can you tell when you're about to fall asleep?

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    Aug 29, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    Maybe I never noticed but for the longest time it was just, click, lights out. Now I know when I'm falling asleep because of what I call The Voice; some random dream character talking. I'll often wake back up, turn over to my right side, then fall fully asleep.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 29, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    oh yes .... the voices .... sometimes the voices keep me awake
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    Interesting you should ask that. I remember reading about a study they did on this where they gave people buzzers and ask them to push them right before they fell asleep. No one ever did so I guess none of us know when we're about to fall asleep.
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    When I start doing face-plants in my book.
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    Aug 29, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    Stranger still, I don't think I'm ever fully asleep. I can hear everything that goes on in the room all through the night. If my parrot falls out of the cage and flies around the room, I can hear him when he slips. When the phone rings, I can always tell you what I was thinking about before it rang. I don't think I ever sleep!
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    Aug 29, 2013 6:33 PM GMT
    hmmm...would have like to been in that trial, with the bell.
    Always been able, or at least after training in the service.
    My mind is always racing and hard to shut down, but my body will queue me to it's disconnect and I just try and clear my mind saying, "Let it happen" over and over till out.
  • Import

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    Aug 29, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    My ambien always allows me a good night's sleep. icon_cool.gif
  • TheBizMan

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    Aug 29, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    Pop a lunesta for a good siesta
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    Aug 29, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    A little time before falling asleep I feel a light electric jolt go through my body, some muscles spasm momentarily and then I'm off to sleepy land.
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    Aug 29, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    I usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
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    Aug 29, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj


    that sounds like narcolepsy

  • Aug 29, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj


    Meby you just can't spell...

  • Aug 29, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidA little time before falling asleep I feel a light electric jolt go through my body, some muscles spasm momentarily and then I'm off to sleepy land.


    Meby it's time to get that electric blanket of yours in for repair
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    Aug 29, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    loadandlock183 said
    bhp91126 saidA little time before falling asleep I feel a light electric jolt go through my body, some muscles spasm momentarily and then I'm off to sleepy land.


    Meby it's time to get that electric blanket of yours in for repair

    No electric blanket, just my hubby and the spark is still there...
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    Aug 29, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidA little time before falling asleep I feel a light electric jolt go through my body, some muscles spasm momentarily and then I'm off to sleepy land.


    That can be an occurrence on your way to an altered state of consciousness. Simply put, if you are not already, the "electric shocks" you describe could mean that you could pretty easily become a lucid dreamer. Many lucid dreamers describe them similarly early on in our dreaming experiences. I recall having them when I was a kid.

    To the OP's point, I'm very aware of when I'm about to sleep and at times when I'm up on my dream yoga practice, I can consciously put my body to sleep, formulate dreams, manipulate them, destroy the dreaming and reawaken my body without ever losing consciousness during any of those steps.

    It is not unusual to have sort of a pre-dream on falling asleep--that happens sometimes to me too--then consciousness awakens the body and then you fall back to a deeper sleep. Combine that with hypnagogia, the state between being awake and dreaming, and you could very well experience a sort of auditory hallucination of a dream character speaking which sounds to the person having the experience as real as any real voice might to an outside observer, only the "sound" is strictly subjective, of course.

  • Aug 29, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    bhp91126 said
    loadandlock183 said
    bhp91126 saidA little time before falling asleep I feel a light electric jolt go through my body, some muscles spasm momentarily and then I'm off to sleepy land.


    Meby it's time to get that electric blanket of yours in for repair

    No electric blanket, just my hubby and the spark is still there...


    icon_smile.gifgreat stuff
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    Aug 29, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidPop a lunesta for a good siesta

    If I think I might be anxious and I want to be sure and get to sleep a melatonin pill definitely makes me sleepy. Along with a St John's wort pill.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Johns_Wort
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    Aug 29, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    loadandlock183 said
    JumpMan_Josh saidI usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj


    Meby you just can't spell...


    Did you just try to tell me I can't spell, and then right "meby" instead of "maybe?" GRRR! icon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif
  • kellenJ

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    Aug 29, 2013 9:56 PM GMT
    Yes. But only because I've developed a series of steps to let my body know it's time to sleep. I have a disorder where I don't EVER feel sleepy. I've thought about using sleep medication but I know I'll get addicted so I've put that thought aside.
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    Aug 29, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    People aren't usually aware when they're in that state between deep sleep and awake unless they make a mental note to themselves. I remember I tried to manipulate my sleep by doing this. I wanted to try lucid dreaming, it's when a person is aware that they're dreaming. I kept myself mentally aware by thinking to myself to keep awake. I would see images in front of my eyes and it would pass by my dark vision. I can handle that but when my vision started flickering like picture of snapping camera and I freaked out and I messed up by opening my eyes. I stopped trying but it was fun to try.
  • madsexy

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    Aug 29, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMaybe I never noticed but for the longest time it was just, click, lights out. Now I know when I'm falling asleep because of what I call The Voice; some random dream character talking. I'll often wake back up, turn over to my right side, then fall fully asleep.


    I've HEARD they have good meds to keep those voices in your head quiet! icon_razz.gif


    JumpMan_Josh said
    loadandlock183 said
    JumpMan_Josh saidI usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj


    Meby you just can't spell...


    Did you just try to tell me I can't spell, and then right "meby" instead of "maybe?" GRRR! icon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif


    icon_lol.gif OMG I am going to piss my pants laughing at that! icon_lol.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 29, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Two signs tell me sleep is imminent: a sense of falling(and then sometimes jerking awake), and/or, my breath becomes distinctly warmer.
  • Bustthewave

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    Aug 30, 2013 12:05 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMaybe I never noticed but for the longest time it was just, click, lights out. Now I know when I'm falling asleep because of what I call The Voice; some random dream character talking. I'll often wake back up, turn over to my right side, then fall fully asleep.


    I'm strangely fascinated by this thread. I can't tell the moment i'm about to fall asleep, but I can always tell when I'm headed in that direction. I have crazy insomnia sometimes, and even when I'm sleeping "normally," it still takes me an hour or more to fall asleep.

    I know I'm getting near sleep when I start seeing colored patterns on the back side of my eye lids, and feel like I'm floating around in a wave pool. ... ... I swear I don't do drugs...
  • MikeW

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    Aug 30, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said
    loadandlock183 said
    JumpMan_Josh saidI usually fall asleep on my computer. I can tell I feel asleep because my head always falls on my keyb skadjfa;skldalkeiwijsdajjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj


    Meby you just can't spell...


    Did you just try to tell me I can't spell, and then right "meby" instead of "maybe?" GRRR! icon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif

    Only prolem iz, JMJ, u appears nota no ur right from wright. ETA... which is especially peculiar given your last name.
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    Aug 30, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Bustthewave said...I start seeing colored patterns on the back side of my eye lids...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-eye_hallucination
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