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Discussion in 'Archipelago' started by Entervixen, Jun 29, 2012.


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  1. Entervixen

    Entervixen Well-Known Member

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    We all battle insomnia at one point or another, with varying degrees of frequency. I know that I will go months without an incident, and then a few weeks will pass where I am unable to sleep as I should. For me, the best thing to do is to get up and do something. Be it knit, crochet, play games, I just need something to keep me occupied. If I don't, I dwell on things that really aren't that big a deal until those moments. So it helps keep me sane to get up and do something until I'm tired. However, everyone being different and all, there are other coping mechanisms that work too. How do you deal with insomnai?
     
  2. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    I try to force myself to read something boring until I am tired enough to fall asleep. But with a more aggressive, energetic insomnia, I don't even bother to fight it. I'll just read or game or movie-watch, and then struggle the next day with little or no sleep. Usually I am then exhausted enough to not repeat.
     
  3. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    I'm narcoleptic so actually I generally have no problem falling asleep (unless it is like 90 degrees or something weird). I fell asleep at a concert once. Anyhow what I do have is trouble staying asleep in the wee hours. Sometimes I'll wake up at 4 and that is a drag. I have some sleepytime tea mixed with tension tamer tea seeped for 4-5 minutes and I actually add some milk and sweetener for the tryptophan factor.
     
  4. Entervixen

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    My thyroid is underactive now so bouts of insomnia for me are rare these days, but when they do happen they tend to stick around for a bit. I've taken to watching whatever anime I'm in the middle of that's on netflix while knitting or crocheting, it doesn't help me relax but keeps me occupied until I can fall asleep. Luckily the longest I stay up now is about a day at the worst and that's rare, I'm glad the three day stretches of no sleep I used to go through quite frequently as a teen are a thing of the past. Those were not easy to deal with.
     
  5. Umaeril

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    You have to be really careful don't you? I mean to watch out for the not sleeping bit, huh? So anime is your sleeping pill. Cool.
     
  6. Entervixen

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    Yeah. It's not as bad as it used to be, but sleep is still a fickle mistress. Anime works well for me because it distracts me from whatever thoughts are haunting me at that given moment (since it's errant thoughts that won't let go that usually keep me up), and keeps new ones from forming that other things (like horrors or thrillers) will plant in their place. Keeping to a routine has helped a lot too, but like everything else it's still fallible.
     
  7. Umaeril

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    Yes a routine sounds excellent. I think I will make a routine out of that tea I drink. It is just herbal tea though I know plants can be strong medicines. And it does make me sleep.
     
  8. Entervixen

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    That's a good idea. Tension Tamer is good tea, I like to drink it when I'm stressed out, it helps calm me down. Though I don't add anything to mine, I do let the tea steep for about the same length of time.
     
  9. Umaeril

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    I steeped it for 5 min last night and did not like it. It brought out something else they add in it too much, anise or something, I did not read the ingredients to identify it. I can taste it lightly at 4 min and heavily at 5min. Actually 3.5 min is just about perfect for a 16 oz mug with 1 Tension Tamer and 1 Sleepytime.

    Anyhow, how's the insomnia? I wish I could go to sleep earlier. I'm going to have to start. At this point I get 7 hours a night most nights, sometimes less. But now I am going to start doing walking with my friend at 7am. :sweat
     
  10. Entervixen

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    I like steeping for four to five minutes, though I only use one tea bag when I make it for myself. And my insomnia been better the last few nights, luckily. I stayed at my mom's place for a few days, she's been going through a lot and I wanted to make sure she was doing alright. Surprisingly I slept really well. Normally I don't sleep well at her house, too excited due to whatever is going on the next morning I guess, but it was a very relaxing visit. I'm hoping the sleeping well trend continues. *crosses fingers*
     
  11. Umaeril

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    I am glad for you for sure, getting good sleep is so fundamental to our well being. I shudder though to think of what sleeping must have been like back before you could turn on the lights real quick and reassure yourself there is nothing there! :lol

    Actually I am really tired right now, I hope I can sleep well. *goes off to make tea*
     
  12. Entervixen

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    I slept all day a few days ago, and all night too. That was due to depression and high blood sugar though. I slept well last night, so that was good. Here's to hoping the trend continues.
     
  13. hiyayaywhopee

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    For some reason, the only consistent sleep schedule I seem to be able to have is from 4 until noon. If I have to actually wake up in the morning or something, I will eventually revert to this weird cycle where I alternate every other night between sleeping 3-5 hours and 9-11 hours. It seems terribly unhealthy and I wish it would stop.
     
  14. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    I don't deal with insomnia like I used to. I usually try to go to bed around 4-6am depending on what's going on (because of my work schedule) but I have some nights that I can't get to sleep until 8 or 9, and it's quite annoying. I usually just play a game on my phone or find something to read online until I get more tired.
     
  15. Crazy Dave Number 23

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    The best thing I can do is have a drink an hour before bed. BAM. Fall asleep exactly when I want. Only works because I cannot afford to drink through the week as I once did. Of course that doesn't fit in my school school schedule because I don't know when I am going to finish my homework. So basically being a student is a matter of chronic sleep deprivation. Unless I only took a couple classes at a time and wanted to be in college for 15 years.
     
  16. Entervixen

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    I'm happy to say that insomnia has not been something I've had to wrestle with lately. The Geodon helps me sleep at night. :)
     
  17. Umaeril

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    Benadryl helps me sleep.
     
  18. Entervixen

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    Sometimes it helps me sleep too, though there have been times I've gotten panic attacks trying to sleep on it. I don't like feeling weird when I fall asleep, and benadryl definitely makes me feel weird. Even when I do fall asleep while on it, I have really weird dreams and constantly wake up 'cause I think I'm floating away or drifting on the ocean. It's always a bizarre experience.
     
  19. Umaeril

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    Ah, yes, I understand that. Sort of a paradoxical effect, yes. And it can make elderly people wacky too.
     
  20. Entervixen

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    I've had psychiatrists comment on that, that quite a few of my medication reactions are paradoxical. Ones that should make me sleepy often don't, and ones that shouldn't do. It's one of the reasons I hate sleeping pills, they just make me irrationally angry and I tend to hallucinate on them as well. It's not what I consider fun.
     

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