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2018-07-11 09:07:25 AM  
#6 Alcohol
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2018-07-11 09:19:29 AM  
#7 Masturbate Furiously?
 
2018-07-11 09:22:00 AM  
Pint of vodak next to the bed.
 
2018-07-11 09:25:29 AM  

jbc: #7 Masturbate Furiously?


Might be counterproductive. Have to either get out of bed to clean up, or sleep in a puddle.
 
2018-07-11 09:26:57 AM  
Sex with the wife, wank, or smoke some weed. These are the only things that work for me anymore.

If I wake up after 3 and don't partake in one of the above activities I might as well roll my ass outa bed and start the coffee.
 
2018-07-11 09:51:26 AM  

jbc: #7 Masturbate Furiously?


You joke, but this is actually a viable option.
 
2018-07-11 09:54:19 AM  

jbc: #7 Masturbate Furiously?


I took a Red Cross class on setting up and running emergency shelters. This was covered. Humans only can be in one emotional state so aroused surplants anxious. So if anxiety is keeping you up a break from it might help.
 
2018-07-11 09:58:17 AM  
Recently my cat has been waking me up in the middle of the night purring and licking me. Late last Thursday I gave her the monthly flea treatment and she acts strange, but she isn't eating much yet eats her treats each morning before I go to work. Hopefully she calms down soon.

Also, likely I have to pee if I wake up in the middle of the night.
 
2018-07-11 10:07:26 AM  
Roll over to your other side if you're a sude sleeper.

But if I have a nightmare, I don't want to quickly fall asleep because I might go right back into that nightmare, so getting out of bed and using the toilet is the solution.
 
2018-07-11 10:14:41 AM  
And I absolutely agree with the clock thing.  Two alarm clocks are enough security to not worry about time and get depressed about how long its taking to fall asleep or how close the alarm is.

And one more.

White noise if you have something annoying.  For my living situation it's birds.  During breeding season they start going at about 4am.
 
2018-07-11 10:33:00 AM  

kdawg7736: Recently my cat has been waking me up in the middle of the night purring and licking me. Late last Thursday I gave her the monthly flea treatment and she acts strange, but she isn't eating much yet eats her treats each morning before I go to work. Hopefully she calms down soon.

Also, likely I have to pee if I wake up in the middle of the night.


Waking up to pee is better than not waking up to pee.
 
2018-07-11 10:48:25 AM  
Usually just closing my eyes works for me.
 
2018-07-11 11:02:45 AM  
Sometimes what works for me is I'll start to imagine going for a long walk, either to a place I've been before or to an imaginary place.  It doesn't take long for me to end up in a dream about the place I was thinking about.
Strangely what also works is I have a small desktop fan on my side table.  If I position myself so I can feel the wind either on my arm or on my hand, I"ll quickly fall asleep.
 
2018-07-11 11:17:37 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: Sex with the wife, wank, or smoke some weed. These are the only things that work for me anymore.

If I wake up after 3 and don't partake in one of the above activities I might as well roll my ass outa bed and start the coffee.


I agree. Sex with your missus does the trick for me, but your weed is a little on the weak-sauce side.

And I ain't touching your junk again.
 
2018-07-11 11:44:50 AM  
If it's after 4:30, I might as well just get up.

I've had insomnia since I was a little kid.  Melatonin worked for a period of years but now I have medical cannabis and an edible helps me fall and stay asleep.  Best thing I have found so far, even though it cost me a part-time job when I came up hot on the urine test and they didn't care that I had the medical card.
 
2018-07-11 11:47:37 AM  
I just think about all the bullshiat I have to deal with in the morning, and that usually knocks me out cold.
 
2018-07-11 12:32:23 PM  
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2018-07-11 12:33:05 PM  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: If it's after 4:30, I might as well just get up.


that's a bingo.  I refuse to look at any timepiece at all after I turn out the lights.
if I see it's even close to 4, I'm AWAKE, period.

and sure, I can/will/do masturbate furiously like the rest of you farkers,
but that just leaves me tired/sticky/and still awake.
 
2018-07-11 01:00:07 PM  
Wait until your > 55 and get up to pee half a dozen times per night. You learn to get back to sleep before the cat has found another spot to lie down on.
 
2018-07-11 01:03:15 PM  

12349876: And I absolutely agree with the clock thing.  Two alarm clocks are enough security to not worry about time and get depressed about how long its taking to fall asleep or how close the alarm is.

And one more.

White noise if you have something annoying.  For my living situation it's birds.  During breeding season they start going at about 4am.


My situation is asshole neighbors that stomp around the whole goddamn night.  Only solution so far is noise reduction headphones, but I have to learn to sleep with them on (without breaking them).
 
2018-07-11 01:04:04 PM  

jbc: #7 Masturbate Furiously?


That's really a combination of 3, 4, and 5.
 
2018-07-11 01:13:59 PM  
Those are actually all good tips.

Though they don't mention that you can get a bluelight filter app for your phone / tablet (if it doesn't already have one built in) - which isn't to say you should get on your smartphone if you wake up in the middle of the night, but you can turn on the filter a few hours before bedtime instead of having to put your phone away a few hours before bedtime.

The clock thing is absolutely true.  I used to get stuck in the pattern they describe, until I was finally at a point of "I know the alarm on my phone works, I check and make sure the alarm is set before I go to bed, if I wake up and the alarm isn't going off, it doesn't matter what time it is, I can go back to sleep.

Of course, I've dealt with insomnia for about 25 years now, and there's not all that much that helps.
 
2018-07-11 01:18:15 PM  

Skyking Skyking Do Not Answer: If it's after 4:30, I might as well just get up.

I've had insomnia since I was a little kid.  Melatonin worked for a period of years but now I have medical cannabis and an edible helps me fall and stay asleep.  Best thing I have found so far, even though it cost me a part-time job when I came up hot on the urine test and they didn't care that I had the medical card.


I've found cannabis to be more helpful that pretty much anything else in regards to my insomnia, It's medically legal in my state, it's very limited in what medical conditions qualify, and insomnia doesn't make the cut, so I can't get a card.  I'm also hunting for a new job, which means I'm going to have to be able to pass a drug test (which will almost certainly be a hair follicle test) so I've had to stop.

\I'm le tired.
 
2018-07-11 01:23:45 PM  
I've always woken up early but for the last year or so it's been 330 like clockwork. Then my mind would start clicking and wouldn't stop and any noise (wife breathing/snoring) becomes almost deafening. By then I'm all worked up and not sleeping any time soon. I've been on 1/2 a sleeping pill and 5mg of melatonin for a few months. They work ok. But once my mind is moving it hard to stop. Pot and TV help. So does concentration on my breathing. I've found that if I tell myself "relax, you will fall asleep again" I can relax a bit.
 
2018-07-11 01:48:00 PM  
I had a dream I had insomnia.
 
2018-07-11 02:08:41 PM  
5. FOCUS ON WHAT RELAXES YOU.
Burn one, and fap?
 
2018-07-11 02:51:01 PM  

born_yesterday: My situation is asshole neighbors that stomp around the whole goddamn night.  Only solution so far is noise reduction headphones, but I have to learn to sleep with them on (without breaking them).


You could try foam earplugs. I use them when I travel: sleep on one side, put an earplug in the ear on the opposite side.

You'll block out most of the noises and should still be able to hear the alarm to wake up.
 
2018-07-11 03:13:17 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: born_yesterday: My situation is asshole neighbors that stomp around the whole goddamn night.  Only solution so far is noise reduction headphones, but I have to learn to sleep with them on (without breaking them).

You could try foam earplugs. I use them when I travel: sleep on one side, put an earplug in the ear on the opposite side.

You'll block out most of the noises and should still be able to hear the alarm to wake up.


Thank you for the thoughtful input.  I'll give them a shot.
 
2018-07-11 05:13:39 PM  

born_yesterday: Englebert Slaptyback: born_yesterday: My situation is asshole neighbors that stomp around the whole goddamn night.  Only solution so far is noise reduction headphones, but I have to learn to sleep with them on (without breaking them).

You could try foam earplugs. I use them when I travel: sleep on one side, put an earplug in the ear on the opposite side.

You'll block out most of the noises and should still be able to hear the alarm to wake up.

Thank you for the thoughtful input.  I'll give them a shot.


One variant to this that I use - I use the foam earplugs Englebert, with a vibrating watch alarm (mine is a Withings, Fitbit before that) as the first alarm, and my phone as the second backup alarm. The vibration works very well and removes the anxiety of not hearing the alarm. Bonus - the vibration doesn't seem to wake Mrs II and the phone alarm becomes my "quit scrolling on the throne and get washed up" alarm.
 
2018-07-11 06:06:48 PM  

stanadamsii: born_yesterday: Englebert Slaptyback: born_yesterday: My situation is asshole neighbors that stomp around the whole goddamn night.  Only solution so far is noise reduction headphones, but I have to learn to sleep with them on (without breaking them).

You could try foam earplugs. I use them when I travel: sleep on one side, put an earplug in the ear on the opposite side.

You'll block out most of the noises and should still be able to hear the alarm to wake up.

Thank you for the thoughtful input.  I'll give them a shot.

One variant to this that I use - I use the foam earplugs Englebert, with a vibrating watch alarm (mine is a Withings, Fitbit before that) as the first alarm, and my phone as the second backup alarm. The vibration works very well and removes the anxiety of not hearing the alarm. Bonus - the vibration doesn't seem to wake Mrs II and the phone alarm becomes my "quit scrolling on the throne and get washed up" alarm.



That is an excellent idea, and would permit the use of two earplugs if conditions warrant. Thanks!
 
2018-07-11 06:26:45 PM  
You are welcome!
 
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