## The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

I personally have experienced insomnia. It lasted for around a year. this, I think, because I was going through a really bad patch in my life. In the end, I started looking for ways out and, hitting upon relaxation therapies and meditation, recovered from the insomnia. There were, I think, other factors i.e. not only meditation and relaxation, which contributed to recovery. Oh, and not caring helped too. I'd say the mantra "I don't care if I am not sleeping" over and over again to myself. That took the emotionalism out of the situation and aided relaxation.

Something else which prevents a better night's sleep is indecision. Sometimes I find it better "to sleep on it", at other times it is better to make a decision before going to bed, even if that decision is: I'll make my final decision in the morning.

Poor sleep? Ah, yes, when I played video games, if I played them right up until bed time, then a bad night followed.

I do not sleep very well at the moment, and have not done so for a few years now. It is a learning experience, however. For one thing, I am much more tolerant of poor sleep than ever before. In addition, I am learning to cat-nap now. I just have to open a book and my head drops in slumber. I used to envy other people their ability to cat-nap, particularly a former friend of mine who on long drives could pull in to a Lay By and close her eyes for 15 minutes to wake up much refreshed. Now that is something that I too am able to do too.
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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

@pinkladydragon: It does seem that sleep has acquired a scientific method, in recent years.. now, come the weekend, instead of people waking up early to go to that farmers market or hit that sale, they are sleeping in till way after noon instead, then heading out to the shops or to go get something to eat.

Refreshing sleep, replenishing food, are now becoming the most important things in life.. as those cells ain’t going to regenerate themselves by mere willpower alone.

Going back to weights.. after a few years of not, is really encroaching on my energy, but it does mean I get a better quality of sleep, due to the exercise exertion/recovery pattern now dictating and regulating a more necessary need of a better sleeping habit.. so the pros outweighing the cons: uncontrollably crashing out way before midnight, in exchange for a much healthier physical and mental state of being. My doctor will be pleased with my progress.
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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

MagsJ wrote:@pinkladydragon: It does seem that sleep has acquired a scientific method, in recent years.. now, come the weekend, instead of people waking up early to go to that farmers market or hit that sale, they are sleeping in till way after noon instead, then heading out to the shops or to go get something to eat.

Refreshing sleep, replenishing food, are now becoming the most important things in life.. as those cells ain’t going to regenerate themselves by mere willpower alone.

Going back to weights.. after a few years of not, is really encroaching on my energy, but it does mean I get a better quality of sleep, due to the exercise exertion/recovery pattern now dictating and regulating a more necessary need of a better sleeping habit.. so the pros outweighing the cons: uncontrollably crashing out way before midnight, in exchange for a much healthier physical and mental state of being. My doctor will be pleased with my progress.

I certainly think that a routine is good for sleep. I try to keep a routine but am not always successful. To be honest, I often find exercise a bit too stimulating for sleep. In my hill-walking days, for example, I'd often not sleep the night following a good day out on the hills. Also, I'm using the internet to write some posts on forums right now and that will likely affect my sleep. Actually, I find alcohol is a good sleeping aid. I know that it is definitely not something that would please any doctor but, well, if it works then fine.
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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

..because I can’t sleep, so won’t sleep, until it hits me, and then I will.. from dawn till dusk, or well until my afternoon appointment dictates I must get up.
The possibility of anything we can imagine existing is endless and infinite

I haven't got the time to spend the time reading something that is telling me nothing, as I will never be able to get back that time, and I may need it for something at some point in time. Wait! What?

--MagsJ

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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

Getting older my insomnia is virtually gone. I literally cannot hardly stay up past 2am anymore.

I pass out and fall asleep easily now.
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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

Zero_Sum wrote:Getting older my insomnia is virtually gone. I literally cannot hardly stay up past 2am anymore.

I pass out and fall asleep easily now.

Is that a good or bad thing? probably good I guess, because at least you get your ZZZs in, and sleep is the number one priority for Moderns right now.. come the weekend the streets are empty because everyone is sleeping well into the afternoon, then head out to eat and shop.

I'm either up till approaching dawn, or uncontrollably crashing.. I’m still waiting for a middle ground, on that one.
The possibility of anything we can imagine existing is endless and infinite

I haven't got the time to spend the time reading something that is telling me nothing, as I will never be able to get back that time, and I may need it for something at some point in time. Wait! What?

--MagsJ

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### Re: The wide awake club.. or, why are you still up?

Online shopping and the Parodites/Aegean exchange, kept me up, plus a giant mug of night-time green tea probably had a major part to play in it.
The possibility of anything we can imagine existing is endless and infinite

I haven't got the time to spend the time reading something that is telling me nothing, as I will never be able to get back that time, and I may need it for something at some point in time. Wait! What?

--MagsJ

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Night crew beches
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phoneutria wrote:Night crew beches

..the stuff that ILP and YouTube were made for.. sleepless nights, without dreams.
The possibility of anything we can imagine existing is endless and infinite

I haven't got the time to spend the time reading something that is telling me nothing, as I will never be able to get back that time, and I may need it for something at some point in time. Wait! What?

--MagsJ

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