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#Insomnia & #f.lux

GOTCHA! Quick, shut the window!

GOTCHA! Quick, shut the window!

 

Insomnia is a bitch and further to all you’ve heard about caffeine, exercising daily and not eating too close to bed time there is another way you can interrupt your circadian rhythm.  Some of the light emitted by phones, laptops and electronic displays stunts the production of our primary sleep hormone.  If you’re like me and do your writing in the dark a lot of the time you could probably benefit from a piece of software called f.lux.  f.lux is designed to stop your displays from emitting the offending light.

 

Give it a try – you can get it here.

 

While we’re at it – what do you do to avoid insomnia taking root?  What do you do when insomnia strikes? I’d like to hear from you.

 

All the best,

H&J

 

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17 comments on “#Insomnia & #f.lux

  1. glenn2point0
    01/06/2014

    I read ebooks one my mobile in bed and use a black background with a light orange font and a dimmed screen. It does not hurt my eyes with the lowered brightness. I have also loaded an app called “screen filter” that allows even more dimming of the screen. It usually does not take long to get to sleep.

    But I am not a great sleeper, with the sleep apnea.

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  2. Marie Abanga
    01/06/2014

    I use to sleep at midnight and be up by 3am, as for my brother, he spent nights just staring. I took to exercise and lots of water and self-talking myself to sleep better. I guess it’s all about one commitment at a time, coupled with determination to help your own self. I was advised to read some while in bed and hmm it works some times. I turn my fone off or screen down and etc. As for my brother, only he or his meds can tell.
    Thanks H&J and cheers to you

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  3. Levi Thetford
    01/06/2014

    Great idea. Thanks!!

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  4. eddieredvine
    01/06/2014

    Unfortunately the only sure fire way I get my sleep is through medication… taken reluctantly…

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      02/06/2014

      Oh I hear you, brother. I didn’t mean to present this as a cure-all. Just another factor.

      I generally slept a maximum of 4-5 hours a night since I was about 11 before Seroquel. Now it knocks me out and sends me off to weird-dreamland.

      All the best,
      H&J

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      • eddieredvine
        02/06/2014

        Not at all! I’ve tried most things. less of things, more of things… I’d try anything to be honest…

        X

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  5. Noise Pollution
    02/06/2014

    The only way I can sleep is through medication, meletonin pills, or benedryl. None of those are great solutions, but I’m up all night otherwise. I don’t drink even a drop of caffeine, and my insomnia is still this bad.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      02/06/2014

      Sorry to hear that NP.

      To a certain extent – I’m in the same situation. I can probably count on one hand the periods of time where I’ve slept consistently well. I’ve generally been a 4-5 hour a night person since I was a kid.

      I have to admit to being unable to abstain from caffeine though, especially recently. I love good coffee!

      All the best,
      H&J

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  6. I play a game or two of Mahjong on my iPhone. It sometimes makes me drowsy. Meditation in the form of focusing on my breathing sometimes helps. Mostly I use a silly A-B-C word game making up things in different categories that follow through the alphabet. After many years, my brain seems not to tire of it – I usually don’t get past B or C. Yet I continue to have Insomnia… I wouldn’t need all these games if I weren’t already awake.
    Thanks for sharing your stories. xo

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      02/06/2014

      You’re very welcome. I read a short while ago that sometimes the best thing is to get out of bed and start trying to work through your to-do list and stay awake. Sure enough whenever you WANT to be awake, sleep will come kicking your door in! haha.

      I hope you find a strategy that yields some results. Thanks for popping by and for taking the time to comment 🙂

      All the best,
      H&J

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  7. coversaralea
    02/06/2014

    I’ve had insomnia since the age of 15. Have seen various sleep specialists, etc. Nothing helps. It comes and goes. What works for me is getting back to basics. I will go to bed at the same time every night, and work on waking up at the same time every morning to get my internal clock set. I also write down what my nights were like in a sleep journal. Also like you mentioned, I have to not use the computer or anything else that illuminates light hours before bed. I will read a book and just relax.

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    • drheckleandmrjibe
      02/06/2014

      Thanks for the contribution here 🙂 It’s great to hear from you.

      When I first arrived in Australia, I slept like a baby and awoke naturally at about 6:30 every morning. I have absolutely NO idea why this would be other than the fact that I thought I had made a move by leaving the UK that had fixed all of my problems.

      As this certainty faded, so too did the incidence of my insomnia increase.

      I envy religious people sometimes because of the certainty that it must provide. That level of certainty MUST negate a lot of stress. OH well 🙂

      What book are you reading right now?

      All the best,
      H&J

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      • coversaralea
        02/06/2014

        Anything boring! lol! I can’t read anything super stimulating. Usually it’s chick-lit related and something I can put down and not get too wrapped into.

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  8. Ros
    04/06/2014

    Interesting one, this. I don’t have bipolar, so this may be irrelevant to you folks. However… I have suffered from insomnia as a result of ME/CFS. In the early stages of the illness I was given a very low dose of trazadone to help with this. It worked, in so far as it made the insomnia tolerable as opposed to intolerable, but I didn’t like the side effects, so was very glad to get off it 4 years later. The insomnia slowly improved alongside an improvement in the rest of my health, so it was clearly related to konky brain chemistry. I also noticed it was worse when I’d spent too long on a computer.
    Then, a year or so ago I was diagnosed with severe vitamin B12 deficiency as a result of pernicious anaemia (an acquired inability to absorb the vitamin). Following treatment for this, sleep finally seems to be working for me again, with or without a computer. In fact, if I take (high dose) methyl B12, it comes close to producing the opposite problem. Curious, I did a bit of research and discovered that methyl B12 is essential for melatonin production and maintenance of a healthy sleep/wake cycle. So it looks like the change wasn’t just my imagination!
    Oh and on the subject of religious certainty… I have faith, but I’d say the moments of certainty are few and far between. Prayer/meditation has sometimes helped me to sleep because it takes me to a place where I am relaxed. But I’m not certain (lol) that this has anything to do with being certain about anything. I think it’s more about a willingness to offer up my life even though I’m not certain, if that makes any sense. Besides which, if you can’t sleep because your brain chemistry is a bit konky, all the certainty in the world isn’t going to help 😉

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  9. drheckleandmrjibe
    05/06/2014

    Thanks for taking the time to share that with us Ros. I read a while ago that severe B12 deficiency would present a lot of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. I’m really glad that you figured out that deficiency and the mechanic causing it.

    I’ve read horror stories about Trazadone absolutely Zombie-ing people. What were the side effects that put you off of it?

    All the best,
    H&J

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