Friday, May 21, 2010

A, B, C, Zzzzzz!

Are you bothered by the occasional bout of insomnia?  Do you wake up after only a few hours, your mind suddenly shifting into into overdrive while your body lies exhausted, desperately yearning for sleep?  I have just the thing for you.  A brand new, untried and unproven method, guaranteed only to make you wonder if I've gone nuts from lack of sleep.

I came up with this on one of those nights.  Here's how it works.  You pick a letter of the alphabet, and start naming words that start with that letter.  Except maybe X and Z.  I mean after "zebra" and "xylophone" there's not much for your foggy, over-stressed 3 a.m. brain to work with. 

Catnip, canaries...Zzzzzz
This mental exercise will redirect your thoughts, and release your frazzled mind back to dreamland.  Just beware of the letter P.  I used that one night, when I was a little bit hungry.  I never realized how much food starts with "P" - potatoes, pancakes, pie, peanuts, pork - you get the idea.

But does it work?  I don't know, I fell asleep (coincidence?). You try it and let me know.

13 comments:

  1. I'm totally using this tonight to see if it helps. Only I'm worried I'll think of nothing but food starting with "A". And "B". And "C", ... etc.

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  2. That's a problem in those wee hours. It can lead to snacking. ;)

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  3. Great suggestion! Except for the food part. Yeah, that's bad. I sometimes try to do subtraction and division problems in my head when I can't sleep. My brain is smart enough to know it'd rather be asleep than do math.

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  4. OK, so how would this work for me? Um, try "C" - copper, oh, and conductors. Coiled copper conductors, that's the ticket! After a while, I end up cheerfully conformally coating concealed convection cooled carefree coiled copper conductors. Hmm, how do I work in current carrying capacity? Maybe I'll just lie here quietly, take a few deep breaths and try to sleep. What's that sound? Listen carefully and she's just barely audible over Rose's snoring - pumpkin, parsley, pistachios, pimentos, pumpernickel, parmesan, pickles, prosciutto...
    Goodnight, dear.

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  5. An interesting tip. Thankfully, I don't have too many of those nights and usually I just give up and stay up and read. But I'll try this next time for sure!

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  6. Ha, math in the middle of the night? My brain would just short circuit.

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  7. Hi Talon, sorry my responses are out of order. I don't have too many nights like that either. Mostly disturbances to my sleep are caused by my cat!

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  8. I haven't had insomnia in years, I'm just too exhausted to worry about anything anymore. However, I used to recite the alphabet to my children as I rocked them and rubbed their backs so they would go to sleep. On the occasion when I have had trouble falling asleep I have found that slowly and calmly reciting the alphabet actually makes me tire. You just have to remember not to sing the song because that could get you pumped up.

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  9. I'll have to try it! Or maybe I'll try the math like Kathy said. I HATE math. It's so boring.

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  10. Hmmm.... pickles, popcorn balls, puff pastry, pasta, pine nuts, pumpkin pie, PIZZAAAAA... nom nom nom!

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  11. Jen- I have tried counting forward, and backward (not sheep, just numbers), but that didn't do much for me.

    NJM- Hi thanks for visiting, all the way from New Jersey. Math is boring so maybe it would work, and hey, it's not food! ;)

    To my DH- Cute, but you know I never would have said "pickles". It is likely that this technique won't work for you. You'd lie there for hours frantically formulating fantastically funny fodder from fresh fast food.

    Katherine- Aren't there an amazing number of "P" foods?

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  12. I will definitely have to try that. I often wake up and start thinking about all the things I have to do but am too tired to get up and do them. Something to distract myself may be just the thing.

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  13. Hi Anne,

    That happens to us all now and then. Let me know if it works for you.

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