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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Yes, folks...it happens to the best of us.

Oh, and it happens to me, too. frown

Here it is two hours before I have to be awake and I sat up bolt-upright and wide awake. I had a monster swim practice last night and want to swim a monster one this morning before I leave for Atlanta and I NEED MY SLEEP DAMMIT!

What can you do to help you sleep when you have to be up in 2 hours?

Oh? What was that? A YAWN!!! eek

Excuse me...I'm crawling back into bed. Anyone wanna join me?


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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SILVER Member since Sep 2004

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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...

Total posts: 2719
Posted:You should know, youre the med student...

I like Ovaltine with Baileys in it... preferably with more Baileys than Ovaltine, but you cant have it all ways...

I read as well, usually im asleep after 5 pages,unless its a good book (I was up all night with Harry Potter 5)


ohmygodlaserbeamspewpewpew!
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rarr
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

rarr

rrragghh!
Location: Manchester, UK

Total posts: 121
Posted:I usually use 6 cans of stella smile

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Sym
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk

Total posts: 1858
Posted:Hot milk with nutmeg does it for me. plus the normal stuff - no tea or coffee 4 hours before you want to sleep. Make sure you feet are cooler than the rest of your body (but not cold - donno why - but it works!)

There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:the only true cure for my insomnia is to pick up a technical journal (say Journal of Geophysical Reviews: Space Sciences) and start reading something vaguely related to my work (e.g. "on the propagation of jovian electrons in the heliosphere").

anything less than such drastic measures are insufficient to force me to sleep...


-v-

Wiederstand ist Zwecklos!

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spritie
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

spritie

Pooh-Bah
Location: Galveston, TX

Total posts: 2014
Posted:Your subconscious is worried about your interviews. That's understandable. Maybe think positive thoughts about them before going to bed on the nights when you know you'll have one soon? Or do something to completely relax you about them.

Good luck by the way! hug


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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Often times when I'm chill and relaxed and still can't sleep I find that it's because I didn't really need the sleep.

And I spend all night panicing because I can't sleep but I turn out to be fine the next day.

But that's just me.

And besides, if you can't function on a poor night's sleep then perhaps you've picked the wrong profession. wink


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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heyahoney
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

heyahoney

Redneck Woman
Location: Texas, Yeeeeehaaaaaw

Total posts: 566
Posted:Ok I dont know if this would work for anyone else...
If I cant slepp (every night just about) I get and I dance. And I dont mean normal dancing, I mean classical ballet. It doesn't put me to sleep, but it does tire me out enough to where I can (sometimes) fall asleep


Top Three Things I've Learn While Being A Mom
1. Baby poop comes in many colors.
2. Makes sure all dirty diapers are not accessable to my dog.
3. Burp rags are not big enough.

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My hairs on fire


My hairs on fire

If its got pistons or boobs, its gonna be expensive...
Location: Cyprus

Total posts: 515
Posted:Meet my friend, Mr Jack Daniels hehe. That usualy works for me...

ave a lil spin or try an tire yourself out sum how is another gd one.


Henry Hill - 'One day the kids from the neighbourhood carried my mothers groceries all the way home, you know why? It was out of respect'...

ahmet_20valve_ahmet(at)hotmail(dot)com
Hope all is well : )

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:What can you do to help you sleep when you have to be up in 2 hours?

Sleep goes in 90 minutes cycles, so you should get sleepy every 90 min or so; if you miss the bus, you have to wait for another 90 min to feel sleepy again.

Dont fight the urge to sleep i.e.go the bed when you are tired, and get up at the same time every morning. Dont stay in bed trying to sleep, get up after 30 min of so and read a boring book.

The monster swim practice may have hyped you up. Milk, Valarian, Horlicks etc. are meant to help you sleep. Contrary to popular opinion, alcohol is not always a good idea, especially if it is mixed with something fizzy containing caffeine.

smile


If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Xopher (aka Mr. Clean)


enthusiast
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Total posts: 456
Posted:I just lie flat on my bed and breathe deeply, visualizing that I'm lying in a grassy field. On each breath in, I imagine that the motion of my rib cage is pushing me down into the earth. Each breath out, that letting out my breath makes me sink deeper.

This is not logical, but the more I breathe, the deeper I sink. Works for me.


"If you didn't like something the first time, the cud won't be any good either." --Elsie the Cow, Ruminations

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Yex
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Yex

Member
Location: Kamloops BC

Total posts: 97
Posted:just lie there and close your eyes and think about nothing especailly falling asleep. this works good for me.

"Not all who wander are lost. "

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Well here we are again. I'm on call in 3.5 hours and I can't sleep.

I hate this. frown


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...

Total posts: 10530
Posted:Written by: Doc Lightning

I'm crawling back into bed. Anyone wanna join me?



Memememememememememe! biggrin

hug

Get yourself a nice big sleeping pill...


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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TinklePants
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr

Total posts: 4217
Posted:i think doc would rather a nice big something else... ubblol

I meant a cup of cocoa - honest!!!


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire

Total posts: 1711
Posted:Did i do you a copy of Tiny Island Mike?

I use it to fall asleep anytime, anywhere- its a beautiful piece of music but it also helps me completely absorb myself in the music, clear my head of any other thoughts and slowly slip away smile

Pm me if you want details smile


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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire

Total posts: 3136
Posted:Written by: Lightning
What can you do to help you sleep when you have to be up in 2 hours?



I managed 1 hour on friday night as a result of taking some strong painkillers I got a couple of months ago after an operation. 1 hour during saturday daytime through exhustion. About 4, maybe 5 hours last night, then 1 or 2 this morning. I am remarkably awake too, I'm thinking of having a career and life change by becoming a professional soldier.


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babajaga
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

babajaga

old hand
Location: Berlin, Germany

Total posts: 863
Posted:take off the pressure and enjoy it it`s even a therapy for depression, a night without sleep, it works like "homemade" antidepressiva... in the moment you relax you will be able to sleep

I`m pretty much into being without sleep my bf has another sleep rythm so then we want to be together he stays awake all day or I stay awak all night even if I have to go to a test or something your brain will still work properly and as ex swimmer of the GDR I know could win contest still even without sleep I know everybody deals it different but just to take off the pressure... smile


What is psychology?- Looking for a black cat in a dark room. What is psychoanalysis? Psychoanalysis is looking for a black cat in a dark room -- in which there is no cat -- but finding one anyway.

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ma'tina
BRONZE Member since Mar 2005

ma'tina

multiplex
Location: somewhere...

Total posts: 611
Posted:read something, write down everything that comes out of your mind so that it will be empty or dring hot milk with cardamom seeds, squashed! run around your block!?

try to meditate!

find someone to cuddle! hug


- Ho Sa -
kisses & peace & love to beautiful madges
*rever le temps le prendre*

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:you should get one of those cuddly phones we talked about. it might nothelp you sleep, it'll help you sleep better tho....

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Adya Miriyana
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Adya Miriyana

*slou?
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 6554
Posted:ah yes. the joys of insomnia.



the good thing [really] is that you don't think this is a good thing.

*explains*



a few years back saw me getting 2hrs a night continuously for about a year - but i thought hey, this is good.. more time for me!.. which made it harder to get out of. so don't give up and think it's a good thing, keep at it.



-music, meditation, reading, all of the above. i advise no hopping or chatting [eek].. this generally bypasses the sleep cycles altogether wink



most of all, goodluck hug and do tell what things work for you smile


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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:making peace is a bit better than worrying ifyou can't fix it and it doesn't hurt tho...

don't know about when it does....


Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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Spiral


Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire

Total posts: 729
Posted:I didn't sleep for a week once........ shut myself in my room, didn't come out.... managed to drink still though...... started hallucinating, was very strange and scary, then kinda just collapsed and was out cold for a very long time..... now when I can't sleep, I just kinda lie there and empty my head...... I find that if I concentrate on nothing (that isn't not concentrating) I usually mange to drift off ok smile

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maus
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

maus

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia

Total posts: 4191
Posted:theres a special cream you can get and its called something like badger sleeping cream...my flatmate swears by it-will find out its actual name...if that fails i don't mind coming to bed with you abd giving you head tickles till you get snoozy! biggrin

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh

Total posts: 4145
Posted:more tips are HERE ... you seemed to have a solution then, Doc!

"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us."
(G.W. Dahlquist)

Owner of Dragosani's left half

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...

Total posts: 8737
Posted:Sorry can't help doc only got 2 hours in between thursday and monday. I know how to stay awake.... pick up a big stick with fire on both ends and spin like a dervish... wink

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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georgia-k
BRONZE Member since May 2005

georgia-k

Member
Location: out to lunch

Total posts: 22
Posted:i find thinking about dreams i've had helps me go to sleep. just imagine yourself in a dream place again and you soon will be.

other than that a nice pure skunk spliff usually does the trick wink


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MurfdaSmurf


MurfdaSmurf

member
Location: Eugene, Oregon

Total posts: 59
Posted:I heard of hypnosis tapes that can give you a "full nights sleep" in 15 minutes. I don't know if they work but I have been thinking of getting them. I will let you know if they work. Of course that doesn't help tonight does it.

The old saying when you need to sleep just start to read the Bible and Satan is sure to put you to sleep. Now I don't know if Satan is really to blame, it might just be the writing style. You could also try reading that text book from school you know the big thick on from the class you took only becuase you had to.


I thought I waz just dreammin'?!!??!!??!! Dis place can't really be real.

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MurfdaSmurf


MurfdaSmurf

member
Location: Eugene, Oregon

Total posts: 59
Posted:Maybe you shouldn't listen to me since I am a sleep Depravation junkie. Or maybe you should since I go through this a lot. I would say if you have two or three hours then DON'T GO TO SLEEP!! You will not wake up. Just push on through. Eat light snacks of high energy (like raw fruits and veggies) foods though out the day to boost your energy. Clear your evening. Eat dinner early, drink some Camomile tea, pop some valarian, and lay down earlier than you would normally. Be careful of staying up though it is a mild halusnagen. You may have a little "trippy" feeling. Don't operate heavy machinery or sharp objects. Seriously it can be like taking a drug. Treat it like it is one. You can also try melatonin? or something like that. It doesn't put you to sleep, but taken over a period of time at the same time every day signals you body to sleep at that time. If this is cronic then you should invest in the long term with this.

I thought I waz just dreammin'?!!??!!??!! Dis place can't really be real.

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