Richie (gaijin@i-manila.com.ph)
Fri, 16 Feb 2001 23:23:26 +0800


Hmmmmm. I actually am also an insomniac, so what I do is basically work on
a Gundam kit until I feel like I can't concentrate anymore, then slip in
some classical music and zonk out right there in the study. My mom hates
is, but hey, it gets me to sleep. the only bad thing is that sometimes I
get a sore neck in the morning.

----- Original Message -----
From: garrick lee <goner4sure@yahoo.com>
To: <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 9:08 PM
Subject: Re: [gundam][OT] Insomnia

>
> uhm...well, i do actually make use of melatonin
> (standard 3 mg, though i have sometimes taken 2
> tablets as a desperate measure when i would literally
> toss and turn the whole 7 or so hours of bedtime for
> several nights on end...*ugh*...dreadful dreadful
> feeling...probably worse than waking up in a gutter).
>
>
> as paul said, it's naturally produced, so you're
> really just taking supplements, rather than whole
> other foreign substance like steroids or antibiotics.
> since it's natural, there should be no adverse
> reactions, and shouldn't be addictive. too much,
> however, could still be bad (you could wake up a day
> later than you planned, and if you keep taking too
> much, you might suffer long term effects of possibly
> reduced melatonin production due to overdependence on
> the supplement).
>
> first few times you use it, it could quite literally
> knock you out like a log. gradually wean yourself of
> melatonin, as your body should churn out the substance
> naturally. your sleep sched should return to normal.
> if not...perhaps a trip to the doc is needed.
>
> other methods...i try to turn up the air conditioning,
> to make it really cold. this may or may not work for
> you...but being born in the year of the snake makes it
> so for me (hehe) -- cold atmosphere makes me drowsy,
> while too warm makes me..er..more awake. like a
> snake.
>
> (er...and no, actually falling asleep due to fatigue
> is not an option for insomniacs. as a sometime
> insomniac, i know how itis to not be able to fall
> sleep no matter how bad your bones ache. it just
> doesn't happen...and it sucks...it really sucks...)
>
> or...if you're wide awake, you may as well do
> something productive. put some extra hours into study
> or work, or reading or model kit sessions or whatever
> your pleasure is. the point being -- tossing and
> turning in bed (with the knowledge that you HAVE to
> sleep but you CAN'T) is actually more exhausting than
> simply staying up doing something anyway. at that
> point, it's all psychological. (this isn't an
> option for me, as i feel that i need the bedrest for
> my body, no matter how hyper my mind is, as i lead an
> active lifestyle...rest is still rest.)
>
> other common sense suggestions -- avoid caffeine, and
> assorted spicy foods, don't go to bed on an empty
> stomach, think calm thoughts (no reading of flamewar
> archives, hehe). if you're not getting exercise, get
> some. if you're too much of a gym rat, lay off.
>
> -garr
>
>
> --- Paul Fields <johnny_raiden@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > Okay people, I've been having trouble sleeping
> > for about a week
> >
> > > P.S. Please nothing that involves some sort of OTC
> > medicine, I desire to
> > > solve my insomnia naturally.
> >
> > I guess this precludes the use of Melatonin (the
> > chemical that is normally
> > produced by the brain when the sun goes down, and
> > signals the body its
> > time to sleep) since the body is 'supposed' to make
> > it anyway I consider
> > it more of a supplement than medicine. A 3mg tablet
> > is good for 8 hours
> > of real good deep sleep. Often used by travelers
> > going East to West who
> > need to reset their body's clock to a new night/day
> > schedule.
> >
> > Second method - blankets, lots of blankets. Make the
> > body warm enough
> > and it will slow down the metabolism a lot, I used
> > to do this when I worked
> > 14 hour days as a landscaper and could only make
> > time for 5 hours sleep
> > a night, since your body is doing less work, you get
> > more 'rest'.
> >
> > Paul
> >
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