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Old 09-29-2007, 07:04 PM   #41
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I had been having some difficulty staying asleep all night and feeling achey in the morning, especially after some exercise. So after some research I purchased a Nu-lux mattress. It's pricey but so very comfortable, no pressure points and I wake up feeling deeply rested with no achey joints. Just wanted to throw this out there because I had no idea that this kind of mattress could really help as much as it has.
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:09 PM   #42
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I have the menopausal woman sleep problem blues as well. One thing that helps me is wearing earplugs. If you haven't bought any lately, go to a good industrial hardware store and look. They have squishier, more effective ones than they used to. I have found that the normal nighttime sounds (faint traffic, mildly snoring spouse) awaken me more often than they used to, and the earplugs block it out.
Thanks for starting this thread. It helps to know we are not alone.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:00 PM   #43
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Speaking nonmedically here, it just seems to me that many people are just trying too hard to sleep.

Lay down. Close your eyes or read a book. Sleep. Or not. Get up, live your life, repeat.

Stop worrying about it. No one is keeping score. Your body will follow in due time. Have the occasional restless night? So what.
That's me. Never slept for more than 5 hours at a time most of my life and never really worried about it. DW can't go less than 8.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:50 PM   #44
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i love sleeping. but i've always been a night owl. forcing myself to sleep during so-called normal hours while attending school or while working always caused me stress. now i simply sleep when i am tired. what a wonderful luxury that is.

happened to notice an advertisement for Delayed Sleep Phase Research Study aka night owlism just in case anyone was looking for something to do while you can't sleep.

just took their test, if i lived in san diego i'd qualify. at end of test they have this curious link Chapter 6 - Advanced & Delayed Sleep Phase: Bright Light Treatment - Brighten Your Life, an eBook by Daniel F. Kripke, MD.
Gee thanks Lazy, you reminded me to order replacement tubes for my SADelite http://www.northernlighttechnologies...s_sadelite.php . Best piece of preventive healthcare I own. No, I don't have shares in the company.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:37 AM   #45
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There is a technique of using audio to "entrain" the mind into different mental states called Binaural Beats. Some are built to cause deep relaxation, others to wake you up.
The Monroe Institute has some wonderful binaural beats CDs! I have a few here... "Super Sleep" is one of their most popular ones for deep sleep.

I still might get their Catnapper one at some point...
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I slept 9.5 hours last night -- right through. And here's the secret:

A Cold Bedroom

We keep both windows open, and this morning the temperature in the room was 56 degrees.

I know this may sound strange, but each year as the weather turns colder, we suddenly start sleeping better. We have a nice warm bed, the cold air somehow helps.

Note that this is also good for the problem of having a menopausal body next to you.
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:16 AM   #47
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I slept 9.5 hours last night -- right through. And here's the secret:

A Cold Bedroom

We keep both windows open, and this morning the temperature in the room was 56 degrees.

I know this may sound strange, but each year as the weather turns colder, we suddenly start sleeping better. We have a nice warm bed, the cold air somehow helps.
Hibernation syndrome, quiet, cold and dark is what you want.
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I bet it's even better for the menopausal body!
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I just read a good book on this subject:

The Sleep Rx: 75 Proven Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Here's what I got out of it:

1. Older adults generally sleep less well primarily because they are less active during the day (physically and mentally).

2. There are six different types of insomnia (e.g. trouble falling asleep, waking up too early, waking up in the middle of the night, etc.). For each of them he has specific exercises for combating the problem.

3. His "Action therapies" include relaxation techniques and rules (e.g. always get up at the same time each day).

4. He is very anti-nap.

I didn't agree with everything, but I recommend the book.
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Yikes, Al, I can't remember the last time I slept more than eight hours, but I bet it involved being up for all of the preceeding 24. I'm usually up after 6.5 hours and love having a 30-minute nap. OTOH my spouse regards eight hours as an absolute minimum and nine as satisfactory, and she sneaks naps too.

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We keep both windows open, and this morning the temperature in the room was 56 degrees.
Double yikes. Just last night we closed most of the windows, put the Vellux blanket on top of our sheet, and considered wearing socks. I think the low was 75 degrees! After two solid days of rain and lots of overcast, our solar water heater dropped all the way down to 96 degrees.

Winter is definitely here.
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Yikes, Al, I can't remember the last time I slept more than eight hours, but I bet it involved being up for all of the preceeding 24. I'm usually up after 6.5 hours and love having a 30-minute nap. OTOH my spouse regards eight hours as an absolute minimum and nine as satisfactory, and she sneaks naps too.


Double yikes. Just last night we closed most of the windows, put the Vellux blanket on top of our sheet, and considered wearing socks. I think the low was 75 degrees! After two solid days of rain and lots of overcast, our solar water heater dropped all the way down to 96 degrees.

Winter is definitely here.


Here, too. We're in the high 70s all day, maybe fllrting with high 60s for the after-dinner hours.

"Lynn's Bistro," the place we eat dinner almost every night (located in our covered patio in the back yard) is open for business. Tonight we had a pot roast with veggies and garlic bread, with a nice zin to finish it off. We'll need to put up with this nightly for about 7 months more, but I think we can handle it. OTOH, we did have to get through a pretty steamy summer.

This damned state is like a siren's song: just when you decide you are tired of the long steamy summer, she calls you back. Gently at first, but with a persistent balmy breeze, perfect temperatures for months on end, a teasing shower here and there, but vivid stars, tropical surroundings and the promise of perfect weather for what seems like forever.

Oh - sorry - insomnia was the topic. I'm going to bed.
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Yikes, Al, I can't remember the last time I slept more than eight hours, but I bet it involved being up for all of the preceeding 24. I'm usually up after 6.5 hours and love having a 30-minute nap. OTOH my spouse regards eight hours as an absolute minimum and nine as satisfactory, and she sneaks naps too.


Double yikes. Just last night we closed most of the windows, put the Vellux blanket on top of our sheet, and considered wearing socks. I think the low was 75 degrees! After two solid days of rain and lots of overcast, our solar water heater dropped all the way down to 96 degrees.

Winter is definitely here.
I set the thermostat at 50F for winter nights.
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