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Jun 24, 2019 07:34:10

Sleep

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Julia Saxena

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If I were to sleep right now, I'd get 7 hours and 45 minutes. 

That's not too bad. But that means I would have to fall asleep immediately ... which never happens. 

I'm super jealous of people who can just close their eyes and drift off right away. 

HOW???

In order for me to sleep, I have to pretend that I'm sleeping. Meaning I have to try to think of nothing. Have you ever tried to think of nothing? Pretty hard. There's always something in my head. 

Plenty of people are discussing and sharing evening routines online. Many recommend getting away from screens at least one hour before bedtime. Totally doesn't work for me. That's when I write my 200 words for the day, just before bed. 

By now, I've read hundreds of tips on how to get ready for bed. From drinking some specific tea over doing yoga to putting white noise in the background. 

Nobody has explained though how exactly I should be falling asleep. Like in what do I do once I close my eyes? What should I be thinking of? What do I do if I can't find a comfortable position and keep turning? 

Somebody, please enlighten me. 

7 hours left. I better get to it. 

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    @juliasaxena - I like to notice my muscles and senses relaxing. Then I think.. could I let them relax just a little more? ( I repeat this noticing and relaxing a bit more. )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 24, 2019 23:45:32
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      @brianball Good idea. Let me try that! Thanks.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 25, 2019 07:04:30
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      @juliasaxena - I forgot to mention -- that when I'm actively noticing the relaxation, -- I'm trying to enjoy it as well. ( which I think is the relaxation part )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 25, 2019 06:53:56
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    @juliasaxena I find that having a consistent sleep schedule is very helpful though not easy. I go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day, seven days a week. Thankfully, I do not have issues with falling asleep, but I did recently discover that people who fall asleep too fast might be sleep-deprived.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 24, 2019 07:12:53
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      @brandonwilson That's true. And I manage to stick with a schedule during the week. But on the weekend I allow myself the luxury of sleeping in.... meaning I sleep until 7 am instead of 5 am 😄

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 25, 2019 07:05:21
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    @juliasaxena

    I'm similar to you. I can never fall asleep right away. The only remedy that I've noticed is just being dog-tired by exhausting myself throughout the day. Other than that, I don't know how. Also it helps if I don't do any deep work type stuff late in the evening.

    So relaxing things like reading a book is fine, but if I'm trying to figure out a programming problem, or writing a story myself, it gets my mind racing too fast to fall asleep right away.

    It's obvious that drinking coffee right before bed is a bad idea for falling asleep. But certain activities we do are similar to coffee in that it jolts us and blocks sleep. It's just not as obvious because the smaller effect size, but the little things add up I think.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 24, 2019 15:44:15
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      @abrahamKim Luckily I don't drink coffee 😁 But I get that certain activities don't help with falling asleep. I could try some experiments what helps and doesn't help with sleeping.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 25, 2019 07:06:35
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