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Alan H
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#181 Postby Alan H » September 25th, 2012, 10:31 am

Latest post of the previous page:

Sitting in front of the PC last thing at night usually isn't a problem - I do it most nights without problems (although it can be for some because of the light spectrum). I sometimes take a cat-nap and usually feel refreshed afterwards, even if it's only 10 minutes. If I go to sleep at night and then get woken up after a short time, I can sometimes feel wide awake, making it difficult to drop back off again.

However, it's only a very occasional problem, so it's not something to worry about.

I felt like I was coming down with a cold yesterday evening, but took a lemsip and had a good night's sleep last night. My throat is rather sore this morning...
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#182 Postby Sel » September 25th, 2012, 11:41 am

4:30AM here and I have been awake for almost an hour. I finally got up and came downstairs for awhile. Sometimes that helps...to poke around on the internet for awhile as I slurp a cup of hot milk. No milk today...too close to morning and I cannot be bothered.

Perhaps I will mess around with my wee MP3 player and update some music. :smile:
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#183 Postby Alan H » September 25th, 2012, 12:20 pm

Sorry to hear that, Sel. I hope you got back to bed and sleep.
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1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#184 Postby Tetenterre » October 5th, 2012, 2:30 am

Why TF is it that, when I can't sleep this year, the sky is always cloudy (it's pissing down with a vengeance) so I can't even take a telescope out to pass the time? I'm beginning to feel that the Flying Spaghetti Monster (sauce be upon him!) has it in for me...

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#185 Postby Nick » October 5th, 2012, 9:09 am

Wednesday night, I spent in Gatwick departure "lounge", trying to sleep on a seat which felt like a cross between a billiard table and an ironing board, all under fierce lighting which would not be out of place in an interrogation room....

Lovely.

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#186 Postby Dave B » November 24th, 2013, 7:40 am

Woke up, needing a pee, at 3 o'clock. Then, for no good reason that I can find, nothing to trigger it in last week, had an idea about taking photos below the surface of water, a pond or stream say - that led to other ideas. Then a new idea popped up, for a photographic competition; thinking outside the box but inside a frame. Wonder if the local school has a camera club, be a good one for kids. Then an idea how all the other kids in the school could act as judges. If not a school how about as a competition-cum-exhibition for a local charity? Could I talk local shops into sponsoring prizes (their own gift vouchers possibly)?. . .

Then I gave up, got up, made a coffee and started on here.

My brain seems to sleep for weeks then (nearly always at night) every couple of months it sprouts more ideas than I can handle (almost)!

Now I need to put together a .pdf now to explain the competition and sketch the rules out. Just in case there are any takers. Could always try it on the U3A Digital Photography Club I suppose. Hmmm.

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#187 Postby Alan H » December 21st, 2013, 4:39 am

Oh look...is it only 4.30am...Woke up with a coughing fit...had a cold this past week...getting better, but this damned cough!

Anyway, I thought I might as well just fix that nagging issue with my backup program...

Still need to buy a new NAS (Network Addressable Storage) drive - current one tells it's dying...
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#188 Postby Nick » December 21st, 2013, 12:26 pm

Alan H wrote:Oh look...is it only 4.30am...Woke up with a coughing fit...had a cold this past week...getting better, but this damned cough!

You and me both, Alan. You have my sympathies.

Strong winds, driving rain, and a second mooring line broke at around 2 am, so a very bumpy night. I think I'll have to adopt nylon lines. Not as nice, but stronger.

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#189 Postby Alan H » December 21st, 2013, 12:55 pm

Nick wrote:
Alan H wrote:Oh look...is it only 4.30am...Woke up with a coughing fit...had a cold this past week...getting better, but this damned cough!

You and me both, Alan. You have my sympathies.

Strong winds, driving rain, and a second mooring line broke at around 2 am, so a very bumpy night. I think I'll have to adopt nylon lines. Not as nice, but stronger.
Oh dear. Did you have to secure it at 2am?
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#190 Postby Nick » December 21st, 2013, 1:04 pm

Fortunately, no, as I had already doubled up the mooring lines because of the weather, but I didn't want to have the second line go, so slept very fitfully, checking the lines every half hour or so until the tide went out at around 5 am. But it surprised me that what I thought was the stronger rope broke. Safety would suggest I should be replacing most of them. Does Santa bring rope on his sleigh...?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#191 Postby getreal » January 10th, 2014, 2:26 am

I can't sleep.
I have come to the conclusion that one of my painkillers actually makes me less able to sleep even though I'm really tired.


It's so boring.
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#192 Postby Alan H » January 10th, 2014, 10:18 am

Oh dear. Sorry to hear that. Hope you had a long lie in?
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#193 Postby Dave B » January 10th, 2014, 10:28 am

getreal wrote:I can't sleep.
I have come to the conclusion that one of my painkillers actually makes me less able to sleep even though I'm really tired.


It's so boring.
Feel you you {{geteal}} though for me the painkillers (paracetamol) are helping. Despite that have had two wakeful nights this week. Find it is the fuzziness (or in my case the increase in fuzziness) that lasts the whole next waking period that is as much a bind.
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#194 Postby getreal » January 11th, 2014, 7:49 pm

I don't know if it's my age. But I have, until now, never had a problem sleeping. In fact it was a bit of a family joke that if they were to introduce an Olympic sport of sleeping, I was a sure thing for a gold medal.


I seem to now have 1 or 2 days a week when I either only sleep for about 2 hours or not sleep at all. It's weird, but I am not over tired the next day. In fact, if I didn't know I hadn't slept, I wouldn't know (does that make sense? No, I didn't think so).


The tramadol, though are most definatly not helping. According to the patient info slip, they can cause drowsiness, but also can cause sleeplessness! I am going to stop taking them at night.


Insomnia is incredible boring, though. All that lying in bed, thinking....and trying not to think.....and thinking that if you could just stop thinking about it, you would probably get to sleep.....


..ugh!
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#195 Postby Alan H » January 11th, 2014, 8:35 pm

You may have tried all this already, but @NHSChoices Tweeted this just an hour ago: How to get to sleep
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#196 Postby Dave B » January 11th, 2014, 10:44 pm

I have written some of my best rubbish during sleepless nights, and invented all kinds of crap as well!
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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#197 Postby Alan H » February 7th, 2014, 7:06 am

Yes, I know some of you will be having breakfast and heading off to work, but I've been awake for a couple of hours. I lay in bed for a while, trying to doze off, but eventually gave up and came downstairs. Had breakfast and a cup of tea, but may have to go back to bed later. Four hours sleep isn't enough!
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The new insomniacs' thread

#198 Postby Dave B » February 7th, 2014, 9:36 am

Alan H wrote:Yes, I know some of you will be having breakfast and heading off to work, but I've been awake for a couple of hours. I lay in bed for a while, trying to doze off, but eventually gave up and came downstairs. Had breakfast and a cup of tea, but may have to go back to bed later. Four hours sleep isn't enough!
Four hours? Solid? Not bad.

Last night was typical: to bed about 1030, last time looked at clock 1145, up for a pee at 0300, listening to BBCWS until about 0500, cat napped till 0700. OK, that's more than four hours total but that was a good night.

Worked out a way of "tapping" an 8 cell battery holder to get combinations of voltages (3+9, 6+6 etc) when you can't solder to the springs in the holder. Wondered if a I could fit an IR detector to the eye piece of a cheap pair of binoculars to monitor the temp (in terms of above ambient) of an object or area some distance away, whilst also being able to compensate for ambient heat (sunshine) and/or set a threshold . . . . This is to monitor the new bridge behind my place in case the dear local youths set fire to it, as they did to the two previous bridges. The unit would sit on the windowsill in the kitchen and sound an alarm with the fire.

Then I can call 999 before the fire in the overhanging trees, since the council have not trimmed and tidied them for five years, gets too bad.
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#199 Postby pantodragon » February 7th, 2014, 3:11 pm

Jem wrote:Thank you very much for your responses - I did manage to get a few hours in the end but I was just too tired to come on here yesterday.

I'm not a habitual insomniac but when it happens it's usually for the same reason: being on the pc until far too late, playing games on it, chatting or just getting worked up by what I've read.

There's a lesson in there somewhere.



No wonder you can't sleep if you use the computer just before bedtime, especially playing games! If that is the root of your insomnia, then you have 2 choices: give up late night games and sleep well or keep playing and suffer sleeplessness. I do have strategies for when I can't sleep but there hardly seems any point describing them.

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#200 Postby Ninny » February 22nd, 2014, 7:29 am


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#201 Postby Maria Mac » April 22nd, 2014, 1:54 pm

The Guardian Witness section is currently running an insomnia page at the moment where people are invited to share their tips. I've contributed one called 'a carefully selected audiobook'.

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignm ... mic_232885


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