I USED to play Solitaire with real cards - until I got my computer. I played them on the dining table and when I got tired, would go to bed leaving them over the table for hubby to find in the a.m. Needless to say, that was HIS space and he didn't like it - LOL! Also, I have Essential Tremors and when the tremors were really bad, which they were all the time back then, it often caused me to drop the cards over the floor and then struggle down to pick them up. I didn't have that problem with the computer. I couldn't read much - certainly not a book because I suffered a head injury which makes concentrating very hard. I can only manage magazines, and they were soooo noisy (re the shaking) that is was not only very annoying, but hard on my eyes, too :-(
I LOVE to read! And I have been reading at bedtime, and it works! That night, I messed up my sleep schedule, and I had a lot on my mind, so I turned to the fridge :( But, yes, Fall down 7, Stand up 8 :)
Maybe you could play solitaire with REAL cards, instead of on the computer? Eliminating the over stimulation :)
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Not only will watching TV or being on the computer keep a person up, but so will playing Candy Crush. eh-hem. The TV, Computer, smartphone, etc are all visual stimulae a person should try to avoid when trying to sleep. It's the light. The light stimulates nerves in our brain and wakes us up.
Do you read ? You might find reading a good book before going to bed helps to relax you. I've been trying to do more reading than game playing. I'll admit it. some times, the game calls my name. ;)
Have you ever considered taking yoga ? If not, you might try a class. In yoga, the instructor will teach breathing exercises. Yoga breathing exercises are worth their weight in gold. You may find learning some deep breathing exercises also helps you sleep.
Yes, computers and TV's (in a bedroom particularly) aren't recommended at all. When my sleeping was really poor on a very frequent basis, I would often get up and come on to the computer. Sometimes it was just playing Spider Solitaire on it, and sometimes just the basic Solitaire. It often got me to a state where I could fall asleep. I could tell when the cards were starting to get more foggy than normal - LOL!
Thanks for taking the time to respond. I will definitely do that next time. And I'll do the journal thing rather than coming online. Being on the computer or watching TV is supposed to be bad for the sleep pattern, so that probably would have been the better choice! Certainly better than raiding the fridge!
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Jezebel: I agree with slimmer. When you have things on your mind you need to release it. Writing things down would help, more then likely. I can't tell you the times I woke up needing to get something off my mind that frustrated me. I learned if I just wrote it down, it helped me get those thoughts sorted and it soothed my frustration. Imagine writing a letter to the source of your frustion and just put it all on the paper. All the feelings, rants, tears and hopefully that should help.
I had a tv dinner & some corn flakes. I put it towards todays calories (I always chart midnight to midnight). So hopefully I can still HEALTHFULLY get my calories in line today. I was upset about stuff, and I also can't sleep when I'm worried I won't wake up, and I had something to do today. I did fall back asleep about an hour later. And I still made myself get up at 10am, on schedule even though I didn't get enough sleep. That way I don't mess up the progress I've made!
THANKS for taking time to respond!
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Don't worry ! These things happen. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater or sleeper overnight. You need to give your body more time to adapt to the new changes.
Be patient with yourself and your body. Changing eating habits or sleeping habits really does take time.
I am sorry that you are having a difficult time at the moment. I suggest that you keep a diary by your bed and write down your worries, then put the diary down. It often helps to relieve the mind enough to be able to get to sleep.
Is there something else emotional going on in your life which is causing sleep problems?
Remember, whatever is happening, turning to food is NOT going to solve the problem. It will only add to them. It kinda gives the person an excuse to beat themselves up after.
I hope that sleep comes soon ......... and BEFORE the food!
I've been doing so well with my sleep challenge. And now tonight I messed it up and I can't sleep. I just keep thinking about crap that happened today. I basically told one of my friends that I don't want anything to do with them anymore because they exhaust me. That's not like me, but it's true. And now, I'm thinking about that, and the fact that I can't sleep.....and I just want to EAT!!! Like binge eat!! Argh, just had to get that out!
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