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I'm wide awake. Again. Listening to the clock tick round. What do you do when you can't sleep?

kfe202
8 days ago
What do you think of this?
laraquinn
laraquinn8 days ago

I usually read for a bit then spray some lavender pillow mist on my pillow (obvs) and that usually does the trick.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
8 days ago

That's interesting. What is it about lavender that helps you sleep?

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Hazel21
Hazel218 days ago

Get a book start reading if not watch a documentary. And if I’m in a calm relaxing mood I’d literally just sit and meditate 🧘‍♀️ with some wood burning candles on honestly be having the time of my life until I realise that I’ll have to wake up back again at 7am 😂

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
8 days ago

Reading sounds good. Thanks for taking your time to share some strategies.

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TheChimp
TheChimp8 days ago

Usually come onto LD and see who's still awake 😃

Besides that, I'll put on some trash TV in the background.

And tonight's winner is Come Dine With Me.

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Lynibis
Lynibis8 days ago

I would think your suggestions are designed to keep you awake! How can anyone sleep with a TV on and it is a well known fact that tablets, screens etc are the worst thing to use before bed.

If you are into a good book snuggled up in bed your eyes will soon begin to droop, if you have had a full day, and just turn the bedside light out, put the book down with minimal movement and you will soon be in the land of nod.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
8 days ago

Sorry to hear that you have trouble sleeping. How kind of you to take your time to share some strategies. Here's hoping you get some good quality sleep soon!

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
8 days ago

Lynibis Sounds like all the screens might be causing the issue. How kind of you to take your time to share your perspective and an alternative strategy.

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shadowcat
shadowcat8 days ago

endless scrolling on the phone or drawing random things then it end up 2pm the next day!

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

That's a good idea to doodle until tired. Thank you for sharing.

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Johnny
Johnny8 days ago

I get up, do something else, and then go back to bed when/if I feel tired.

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G0501
G05018 days ago

I read and usually fall asleep on my book, but it doesn't always work

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

You're right that reading doesn't always work. Thanks for sharing!

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k4ren2006
k4ren20068 days ago

I'll either clear my mind completely and end up dropping off or I'll start to daydream and sometimes that'll do it 😁

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

That's a good idea to think about something other than sleep by daydreaming. I'll try that. Thanks for sharing!

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angelik
angelik8 days ago

I have a few things that work for me. I put a "sound" video on on youtube, like rain sounds, to try to relax and switch off. That works pretty well. I put an old film on, one that I've seen many times before, and then leave it running. I'll watch a bit of it here and there, and then soon enough I start to feel tired enough to nod off. That probably works best for me, but you might have to try a few things until you find out what works for you. Another thing that sometimes works for me is doing puzzles. I have a crossword book at the moment and if I can't sleep I'll solve a few of them until I feel too tired.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

angelik, thanks so much for the suggestions! That's a new one on me to try doing puzzles. Thanks for sharing!

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angelik
angelik7 days ago

kfe202 You're welcome 🙂 Different things work for different people, but I hope you find something in this discussion that helps.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap8 days ago

I always have trouble sleeping I just stay where I am in dark don't want to disturb family and if I get out of bed will wake myself up more.

Having said that I did get out of bed and do quiet jobs in kitchen night before GCSE came out as was a bit worried after the mess up with ALevels.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

Sorry to hear that the mess-up with GCSE's and A-Levels affected you. You're so sweet not to want to disturb your family when you can't sleep. That's a good idea to get out of bed for a while and do something quiet. Thanks for sharing!

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Mick82
Mick828 days ago

I find it you get up have a drink a little walk around the house it helps the longer you lie there not sleeping the more frustrated you get and makes it impossible to sleep

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
7 days ago

You're agreeing with Imnotcheap there. Thanks for your two cents!

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Mick82
Mick827 days ago

kfe202 bit rude

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NatalyKroxa
NatalyKroxa8 days ago

Camomile or peppermint tea is helping me usually, also lavender mist on my pillow . Can read some book,and take lavender bath before bed time.

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Pjran
Pjran8 days ago

I’m an insomniac and despite everyone’s opinion nothing helps. Friends think they’re being kind with their suggestions and I’m too polite to say “oh no not again, it really doesn’t help”.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap7 days ago

Know the feeling

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lilyflower
lilyflower8 days ago

My daughter was terrible for going to sleep due to anxiety so she used to have a warm lavender bath and then either night or anxiety spray from the Bach rescue remedy range, they worked in that she did fall asleep sooner than normal, but some nights it was unsettled.

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Fims6102
Fims61028 days ago

Breathing/relaxation excercises

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LordUnbox
LordUnbox8 days ago

Read. It makes the brain tired. It's all I need for a good night's sleep.

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hspexy
hspexy7 days ago

I just try to relax and think of happy times, usually a time when I was enjoying when abroad

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belleshowsdogs
belleshowsdogs7 days ago

I have a dehumidifier and have suffered for years with insomnia. I tried Pukka night time bundle last week and it was amazing half an hour before you want to fall asleep have some and its so nice as well 🙂

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sunny101
sunny1017 days ago

This isn't a panacea for insomniacs but I recently watched this, during lockdown, and the effect was pretty mind-blowing and worth a try for anyone unable to sleep through anxiety. Wim Hof was on This Morning showing a technique to help. Start at about 6mins 30secs

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