7/8/10 2:26 P

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Last night I woke up look at the clock graoned out loud and rolled over and went back to sleep. I slept for a total of 8 eight hours and woke up once. Things are finally improving now that the challenge is over.

Please call me SANDRA

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7/8/10 7:59 A

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I have been getting to bed later than I would like, but since it is summer and we don't have to get up for school, I have also been sleeping in later than I would normally. I don't have a problem staying asleep once I get to sleep (unless my dh wakes me with snoring or coming to bed late after working half the night!). I have notice that I am having problems staying asleep for 8 hours! I have been forcing myself to stay in bed that extra 1/2 to 1 hour (I keep waking up after only about 7 hours of sleep) Maybe I don't need 8 hours? Maybe 7 is my optimal time? Is that possible?

Lisa

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KNITTABLES's Photo KNITTABLES Posts: 37,117
7/7/10 10:51 P

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I have been taking a slip of water and then falling back to sleep. I have slept straight throught for 8 hours two nights in a row. I just finished this challange today.

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7/7/10 5:18 P

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when i wake up I read a few pages of my book if that doesnt send me off I get up go down stairs and make a cup of tea. emoticon

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KNITTABLES's Photo KNITTABLES Posts: 37,117
7/1/10 3:41 P

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I start to count backwards again and I count all my wonderful sparkfriends and then I count all my wonderful Stuff animals that I have made. It usually works. It sure did last night. I slept for 8 hours and only woke up twice and fell immediatly back to sleep.


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7/1/10 2:01 P

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As a writer, I often wake in the middle of the night because my brain is trying to sort out a sticky scene. It'll replay over and over in my dreams until I want to give up writing just to get some sleep.

If I catch myself in this cycle (that's the part I need to work on - catching it and reacting appropriately) I jot down everything that's "stuck" to let my brain know I'm aware of the issue, and then I crumple up the paper and throw it out the bedroom door. The symbolism of banishing those dreams and distractions really does work.

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6/11/10 11:25 A

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If I can't sleep because my mind is in overdrive, I get a pen and a paper and begin writing everything down that I am worrying about. Often I do small things, like setting something by the door that I need to take with me (or just putting it in the car).

When I can't go back to sleep (and I don't know why I am wide awake), I usually get up and turn on the TV low to something I'm not really interested in watching. I usually either fall asleep in the recliner or go back to bed as I start nodding off.



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6/10/10 8:30 P

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looking at the clock is so bad but I do it all the time.

Please call me SANDRA

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BELLO75's Photo BELLO75 Posts: 584
6/10/10 7:49 P

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Whatever I do, I do NOT look at the clock. That is a no no for me. I just turn over close my eyes and usually that does the trick.

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KNITTABLES's Photo KNITTABLES Posts: 37,117
6/10/10 4:39 P

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Last night I tried light reading didn't help, tried counting, nope, watch TV nope, gave up YES!

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6/10/10 2:20 P

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Thanks for the ideas, b/c last night I woke up several times and couldn't fall back asleep emoticon

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6/10/10 2:16 P

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Pray, read something that is light and/or inspirational

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the assurance of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1




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6/10/10 9:45 A

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I will count sheep, I do, it works and I have yet to remember passing 30. I think the monotony lulls my brain back to sleep.

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6/10/10 9:18 A

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I put on my relaxation mask

I've read and that really helps me fall asleep quickly

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6/10/10 3:02 A

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Let's post things we do to try and go back to sleep if we wake up in the middle of the night. At least we have some ideas to try!

emoticon I turned on my bedtime CD of piano music
emoticon relaxing one body part at a time
emoticon replaying a soothing memory of a good time in my mind


Any one else have things you've tried? Thanks for sharing!



Cathy


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