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Things that keep you awake at night.

Discussion in 'Midnight Owl' started by boo, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Niantiel

    Niantiel Active Member

    I used to use alcohol to moderate my sleeping but I can't really fund doing that anymore right now. Typically I'll get lost in music, thoughts, a conversation with someone online, or something on some site I'm reading. The real problem is that I'm not tired until it's too late for me to fall asleep because if I do I risk oversleeping my alarm -_-. I'm 28 now. I've had insomnia since I was about 13. I can still pull all-nighters, drink a pot of coffee, and get about a 20 minute nap before an 8 hour shift at work. At lunch, I'll be sure to pick up an energy drink and a good sized meal to get me through the day. By the time I get home I manage to sleep and typically only sleep 4 hours anyway. So basically, I run on 4 hours a night for about...5 or 6 days before my body crashes and needs to catch up. It's annoying. Can be fun, but can also be very annoying.
  2. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    I hear you. Sleep often eludes me even though I have tried all the tried and true methods to catch those elusive zzzz's.
  3. Sunday16

    Sunday16 Well-Known Member

    When I can't turn off my brain it's usually because I'm thinking about my ex, feeling anxious about my lonely situation, or obsessing over a slight from one of my coworkers. All things that are really not worth the amount of time and concern I give them.
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  4. Ladybug19

    Ladybug19 Well-Known Member

    Mosquitoes! Pesky creatures.
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  5. Flying Fox

    Flying Fox SF Supporter

    Nostalgia. Looking back is creepy, sad and lonely all at the same time.
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  6. drinty

    drinty I'd rather be a Cat.

    Well I've realised that booze is effecting my night tonight, I thought it was knocking me out a while back when I got to the point of needing proper sleep. I gave up drinking and my everything became more level... But I've only just realised that tonight after having a glass of wine and waking up after a nightmare. Feeling scared in the middle of the night when you're alone sucks.
    As for things that keep me awake, it's just my brain. Dunno what it thinks about but it's up to summit. I do word searches or 3in a row games to focus, then I can't fight sleep creeping up on me.
  7. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    A certain man (but not in a bad way at all), just lots of random thoughts of him.
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  8. Emerald Hyperion

    Emerald Hyperion Unknown Mystery Person

    I always had constant insomnia before, but this time its in a good way because I constantly think of a very special woman that means the world to me. She's the last thing on my mind before I sleep and the first thing on my mind when I wake up.
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  9. Auerbach

    Auerbach Well-Known Member

    Hope, because at night I feel decent, morning is another story. So I want to stay awake feeling hope for as long as possible.
  10. Flying Fox

    Flying Fox SF Supporter

    Complete silence at night, my mind drives me up the wall. For the longest time I had the classical station turned on low at night time.
  11. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Eccentric writer, general weirdo, heedless heathen

    Lots of feelings, things that I can't get over. Been reminded of things so I will probably be up crying again, like I was last night. Would be nice to get a decent amount of sleep for once.
  12. Sunday16

    Sunday16 Well-Known Member

    My nose has been keeping me awake for the past few nights.
    It's running so much I believe it just qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. :p
  13. Sunday16

    Sunday16 Well-Known Member

    @Witty_Sarcasm I'm sorry to hear you're feeling this way. I hope you find some peace and sleep tonight. {{hug}}
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  14. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    The fear of having horrific nightmares keeps me awake i stay awake as long as i can
  15. MarkahMalady

    MarkahMalady Well-Known Member

    Eating disorder thoughts, degenerate sexual fantasies, thinking about grocery shopping in other countries. Sometimes the cats meow for attention in the middle of the night.
  16. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Seeing is Believing Forum Pro SF Supporter

    The cat leaping onto my chest from a perch above the bed because she is being bullied by the 2nd cat
  17. VioletDawn

    VioletDawn SF Supporter

    My worst habit when insomnia hits is clock watching. I get in bed and think "great.. 7 hours for sleep". An hour later I'm still awake and I think "ok.. I can cope with 6 hours".. Fast forward checking the clock every half hour until it gets to 2 hours before I'm due to get up and I realise there's no way I'm going to make it through "tomorrow" without passing out at some point!
  18. Walker

    Walker Everything Zen Staff Member Safety & Support SF Social Media SF Supporter

    oh god, @VioletDawn I am so prone to that shit it's not even funny. It's why I can't work a day shift actually. I am clock watching all night until it's time to get up. For some reason it's not the same way when I'm on another shift. Best wishes.
  19. HumanExMachina

    HumanExMachina Pizza Spaceman Forum Pro SF Artist SF Supporter

    I worked the night shift for around 15 years. I loved it. I haven't had long running sleep problems in a long time. Reading really does it for me. What occasionally ruins my sleep, because I get pissed off, is when I forgot to close the window before going to bed and some moron passes by on a motorcycle that's purposely rigged to be ear splittingly loud, just as I'm beginning to drift off. There's some kind of motorcycle club around here, so they're rattling people's windows all day and night.
  20. Walker

    Walker Everything Zen Staff Member Safety & Support SF Social Media SF Supporter

    I have 2 neighbors with bikes that are unnecessarily loud. One of them, a woman, sits out there revving that thing for 20 or 30 minutes sometimes. I'm not saying there's anything going on there but...
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