Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by thrifty++ » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:32 pm

I have found that at times when I am on a 0% alcohol run my sleep improves dramatically. Conversely if I have had a few drinks one night my sleep turns to shit. Going on 0% for periods of weeks or months certainly has made a big difference. Alcohol is quite well documented to mess with sleep quality and the ability to achieve REM.

Thanks so much to the others for the white noise suggestions! I live downtown so there is some horrendous short sharp people noises at random ridiculous times. In winter I deal with this by having my dehumidifier on which has a nice gentle hum. But now that its summer I have to have my windows open which makes it even louder and cant use dehumidifier. I have been using ear plugs but I find ear plugs quite useless. I was thinking of playing meditation music at night but that would use heaps of data. White noise generators look like much less usage. Does anyone know how much data they use overnight?

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by Smashter » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:00 pm

When I use white noise I search on youtube for "white noise." There are many options that last for 10+ hours. I play the video on my phone, but you can play it from a computer if you need it to be louder.

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by FBeyer » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:23 pm

Riggerjack wrote:I have slept in C130s....
Holy Shit!
I spent 5 hours in one of those once. If you could actually sleep there, then that goes in the Feats of Strength thread, not this one.
A Hercules could only be worse for sleeping if the noise from the props wasn't constant...
Its a flying earthquake simulator. You can only communicate via hand signals 'cause the vibrations make your voice sound like: (WARNING adjust volume before[1] clicking)

[1] Then try cranking it up and imagine sleeping in 100 dB while you sit/lie in a web of red seatbelts...)

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by Riggerjack » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:28 pm

My white noise generator is a commercial product, that just plays a seamless loop continuously. I bought it probably 20 years ago. I could turn it off and on, it has a half dozen loops to choose from, and a volume control. Not much to break.

I'm old enough that it never occurred to me to use a PC or phone. :oops:

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by Riggerjack » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:38 pm

Oh, undiagnosed sleep apnea means staying awake is a feat of strength.

As a side note on free medical, about this time, I went under the knife to correct breathing problems from having my nose broken by enthusiastic amateurs when I was young.

These two pros got a little freaked out by my apnea, and cut the surgery short. Instead of smashing up the cartilage to a fine consistency, they stopped at " chunky salsa" and wrapped up.

At my post op appointment, they described the problem and their decision.

Fifteen years later, I got diagnosed with sleep apnea.

An ear nose and throat specialist in the army didn't recognize sleep apnea, right in front of him. Free medical is worth every penny.

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by Eureka » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:18 pm

C40 wrote: Last night I dreamt that I was on one of those early morning walks here, and I came upon a man AND A DOG sleeping in that exact pose. :-D :-D :-D
Wonderful! I will go straight to Dreamland and find the man AND HIS DOG to learn how they do it.

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Re: Sleep Hygiene - Best Practices?

Post by bryan » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:59 pm

Ego wrote: Rigger said that sleeping in a loud, light place is a learned skill. I agree. Exposure (or immersion) to noise and light at night may encourage your brain to get better at prioritizing noises/lights and determining which to filter and which represent a threat. Maybe start with a night when you know you don't have to be 100% the next day and try sleeping with a radio playing in another room. See if you can train your brain to up the endurance to noise.

One of my favorite stories, which I am sure I told here before, is of the homeless woman who was offered a bed in a shelter after years of sleeping out on the cold hard sidewalk. The first night she had to sleep on the floor beneath the bed because she found the soft warmth of the bed uncomfortable. She had become accustomed to cold concrete.
Absolutely. New van-dwellers will meet a few restless nights as they get used to some new noises (wind, rain, pedestrians, cars, etc).

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