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Old 08-09-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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Lately I seem to have some difficulty sleeping. I just started at a very busy restaurant and when i get home I am exhausted and really want to sleep. The problem is not falling asleep its that my mind is still racing when Im asleep. I seem to drift in and out and constantly think about work, almost like I'm still there and still working. I'm not obsessed with work or anything like that , it's like Im daydreaming of work all night and then I have to wake up and go back to work. It's becoming frustrating, becuase my sleep quality is lousy. Anyone have any ideas on how to slow the mind down after a long shift? Other than sleep pills?

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My first line of defense for ailments seems to have no effect. I'm sure getting smashed would make me fall right alseep, but I don't like to have more than a couple of drinks.

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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I have exactly the same affliction.... if I drink any coffee in the afternoon or evening. Have you started drinking more coffee at your new job?

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:02 PM   #3
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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I would consider sleep medication a last resort only if other things don't work. Getting wasted will do the trick but you will just feel worse in the morning.
It sounds to me like you need to unwind when you get home. Read or do something relaxing that will take your mind off of work. Once you do get to bed, don't lie there tossing and turning. Get up if you are thinking about work and distract your mind. Once you get sleepy go back to bed.
If none of this works, try an over the counter sleep medication. I'm thinking a lot of this is because you are working a new job and it will only be temporary. Once you get into the routine of the new work maybe you will sleep better.
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #5
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Try some breathing exercises in a relaxed position in bed. Focus on deeply breathing in through your nose to the count of 3 or 4, slowly exhale through your mouth. Concentrate, listen, and count. Do this 100 times. It has been found that this will lower your blood pressure (which is good) but mostly it's the concentration on the act that will slow your brain down. If you find your mind wondering, start over. I know it sounds a bit corny but it works. Good luck!

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Old 08-09-2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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When I was around 10 or 11 I would hardly sleep at all, finally getting to sleep around 3am. What I found was that I was tensing all my muscles without even thinking about it, and it's pretty hard to fall asleep (or get restful sleep) like that. So what I started doing was making a conscience effort to relax all my muscles, one group at a time (face, shoulders, arms...etc). At the same time I was repeating a single word in my head to help clear it out.

I found by doing this I was able to get a nice restful sleep. Nowadays I can fall asleep at a drop of a hat, but if I have a lot of stress going on in my life I find that trick still works.

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I have exactly the same affliction.... if I drink any coffee in the afternoon or evening. Have you started drinking more coffee at your new job?
Second that. I can have a cup of coffee and feel no effects from the caffeine at 4, but that night I'm up at 2AM channel surfing when I need to get up at 6.

Cut out all caffeine, unless you have to have it in the morning to get up.
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Make a conscious effort to think about nothing. This is going to sound strange, but it works: Imagine a black sphere floating in space, and just focus your attention on watching it. If your mind starts to wander, don't get frustrated, but immediately start imagining the black sphere again. It works.

If all else fails, 50mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is safe and should make you drowsy.

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Make a conscious effort to think about nothing. This is going to sound strange, but it works: Imagine a black sphere floating in space, and just focus your attention on watching it. If your mind starts to wander, don't get frustrated, but immediately start imagining the black sphere again. It works.

If all else fails, 50mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is safe and should make you drowsy.
This is a good one too. I use a large black chalk board (imaginary of course) and concentrate on erasing the jumble of the day. If I start thinking of new things, I add them to the chalk board and imagine erasing them until I can just see a empty black space.
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Wow, thanks for all the tips folks! From time to time I do drink to much caffeine but this is mostly my brain running on full steam. I will wake up in the middle of the night and imagine I have drinks to make or orders to take then it takes me a minute to realize im in my own bed. I think i will try unwinding a bit when I get home. I guess Im so tired and just try to sleep. Perhaps a book and a brew will do the trick!

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