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Old 08-10-2008, 12:22 AM   #11
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A beer or two may help or may make it worse, actually. I'd certainly give it a try at least once though.

 
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:42 AM   #12
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nyquil PM plus one brew does it for me when i have jetlag. probably not the healthiest thing!
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:59 AM   #13
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I think that what you describe is not unusual. I also have dreams about work when I start a new job or when my job gets really busy. Once you settle in to your new job I think you'll sleep better. Good luck.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:05 AM   #14
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I think about engines, or stuff I want to build...out like a light, and the getting smashed works pretty well too, but sucks in the morning
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:24 AM   #15
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weed before bed.

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Old 08-10-2008, 06:40 AM   #16
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I had this problem in high school and throughout my childhood until I started drinking actually. Now after at least a beer or two a night I sleep like a baby and get better sleep than I ever had. I used to sleep till noon and wake up tired, but now wake up after 6-7 hours of sleep refreshed(after a cup of coffee).
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:35 AM   #17
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I think about engines, or stuff I want to build...out like a light
+1 on this. Whenever I'm trying to get to sleep (I have an F'd up sleep schedule because of my craptastic job) and I can't stop thinking about stuff, what I do is instead focus on things I really like. I'll think about the next brew I want to make, what ingredients, some woodworking projects I would like to start on, stuff like that. It puts me in a better mood, and next thing I know I'm waking up.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:25 PM   #18
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Actually, one of the better choices in your case might be a period of regular melatonin use. Melatonin is an over-the-counter supplement and also happens to be the chemical that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. I use it when I have to change schedules for some reason, or if I'm in a period of stress, which tends to give me insomnia. I'll take it for 3-7 night straight to get my sleep cycle back into shape, making sure I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day...no sleeping in for an extra 2-3 hours to "make up" lost sleep! I also pay attention to sleep hygiene...

http://www.umm.edu/sleep/sleep_hyg.htm#a

Stay away from alcohol right now. It goofs with your sleep structure like you won't believe. In short, lots of folks use it to sleep, but they don't get QUALITY sleep, usually, and wind up more tired/irritable/frustrated.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:09 PM   #19
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If this ends up not going away (for "new" job reasons), it may be the job itself. If you're a server, I know that can be rough. I've never done it, but my brother and his wife used to wait and they both used to talk about having strange restaurant dreams where they were at work and all this hectic stuff was happening and they felt manic and they woke up sweating.

I can second whoever said reading. I find reading in bed really helps me fall asleep. Also, depending on your daily activities, exercize can really help get rid of metabolic waste that builds up in your body (and can cause things like insomnia).

If this continues despite all your efforts, you might want to think about a new line of work. No job is worth poor health.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:13 AM   #20
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I'm so glad I gave my expert opinion about your insomnia the other day. Too bad I can't take my own advice! Here it is after 1AM and I've got a load on my mind and I'm wide awake. Well, I only have to get up in about 3 1/2 hours...
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