by humbledmarket Banned
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We all know the importance of sleep sadly many of us aren't getting enough of it. Many are restricted because of time restrains and responsibilities piling up in their businesses and work.

When you sleep is the time your body rejuvenates you for a new day; mostly the brain.

But many times the problem with me is that I can't sleep because even when I lie down it takes me hours to get to sleep.

I'm the type of person who requires silence to properly think and be at peace as well as sleep. The slightest noise of distraction frustrates me. The problem is my home can be very noisy and distrupting at times.

So my question is for those of you hard sleepers; how do you get to sleep?

I know this is slightly off topic but it's 3 am in the morning and my reasonsing is success requires adaquate ability and this is direcly related to the mind and brain and self improvement. So humor me.
#sleep
  • Profile picture of the author MichaelParsons
    Sorry to hear about this. I know how hard it can be to go 24 or 36 hours on only an hour or 2 of sleep. I'm a former Big-Rig driver...

    Is you house noisy at 3AM due to people IN the house or stuff outside?

    This sounds like a job for a physician. You could search for years to find what a doctor would recommend in 30 seconds. If you don't like the thought of sleep-aides, tell the Dr. about this and maybe s/he can come up with some homeopathic remedy.

    Definitely cut out all caffeine for the 6 hours before you go to bed. Bedtime @ 10, no coffee or soda after 4.

    Perhaps run a fan, or tune a radio to static, or play a CD with white noise or ocean surf. I know you said you need silence, but this might block out some of the noise.

    Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    When I do sleep soundly it's because I exhausted myself. Like you Michael I used to work long hours, as a security guard in a shipping terminal. That combined with Racing Thought Syndrome causes me to go, go, go at times.

    Meditation has helped me in this area. When the mind calms down the body usually follows.

    All the best, I know how frustrating this can be.

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    • Profile picture of the author Gino Robin
      Hi
      Certainly the ancient strategy.... To Count Sheep !

      You can do a millions of things...I prefer Reading,it relax your mind
      and your eyes are the windows of your brain....Switch it off !

      I'm the type of person who requires silence to properly think and be at peace as well as sleep. The slightest noise of distraction frustrates me. The problem is my home can be very noisy and distrupting at times.
      This certainly stir up your emotions.........Remember your emotions are simply "energy in motion" .......Take a walk or do something that relax you,to get rid of distractions

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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      When I do sleep soundly it's because I exhausted myself. Like you Michael I used to work long hours, as a security guard in a shipping terminal. That combined with Racing Thought Syndrome causes me to go, go, go at times.

      Meditation has helped me in this area. When the mind calms down the body usually follows.

      All the best, I know how frustrating this can be.

      RB
      You have mentioned one of the greatest solutions for Racing Thought Syndrome, which is something many of us internet marketers have. Meditation will help you to completely quiet your mind (or at least eliminate a significant portion of "noise" flowing through it), and once you master this it will be pretty easy for you to relax and sleep on demand. Keep in mind that mastering meditation is a life-long affair, and you'll only get good at it if you practice consistently on a daily basis.
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      • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        You have mentioned one of the greatest solutions for Racing Thought Syndrome, which is something many of us internet marketers have. Meditation will help you to completely quiet your mind (or at least eliminate a significant portion of "noise" flowing through it), and once you master this it will be pretty easy for you to relax and sleep on demand. Keep in mind that mastering meditation is a life-long affair, and you'll only get good at it if you practice consistently on a daily basis.
        Yep, I meditate 1-3 hours a day
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      • Profile picture of the author jasonblake10
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        You have mentioned one of the greatest solutions for Racing Thought Syndrome, which is something many of us internet marketers have. Meditation will help you to completely quiet your mind (or at least eliminate a significant portion of "noise" flowing through it), and once you master this it will be pretty easy for you to relax and sleep on demand. Keep in mind that mastering meditation is a life-long affair, and you'll only get good at it if you practice consistently on a daily basis.
        I still think counting to a hundred is the best way to fall asleep when there are thoughts racing through your head when you are trying to sleep. It keeps you focused on one boring task and keeps you from jumping from topic to topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobirk
    I really have the same problem like the OP has. All the responsibilities/opportunities/problems, keep me awake for 2-3h before actually having some sleep and it is not the 100% sleep but like 20-30% of the actual value. So the next day everything is a blur, the mood is bad and the eyes hurt like hell.

    As the last poster said that we have to quiet our mind with meditation, but how to do that ?
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  • Profile picture of the author KaizenCoach
    Good sleep hygiene is important: cool room, darkness, bedtime rituals, no TV on, "white noise". Getting back to basics can help.

    While the most obvious benefits of quality and adequate amounts of sleep are mental clarity and physical energy, research keeps revealing many other critical health issues directly effected by sleep. It is really astounding.

    Did you know that lack of proper sleep can help make you fat? Decrease your longevity? That it contributes to many illnesses and chronic conditions? There are body repair activities and essential hormonal functions that occur ONLY during a full sleep cycle. The build up of cortisol in the body (that is produced when we're stressed and cleansed through sleep) has a corrosive effect on the heart, entire cardiovascular system, nervous system and fat-burning system.

    Sleep is essential... not a luxury. - Especially if you wish to be a high performance person. You are a like an athlete in many ways, treat yourself as such.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Gosse
    Meditation before bed will help you remove the days stresses
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  • Profile picture of the author love earth
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  • Profile picture of the author TheOverall
    Try salsa. Power nap after lunch. It really helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author gsoptimization
    6 hours a day, it is necessary to keep your body and mind fresh and able to concentrate.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    On a very serious note, I sleep whenever I want to sleep irrespective of how noisy the place is.
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    • Profile picture of the author jasonblake10
      Originally Posted by King Shiloh View Post

      On a very serious note, I sleep whenever I want to sleep irrespective of how noisy the place is.
      I bet a lot of people wish they could do that!
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  • Profile picture of the author rockstaradi
    I sleep only when I am completely exhausted. This helps me get a sound sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    I don't really have a problem falling a sleep, even if it's noise around me. But my problem is that due to my busy schedule I only get ~6-7 hours of sleep each night and I would really, really need more. Without at least a coffee in the morning, I'm a zombie all day, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Crystal smith
    I have moments of sleep deprivation followed by the inability to wake up!
    I call it 'insomnicoma'
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam1985
    I sleep after totally completing my task of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mcrofts
    Do this, Breath in as Deep & hard & fast as you can, Then Exhale & push out every last ounce & Repeat 30time's

    You should experience Dizzyness & exhaustion

    If you do it too much & just right you can Faint

    Personally, I don't go to bed till im feeling I can't go on any longer, I stay awake 3day's straight a few times a month, Usually when I feel I cant concentrate well enough anymore, THEN I go to bed, & go to sleep quite fast
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    • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
      Originally Posted by Mcrofts View Post

      Do this, Breath in as Deep & hard & fast as you can, Then Exhale & push out every last ounce & Repeat 30time's

      You should experience Dizzyness & exhaustion

      If you do it too much & just right you can Faint

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      Don't do this. It's not safe. You can die from this. Seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author madmmd
    its much simpler for me.. i take healthy food.. work hard.. drink a lot of water.. go to sleep only when i feel too much sleepy and sleep till i feel lazy.. i just sleep once.. it can be from five hours to nine hours.. but i sleep as much as i want to.. and dont go to sleep when i am still feeling active enough to work..
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  • Profile picture of the author shahriyar
    I usually can sleep when i feel totally tired of working and I think of something particular. For example if i m developing a script, i think of the next steps, something small not too big. That always helped me sleep till now.
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    • Profile picture of the author chandan12
      I sleep at any time when i am on bed ,i need a TV to sleep ,i like to watch TV before sleep ,a piece environment is better to sleep so that i can complete my sleep.mostly i not like to sleep for a long time.sleep make a man doll
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    I can sleep for 9 hours and still wake up feeling tired,but other times I have 6 hours and feel fantastic,it's all about the quality of sleep rather than the amount.
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  • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
    Originally Posted by humbledmarket View Post

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    But many times the problem with me is that I can't sleep because even when I lie down it takes me hours to get to sleep.

    I'm the type of person who requires silence to properly think and be at peace as well as sleep. The slightest noise of distraction frustrates me. The problem is my home can be very noisy and distrupting at times.
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    I'm lucky in that I have no difficulty falling asleep most of the time.

    However, when I have had to sleep where it's not quiet, I've used earplugs with some success.

    The room should be cool - we rest better at about 60 degrees.

    Darkness helps - thicker curtains or hanging blankets over the windows are options I've used, wearing one of those sleep masks I've never tried. No stimulants (coffee, tea, cocoa, sharp cheese).

    Eating turkey with a cup of warm milk is purported to do wonders; I gag at warm milk, so I can't say I've used this myself. Soothing herb tea for me.

    I hope you get some rest. My heart goes out to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JMSD
    Try this:

    Once you are comfortably tucked up, close your eyes, relax your muscles (amazing how tensed up you can be, even when "relaxing" in bed). Feel each set of muscles loosen up. Then say to yourself:

    I'll be asleep in two minutes and wake up refreshed at (whatever time you wish).

    Until I practised this, I would also lie awake until the wee hours of the morning and then feel like death warmed up the next day for the same pattern to recur on the following night.

    I'm sure you have set an alarm for an early hour but if you've also made a mental note to wake up at that hour, you always wake up at least a few seconds or even minutes before the alarm goes off.

    It's conditioning your subconcious to obedience. It's never failed me. Some people say that if they haven't fallen off to sleep within minutes of turning out the light, they get up and do something like drinking warm milk or camomile tea before immediately returning to bed. They fall asleep almost immediately after their head touches the pillow.
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    I used to be a very bad sleeper. Would go to sleep at 4, only to have to wake up at 7, and I never felt I needed it, but as the years went on, the less I slept the worse I felt. But I couldn't help it, I couldn't sleep. So I just started reading things before I fell asleep, and recently was has really helped a lot has been playing the games on my phone. I just play until my eyes get real heavy and I know it's time to put my head on the pillow for I only have minutes til I doze off
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
    Complete the task of the day so that you mind will be set calm and good sleeping environment is important like cool and quite room.
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  • Profile picture of the author helenaldin
    One word: melatonin.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonathan8
    sleep 8 hours atleast. And sleep only when you are sleepy. I sleep sometimes at 4 AM or even 5 AM
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  • Profile picture of the author hatdance
    I sometimes use a tiny spray of liquid melatonin to take the edge off and drift into sleep quickly. Since it is also an antioxidant and does good things to my body while I sleep, I wake up refreshed and happy. The trick with melatonin is to make sure not to use too much or you will be groggy in the am. I use 1/2 to 1 mg, not 3 mg like most pills. I might mention that some people don't respond to melatonin, but it works like a charm for me, even on a long flight (going overseas) I can get some rest.
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