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Emma July 7th, 2013 7:35am

When it's late at night and your mind is going a million miles a minute, do you have any tactics that you can count on to calm it down?

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aggie10 TARDIS
07/09/13 8:59 pm

App- Sleep Cycle
Put on Netflix TV series
Diet Lipton hot tea
Reading...almost anything
check SOH
Attempt to think of nothing but a white box, pushing all other thoughts out.

Nukimo NC Dreaming of Far Away
07/08/13 10:20 am

BioFeedback-meditation, listen to streaming stand-up comedy with or w/out drugs, or just diff true/real stories-storytelling podcasts or just think happy naked 'er happy little thoughts 'til I Zzzz out.

joyfully
07/07/13 1:18 pm

I love to listen to "liquid mind" it's amazing I listen to the sleep album they have and it works every time to help me fall asleep fast. I also like "Caribbean Blue" and "Fairytale" both by Enya. I also have a fan on to keep me cool.

palindrome California
07/07/13 11:40 am

Tea and classical music always relax me

...Or get wasted but I've never tried getting wasted for sleeping purposes but when I get home drunk as a skunk I knock out IMMEDIATELY and without prejudice. Best sleep of my life lol I could sleep standing!

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 11:28 am

they weren't working for me last night. :p

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
07/07/13 9:13 am

I use Xanax and mindless TV

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Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
07/07/13 10:53 am

Xanax is awesome. Thats why i cant take it any more :(
(:

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
07/07/13 10:57 am

I'm sorry - I know I have to be careful

jmz1202 Sacramento
07/07/13 8:55 am

I repeat a calming two syllable word, usually "Relax". At first, I have to concentrate on keeping the word as the only thought. This usually works.

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Wert A picture of my junk
07/07/13 8:53 am

Listen to "This Must Be the Place (naive Melody)" by Talking Heads

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/07/13 8:18 am

Do something that takes focus but not a lot of thought. I play either Bejeweled (zen, not blitz) or the Approach Control Lite app. Either of those seeps to pull me away from whatever I was thinking about and uses up the excess brain energy.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 11:21 am

good idea :)

MrLove lovers, dreamers and me
07/07/13 7:55 am

Concentrate on your breathing, sometimes I write down my thoughts so I can pick them up the next day. But concentrate in your breathing.

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Mooo42Q Thats Nucking Futs
07/07/13 7:34 am

I count to ten by spelling the #'s out and count down, while spelling it backwards. It forces my mind to focus on that instead of trailing off.

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daniellerjr24 Colorado
07/07/13 5:48 am

Top 10 lists. I come up with a topic and make a top 10 list for it (eg. my top ten...most embarrassing moments, reasons I love living in CO, favorite tv shows of all time, best books ever written, most inspiring people I know, bucket list items etc.)

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OldLady
07/07/13 4:53 am

I keep a NASCAR race on DVR I put that on and 1/2 ambien works most the time

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 11:23 am

lol, i can see that being effective.

TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
07/07/13 4:29 am

When it is really bad, I work to bring all the thoughts together in harmony. ...like putting them on a bus together. That way no single thought can disrupt the larger picture of what I'm trying to accomplish.

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
07/07/13 4:32 am

Also, intense physical activity.

Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 11:25 am

interesting. i don't know if i'd be able to do that, but it makes sense.

pateach2 love my son
07/07/13 4:15 am

I pretend I'm laying on the beach with the hot sand below me and I can hear the waves. Then I pretend that each one of my body parts is slowly melting in the sand, I'm usually out before my hips are in.

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pateach2 love my son
07/07/13 4:16 am

This works when you have the spins too.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/07/13 2:24 am

Sometimes I take Xanax Sometimes I just think think think think

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 2:25 am

thinking is fun for a while, but then...

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/07/13 2:26 am

Not always.

Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
07/07/13 10:32 am

Same here. Xanax is my last resort to calming down.

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/07/13 2:16 am

I write, or draw. But mostly write. Sometimes whats on my brain. Sometimes not.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 2:23 am

interesting. i hadn't heard that one before!

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/07/13 11:09 am

It's where most of my poetry comes from. Also - Revolution chamomile tea knocks me out like no other.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
07/07/13 2:16 am

I use some of my anxiety coping skills to calm myself to sleep sometimes. Or pills.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 2:22 am

i use prescriptions, too. but i'd prefer not to.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
07/07/13 2:28 am

I only use mine in dire situations.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/07/13 1:51 am

I come up with a plan to rule the world. Starting locally always slows it down. First. Precinct 1, then the courthouse...

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:52 am

brilliant!

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/07/13 1:54 am

Aw, thanks. It runs in the family

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/07/13 2:25 am

That's wonderful and not letting to bully in life get you down

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/07/13 1:46 am

Watch dumb cartoons on Netflix. Light something small–and devoid of value–on fire, and watch it burn.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:52 am

lol, might actually work...

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/07/13 1:56 am

It has worked for me before. Especially the fire. It can be mesmerizing, and even so little as burning a sheet of notebook paper in the kitchen sink can shift my brainwaves into low gear.

Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:59 am

cool. thinking i might try it. thanks!

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/07/13 2:01 am

Sure thing. It's something I struggle with often. Glad to share.

Ernest Make it so
07/07/13 1:44 am

Nothing ever works... -_-

I just lay in bed thinking how nice it would be to sleep.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:52 am

yep. me too!

LochnessMonster Milky way
07/07/13 1:38 am

Frying pans work wonders. But when I don't want to wake up with a migraine ill settle for some music or put a movie on and fall asleep to that.

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Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
07/07/13 11:10 am

I'm totally going to follow you....

FullMoon probably going to hell
07/07/13 1:34 am

This sounds like a typical strategy, but I count. I start with one and count as fast as I can and for as long as I can. I try to set a record of how high I count every night. Eventually I feel extremely relaxed and I kind of just fade into sleep...

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cyanospool The Deep North
07/07/13 1:33 am

Look into ASMR, it's good for sleep relaxation too.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:53 am

never heard of that. about to Google it now!

Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
07/07/13 1:25 am

Drinking Chamomile or Vervain can do absolute wonders in this situation. Melatonin works, Benadryl is a miracle cure. But I recommend the Vervain because it is so delicious and relaxes you right up, or down rather

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:29 am

i had no idea that you could actually buy Vervain, lol, and that it would actually be helpful. as long as it doesn't really keep any Damon Salvatore-esque guys away, i'm willing to try it. ;)

Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
07/07/13 1:31 am

Hahahaha I think you should be OK darlin! Ad Vervain is awesome, I like to it a little honey with it and it is just so delicious and soothing and perfect

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/07/13 1:24 am

I try to breathe deeply, drink tea and meditate. I'll turn everything off, close my eyes and attempt to "stop" my thoughts by focusing on something peaceful or someone (or thing) that brings me joy. Usually helps.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:30 am

❤ you, Ariella!

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/07/13 1:34 am

❤ You too, Emma! Good to hear from you, sweetheart! I'm sorry you can't relax, I do hope these suggestions help you out. I hope all is well with you and you stay wonderful and amazing! :-D

Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:54 am

you too, Ariella!

Jungle in the dog house
07/07/13 12:53 am

Booze laced with Benadryl.

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beanD California
07/07/13 12:50 am

Chocolate, toast, loud music, and SOH

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wego Utah
07/07/13 1:12 am

Yeah, until I move up to the next level and learn more.

wego Utah
07/07/13 1:14 am

There is a great app that teaches strategies, "enjoy sudoku" I think it's called. It has the thinker statue in its icon.

wego Utah
07/07/13 1:21 am

I do the "devious" ones.....haven't even attempted Fiendish, Diabolical, or Nightmare yet. Have fun!

Isomax TIC TOC
07/07/13 12:45 am

Yep , I put a movie on my iPad , and make it hard to hear. But I listen as close as I can , trying not to miss anything. I get tired of trying , and I pass out.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:01 am

i wonder if that would work, or just annoy me...

MrsOH Washington state
07/07/13 12:41 am

This technique came from an episode of The Mentalist. He advised someone: Just breathe evenly in and out and count to yourself "1" on each inhale and "2" on each exhale until you fall asleep. I've tried it twice now, and it worked.

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Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 1:04 am

i'm trying that right now! thanks :)

veritas1 Panda
07/07/13 12:39 am

I usually just listen to an audiobook until I pass out.

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veritas1 Panda
07/07/13 12:39 am

But then again, I'm awake right now, so this might not be a good strategy.

Emma Austin.ish.
07/07/13 12:36 am

i've been trying tequila and music, but to no avail...

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