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Old 09-15-2014, 04:10 PM   #41
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I was diagnosed with a mild form of sleep apnea and my doctor let me try a CPAP machine for about a month. I absolutely could not sleep with it! Plus, it caused my throat to get sore. I do have friends who say you do get used to it over time.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:02 PM   #42
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Also, I want a Sleep Number bed for my wife and I. She likes very firm mattresses; I do not. Seems logical! Anyone have experience?
My son has a basic Sleep Number bed. I liked it with hardly any air, very soft. That should work for you, but give it a try to check out the firmer edges.

You can also get Latex foam beds with different firmnesses on each half from a custom mattress manufacturer. They are relatively price competitive.
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Can you elaborate on the self hypnosis that you use? Is this similar to progressive relaxation?
What I know about progressive relaxation came from Wikipedia. The two sound similar at an abstract level. Both require you to focus on something, what I do instead of focusing on muscles is visualization. In my minds eye I see numbers written on a blackboard. Start at 100 and 'see it' then it gets earased replaced by 99. You only think about and see numbers. Slowly counting down and dowwnnn, don't believe I've ever made it to 50, if it's going to work.

There was a post 6-8 months ago on a similar topic. Someone had a link in there of a guy speaking in a monotone, hypnotic type voice. That put me out in a couple of minutes. I'm not very good with search on my phone or I'd link that thread in.

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I go to sleep at midnight and wake about 5:45. Since I ER'd I may take a 30 min nap in the afternoon but it isn't necessary. I love my Duxiana bed and the Tempurpedic neck pillow. I fall to sleep very quickly. Don't ever remember my dreams.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:39 PM   #45
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I'm fortunate in that I sleep very well. My problem is that I wake up at first light. This was not a problem when I was working because I had to get up way before first light.

I've tried keeping the room dark. That doesn't help. For a while I blamed the Canadian geese that can make quite a racket around here. But the geese don't come every morning and I still wake up.

So, if I want to sleep longer, I have to go to bed earlier.
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I just explained this to someone who didn't understand why I got up so early every day (usually around 5 AM). I simply cannot seem to sleep past 6 AM, regardless of how late I might have gone to bed, but I can generally fall asleep early on any night I so choose.

I'm convinced the reason I fall asleep within, usually, 5 minutes or so, is that I exercise vigorously most days. Virtually every active person I know sleeps like a log.
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In my minds eye I see numbers written on a blackboard. Start at 100 and 'see it' then it gets earased replaced by 99. You only think about and see numbers. Slowly counting down and dowwnnn, don't believe I've ever made it to 50, if it's going to work.
I do something similar but with a "Sesame Street" flair. For those who remember "the Count" I see the number 10 in various fonts and colors flying in from all angles. When I feel myself relax a little I change it to a 9. I keep repeating the number over and over (just like the Count did .... 10, 10, 10, 10, 9, 9, 9, 9). When I feel myself relax from the "Level 9" I go to 8. If I haven't fallen asleep by the time I get to 6 its a lost cause and I get out of bed for 30 minutes and try again later.
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Something like this? LOL. I loved the Count!

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