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#1 lynnski

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:36 PM

Sleep in a hammock, apparently! Maybe I should try this, I don't sleep well at all, haven't done for most of my adult life. :(

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:17 AM

Sleep in a hammock, apparently! Maybe I should try this, I don't sleep well at all, haven't done for most of my adult life. :(

http://lifehacker.co...ep-in-a-hammock


I've had the same issues before, until I discovered the magic of developing a bedtime routine: I don't study nor get into any stimulating discussions or activities a half hour or hour before bed. I do something that's relaxing -- read "light" material, listen to music that is quiet, catch a mindless TV show. I sleep better in a clean and neat environment, so I straighten and clean my room just before going to bed. Hope you find your own sleep-promoting routine; hope this helps. :D

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:34 AM

Cheers, Happy Traveller! :) I do have a routine of sorts, I come in from work, eat my dinner, and slouch on the couch in front of the tele! I've been working a lot of 8pm finishes over the past few months, which doesn't help. Eating your dinner around 9pm is probably not good for a proper sleep!

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:16 PM

I don't usually have problems sleeping and on the odd occasion I do, it is usally because I am worried about something. I find listening to music, turned down fairly low, stops my mind from racing. My choice is usually Miles Davis. No lyrics, just some smooth, mellow tunes and it's Zzzzzzzz in no time.




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Posted 28 July 2011 - 09:59 PM

I don't usually have problems sleeping and on the odd occasion I do, it is usally because I am worried about something. I find listening to music, turned down fairly low, stops my mind from racing. My choice is usually Miles Davis. No lyrics, just some smooth, mellow tunes and it's Zzzzzzzz in no time.


That sounds very pleasant, harper.

I doze off no bother in the chair to rubbish on the television. Nothing too absorbing or exciting. You are lucky to have no problems sleeping. I can't remember the last time I slept a whole night through. I waken several times through the night but no point in fretting and I get through some amount of books.
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:55 AM

Cheers, Happy Traveller! :) I do have a routine of sorts, I come in from work, eat my dinner, and slouch on the couch in front of the tele! I've been working a lot of 8pm finishes over the past few months, which doesn't help. Eating your dinner around 9pm is probably not good for a proper sleep!


Oh yeah, I agree with you Lynnski! Sometimes you tend to forget eating dinner at the right time -- we are just too busy aren't we? But eating around 6pm is a good idea; helps your body burn carbs before you finally hit the sack! :D

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 10:38 AM

Oh yeah, I agree with you Lynnski! Sometimes you tend to forget eating dinner at the right time -- we are just too busy aren't we? But eating around 6pm is a good idea; helps your body burn carbs before you finally hit the sack! :D


My last meal at 6 p.m. would be no good to me. I sometimes don't hit the sack until after mid-night so after six hours my blood sugar would have considerably plummeted. Not a good idea.

I heard recently that it's a myth that eating cheese at night gives you nightmares.
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Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:00 PM

I've heard that eating any kind of protein aids sleep and that includes cheese. Not that I'll be giving up my late night bowl of cornflakes any time soon - can't stand them in the morning, mind you. :lol:


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Posted 31 August 2011 - 01:39 PM

I've heard that eating any kind of protein aids sleep and that includes cheese. Not that I'll be giving up my late night bowl of cornflakes any time soon - can't stand them in the morning, mind you. :lol:


Tonight I'll be trying brie and coco pops. :lol:

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 10:57 PM

Tonight I'll be trying brie and coco pops. :lol:


Is that in case you've no time for breakfast, CL? :)

Harper, I think you're right about the cheese. They were talking about this on QI and Stephen Fry (who knows everything) says that cheese gives you good dreams. Well, according to the British Cheese Board, or some such organisation. :lol:
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:44 PM

I read somewhere (can't remember where) that it was the Victorians who first blamed cheese for nightmares, but now it's thought to be more likely to be the port they were having with the cheese! :lol:

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

I read somewhere (can't remember where) that it was the Victorians who first blamed cheese for nightmares, but now it's thought to be more likely to be the port they were having with the cheese! :lol:


I was having a lovely sleep last night; conked out after a day with a lot more exercise than usual. However, I wakened up in the middle of the night with the wind blowing a gale and the curtains streaming half way across the room.

I had to get up and shut the windows then get a drink of water, go to the loo and then read my book for half an hour.

The fierce weather is not conducive to deep slumber.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:23 PM

I'm back to not sleeping well. It's been suggested that I try and have the hour before bed as an LED free zone, i.e., no tv, laptop, iphone etc etc. This is proving kind of difficult though, with the amount of reading I need to do for Uni. A lot of it is from sociological journals or policy documents which I access electronically through the Uni library website. I guess I'll just have to get my electronic reading done earlier in the evening and read an actual paper book before bed :lol:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:07 PM

I'm back to not sleeping well. It's been suggested that I try and have the hour before bed as an LED free zone, i.e., no tv, laptop, iphone etc etc. This is proving kind of difficult though, with the amount of reading I need to do for Uni. A lot of it is from sociological journals or policy documents which I access electronically through the Uni library website. I guess I'll just have to get my electronic reading done earlier in the evening and read an actual paper book before bed :lol:


I think relaxing before hitting the sack definitely helps, lynnski. Also sticking to a routine, which I'm not too good at doing.

Exercise also helps. I walked home most of the way from Uni tonight as it was a lovely night. It's definitely easier walking when you're not sliding all over the place and more enjoyable when it's not raining.

It's the writing more than the reading that knocks me off kilter sleepwise.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:29 PM

Wee bit of Miles Davis - loud enough to hear but not loud enough to distract you - and an hrt patch. :lol:
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:30 PM

Wee bit of Miles Davis - loud enough to hear but not loud enough to distract you - and an hrt patch. :lol:

I think my hrt patches will all be duds by now, harper, but I recollect them attaching themselves to nighties, sheets and just about anything other than me.

I could have done with something last night - hardly closed my eyes.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

Wee bit of Miles Davis - loud enough to hear but not loud enough to distract you - and an hrt patch. :lol:


We quite often use music to help us drift off, instrumental bands such as Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, that kinda thing. Also a project featuring a member of Depeche Mode and one of Erasure, remember them? It's called Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, and is very ambient, chill out stuff :) I don't think I need the HRT just yet! :lol:

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:39 PM

We quite often use music to help us drift off, instrumental bands such as Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, that kinda thing. Also a project featuring a member of Depeche Mode and one of Erasure, remember them? It's called Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, and is very ambient, chill out stuff :) I don't think I need the HRT just yet! :lol:


Don't know anything about any of the above, Lynnski. Getting a good night's sleep is about one thing and that's sticking to a routine.

You should go to bed round about the same time every night for starters.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:29 PM

Don't know anything about any of the above, Lynnski. Getting a good night's sleep is about one thing and that's sticking to a routine.

You should go to bed round about the same time every night for starters.

I can't stay here a second longer the man on the next computer is coughing his insides up. Sook a sweetie mister.

:lol: Your library troubles give us a laugh, CL.

Your advice about sticking to a routine makes sense but it's not that realistic. We all some party nights and holidays.
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:41 PM

Maybe we're doing it all wrong...

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-16964783

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