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Old 05-20-2015, 08:03 PM   #21
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Yep, this happened to me just the other day. I could have swore I was wide awake running many thoughts through my mind but a couple of hours had passed in what seem like a couple of minutes. I guess my getting up at 4:15a.m. routine is wearing me down...
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:59 AM   #22
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I don't sleep well any more, so I find myself getting sleepy at unusual times. Sometimes, I lay down for what I intended to be a few minutes only to end up napping for 30, 45, even 60 minutes. Not that I had to be anywhere, I'm retired!
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:40 AM   #23
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My elderly father does the same thing. We found a clock at Amazon that only gives the part of the day it is.

For example, it says "Now it's Saturday Morning" or "Now it's Monday Night". Nice and simple. It helped him tremendously since he was taking his meds at the wrong time.
Can you share the brand and model of your clock? This might be good for MIL who has dementia.
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I sleep nominally from 11 pm until 5:30 am. Everything else is catnaps. If some activity makes the catnaps impractical, I get really sleepy around 10 pm. one thing is that I never obsess about how much I am sleeping.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:58 PM   #25
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I don't sleep well any more, so I find myself getting sleepy at unusual times. Sometimes, I lay down for what I intended to be a few minutes only to end up napping for 30, 45, even 60 minutes. Not that I had to be anywhere, I'm retired!
This is so true. Being retired takes all the pressure off. If we don't get enough sleep during "normal" hours, we can nap later on. That is one of my favorite things about retirement.
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one thing is that I never obsess about how much I am sleeping.
Same thing here. I go to bed usually around 11 give or take an hour, sometimes wake at 5:30 and others as late as 10. I just figure I'm getting the rest I need since I very rarely set an alarm. Occasionally I'll sleep for an hour or so in the afternoon but there's no regularity to it.
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Not the exact same thing, but I've had sleep paralysis (old hag syndrome) where my mind wakes up slightly before my body. So, for about maybe 30 seconds, my mind is waking up by I can't move Luckily, I haven't had that experience for a while.

Today, going on the treadmill for 25 minutes, felt like 2 1/2 years. It was just my mind playing tricks on me, I know.
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Today, going on the treadmill for 25 minutes, felt like 2 1/2 years.
Hey, that's the same treadmill I use! I think they have some kind of time distortion field around them that makes it seem longer than it really is.
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Hey, that's the same treadmill I use! I think they have some kind of time distortion field around them that makes it seem longer than it really is.
Usually, if I put in a CD, the time seems to go faster. but today, The CD felt like that played in slow motion
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Can you share the brand and model of your clock? This might be good for MIL who has dementia.
The Dementia Day Clock is the name they give it in the US. Everywhere else they sell it, they just call it the Day Clock. It does not say "Dementia" on the clock itself, only on the packaging.

Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/GeriGuard-Solu...ntia+day+clock
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The Dementia Day Clock is the name they give it in the US. Everywhere else they sell it, they just call it the Day Clock. It does not say "Dementia" on the clock itself, only on the packaging.

Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/GeriGuard-Solu...ntia+day+clock
Hey, I might get one of those for myself. I'm retired so that's all the information I need to know.
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It all happens. You just need to give priority to your sleep. These days I have noticed that people skip their sleep hours a lot to spend time on social sites or partying. All these things are good but not at the cost of your precious sleep.
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A while back I developed my ability to get into a lucid dream state and often had a situation they call "false awakening". This is where you dream that you get out of bed and start your day, but you are really still in a lucid dream. Sometimes it's easy to call BS on a dream and pop into lucidity, but I found it troublesome in the false awakening scenario.

But the point I was going to make wrt the original post is, if this strange quick passage of time happens to you, it might be that you dream that you're laying in bed, awake, when you're really asleep. That's exactly what I've experienced with false awakening.

It takes quite a bit of effort, or at least it took me quite a bit of effort, to regularly get into lucidity. The effort is many times during your regular day you question reality and you do little tests of reality that don't usually work very predictably in the dream world. That habit transfers over to your dreams, and you increase your ability to call BS on a situation where a reality test fails.
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A while back I developed my ability to get into a lucid dream state and often had a situation they call "false awakening". This is where you dream that you get out of bed and start your day, but you are really still in a lucid dream. Sometimes it's easy to call BS on a dream and pop into lucidity, but I found it troublesome in the false awakening scenario.

But the point I was going to make wrt the original post is, if this strange quick passage of time happens to you, it might be that you dream that you're laying in bed, awake, when you're really asleep. That's exactly what I've experienced with false awakening.

It takes quite a bit of effort, or at least it took me quite a bit of effort, to regularly get into lucidity. The effort is many times during your regular day you question reality and you do little tests of reality that don't usually work very predictably in the dream world. That habit transfers over to your dreams, and you increase your ability to call BS on a situation where a reality test fails.
That's pretty interesting. Yes, that may be going on.

Here's what happens most times I'm trying to fall asleep (I know, you're not supposed to "try"): I'll lie there for a while, then all of a sudden I'll realize that what I was thinking about made no sense. For example, I was thinking that I was a number, or how some event was represented by a musical phrase. For a while it seems to make perfect sense, then I stop and think: no, that doesn't make sense.

Other times, I'll have what I call a microdream. I'll think that I'm biking to the store with my brother who is brain damaged (I don't have a brother). It's a very short duration thing.

This a pretty clear example of a hynogogic state, but my guess is that some of these hallucinations, although they seem momentary, last for many minutes.

I have a twenty-five-minute recording of pink noise that I often listen to when napping. At the end of that time, the volume gradually decreases, and then a alarm gradually increases in volume.

When the volume starts to decrease, I invariably think, "Okay, is that decreasing now?" IOW, I'm awake enough to be reasoning.
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