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Old 04-03-2018, 10:24 PM
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Part of my insomnia problem is that when I go to bed my mind gets flooded with ideas or how I will fix something or whatever. I have heard people talk about techniques to clear your mind when you go to bed like envision you have a switch in your head that you can simply turn off. Another one is to concentrate on removing all of your thoughts and putting them into a box that you can open up again in the morning. This may work for some but I am not one of them that it works for.

I used to keep a pad and paper next to my bed so that when I had a good idea I would get up and write it down. I have stopped doing that because it would just keep me awake longer. Do any of you guys deal with your mind running overtime when you try to sleep? Does anyone have a technique that helps clear your mind until the morning?

I haven't been able to get to sleep tonight because I can't stop thinking about everything I need to do to get the boat ready to put in later in the week.
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Part of my insomnia problem is that when I go to bed my mind gets flooded with ideas or how I will fix something or whatever. I have heard people talk about techniques to clear your mind when you go to bed like envision you have a switch in your head that you can simply turn off. Another one is to concentrate on removing all of your thoughts and putting them into a box that you can open up again in the morning. This may work for some but I am not one of them that it works for.

I used to keep a pad and paper next to my bed so that when I had a good idea I would get up and write it down. I have stopped doing that because it would just keep me awake longer. Do any of you guys deal with your mind running overtime when you try to sleep? Does anyone have a technique that helps clear your mind until the morning?

I haven't been able to get to sleep tonight because I can't stop thinking about everything I need to do to get the boat ready to put in later in the week.
You've asked for help but you've told us you don't want it, how's anyone supposed to help you?
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Same problem here. I've found varying degrees of alcohol help
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I dunno about racing, but here it is at 2am and I'm on here waiting to get sleepy again!
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I have a similar problem and I do better if I avoid the computer late at night. It's only 10:20 here and I'm going to shut off the computer and open a book, you gentlemen have the computer on at two in the morning and I don't believe that's a good plan.
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Russ,

Start an exercise regimen, one that will leave you good and tired by the time you normally get to bed. Trust me, it works.
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Yep, my mind is always racing. If something is very important I can focus, otherwise I'm thinking about ten things simultaneously. I gave a quote (HVAC) the other day to some people that had a problem room. I woke up in the middle of the night with 2 different solutions I hadn't considered while there. If we have a simple, straight forward job (the next day) I sleep well (usually). If the job is complicated or in the boonies I find it hard to sleep thinking about how everything needs to go together or going over the material list to make sure we will have everything we need for the job while there.

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Just the opposite with me. I fall asleep ok but then am up at 3 am problem solving. Been this way for al long time I just figure that's the way it is .
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I do no caffeine after 2 pm, go to bed with soft music on for my tinnitus, and read a book till I can't keep my eyes open any longer and then it's lights out no problem. Sometimes I have the same problem as GULLPT, wake up too early ready to go.
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I have a sound machine and keep a surf sound on.
relaxes me and I sleep like a baby.
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Nice brisk walk then hot shower prior to bed.
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Never had that problem till I quit my job as an employee and became an employer.

Sleep like a baby after sex, seems to be the only surefire way to relax my mind.
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Once in a while. Usually work stuff keeping me up. Used to keep a notepad next to bed but decided it promoted work while sleeping.

More exercise, less caffeine, in general. I had a cup of coffee at 445 yesterday and was up til 2. Then up again from 330-5.
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I am a software engineer and I had this issue for the last 30 years......solved a lot of coding problems while trying to fall asleep.....but just about a year ago we purchased a new mattress.....an Aireloom mattress manufactured in California....I used to watch TV a bit in bed and wait till I got drowsy.....now after a few months with this mattress I don't last 10 minutes and I am out....didn't think a mattress would make that much difference......but it did for me...
Not saying this is the answer for everyone .....just what I found to help me get to sleep quickly and sleep soundly.
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Just the opposite with me. I fall asleep ok but then am up at 3 am problem solving. Been this way for al long time I just figure that's the way it is .
Exact same thing with me. I try to problem solve things I have to deal with the next day at work. I think about things needed to be done on the boat. All kinds of things. I wish I could just sleep. Chris
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Over the counter sleep meds, have had to take them since first major spinal surgery.

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I never have a problem going to sleep. Usually by 9:00 or 10:00 at the very latest I'm asleep.
Most nights I sleep through the night until my normal waking up time of 4:30 to 5:00.
Occasionally, I wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 and can't go back to sleep. When that happens, I get up and go to my
office and work.
For years, I'm not sure how many, I would go to sleep, wake up at 2 or so and worry and not be able to go back to sleep.
When I got my divorce behind me, all of that changed. I also stopped drinking beer in the evenings. I now just have a couple of
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Old 04-04-2018, 04:42 AM
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Not sure how to help you Russ. Somehow you've got to learn to just turn your mind off at the right time. My issue (and I don't really think it's an 'issue') is that once the sun goes down, I'm ready to fall asleep. I do wake up most weekedays at 3am to go to the gym before work, but I'm normally up around that time anyways. I consider "sleeping late" as anything after 5am.
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Russ has things racing through his head? Who'da thunk it?

Kidding aside, I have never slept much (5-6 hours a night) and do sometimes have trouble falling asleep. I saw this a week or two ago: https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/...l-asleep-fast/ . I've read about this technique before but never really tried to put it into practice. I've been trying it but so far, I can't say if it helps or not. The article does say that it takes a while to get it to become effective. I figure it can't hurt to try.

Also, as others have said, turn of the devices. There was something on the news recently about a study that showed light from electronics messes with your sleep. A book or magazine is better to get your brain settled for the night.
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I really never had that problem Russ, I'm usually asleep in a couple of minutes...literally. But on the rare occasion I DO find myself in that situation I put my mind to work, I do math problems, think of all the friends I grew up with, try to remember teachers names . Works every time.
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