Who else can't sleep?

Matt (@smoothamericano) 10 years, 1 month ago

This past Thursday, whilst watching the most recent ‘Louie’ episode, he made a joke along the lines that “all of us should be having trouble sleeping”. I can only conclude that he is referring to the guilt we should all feel responsible for living the stereotypical cozy American lifestyle that is privy to only some of us. In my sub-20 years of life I have always had difficulty sleeping being kept awake by a constant cycle of thoughts, and some nights a good book or movie, but rarely has it been guilt or regret that is the basis of my chronic insomnia. I’m sure plenty of users on this website have, or have had their issues with sleep, and I can’t help but wonder: what keeps you awake at night?

August 26, 2012 at 7:42 am
Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

The only way I can get to sleep is when I’m too tired not to. This means I’m awake for some 18-24 hours at a time. Why can’t I sleep? Well I think because sleep dictates to me when it happens, I can’t just decide. This complete fucks with my life. But constant thoughts I have but they are not why I can’t sleep. What I do is dream, I remember my last dream, or a dream I love, then start playing around in it and eventually I drift off.

DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Definitely have had issues with sleep, but for me it’s my thought processes and paranoia that keep me awake. It has gotten to the point where I leave some sort of low volume program on now on my computer to distract me because if my mind goes too far in a certain direction I am totally inhibited and have trouble getting to sleep that entire night.

I just sometimes get into these really sensitive subjects, I guess. My mind will start by wandering but then quickly accelerate toward darkness, paranoia, fear, anxiety, etc….physically, I have actually noticed a few times where my heart rate was elevated by this spiral, but it’s nothing that cripples me…but it certainly is shocking.

No, I have enough distraction day-by-day to cover over the guilt factor it would seem…but maybe I don’t. When my thoughts turn in on themselves it usually only matters which topic I touch on first that shapes the spiral for that night.

I don’t take any medicines, don’t want to, don’t believe I need to…but I definitely think my experiences are unique compared to those around me.

Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Oh yeah, as for guilt, you can only do what your nature allows you if it is in your power. I have had a lot of problems realizing this in the past but now I just do what I feel I should, if I can, and the rest is not my responsibility, I can only lead by example and offer council and advice.

Jeslyn (594) (@jeslyntweedie) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Sleep! It is so important in re-charging the body and giving yourself optimum energy to live a day with. Also check out Jordan’s blog post if you want to get the most out of minimal sleep:

Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!

Going out for a week+ in nature/camping/sleeping outside helps regulate sleep. Really, does WONDERS. The sun will naturally wake you up, and your body will adjust to a more regular rhythm.

I’ve had trouble sleeping before as well, but once a routine is established, I don’t need any sort of alarm clock; and when my routine breaks (like summertime when I go out to bars somewhat frequently…haha) I find sleeping outside and waking up outside is very helpful to get back into a natural rhythm.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I have a physical feeling that as soon as I feel it I know I won’t be able to sleep. And it is only that I acknowledge this feeling that makes my insomnia, but ignoring it is very difficult, even meditation hasn’t worked for me to bypass this.

But basically I start to think about am I doing things right with my life. Do I feel content. Does what I do every day matter? Do my beliefs make a difference…? What should I do and what shouldn’t I do.

I usually come to the same conclusions, though;
I should stop wasting time on video games.
I should be more neat and clean.
My beliefs really don’t matter (green energy, shamanism, all that stuff)
You perception is completely made by your own mind.

These cycle, over and over, until I feel less intense about them, or simply drift off. Other times I know it may be a few hours so I get up and take a shower, watch something, do anything…

All I can say is if you can’t sleep, stay up until you can.

Fluxface (32) (@fluxface) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Learn how to turn of the thought stream trough meditation, then your melatonin will take care of the rest. happy sleeping.

Jeslyn (594) (@jeslyntweedie) 10 years, 1 month ago ago


When answering those questions-mentally change your should’s into present tense positives.

‘I am neat and clean’
‘I don’t waste my time playing video games’
‘My beliefs are fulfilling human curiosity’


;) Thinking in present positives is SUPER helpful, even if they’re not true at the moment, they will be if you keep thinking that way!

Fictitious_Z (21) (@ziggy) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

I had trouble sleeping a few weeks back.Didn’t sleep much for some 3 days.I self-diagnosed myself with insomnia.But on the 4th night,I slept like I was drugged or something.

I mostly have trouble sleeping when I wake up late.Which I usually do,I wake up at 12.Maybe even more.So,my body is like,”Hey! You woke up late today! You shouldn’t be sleeping.”

Other times when I have something big the next day.The excitement works like strong coffee.

And me being up till 3 or 4 is just crazy.It’s slow way of going insane.For me anyway.

Nick (554) (@splashartist) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@jeslyntweedie, This girls got the right idea!

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@jeslyntweedie, nicely said

Henry (0) (@Gypsy28) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I’ve had trouble sleeping for over 20 years. I recently stopped taking sleeping pills after 2 years of them and I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in in a week. Chris Prentiss says in Zen and the Art of Happiness that everything that happens is the best possible thing that can happen. Can someone help me see how not sleeping is the best thing for me? I pushed past the exhaustion for 6 days but now I’m really tired and getting down.

Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@Gypsy28, Many factors that can influence this.

How is your mental state? Do you have any disorders that you know of?
What is your diet?
Do you exercise?
Do you use drugs?
Do you smoke?
How are you relationships with people?
Where do you live?
Do you have a lot of electromagnetic fields in your house?

Stealf (124) (@stealf) 9 years, 3 months ago ago


ThinKaLini (16) (@Thinkalini) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@Gypsy28, try marijuanna.

ThatOfficialGuy (7) (@thatofficialguy) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

i believe sleeping is a waste of time , and much better things can be done in this time . i have been not sleeping well since a toddler . i stay up for days then would fall asleep one night but itll be around 5-6 when the sun is about to rise then id wake up at like midday 12 -1 . with memories of intense dreams . your mind starts to fuck with you when you are awake for long periods of time . i think that is why i like it also lmao , but sleeping feels sooooo good too lol idk what id do without it . but too much sleep . is not good . not good at all.

CaoimheS (135) (@caoimhesweeney) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I have fits of insomnia. The latest one, that I’m going through now, has left me utterly exhausted.
For me, I’m not entirely sure what causes it. I eat well, I get a lot of exercise and spend majority of my time outside in fresh air. I have a few ideas as to what it could be, but I haven’t researched it so I don’t know for sure. Also, if it is my suspicions, then there’s little I can do. I guess I’ve just accepted it as part of who I am for now, and maybe my own body will know what to do to fix itself :)

Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I have problems controlling my thoughts and with stress and I think that’s what keeps me up at night. I have been having this problem seriously ever since I was born and I started taking melatonin almost seven years ago and I still have problems sleeping. I need to master my own thoughts but it seems practically impossible.

Anonymous (364) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Alcohol, lots of alcohol is the only way I get to sleep.

Henry (0) (@Gypsy28) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@filipek, My mental state for the past two months has been in transition from a lifetime of negativity to a positive outlook. I have felt great mentally and spiritually. My diet I think is pretty good. I’m an omnivore, eat quite a lot of veg, as well as a reasonable amount of protein. I used to drink a beer or two with dinner but I have cut that out. I exercise almost daily, either calisthenics and sprints, or tennis. I would use marijuana if I could get it but as I live in Asia, it is very difficult. A bit of weed used to help me get to sleep. I have never smoked tobacco and never will. I have a few good friends but no significant other at the moment.
I can see that I am not the only one doing good things for myself and still not sleeping. It really bothers me, though. I could understand if I were doing things to sabotage my well-being, but I am not. I am learning to meditate and have finally found faith in the existence of a unified universe. Each day it is more difficult than the last to find the energy and willpower to go exercise and to maintain a happy disposition. I guess the only solution is patience. Maybe the answer will come eventually.

who (557) (@season) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@piptherational, 2nd that, alcohol and cigarettes. Not that I recommend either in the long term.

Bianca A (101) (@biancavila) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

You know what’s funny? For those people whose schedules are packed tightly with jobs/work, school, etc., the only time they really have to themselves is at night. That’s the only time they are settled down and have absolutely nothing to worry about. Teeth have been brushed, stomach has been filled, body has been cleaned. Now it’s time for them to enjoy themselves. And they don’t get the chance, and they love it so much that they keep staying awake at night.

OriginalMOFO (0) (@originalmofo) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Hey guys, I’ve had intervals of insomnia for a very a long time. It usually comes and goes. Especially when I stop smoking a certain herb.

Seriously though, I believe the mind is very powerful and certain suggestions to our bodies can help with these types of things.

To illustrate, previously the creator of HighExistence posted an article “How To Install a Power-Up button on your body.”

How To Install a Power-Up Button On Your Body

I highly recommend reading it and applying in to your situations as I will.

I hope this helps. Perhaps you can attain your shutdown REM sleep mode button.

Also, I have my own version of the power button on my body now, as well as few others I am tinkering with.

Goodluck guys and remember Happiness is a lifestyle.

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