lateish, but earlier

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As the title suggests, I can’t sleep.  I’m not a fan of sleep per se, but, I do love those last five minutes of sleep….  But I digress.

I’m not interested in how to get to sleep.  I just wonder what you–yes, you–do when you can’t sleep.

Seriously, in a city where I can get a burrito delivered to my condo until 5am, there’s got to be either a) great stories of impromptu, late night shenanigans b) something fantastic to do.

So fill me in.  I’ll still be awake.

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15 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 9:01 am

    Do you want to know how people fall asleep or what to do at 3 AM? If I can’t fall asleep I usually picture myself staring at a black wall and I try to not let any thoughts come into my head. It works every time! As far as what to do late at night I have no clue. I am in bed every night by midnight at the latest!

  2. Marty (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 9:07 am

    Both actually; what do you do when you can’t sleep–or–failing that, what do you do at 3 am AND you can’t sleep AND you’ve got work in 5 hours.

    My lack of sleep is making me less coherent than usual. Sorry.

  3. steven (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    Annie hit it on the head. I try to clear out all thoughts, create a blank space in my head. This tends to work, mostly because what keeps me up is worrying over something that I really can’t do anything about at 3am.

    If that fails, try a glass of milk, or perhaps a sip of liquor. Not a shot, but a sip of something like brandy or whiskey. They always make me sleepy.

  4. nikkos (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    The Zen thing works for me too- try to think of absolute nothingness. It’s tiring.

  5. Jason (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    You know, according to The Exorcism of Emily Rose, or, as I like to call it, The Waste of One Hundred Minutes, 3am is the demon witching hour.

    To make fun of the Trinity.

    Maybe the problem is your Catholicism? Or maybe if you do the Zen thing or some other kind of meditation, you’ll alienate your God, and then, the demons win.

    Also, every time you can’t sleep, the Terrorists win. So think about that.

  6. Danny Doom (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    I suggest watching “Into The Night.”

    note: this didn’t go through before, so if it appears twice, that’s why.

  7. Elizabeth (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    I think you should use your insomnia to write a romance novel. You know, a real bodice ripper, complete with a handsome pirate who kidnaps a busty Duke’s daughter, and then engages in steamy sex scenes with her. Apparently, it’s a pretty lucrative market.

    I think it’s fair to say that if you’re writing hot sex scenes, the terrorists aren’t winning.

  8. todd (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    From the original post:
    “I’m not interested in how to get to sleep. I just wonder what you–yes, you–do when you can’t sleep.”

  9. Jason (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

    Yeah. But it’s funnier to stab Marty with our words. Hey, lose enough blood, and you’re guaranteed to sleep!

  10. Alana (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    Road trip.

    When I was living in Portland, my cousin was working swing shift at a cannery. If he got home and I was awake with insomnia, which I frequently suffered from in those days, we’d hop in my car and drive somewhere beautiful (you can’t swing a dead cat in Portland without hitting beautiful nature) and watch the sun come up.

    You could drive to the Dunes, Milwaukee, out to a farm…

  11. steven (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    I can tell you what NOT to do….watch a scary movie. If I had ever decided to watch The Ring or The Exorcist during a bout of insomnia, I could bet my booty that no sleep would be had. That said, how about turning on the tube in the dark and watching the dullest, most boring movie you can find. In these days of inane remakes and unoriginal time-wasters, to paraphrase Alana, “you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a dumb movie”…

  12. Marty (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    I haven’t been able to completely empty my thoughts or do a zen thing in a long, long time. i used to do it every night, but this whole, “Being an adult” thing has really cramped my relaxation.

    I’m not keen on doing shots by myself either; and sipping scotch, while a favorite past time of mine, is also out of the question. I want to do that for fun, not to medicate to get to sleep.

    I like Alana’s ideas, so I’ll put a spin on it. If I can’t get to sleep tonight by 2, I’ll go for a walk and see how many pictures I can snap before I get tired… and if it continues, I’ll get my bike’s spring tune up months early.

    Thanks Everyone!
    –except for Todd. i have no idea what you meant by quoting me.

  13. Danny Doom (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    this is weird, i posted a comment on here but it had to be approved or something, and it never showed.
    anyway, my comment was: watch “Into The Night,” with Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfieffer.

  14. nikkos (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

    If you tried to put a URL into the comment it sometimes requires approval.

    That, or Officer Gelason simply doesn’t like you.


  15. Danny Doom (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    ah, yes, that is what happened. you’ll have to look up the imdb link yourself, but it is a good insomnia movie, from what i recall. i added it to my Netflix queue just recently.

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