How to Fall Asleep

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    May 25, 2015 1:39 AM GMT
    NYT: Keep your bedroom free of screens and listen to your circadian clock.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/magazine/how-to-fall-asleep.html
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    May 26, 2015 12:58 AM GMT
    Black electrician's tape is an insomniac's best friend. (Interpret that as you will.)
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    May 26, 2015 5:51 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidBlack electrician's tape is an insomniac's best friend. (Interpret that as you will.)


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    May 26, 2015 12:53 PM GMT
    Whatever you try, Winter says, “don’t be frustrated in your bed.”

    Well, that's always been MY motto. LOL! icon_wink.gif

    I follow some of this advice, not other parts. For instance, a TV screen HELPS me to go to sleep. It gets me thinking about something else, whereas left to myself my mind starts racing about everything, like what I did that day, or plan to do tomorrow. TV takes my mind off all that, replacing it with often boring TV content. I've been doing that since I've been 13 years old.

    I agree about maintaining darkness. When I lived in northern Germany the summer sun came up at some ridiculous early time like 4 AM. Had to use heavy blackout curtains on the bedroom windows, the kind you have in photographic dark rooms (if those exist anymore).

    In south Florida, though, the annual daylight change is much less, and I take advantage of it. Unless I must wake up especially early for some appointment or trip, I let the sun be my natural alarm clock, and keep light-filtering bamboo roll-ups on the bedroom window. This time of year I'm awake between 6 and 7.

    I had a BF who slept wearing an eye mask. He kept one in the nightstand drawer on his side of my bed. That bedroom was pretty dark, but enough morning light to wake both of us early. Which was perfect, allowing me to slip into the kitchen and make us breakfast, ready by the time he did wake up.

    What really helps me sleep soundly is a good mattress. Both of us have been sleeping right through the night, and him hours longer, since we got a SleepNumber air mattress (not a compensated endorsement) this February. My husband says I'm asleep within minutes of hitting that thing, something he's never seen me do before.

    I knew I would, had one 20 years ago (called SelectComfort then) for my bad back. I wanted one 7 years ago but he opposed it, insisted on a traditional innerspring, wary of anything like air. Which I got us, cost me $6000, and that ultimately neither of us slept well on.

    So when he his own back went bad recently I said no more arguments, this time we get the air mattress. And then his sister stepped in and said she'd make it a Valentine's Day gift from her! Can you imagine? Talk about family acceptance of a gay couple living together - buying our very bedroom king mattress on which we sleep, and for romantic Valentine's Day! [wink, wink]

    But it did the job, and both of us are sleeping much better on the SleepNumber. His bad back is improving, he loves the thing, and it's the best mattress and night's sleep I can remember. So add having the proper mattress to the list here.
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    May 26, 2015 10:14 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWhatever you try, Winter says, “don’t be frustrated in your bed.”

    Well, that's always been MY motto. LOL! icon_wink.gif

    I follow some of this advice, not other parts. For instance, a TV screen HELPS me to go to sleep. It gets me thinking about something else, whereas left to myself my mind starts racing about everything, like what I did that day, or plan to do tomorrow. TV takes my mind off all that, replacing it with often boring TV content. I've been doing that since I've been 13 years old.

    I agree about maintaining darkness. When I lived in northern Germany the summer sun came up at some ridiculous early time like 4 AM. Had to use heavy blackout curtains on the bedroom windows, the kind you have in photographic dark rooms (if those exist anymore).

    In south Florida, though, the annual daylight change is much less, and I take advantage of it. Unless I must wake up especially early for some appointment or trip, I let the sun be my natural alarm clock, and keep light-filtering bamboo roll-ups on the bedroom window. This time of year I'm awake between 6 and 7.

    I had a BF who slept wearing an eye mask. He kept one in the nightstand drawer on his side of my bed. That bedroom was pretty dark, but enough morning light to wake both of us early. Which was perfect, allowing me to slip into the kitchen and make us breakfast, ready by the time he did wake up.

    What really helps me sleep soundly is a good mattress. Both of us have been sleeping right through the night, and him hours longer, since we got a SleepNumber air mattress (not a compensated endorsement) this February. My husband says I'm asleep within minutes of hitting that thing, something he's never seen me do before.

    I knew I would, had one 20 years ago (called SelectComfort then) for my bad back. I wanted one 7 years ago but he opposed it, insisted on a traditional innerspring, wary of anything like air. Which I got us, cost me $6000, and that ultimately neither of us slept well on.

    So when he his own back went bad recently I said no more arguments, this time we get the air mattress. And then his sister stepped in and said she'd make it a Valentine's Day gift from her! Can you imagine? Talk about family acceptance of a gay couple living together - buying our very bedroom king mattress on which we sleep, and for romantic Valentine's Day! [wink, wink]

    But it did the job, and both of us are sleeping much better on the SleepNumber. His bad back is improving, he loves the thing, and it's the best mattress and night's sleep I can remember. So add having the proper mattress to the list here.


    The problem with sleep numbers is you have different numbers and it makes spooning impractical. My man and I sleep intertwined most nights. Naked and usually with just a sheet.
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    May 26, 2015 10:27 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi said
    The problem with sleep numbers is you have different numbers and it makes spooning impractical. My man and I sleep intertwined most nights. Naked and usually with just a sheet.

    Same with us. Our numbers are just a few apart, which is minor. And I'm mostly on my side, him on his. And not for very long, until we fall asleep. And then we drift apart to our own sides. That would happen whether we had a SleepNumber or not. Making it rather a non-issue.