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MattR82

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Hey Martin Z,

This works for me every time without fail. The volume is really low, but just loud enough to be able to understand the words and ...boom.. asleep.

Experts say a lot of things. They research, get data then draw conclusions based on that data. Maybe they put it in a nice pie chart, present it in a respectable journal and then get kudos from their fellow staff and peers.

I prefer trying sh#t and seeing if it works. And this sh#t works for me. So experts can say what they want. Try it and see if it works for you.

I understand why it works for me. I can't control my mind. It goes nonstop 24/7 about everything and anything. The episode quietens my mind as it needs to process what the guy is saying. The narrator tells the story in such a way, that its interesting, so my mind stops for that period.. and then.. bang.. lights out.
A lot of people fall asleep easier with the tv on. I heard an interview with a sleep scientist last year where he said he knows that it is not a popular opinion, but if that works for you, use it.

If I can't stop thinking and am finding it hard to sleep, I'll put some random episode of something I've seen before on my laptop, close the screen so it's audio only, and am asleep in 5 to 10 minutes. I think this is quite a bit different to falling asleep with the tv on though, as after 20 mins the episode ends and my laptop will hibernate.

Meditation to try help with insomnia actually frustrates me more. May as well use TV for it's real purpose: to turn you into a mindless zombie lol.
 
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Martin Z

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A lot of people fall asleep easier with the tv on. I heard an interview with a sleep scientist last year where he said he knows that it is not a popular opinion, but if that works for you, use it.

If I can't stop thinking and am finding it hard to sleep, I'll put some random episode of something I've seen before on my laptop, close the screen so it's audio only, and am asleep in 5 to 10 minutes. I think this is quite a bit different to falling asleep with the tv on though, as after 20 mins the episode ends and my laptop will hibernate.

Meditation to try help with insomnia actually frustrates me more. May as well use TV for it's real purpose: to turn you into a mindless zombie lol.
Yeah man, I guess it just depends on the person. Do what works for you you know.
 

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A bit too late on this topic, but I understand where you're at.

A few tips for what works for me:
1. I do not react very well with too many sugars or a huge dinner before going to sleep. Especially if it contains processed meat etc (for example if I have a burger I might have trouble sleeping)
2. I put a hard stop on work/study related stuff at a specific time. Then I plan the day ahead and then I just watch any comedy show on Netflix. By the time that I put a hard stop, I need at least 1h to sleep.
3. I usually go to bed at 1am (I know it's late - but it's an improvement from going to bed at 3am...), my gym workout ends max at 8pm
 

Martin Z

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A bit too late on this topic, but I understand where you're at.

A few tips for what works for me:
1. I do not react very well with too many sugars or a huge dinner before going to sleep. Especially if it contains processed meat etc (for example if I have a burger I might have trouble sleeping)
2. I put a hard stop on work/study related stuff at a specific time. Then I plan the day ahead and then I just watch any comedy show on Netflix. By the time that I put a hard stop, I need at least 1h to sleep.
3. I usually go to bed at 1am (I know it's late - but it's an improvement from going to bed at 3am...), my gym workout ends max at 8pm
Yeah man, it's the same for me. I usually go to bed at 1am-2am(most of my clients are US clients, which means they're 6-9 hours behind my 1+ GMT). I found out it was because I did too much work before going to bed, which means my brain was still in that zone if you know what I mean. Trying to improve my schedule though!

Too much food is a big thing too. You don't wanna eat too much prior to bed time, especially foods high in sugar, fat and protein as they take a long time to digest inside your body.
 
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BriVi

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I had this problem. Fortunately, I was lucky to solve it. From my own experience, I can share the ways that worked for me:
- avoid chemicals that disrupt sleep, such as nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol
- eat lighter meals at night and at least two hours before bed
- stay active, but exercise earlier in the day
- take a hot shower or bath at the end of your day
- avoid screens one to two hours before bed.
As for sleeping pills, I took them, but according to the online pharmacy, they can be used only for a short period of time. It is much better to look for the natural ways of treatment.
 
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ijack

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I have very noisy upstairs neighbors all night long so sleeping with tv and white noise machine on...not ideal...

Anyway, I have kind of re-framed the situation as not thinking of it as 'sleep' but as 'rest', rest my body needs. The oils are a good idea. Volant Lavender is supposed to help sleep. I use eucalyptus for breathing and lemon eucalyptus for alertness in the am.

There's deep relaxation too where you relax each part of the body in turn, to a recording.
 

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