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Old 02-21-2017, 12:35 AM   #21
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Two soft and squishy pillows, full bed with a pillow top, all to myself and 3 cats. Shrek sleeps in his electric recliner. I have to be properly medicated to get any sleep, if I don't take my meds, I sleep for two hours, then I am awake. A true insomniac, I do my best work at night.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:09 AM   #22
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Addie, the BS meter is clanging..... if you are really the 4'7" you claim, the only way you could have lost 165 lbs. is if Pirate actually moved out.
I started out at 180. I am no longer 4'7". I am now 4'6". I have lost three inches since 1972. During my school years I was 4'9 3/4". That is the tallest I have ever been. I started to lose my height right after I had my fourth baby in 1962. I hope I don't lose anymore height. I can't even reach the bottom shelves on the upper cabinet anymore. But I do have my trusty stool that allows me to reach the second shelf. Any higher than that and it becomes to dangerous for me. So I have one of the boys get what I want.

Now what were you saying about BS? Before you start slinging, make sure you know all the facts. And Pirate is still with me. BTW, he stands 5'10 1/2" tall and weights 230 lbs. He is much shorter than his sister. My tallest stands 6'1" tall.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:42 AM   #23
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Addie, I think the point was with you being so short, it sounds like a typo for you to say you lost 165 pounds. Unless you started around 250+ pounds, it's not likely that you lost so much weight.

At your "height", if you weigh less than 100 pounds you had better put rocks in your pockets before you go out on a windy day.

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Heh. When we have the windows open in warmer weather, the birds and groundsquirrels start their serenading at 5 a.m. I'm not really appreciative!
I like to sleep in a cave - cool, dark, and quiet. I wear earplugs when I sleep because the neighborhood is full of kids and dogs - and most people around here go to bed around 9:00PM or so and are up by 5:00AM. When it snowed last week, one of the neighbors was snowblowing at 4:30AM! The "dark" happens with both blinds and a room-darkening shade in the window, plus drapes that cover the edges of those and extends beyond the edge of the window trim. The "cool"? No problem during the winter. When it's hot in the summer we put the air on. But the in-between, no air, window open days? I vent and cool the bedroom with both windows open and the fan drawing air through the room. When I'm ready for bed, I close the windows, put the ceiling fan on, close the door most of the way, and hang a navy blue sheet in the doorway so that the air can circulate but the light is blocked. Yeah, I'm a bit compulsive nuts with my sleep habits.
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Old 02-21-2017, 02:18 AM   #24
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I find that people tend to get perturbed or even a wee bit annoyed if you call them in the middle of the night when you have insomnia. I just chalk it up to knowing too many crotchety people.

I'm about to shake the magic 8 ball and see if I can find an old movie on YouTube worth watching.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:49 AM   #25
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I started out at 180. I am no longer 4'7". I am now 4'6". I have lost three inches since 1972. During my school years I was 4'9 3/4". That is the tallest I have ever been. I started to lose my height right after I had my fourth baby in 1962. I hope I don't lose anymore height. I can't even reach the bottom shelves on the upper cabinet anymore. But I do have my trusty stool that allows me to reach the second shelf. Any higher than that and it becomes to dangerous for me. So I have one of the boys get what I want.

Now what were you saying about BS? Before you start slinging, make sure you know all the facts. And Pirate is still with me. BTW, he stands 5'10 1/2" tall and weights 230 lbs. He is much shorter than his sister. My tallest stands 6'1" tall.
YOUR BS FACTS are that you started out at 180 lbs and lost 165 lbs.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:28 PM   #26
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Addie....you should start eating a little more. You're down to 15 pounds!
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Caseydog, thanks for starting this thread. I was just thinking the other night when I was awake when I should have been sleeping, I wish there was a thread for people up in the middle of the night! And there you are, granting wishes.

Reading all about beds and pillows, well, it's time to buy a new bed, mine hurts my hips if I am on one side too long, then the same problem on the other side. It's a firm mattress and pretty old. I have a bunch of pillows and I Love my pillows.
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:48 PM   #28
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I tend to like to be awake at night...the house is quiet, I can have "me time." This does mean that I tend to take a 2-hour nap in the afternoon. I try to get Mom back in bed around 2:30 p.m. so I can nap from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. when I have to get dinner ready. I don't dream in the afternoons whereas I have some pretty horrific nightmares/dark dreams at night. I am usually up from 3:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. It is a rare night that I don't wake up around 3:00 a.m.
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:57 PM   #29
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Sorry about your nightmares, CW. Those sure don't make for a restful night's sleep.

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Caseydog, thanks for starting this thread. I was just thinking the other night when I was awake when I should have been sleeping, I wish there was a thread for people up in the middle of the night...
blissful, we've actually had a late-night thread for years, the Midnight Oil Cafe thread that msmofet started way back in 2010. It was still active, although lightly used, as late at last year December.

Sometimes it's hard to search for a thread that it already there, so it's easier to start a new one. The reason I could find "Midnight Oil" easily is because >this< insomniac has it in her Subscribed Threads list.
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:09 PM   #30
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Caseydog, thanks for starting this thread. I was just thinking the other night when I was awake when I should have been sleeping, I wish there was a thread for people up in the middle of the night! And there you are, granting wishes.

Reading all about beds and pillows, well, it's time to buy a new bed, mine hurts my hips if I am on one side too long, then the same problem on the other side. It's a firm mattress and pretty old. I have a bunch of pillows and I Love my pillows.
The main reason I started it was to find out who the other imsomniacs are.

My problem isn't my bed, it is my brain. Specifically, getting my brain to shut up!

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Old 02-21-2017, 07:24 PM   #31
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The main reason I started it was to find out who the other imsomniacs are.

My problem isn't my bed, it is my brain. Specifically, getting my brain to shut up!

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I know what you mean about the brain thing. Glenn calls it "shutting down your computer in your head." Unfortunately I have not located my OFF switch. He can fall asleep while he's talking about falling asleep.
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:57 PM   #32
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I also can't get my real thoughts to shut down when trying to get to sleep.

Now and then, it helps if I "think up" a pretend very pleasant dream far removed from reality. Lately, I've been pretending I'm a drone, flying low over beautiful parts of the world.
Does anyone else do that, or do you have any other mind tricks for sleep?
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Insomniac's Thread...

I seem to have a similar problem. Haven't found my "off" switch yet either.
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Yep, same here. There are constant thoughts, songs, and events going through my brain once I lie down in bed at night. It's weird, because I can fall asleep in the living room recliner just fine, but once I go to bed my brain seems to say "just kidding"....

I too have to go to a calm place. For me, it's always something to do with water. Past memories of fishing, floating on a raft on a calm river, or sitting in a chair on the ocean shore. I start from the toes up and go to those calming places as best I can.

It doesn't always work, but seems to help. If only I could stay asleep for several hours straight, that would be great!
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I do a lot of water things in my head too. Then my brain goes into obscure playlist mode, and starts playing songs I haven't heard for years and years. I try to redirect it, doesn't always help.
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I don't sleep any more. I take several naps of 1 hour to 4 hours a day, interspersed with eating, watching television, and trips to the bathroom.
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I do a lot of water things in my head too. Then my brain goes into obscure playlist mode, and starts playing songs I haven't heard for years and years. I try to redirect it, doesn't always help.
Oh, I get songs stuck in my head almost as a constant. If I am really into my work, or I'm watching a good movie, or otherwise doing something that grabs my full attention, I'm fine. Otherwise, there is a song stuck in my head. I don't choose the song, either, it chooses me.

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I don't sleep any more. I take several naps of 1 hour to 4 hours a day, interspersed with eating, watching television, and trips to the bathroom.
S.L.O.B. , are you retired, or still of a working age?


I'm wondering if anyone has tried sleeping aids? Anything from Ambien to melatonin.

I've found I don't really feel rested after a chemically aided sleep. Yes, I slept, but it just doesn't feel right.
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The Simply Being guided meditation app puts me to sleep every night. It gives my thoughts a place to go instead of running around inside my head. I've been taking Ambien for years, but meditation still helps to quiet my mind.

http://www.meditationoasis.com/apps/
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I'm wondering if anyone has tried sleeping aids? Anything from Ambien to melatonin.

I've found I don't really feel rested after a chemically aided sleep. Yes, I slept, but it just doesn't feel right.
Over the counter sleep aids, and Melatonin, are useless IMO. I have not tried a prescription sleep aid.

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