Saturday, October 10, 2015

8 Ways to Turn Insomnia into Your #NoLimits Writer Super Power



It's Friday night and I am sitting here thinking that I am too tired to write about this topic. 

Funny, right?

I've talked about insomnia before, and probably, since we are all a little, ahem-older, since I last discussed the topic, more of you can relate.  But even if you have no problem sleeping at night you are a writer and you have a day job outside the home or inside the home. You have family and obligations. Basically, two jobs. Chances are you are sleep deprived. (If you don't believe me, try the Sheep Dash.)

So while you hoard time as a precious commodity, there will be occasions when, like me, you are drained. Or you suffer from an unquiet mind, because let's face it, the writer mind never stops thinking. 

And sometimes, well, the body is willing, but the mind is not, because you have a lot going on in your personal life.

What then?  

With a little foresight you can still utilize your time like a super power.




1. Don't dwell on what you can't do. Focus on what you CAN do.

You are incapable of writing clean copy right now, but can you: edit, write a rough synopsis, create a series bible, plot, write scene cards? What can you do with minimal brain power?
 

2.  This is not the time to EAT THAT FROG

Let's quickly review. If you followed the book or my post you have a spread sheet of To Do items that include these categories.


A- MUST DO OR FACE SERIOUS WRITING CAREER CONSEQUENCES

B-SHOULD DO OR FACE SERIOUS WRITING CAREER CONSEQUENCES

C-NICE TO DO BUT NO EFFECT ON YOUR WRITING CAREER - See more at: http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2014/05/why-to-do-lists-do-matter.html#sthash.uHnicIy1.dpuf
FROGS- Must do or face serious writing career consequences.


SMALL FROGS-
Should do or face writing career consequences.


TADPOLES OR POLLIWOGS-
Nice to do but no writing career consequences. 

Normally you would always do Frogs and then Small Frogs first each day. Except when you are too tired to write. This is the time to attack those tadpoles and polliwogs and eat them with gusto.

For me Tadpoles include (in no particular order):

Learn Dropbox
Review Online Class Notes
Listen to Webinar
Respond to Reader Letters
Email XX about guest blogging
Find examples of webpages I like for web designer 
Critique a writer's pages
  
3.  Outwit your brain. Prep yourself for five minute writing races. Stand up, and stretch. Punch an invisible punching bag and put on some boxing moves.  Wash your face with a cold cloth. Take a deep breath. Sit up straight. Set the timer and go. Remember that you can't edit a blank page. You can get in your daily word count with a few of these five minute sessions. 


4. SOCIAL MEDIA. This is the perfect time to update your social media sites. Go in and change your Twitter and Facebook background. Spruce up your Linked In profile and endorse some contacts. It's also a good time to check your Twitter connections and follow those folks who followed you.


5.Get in some R & R. Read and Review. Your TBR pile is calling you. Go ahead and read. Just not in bed. Read until you get sleepy. This is also a good opportunity to go and put books on hold at your library, download free reads on Amazon and pre-order your favorite author's books.

Do not forget to follow your favorite authors on Amazon so you will be notified when they have a release. 

And attention please!!! The best thing you can do for your favorite author is to write a review. Don't feel you have to write a long review or a give a five star review. Be honest, kind and get in and get out and no one gets hurt.


6.  Write non fiction. Go ahead and start stream of conscious writing a few blog posts for future use. They don't have to be perfect or even complete. But the next time you need a blog post you'll have one started and your creative writerly juices will be kick started so you will be able to jump right in.


7. Surf the web with intention.  Catch up on industry news!



8. Recognize the power of the cat nap. But keep it short!  A twenty minute nap should enable you to write clean copy for an hour or two. If you allow your naps to move past stages 1 and 2 of the sleep cycle the result is sleep inertia, where you feel worse (groggier) that before you began your nap. For more information on naps check out this great Boston Globe article.



Now if you really have insomnia here are some of my best tips I've learned along the way to beat the sheep at their own game:






  • The sleep cycle consists of four stages, going from light to deep sleep and finally REM (Rapid Eye Movement). The sleep cycle takes about 90 minutes. Adults spend nearly half of sleep time in stage 2, about 20% in REM and the other 30% is divided between the other three stages. Consider using an app or program to make sure you wake up at the right time to feel refreshed. Here are two to check out. Sleep Calculator and Sleep Cycle Calculator.






  • keep it short. If you allow your naps to move past stages 1 and 2 of the sleep cycle the result is sleep inertia, where you feel worse (groggier) that before you began your nap. For more information on naps check out this great Boston Globe article.





  •  Don't fight your insomnia calculating how much sleep you can get if you fall asleep RIGHT NOW. Get up and do something. Write or read.









  • Light sleeper? Try Mack's earplugs. I use the children's version. 









  • Try a cup of warm chamomile thirty minutes before bed while you read a chapter of a book. I like Stash Tea's Mellow Moments. It's a wonderful sleep inducing tea that has  peppermint, chamomile pellets, spearmint, organic tulsi, lemongrass, natural guava flavor, cinnamon, natural grapefruit.









  •  Go to sleep with a flexible cold pack under your pillow near your neck.

  • This post was inspired after a chat with another Seeker who I discovered was not sleeping at the very same time that she was not sleeping. Can you guess the other Seeker insomniac? 

     Leave a comment today for a chance at today's birthday giveaway's.





  • The insomnia package that includes:Stash tea, Mack's earplugs, a flexible cold pack, plus a few surprise books.









  • If you haven't read Stranded with the Rancher and/or Safe in the Fireman's Arm's let me know. I'll give away a few copies. 









  • And I've also got an ecopy or two of A Heart Full of Christmas Contemporary Novella Collection that releases TODAY!! and features my novella, Under the Mistletoe, to give away to two commenters.  






  • Tina Radcliffe at the 2015 Writer's Police Academy
    Tina Radcliffe works as pharmacy clerk by day, and an inspirational romance writer by night, from her new home in Phoenix, Arizona. Her past includes a stint in the U.S. Army in military intelligence, ten years as an Oncology Certified R.N. and six years as a library cataloger. 

    Her next book in the Paradise, Colorado series from Love Inspired, is Rocky Mountain Reunion  and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and releases January 2016. 








    Join us tomorrow when we announce this week's $50 Amazon Gift Card winner!

    160 comments :

    1. Ha! Take a nap in 20 minutes, I can't get to sleep in 20 minutes, and if I knew when I was going to fall asleep and then rouse myself enough to put a timer on for 20 minutes, well, I'd not fall asleep. But once asleep, I'm asleep for good. That doesn't mean I'm an insomniac, right? Because it's that you can't sleep, I can sleep, just ....later than everyone else. And then, it'd be nice if I could sleep til noon. I think I might do that when I have an empty nest. And reading before bed only means I'll be reading for a few hours....as long as the book's good anyway.

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    2. LOLOLOLOLOL. That's all I have to say.

      Well, and that you are for sure sleep deprived. You probably can't even SEE the sleep in Sheep Dash, much less hit them with a dart.

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    3. AND...BTW I am a sluggish snail and I got a three point penalty for shooting a sheep before he moved. Drats.

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    4. It's either because I am a young whipper snapper or that I thrive on sleep deprivation, but I get two up for the sluggish snail, I'm a bobbing bobcat. Or it's the fact that I'm so highly myopic, that the eye doctor always makes me do the really long boring eye test where you sit and click the remote every time you see a fuzzy box or pinpoint of light depending on your doctor's equipment. After decades of that thing I'm really good at clicking the second something moves. :)

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    5. Very good advice. My brain takes forever to shut down at night, but I have learnt that it is best not to fight it but drift along and eventually drift off.

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    6. I am not an ambling armadillo!

      I shot them all and didn't accidentally hit the trigger. I should have been like Super Sheep Tranquilizing Amazing Woman.

      Stupid test.

      I hate that you guys have insomnia, and I know which other Seeker it is, and I can't even...

      I'm sure it's a brain chemical thing, our brains and chemicals and hormones get in a tizzy over something... and you can't wind it down.

      I'm always amazed by how people can be groggy for an hour in the morning. And again, I'm sure it's brain chemicals because I want to frog leap from one thing to another, get my plates spinning and then keep them spinning, first thing.

      What I love is that we've learned to work and be productive in spite of our body types. I wake up in the middle of the night, so that means it's time to write.

      Melissa, my daughter-in-law is like you, she's a night owl and getting up early isn't her thing.... because she can't go to sleep at night. What a conundrum.

      I skip lunch because that helps me avoid the mid-afternoon slump. If I eat something around 10-10:30 AM, then I don't get that 2:30 need to sleeeeeeeeep, because I hate that. Adjusting food earlier is a huge help because when those brain chemicals dip after eating, I'm crazy busy because it's noon... and there's stuff to do. Don't ask me why, but it helps me a lot.

      Now I must go eat an editing frog!!!

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    7. I am like Ruth's daughter-in-law and enjoy staying up after the kids are asleep. Now that my kids are in their teens, I no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn to tend to a youngin'. My problem is I read in bed and just keep reading. I didn't have that problem when I was in college and tried to read textbooks at night. I don't understand. :)

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    8. Night owls! That's me ... I'm not a morning person at all! Though recently, I've found that reading books late into wee hours of the morning is more difficult to do (I end up falling asleep) --I don't know if that's me not getting enough sleep to do an all nighter or I'm getting old? =P

      If you don't have a blog, look up essay prompts online. They have a ton for scholarships and high school students (or if you're in school, you probably have a lot of non-fiction types of assignments you could do) ...

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    9. I'm thnkful insomnia isn't a an issue! With a 9 month old, I fall asleep quickly - I think my body knows it had better rapidly get what it can!

      I haven't read any of your books, but they look great. I would love to win!

      Thanks!!!!!

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    10. Yawn...couldn't sleep any longer. The mind says it's the weekend. The body says you wake up at this time every day. Guess I'll have some frogs for breakfast. Please put my name in the hat for the Christmas collection. Thanks.

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    11. Bettie, isn't that the truth? I found that if I keep my weekday schedule on the weekends (up at 3:30 or so...) then Monday is no different than any other day, and I never have time-lag eating at my brain.

      I know that would be hard for lots of folks, but it has helped me keep a mental and physical schedule and my body works better that way.

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    12. Trosado.... that can be a huge problem, like binge watching on TV. Before you know it, half your sleep time or productive time is just wiped out! Yikes!!!

      I make those things my reward for what I get done, (yes, I'm well-trained, like Pavlov's dog...) :) But it works, so I'm not complaining. And every now and again, this old dog gets a CHOCOLATE TREAT!

      :)

      SUHWEEEET!

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    13. Right now insomnia is not my problem. But drinking cherry juice helps promote sleep. Vitamin D helps you sleep. Lots of people take Melatonin, but check with your pharmacist first about interactions with prescription drugs. And it can cause hallucinations. I love your idea about herbal tea for sleep, but I always love tea.

      Thanks for sharing these great tips, Tina! I hope you have a great weekend.

      Ruthy, I usually keep the same schedule on the weekends, and my hubby can't understand why I don't sleep in sometimes. I think it's my internal clock.

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    14. Jackie, I agree. If I go against that clock, I mess me up... and who wants a grumpy Ruthy???

      Snarky Ruthy is bad enough!

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    15. The only day I can snag a nap is on Sunday afternoon. It's usually not intentional but after the busy week, I lay on the couch and before I know it I'm waking up much later (at least an hour but I've taken a 3 hour nap before...not sure that can really be called a nap).

      Tina, I am so impressed by your work bio. It takes a special person to work as an Oncology nurse.

      I would love to be entered for any of the giveaways.

      May you all have a blessed weekend!

      Happy Birthday Seekerville!

      Smiles & Blessings,
      Cindy W.

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    16. Ah, yes! Insomnia. Been there, done that-- which can make it really hard to get through a demanding work day. Thankfully, for me, it's not an every night thing. I read, or sometimes redline a WIP until I get drowsy again, but I NEVER log onto the computer, No way. On weekdays I already spend 12-15 hours a day on one between the day job, writing and business. If I'm so droopy-eyed in the afternoon that I can't concentrate (this is on weekends only), I'll set a timer for 20 minutes so I won't nap for long. Sometimes that's all I need to give myself another jolt of energy to keep on going. And if I don't fall asleep during that 20 minutes, at least I've rested my monitor-weary eyes. :)

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    17. Great post, Tina, for writers, & non-writers - thank you!! I've had sleep issues for many years, the last 3 nights it's been worse. In fact, I followed one of your points a couple of hours ago - getting out of bed and doing something, since I couldn't sleep. The fact that I have "night owl" tendencies, and worked 3rd shift for years hasn't made the issue any easier - old habits are hard to break, lol.


      Please enter my name for the insomnia pack and the contemporary novella collection. Thank you!!

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    18. Laughing at some of the comments and wondering what time Ruthy goes to bed so that she is mentally alert at 3:30 a.m., or does she just not require sleep, lol?? Wish my body was wired like hers, I'm one of those people who takes 1/2 a day to get going (of course, there are health issues involved also).

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    19. Insomnia, I know it well and add to it that I'm a light sleeper can make for a long night.

      Hmm...maybe that is a story line. Heroine goes for a sleep test and meets a hunky doctor!

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    20. Well I'm certainly NOT the other insomniac. I need to write a post on ways to stay awake so you can eat those frogs. LOL

      Great points though on prioritizing. Because I need to do what I can when I'm awake. sigh

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    21. The nice thing about retirement and empty nesting is that you can go with your natural body clock. I'm a morning person like Ruthy and I can get a lot done in the morning. But hubby is a night owl like Melissa and if he isn't playing pickleball he sleeps till noon. But we can go with that now that we are retired.

      We all do have different body types. The nice thing about you insomniacs is you get TONS done. I think that is really cool.

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    22. Thank you for this great post I often read when I suffer from insomnia. Since I don't work it just means I sleep in unless of course the insomnia happens on Saturday night. Part of my problems stems from having to take Prednisone several times a year. Even when I am not taking it the effects continue the more I have to be on it. I hope everyone has a great weekend

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    23. Bonnie, I'm finally putting your scarf in the mail today! It's my first post office trip in four weeks, maybe five, so I apologize!

      Anyway, I crash around 9:00-9:30 at night. And I usually wake up without the clock radio, or before it, so it seems like a natural thing. My dad was an early riser, so I look like my mom... and have my dad's bio rhythms.

      We're such combos, aren't we???? And Bonnie, I have been blessed with good health and that's a huge thing, that's nothing we should take for granted. Illness and infirmity wear on the physical and mental body. So I'm blessed with that, and if you're not, it's okay to take things at a different pace.

      Of course the coffee addiction might help me. :)

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    24. I'd love to find ear plugs that work. I live with too many night owls. I'm not a night person or morning person, more like a 'wish I could get a good night's sleep' person. It takes forever for me to fall asleep. It's always been that way and I use the time to daydream. I actually look forward to going to bed so I can get alone inside my head. (that's not as weird as it sounds, right?)

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    25. Melissa, when you have small kids at home, it's just.... crazy. Let's leave it at that! lol

      I used to be exactly like you. I said it took me 20-30 minutes to fall asleep, and then if something woke me up, it took another 30 minutes to fall asleep again. Now that it's just me and my husband here, it's easier for me to fall asleep faster ... at least MOST of the time.

      But, my power nap is longer than 20 minutes. 20 minutes would make me groggy. :)

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    26. I have an awful time with insomnia and these are great ideas. I think I really need that insomnia package Tina has put together.But that Heart Full of Christmas set would be a delightful way to spend those nighttime wakeful hours. There is no Tina book I have not read and never will be except for those few minutes after it releases and before I grab it. Frogs for breakfast. Just don't make me eat the toads.

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    27. Frogs & CAT naps! Enjoyed your post..
      toss me into the drawing, I haven't read these ;)
      I am a reader/reviewer and my TBR stack is always calling me ! !

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    28. Great, now I have another Internet game to suck me in and steal my time. I'm a Bobbing Bobcat, but I am determined to be a Turbo-charged Cheetah. Must practice. LOL!

      I don't suffer from insomnia on a regular basis, but I did earlier this week. (Drat old age, I miss the days when I could drink coffee all day long and not have to worry about switching to decaf after noon.) I think I ended up with 3 1/2 hours of sleep. I could have used this article then, because I spent most of the night tossing and turning when I should have opened up my computer and worked on my revisions.

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    29. Jamie, get the Mack's! The definitely work. Like Tina, I use the kids' size, but in a pinch, I've been known to buy the adult size and cut them in half ... because they are really BIG. The kids' size are orange. Adult is opaque/milky white. They work wonders. It might take a while to figure out how to "seat" them so that they block out all noise, but if you're a light sleeper, and every little noise wakes you, then you will love these.

      I've always been a light sleeper, and keen hearing made me even more so. Combine that with a HIGHLY stressful job for 28 years, and two kids at home, and I was a stress-out-ping-pong insomniac of the highest magnitude for too many years to count.

      Don't believe me....

      My boys told their friends NOT to come "roll" our yard during Halloween regardless of the time because their mom would HEAR them.

      Once...before kids...a sound woke me. The sound of a door clicking shut. Even asleep, I heard the sound and knew what I'd heard. Hubby was dead to the world next to me. It wasn't anything scary or any intruder... I'd pulled the door to the extra bedroom shut, but it hadn't latched. When the A/C came on, it sucked the door closed.

      Again, I was asleep and heard one of my kids fall out of the bed and hit the carpeted floor. No, I didn't hear him cry out... I heard the THUD when he landed on the carpet...He fell on his quilts AND he was still asleep when I got to him.

      Dogs barking, coyotes, mice, someone sliding their feet across the carpet, kids getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, hubby snoring. Everything woke me.

      Thank goodness for old age, MACK's ear plugs, and a little less stress!

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    30. Oh.... I have a tadpole to add to the list. Use that time to mindlessly pin pictures of hunky heroes and beautiful heroines to your character boards on Pinterest.

      I've also been known to balance the checkbook or do paperwork in the middle of the night. Those are mindless tasks for me.

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    31. How have I gone this long without knowing that important fact about you, Tina? Military intelligence? I'm so impressed. My big "military" experience is a two-week Civil Air Patrol boot camp when I was 13 where I learned to fire an M-1 (or something equally as old). I was pretty good for a girl who wore Coke-bottle glasses.

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    32. Oh, about the sleep thing. Since you're a pharmacy tech you'll understand. Without my meds at night I'd never sleep. Insomnia is my middle name. And yes I've tried everything else, but my mind is like a red-eye freight train. It never stops.

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    33. Hi Tina:

      Great post!

      I can agree with all of it. Not being able to sleep is enough to keep anyone up awake at night.

      In honor of Seekerville's 8th Birthday I'm contributing 8 sleep-deprived observations on the topic of insomnia.

      #1. Insomnia is one of the rare medical conditions that can be caused by just by thinking about it.

      #2. Pernicious insomnia happens when -- when you finally do get to sleep -- you dream about not being able to sleep.

      #3. Insomnia is just your body's way of reminding you that you are going to be dead a long time.

      #4. Insomnia demonstrates your body's sincerest expression of disapproval for the type of dreams you've been having.

      #5. Insomnia is not 'not being able to sleep' it's really about not being able to sleep according to your lifestyle's plot. A pantsering mind will always insist on sleeping when its 'seat of the pants decision-maker' tells it to sleep -- and not before!

      #6. Insomnia happens when your life story is so interesting that your mind just can't put it down. (Which is a lot better than being thrown across the room and against the wall.)

      #7. Insomnia is sleep's reaction to feeling neglected and being taken for granted. (This calls for a little TLC.)

      #8. Insomnia is the chronic condition of the control freak.


      Vince

      Please put me in the drawing for the novella collection. Five HEAs are hard to beat.

      P.S. If I didn't love pantsers so much, I would never kid them as creatively as I do.

      P.P.S. Wondering why you were wearing a fireman's hat at the police academy kept me awake last night until I figured out that causing insomnia was the purpose of the picture.

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    34. Good morning....I'm a reader/reviewer, too, Deanna. I think it's writing the reviews that can put me in sleepy mode. Now that I'm not farming anymore, and don't have a job I could sleep in. But my 6 month puppy is my alarm clock and anytime after 7 is fair game. Would love to have my name in for the collections. I think maybe I have not always mentioned that in the comments during the week. Thanks for a great post, Tina.

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    35. SIDEBAR

      Thanks for all the prayers. I needed them. When I showed up for my eye procedure, they would not do it without two hours of additional tests. The doctor concluded he could only do the right eye. He wanted to know if I wanted to wait a week. I said, "Let's do it now while we have this window of opportunity." (I waited over three years for my eyes to be safe enough to operate on the last time.) So we did it.

      Now I have to wait a few days to see if it worked and how many floaters it may have created and how big they are and how long they will remain. So far I'd say the prayers were a blessing. Thanks again.

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    36. T Rosado!! Weren't textbooks a great way to ensure a nap?? Maybe we should get one or two just for sleep assistance.

      Okay, but no reading in bed. SleepDex says this:

      "Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, go to another room and do something restful until you feel tired. Don’t read in bed. If you want to read, get out of bed and sit in a chair." -

      http://www.sleepdex.org/tips.htm

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    37. Yes, Artists Librarian, you are for sure GETTING OLD.

      You will max out in a few years when you turn 21.

      I would know. I turned 21 a dozen decades ago.

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    38. Hey, Kate. Welcome to Seekerville. Writer or Reader? Where do you hail from.

      A nine month old? That means I can beat you on the Sheep Dash.

      Welcome to Sleep Deprivation 101.

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    39. You are in, Bettie. I slept in. I get five hours of sleep M-F so Saturday I get a lovely EIGHT!!!!

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    40. I agree with Jackie, (our in house pharmacist!) I read up on melatonin. Long term it can cause depression.

      It didn't help me anyhow.

      Drinking Cherry Juice and Vit D? Will try it. I was taking Cherry Juice for my joints but switched to Tumeric along with MSM and Glucosamine chondroitin.

      Any vitamins we should not take near bedtime due to stimulation, Jackie? Well I mean obviously not B 12. But anything else?

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    41. Well thank you, Cindy W. Burnout is the only problem with nursing.

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    42. The timer nap really work, Glynna. And yes, insomnia isn't every night for me either. More like a phenomena that occurs about every two weeks. Usually I do something to trigger it, I realize AFTER the fact.

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    43. Bonton, yes! I worked night shift as a nurse and nurse aide and in the Army. That was what triggered it for years. Now that I get up at 2:30 am for work, it's much better, since it's working with the insomnia.

      You are in!

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    44. What Ruthy doesn't tell you is that come 8 o'clock she is asleep standing up. She is very good about honoring her body's need to sleep after a long go-go day with kids, chickens, and assorted animals.

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    45. Must try some of that tea you mentioned, Tina! I don't consider myself an insomniac, but there are nights when the brain simply will not shut down! And I need a fairly restful eight hours each night or I am utterly nonfunctional.

      Achy joints can keep you awake at night, too. I take turmeric every day, plus Move Free. Years ago my doc had me on Celebrex for arthritis. Turmeric seems to work just as well if not better for me.

      AND VINCE IS PICKING ON PANTSERS AGAIN!!!!

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    46. JAMIE!@!!! MACK'S EARPLUGS WORK. I have searched for years. I hate the ones that make noise in your ear. These work. Check your local grocery story or drugstore.

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    47. Listen to Tina if you want to use those sleepless hours well.

      But if you'd like to possibly find a solution to the insomnia, here goes with a Public Service Announcement.

      It's hard to hear so many say they can't sleep without sharing something that worked for me. We ladies of a certain age who run into hormonal issues frequently have this problem. I found a product at my health food store by Source Naturals called NightRest. You can order it online at Amazon or any other vitamin store. I take 2 of those pills an hour before I want to be asleep and sure enough, 99% of the time I SLEEP. It helps me fall asleep and stay asleep. End of PSA.

      I told Mary C about this product last year when she mentioned insomnia, but I don't know if she tried it or not.

      Happy weekend everyone!

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    48. GREAT tips, Tina. I dealt with insomnia for the first 5-6 years of marriage. I still battle it sometimes. I've given myself permission, if I have trouble sleeping, to get up and work on something writing-related. It gives me something to look forward to. :)

      I loved all your suggestions of small frog/pollywog tasks we can do on minimal brain power. And, thanks for the links. I'm checking some of them out.

      If I win, I haven't read Safe in the Fireman's Arms yet . . . :)

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    49. I'm with you, Rose, thus the earplugs. My cat used to keep me awake, that's how I found the ear plugs.

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    50. Well, Cindy R, you are a sweetie for saying that. The check is in the mail.

      We should for an insomnia club. LOL

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    51. Love you reader, reviewers, Deanna! And I thank you for taking the time to review! You are appreciated.

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    52. Rhonda, UGH! Anything less than five hours is a KILLER. I hear you!

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    53. HELLO SEEKERVILLE! Tina, I enjoyed your post. I am a morning person that has trouble staying awake past 10:30 pm.

      Please put me in the drawing.

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    54. Pinterest! Pam. You are right. That is a great idea! One that is on my to do list and I always forget. Thank you!!!

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    55. Sandra, get the print copy of Eat That Frog. I would hand out a copy to the world along with Jesus Calling if I was a millionaire.

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    56. Yes, Barbara, I was a spy. I copied Morse code for the Army Security Agency in Augsburg, Germany. Great training for a writer. hahahaha. NOT.

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    57. Put this insomniac in the drawing! I've bookmarked this post to read again later...when I can't sleep :)

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    58. To be clear, I am NOT a pharmacy tech. They are certified. I am a clerk. I call doctor's offices and pharmacies and patients all day about prescriptions. But I cannot take a prescription over the phone. That would be for Jackie our RPh.

      I have thought often about becoming a tech but you know, I really just want to write. I had my "career" in medicine as a nurse. Now I am just working on the fringe and am happy to do that to get all those lovely perks called benefits.

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    59. Great info, Tina! Thanks for the tips too. Love the Eat the Frog bit. Sometimes I eat the wrong things...too often.

      I wake about 4 AM and worry about everything I need to do. I should pull a Ruthy and get up and write!

      Note to self...get up at 4 AM and write!

      Having terrible wifi problems today. Just spent two hours with Earthlink Support. A guy from India named Benjamin. I could understand him. That was the good news. The bad news was that the Internet Speed Test would never pull up. I'm supposed to call back when it connects. GRRR! May need a new provider! Like today!

      On a lighter note...I'm doing a Fast Draft and writing a book in the next two weeks. I'll report on my progress...now, back to my AlphaSmart to get pages written!

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    60. Vince, (pantsering jokes aside) WOO HOO! on the eye surgery. Will continue to pray.

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    61. Great info, Tina! Thanks for the tips too. Love the Eat the Frog bit. Sometimes I eat the wrong things...too often.

      I wake about 4 AM and worry about everything I need to do. I should pull a Ruthy and get up and write!

      Note to self...get up at 4 AM and write!

      Having terrible wifi problems today. Just spent two hours with Earthlink Support. A guy from India named Benjamin. I could understand him. That was the good news. The bad news was that the Internet Speed Test would never pull up. I'm supposed to call back when it connects. GRRR! May need a new provider! Like today!

      On a lighter note...I'm doing a Fast Draft and writing a book in the next two weeks. I'll report on my progress...now, back to my AlphaSmart to get pages written!

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    62. A puppy?? Marianne,you are brave. What kind? And you are in the drawing! We're giving away a few more tomorrow too.

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    63. Thanks for the heads up, Tracey. I went and look. It contains melatonin, but looks like they have other products that do not. I have not tried L-Tryptophan. Must do some research.

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    64. Well, Jeanne, insomniacs unite...then accidentally fall asleep while uniting. You are in the drawing.

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    65. Caryl! Happy Saturday! Good to see your smiling face! You are in.

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    66. I forgot to wave hi to Mary Preston as she drifts off to sleep. It is sleep time in her corner of the world.

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    67. Laurie T, I bet you have a bit of sleep deprivation going on with a new baby in the house!! You are in!

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    68. Debby, you need a new internet provider.

      Get up at four. Great idea. Start prayer time early and get it going.

      Fast Draft! Me too!!!!

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    69. Good morning, Seekerville.


      Obviously you hit a sore spot with this post, Tina. I wonder just how many sleep-deprived people we are dealing with every day. I know how I feel after a night of insomnia. Things I can normally handle without blinking become major - even overwhelming - tasks. Insomnia could probably account for a lot of the world's problems.

      I got sluggish snail for my first round of Sheep Dash - but that might have had something to do with me trying to turn the dart so it FACED the sheep rather than just clicking it! Once I knew what to do, I got Bobbing Bobcat.

      I don't generally summer from insomnia since I started taking magnesium each day. I do know there are certain things that trigger it though and too much sugar is one. Tea is another. For some reason, the caffeine in coffee doesn't keep me awake the same way tea does. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact I put milk in my coffee but not in my tea.

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    70. He's a shihtzu/bichon/Yorki cross. He's parents were both that as well, but I guess that doesn't make him purebred. He comes with a story, but I will tell you when I see you. And there's more changes in my life ( no I don't have a boyfriend) but that story will wait too.

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    71. LOL, on the floor laughing, Marianne. You are too funny. Can't wait to see you!

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    72. Magnesium, Mary Curry. Must go research that as well.

      Yeah, three hours sleep is dangerous. I want to do mean things to people who make noise. Not good.

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    73. I was unaware of any association between long term melatonin use and possible depression. I have been taking NightRest for at least two years and have had no adverse side affects, everyone's different I guess. I'll tell you what is really depressing though, not being able to sleep!
      I prefer to take a natural product over a prescription when available. Nothing works for everyone, but I was glad I tried it, I was at the end of my rope when I found it.

      I'm like Myra, if I don't get enough sleep, I'm nonfunctional. I'm amazed at all the Seeker/villagers getting by on 5 and 6 hours of sleep, some even less!



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    74. It seems to me that insomnia is more rampant now that people don't "go to bed with the chickens". Back before electricity, radio, television, and now computers and the internet, most people started shutting down as soon as it got dark.

      Lamps and lanterns provided a small measure of light, but unless they could afford to burn the midnight oil, then they conserved it. Then they were usually up at the crack of dawn.

      I could be totally wrong, of course. lol

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    75. Oh yes, like Mary Curry I take my Calcium/Magnesium at night too.

      I also sleep with a fan on low to drown out any background noise.
      I get the room as dark as I can, blackout shades, no alarm clock light.

      I've got the sleep routine down pat. It's essential, lol.

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    76. Yes, what Tracey said. The magnesium has to be in the correct proportion to calcium. I have read that lack of proper calcium/magnesium balance and levels makes the body unable to relax.

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    77. I'm with you, Tracey. I'm afraid to use prescription stuff. I've heard of sleep walking with rx drugs. That's all I need.

      I have used melatonin in the past but it just stopped working for me.

      The other thing I have used which after a year stops working is Unisom Herbal. Not the one with benadryl. Benadryl makes me CRAAAZZZY!!

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    78. I love hearing comments re natural or herbal helps....Thanks Jackie, Tina, and others. I prefer to NOT take drugs but have had to the last 2 yrs. due to health issues. I do take as little as possible and also take natural helps.
      I want to be in for that $50 card....thanks!

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    79. You are of course, in, Jackie Smith.

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    80. Hi Tina,

      Timely post for me! Thanks for all the suggestions. I've tried working when I wake in the middle of the night but felt too tired to tackle writing. Appreciate suggestions not requiring full mental prowess...and, of course, Pinterest...a great favorite!!

      It's so encouraging to read the comments here...knowing we're all VERY busy! Keeps me from plopping down in the pity-puddle and whining and feeling I'm the only one...waah-waah-waah!!! LOL

      Please enter me in the drawings...and thanks for all y'all do for the Seekerville community!!

      And Vince...will continue to pray for you!!

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    81. Add me to the list of magnesium supplement takers. I've read that magnesium citrate is more easily absorbed. I take it along with my calcium tablet every night.

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    82. I like my 8 hours of sleep a night lol. Without it, I get migraines, since that is one of my triggers. When I had my surgery, I was still awake at 3am and then when I would go to sleep, I'd wake up at my normal time, 6am. I started taking Black Cohosh and I am back to sleeping! I will set the alarm to still get up at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays, plus I don't stay up much later. I found I was sleeping my weekends away. My husband gets up at 1am to go to work. I could never function doing that. I think if I didn't require so much sleep I could get more stuff done lol.

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    83. Passing you a cup of coffee, Kathryn Barker. You are in!

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    84. Fortunately I require five. Six is a treat. Black Cohosh. A menopause herb too. Must check it out, Sally!

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    85. Yes, Tina! That's what I use it for. I get the day/night combo pack. The night pill has a sleep ingredient that really works for me. I am a much happier person!

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    86. Great post, Tina! Who doesn't have those nights where sleep won't come and counting sheep or blessings doesn't help. Thanks for the tips! Even sleep deprived, you never waste a minute!

      I'm heading to the Sleep calculator links and the Sheep Dash for the bad news.

      Janet

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    87. I read your bio again, Tina. What struck me is how many times you've successfully reinvented yourself--military, RN, library cataloguer and pharmacy clerk. Your experience makes you the perfect friend. Okay, we knew that without the resume, but if I'm in a scuffle, in need of the right drug or book, you're my go-to source. Before you use any military moves on me, I know the right book is yours! LOL

      Janet

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    88. I'm an Ambling Armadillo. :-( I thought my reactions were fast until I was told I needed more practice.


      Janet

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    89. Vince, I may need nasal surgery after reading #3!

      Glad to hear the prayers helped.

      Janet

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    90. I have insomnia upon occasion. Hate it! I'd rather be beaten.

      Why's that line forming? ;-)

      Janet

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    91. I feel like this post was written just for me... I've had insomnia off and on for the past few months. It's a real creativity/productivity killer. :-P Please drop my name in for the giveaway... In the meantime, I'll be looking up the earplugs and tea. Anything to help. :)

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    92. LOLOL, Janet. You just nailed my life. Reinvent yourself Tina Marie.

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    93. You are in, Anna! And I think this applies to 99.9 percent of all writers. Sleep deprivation is our middle name.

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    94. Great tips here, Tina! Thankfully, I don't suffer with insomnia. I have zero problem falling asleep, but I typically wake up after sleeping five hours straight and then I'm unable to go back to sleep.
      Since I'm at the day job at 6:00 a.m. and commute into the city, I'm up at 4:00. I go to bed at the same time every night and I try to keep the same sleep schedule on the weekend. Although sometimes on the weekend, I sleep in until 5:30. I've tried drinking herbals tea, but then I'm jumping up to the bathroom during the night. I'm grateful that I'm never tired during the day. I contribute that to drinking a lot of ice water. Thanks for all of the links!

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    95. ICE WATER. Great tip. I drink a gallon of water before bed hoping it will wake me so I don't oversleep my alarm..set at 2:30 am. LOLOL.

      (Jill and I have chatted in the early am hours as we are both on the way to work)

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    96. Ha ha! I do find that drinking ice water during the day has the same effect as caffeine.
      Tina, it's a comforting thought to know I'm not the only one up and commuting at such a crazy hour.

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    97. I just tried the sheep dash and did not do very well. But it was fun.

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    98. I don't have a problem falling asleep. I'm out.
      On a lot of days I even take a 10-15 minute power nap. Anything past 30 minutes makes me feel tired, but not those little cat naps.

      Early this week I finally noticed the grand prize for this month.
      I had to google the Ipad mini to even know what it does. Is that pathetic or what.

      I LOVE birthday month!

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    99. Well, I have a feeling you could be talking about Mary in the post. But I think I remember having that insomnia conversation with you, too. I suffer from it once or twice a week usually. NOT FUN. So now I have some great ideas of what to do. Thank you, Tina!

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    100. Vince, I'm glad you were able to get one eye done! You'll have to keep us up to date on how you're recovering.

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    101. Melissa, you are a young whippersnapper! I used to thrive on less sleep. I would regularly write after my family went to bed and stay up until about 2 or 3 am. Nowadays, I just can't do that. If fact, I can barely write at night now. I have to do it all in the day.

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    102. LOLOL. Connie Queen. This is our third year to give away an iPad mini. Think of it as a giant iPhone or a mini laptop.

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    103. Trasado, I'm with you. Reading only keeps me awake. But your'e right about how that never seemed to work with textbooks. LOL

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    104. There are actually a few of us Missy, but the big contender for Insomniac of the Year has yet to make an appearance today.

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    105. Cindy W, I love a good Sunday afternoon nap!! I don't what it is about Sundays that makes them so nice. :)

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    106. Debby, good luck with your fast draft!! I'm sorry about the Internet problems.

      Here's something I've noticed about Speedtest.net. Anytime I run it, it seems like my internet starts working faster! I have a theory that the internet service provider knows we may post a review about how slow it is and so they do something that speeds it. LOL! ;)

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    107. Hahaha! Tina's new fangled alarm clock: One gallon of water before bed. :)

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    108. TINA!!! OH MY GOSH -- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tips, girlfriend, THANK YOU!!

      I am especially impressed with #2 -- This is not the time to EAT THAT FROG -- because that is soooo smart to tackle the tadpoles when you're too tired to tackle anything else, but still want to be productive.

      My #1 go-to tip when I'm too tired to write (and can't sleep) is #5 -- Get in some R & R. Read and Review. Nothing relaxes me and helps me to unwind more than reading a book, so I manage to read approximately 8 books a month by reading at night, in the car, at doctors' appts., or in the powder room. I always get amazed at the authors who say they don't have time to read because reading is our life and the reason I started writing in the first place.

      And OH MY GOODNESS -- That Sleep Calculator ROCKS!!! Gonna do that next ...

      THREE CHEERS for ear plugs, YES, YES, YES!! I'd be lost without ear plugs at night when hubby goes into chainsaw mode!!

      GREAT POST, TEENSTER! I will be posting the gift-card winner tonight, so no worries, okay?

      Hugs!
      Julie

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    109. Sleep, that is something I definitely seem to get too little of. As. I get older I think it s overrated. But, when I feel the necessity to bring it on I find reading helps to relax me and reading with a book rather then an ebook.

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    110. What a treat. I don't normally have to wake up at five-thirty, but I am judging a high school debate tournament today. This morning I read Seekerville before I started judging, and I instantly thought "Hooray, a Tina post." Every chance I've had I have gotten my WIP ready for a contest whose deadline is tonight. I installed Pomodoro on my laptop this week, and I love the twenty-minute sprint idea for writing.
      I loved Julie's comment about all the wonderful places to read.
      Thanks for the post. I love categorizing things in the past year, and it's helped me. One other thing. Everyone categorizes people as morning or night. I'm a late morning/afternoon person. I'm definitely not a morning bird. And I fade fast at night. So I've loved reading about all the people who are morning or night people since I'm neither.

      (Oh, and I already have Safe in the Fireman's Arms.)

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    111. LOLOL, I wasn't worried, Jules. I am in there now so I would have kicked you out if you went in. Good thing this is in code.

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    112. Perhaps I will try the Sheep Dash again later. Armadillos do not fare well in my part of the country, much less one that ambles.

      Since insomnia is not a part of my life, I have to think the delay in my response to the sheep dash is due to the communication time between a wireless mouse and the computer. Then again, maybe it's an unconscious disinclination to shoot darts at critters that remind me of Shaun the Sheep.

      On a whiny note ... I have to wait until January for the next Paradise book?

      Nancy C

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    113. Welcome Sheryl Barnes. Great to have you in Seekerville where we have lots of print books to satisfy every insomniac need.

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    114. LOLOLOL Nancy.

      Would you like some cappuccino, dear? If I win the lottery I can retire and write faster. Oh, wait, you have to actually enter to win. Bummer.

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    115. Tanya, you go gal!! I love you writers who obey me. (as I said to Janet Ferguson just this week!!) WAY TO GO!!!

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    116. SHERYL SAID: "Sleep, that is something I definitely seem to get too little of. As. I get older I think it s overrated. But, when I feel the necessity to bring it on I find reading helps to relax me and reading with a book rather then an ebook."

      Hey, girl, we must be twins separated at birth (give a few extra years on my side) because I also think it's "overrated" as I get older and actually like the fact that I don't seem to need as much sleep. Also, reading ALWAYS helps me to relax, but I have to say that I'm absolutely ga-ga over my iPad Mini. So much so that paper books are becoming obsolete at my house. Of course we just moved and downsized MAJOR, so there's not much room for them!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    117. oKAY that stupid Sheep Dash is a bunch of CHEATERS.
      I totally darted the first two in plenty of time.

      BAH!!!

      Like Bah Humbug, not baa baa black sheep.

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    118. Tina, that hat is just so cute it's crazy.
      Thanks for the picture.

      Yes, the insomniac is here.
      And guess what? I'm sleepy.

      Which means NOTHING.

      When I lay down to sleep I can tell almost INSTANTLY if I'm going to be able to sleep. My mine either settles down or it jack rabbits.

      I start arguing politics inside my head.
      I get angry at my husband for something he did sixteen years ago.
      I fill up with humiliations for some rude, boneheaded thing I did in high school and flip back and forth between an imagined apology and the very real chance they've forgotten and moved on.

      I occasional preach little sermons to an imaginary audience.

      It's not WHAT I think, it's THAT I think. And I know it ain't goin' away and I might as well read for a while.

      PS I've been doing a lot of babysitting with a new granddaughter who is NOT a good sport about the whole 'nighttime is for sleeping' nonsenses.

      I'm up until 2 a.m. anyway, I'll take the first shift.

      Yes, my son-in-law said, "Insomnia is your superpower."

      Glad I can help.

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    119. Tracey I haven't tried it, but the reason is, I have been an insomniac since I was a small child. I really think I'm one of those people who doesn't need eight hours of sleep.

      So I have just accepted myself for how I am and made peace with it.

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    120. Well for all of you that are sleep deprived and think sleep is overrated I've got to agree. I stay up to late almost every night reading and drinking tea. I must read before bed every night it really relaxes me after a stressful day. Reading at bedtime usually puts me to sleep and I end up losing my place in my book, ugh. I do have Safe in the Fireman's Arms, a beautiful signed copy by you , Tina. Thank you : )

      Deanne Patterson

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    121. I just tried Sheep Dash again and I am still an armadillo. that is so incredibly fun!

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    122. The Queen of the Insomniacs has arrived.

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    123. Found it. Enter me please. jrs362 @ hotmail dot com

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    124. Well Mary, if insomnia is your super power than put your cape on and fly with it ;)
      And God bless each and every one of you who have adapted and made it work for you!

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    125. Boy, do I understand insomnia. I'm only in my late 20's but I've had a problem with it since I was about 12-13. Usually I just ride it out, read a lot, listen to old time radio shows or music, or just lay in bed and rest until I can actually fall asleep.

      Blessings!
      Jasmine

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    126. Vince, do you mind if I share your insomnia commentary with some friends? Lovely blend of humor and fact!

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    127. Tina! Great post :) Love the insomnia tips, though once I crash for the night, I usually don't have too much trouble sleeping. Guess that's the college student in me--when I finally get to see my pillow again, I'm often so worn out that I lay down and I'm out. But occasionally, my mind is so busy that it won't shut down, much like Mary C's. She said her problem isn't what she thinks about, but THAT she thinks. I concur!

      I would love to be in the drawings! Add me to all of them, if you would, Miss Tina, except for Safe in the Fireman's Arms because I have that one already :)

      Happy weekend, everyone!

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    128. Hi Sarah:

      I'd be delighted if you shared my insomnia observations with friends; however, it might be best to change #5 so as not to offend pantsers. Here's my revision:

      #5. Insomnia is not 'the inability to sleep' but rather it's the inability to sleep on your time rather than God's time.

      We often talk about doing things on God's time here in Seekerville so this observation should be more copasetic.

      Good luck and enjoy.

      Vince

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    129. Wait there's an iPad mini giveaway?!??! Happy Birthday, indeed... :D :D :D :D :D

      Would love that :)

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    130. Arrrrgh why do I always lose comments here only when I haven't saved them first!

      I mentioned something about Cate forgetting to change accounts before so she accidentally posted as Mary. Oops!

      But the most important thing I don't think anyone has mentioned yet - Epsom Salt baths.

      Seriously.

      It's that magnesium thing Mary mentioned earlier. I've read some pretty incredible testimonies about how Epsom salt baths have completely changed people's loves. They allow your body to absorb the magnesium which helps to quiet the brain. Don't take my word for it, try it. They cost under $2 a box.

      I told my daughter I would never have survived the Great Mouse Invasion of 2015 without magnesium. The fact that I handled it calmly is testimony enough to the anti-stress powers of magnesium. :)


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    131. I have never heard of that Mary/Cate. I don't take baths. Things get wet.

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      1. hit publish by accident ;) these are great tips! I wake up around 3am and can't get back to sleep for an hour and a half. I try to do quiet things so I don't wake the rest the house up.

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    133. Jasmine, are you a writer or a reader??

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    134. I don't think it's insomnia. It's just that I get a second wind between 10pm & midnight. I'm a wreck until 9:30 or 10am the next day, but it's great writing time! :)

      Thank You, Tina the Great! Please put me in the drawing!

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    135. And I just noticed, it's 10:04 my time & I'm just now checking Seekerville! See it's happening again! :)

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    136. "I have never heard of that Mary/Cate. I don't take baths. Things get wet."



      You don't have to take the whole bath. You can just soak your feet in it. Very relaxing and makes tired feet/legs feel so much better.

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    137. I live in the Phoenix area too. Some of my best writing occurs after midnight. Noisy crickets are what keep me up lately...and sometimes the Korean television programs my neighbor has on too loud.

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    138. Great post, Tina, my girl! You always make me smile! :) I've read your two books (loved them, as you know) but enter me for the other prizes, please! Once again, Happy Birthday, Seekerville!!!!!

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    139. Mary Curry,
      We are on the same wavelength, nothing will relax tired and sore muscles like an Epsom salts bath. I always take one after massage therapy. I don't remember to take them as much for relaxing to sleep. Thanks for the reminder.

      I've been behind on my reviews but I finally got mine done for Christmas in Hiding, loved it!

      I just saw my superpower on pinterest, I disappear into books ;)

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    140. I'm sleepy most of the time. I don't know which one is better. Being sleepy or imsoniac :). I would love to be drawn in the giveaways since I don't have the books.

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    141. Avid reader here.....No WONDER why so many writers are sleep deprived....I mean when DO you have time to write between family obligations and/or outside jobs, and most importantly getting enough sleep in a day/night!! Oh my :-O

      I can see where I can use some of these points in my own life! "Don't dwell on what you can't do, focus on what you can do" (what's my limitations!), "It's not the time to eat that frog" (prioritize tasks!), "Get in some R&R Read and Review" (take a break and read!), "Recognize the power of the cat nap" (It's ok to rest a few minutes on the sofa, recharge the brain!). Great practical tips for this non-writer :-)

      Please add my name to your virtual hat for a chance at those great prizes, especially the books! Thanks for the post today, it was quite insightful!

      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    142. Very creative and wise suggestions!
      Helpful and thoughtful tidbits to help every writer!
      Thank you for blessing us today!

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    143. Very creative and wise suggestions!
      Helpful and thoughtful tidbits to help every writer!
      Thank you for blessing us today!

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    144. Tina, Great post as always! I have insomnia like so many who posted. I sleep about 2-3 hours every night and then struggle to stay away at work the next day. When I wake up, I will try to edit, catch up on social media, etc. I eventually fall to sleep again and wake up with the imprint of the computer keyboard on my forehead. ;)

      It's probably too late, but if not, please put my name in for the drawings.

      Blessings!

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    145. Ha! Had trouble posting, but here I am. Got my first contract for publication due to insomnia. Really appreciate the measure of this blog, more possibilities

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    146. didn't get to this post yesterday. I was sleeping.


      actually I was playing referee for two five year old boys. is there a reason why peaceful playtime lasts about 10 minutes before there's conflict again? *sigh* My little guy over-reacts much like I did when I was his age. I think I need to apologize to my mom for what I put her through.

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    147. Joan! An insomnia sale! I love it. And welcome to Seekerville.

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    148. Haven't fallen asleep at the computer, yet, Edwina. But I do not rule out the option.

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    149. there is a measure of serendipity to missing a post on insomnia due to sleeping, DebH. LOL

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    150. Thanks, Charlotte! Glad to see you here in Seekerville.

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    151. Thanks, Trixie. You are in and if you will check the Sunday post...drumroll please...YOU WON.

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    152. Evelyn, good to see you. Your name is in.

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    153. There are soooo many other things I would rather do than sleep, but my disdain for sleep for so many years has cost me! I learned the hard way. If I don't get enough sleep now, I just don't function. And my anxiety levels start creeping up. The only way for me to get to sleep at night is strictly keeping to my wind-down schedule. That means by 9pm, I have to stop what I'm doing and get ready for bed. I need to be in bed by about 9.30pm, and then have my quiet time with God. That is the single most effective way for me to be able to drift off to sleep without trouble, and stay that way for the rest of the night (unless my darling children have other ideas, of course!).

      I cannot watch TV past 9pm. And to say this on a writers blog is going to be very controversial, but one of the worst things I can do is FINISH a book at night. My adrenaline levels are elevated from the excitement of a happy ending! I'm not saying I don't succumb sometimes to those can't-stop-til-I-finish-the-book late nights ... but I pay for it, severely!

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