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What Do You Do To Get A Good Nights Sleep?

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I was searching the WWW for foods that help with sleep. I came across a strange and interesting post. Was just wondering what some of you do to get a good nights sleep. I like to listen to a YouTube sound of rain video, but with the screen turned off. Not eating anything after 6:00pm. Keeping the room a little cool helps also. Thanks to you all. Right click the image.
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I don't get a good night's sleep or at least almost never. There are medical issues that need attention.
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Sadly, I alternate, every other night is twist and turn. Then the next night I sleep like a baby.

I can't figure out why :(
I think I am turning into a night person, I can easily stay up till 3AM even if I am not observing.
I can fall asleep at anytime during the middle of the day.

Maybe I should don some white make-up and dark eyeshadow and become a "Goth" 😂
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1. Stop watching TV/video about two hours before bedtime unless they have a 'night' mode that changes the color palette from the usual blue scheme to a softer reddish. Blue interferes with the production of melatonin.
(Lately I have to remember to stop arguing with dipsticks on the Internet at late hours. Just not healthy.)
2. If I eat late, it's a complex carb or other mild item.
3. Only one, maybe two drinks at most. Or just hot herbal tea if it's cold.
4. A 10mg melatonin along with my daily aspirin at least an hour before bed.
5. Soft instrumental background music. Lyrics tend to make me want to sing/hum which will not only keep me awake but annoy humans and small animals in a considerable radius.
6. Unless I'm already sleepy I'll take a generic diphenhydramine (Benadryl) about half an hour prior to bed. That also helps during pollen season.
7. Read. No thrillers, adventures, or wild sci fi. History, economics, science. Put it down when I start yawning.

My success in getting a decent night's sleep is usually proportional to how many of these steps I can tick off correctly.

Hope that helps.
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Um, astronomy and "a good night's sleep" don't really go together. Observe less, sleep more (or vice versa).
Example: https://blogs.iu.edu/sciu/2018/05/22/as ... -schedule/
"Did you wake up grumpy this morning?" he asked. "No," replied the woman, "I just let him sleep."
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notFritzArgelander wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:41 am I don't get a good night's sleep or at least almost never. There are medical issues that need attention.
I hope you are feeling well soon.
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Xanax, or if you're concerned about chemical dependance, Trazodone!

I'm reminded of a neighbor who was an anesthesiologist: "Better living through chemistry." When he saw my wife and I heading out for a night on the town, and the baby sitter rolling in, he offered his help. He'd put every one involved to sleep if he saw any trouble.

Well, maybe that wouldn't have worked out well. It was a mixed neighborhood near a university with lots of medical fellows, fireman, and policemen. Two owners ago our place was owned by a fellow who had a seizure. The neighborhood consensus was that he would have made it if the ambulance crew got to him before all the neighborhood MD fellows did....
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Take a good sauna a couple hours before bed. Lays me out flat every time. Unfortunately it's not possible for me to hit the sauna at Lifetime with COVID now.
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I think age and physical well-being plays important parts in how well you sleep.

Sophia and I are quite young and active. Living in the New Forest we walk, cycle and jog quite often in beautiful fresh air.

Luckily, we are physically fit so neither of us have trouble sleeping.

I suppose as you get older and medical conditions become apparent, then things change. I'm sorry I can't offer any definitive answers to help from my standpoint.

The advice I've read from other members though are worth trying.
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(1) I have my main meal at midday; I don't eat after 6:00.
(2) I keep the bedroom coolish.
(3) I automated my observatory.
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I find that laying down and closing my eyes works well most nights. Hope that keeps up. I throw in the occasional AP all-nighter just to keep me honest.

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Recently got an app on my Android phone called "Sleep sounds" it has dozens of 'white noise' sounds which are further customizable.

I like the "Above the skies" sound (kinda like airliner sound) but it's just white noise. Set it to run for 8 hours and close the screen and place the phone on a window sill above my bed. Just got to remember to turn off wifi and bluetooth for the batteries sake.

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I always sleep well when I ride my bicycle to work. About 20-25 minutes racing each way it is a stress l reliever aside from the physical exercise. On weekends I go for a good exhausting hike. Oh and I found that becoming a teetotaler, which I have become since March or so, helps significantly too.
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Here's an all nighter is you want nature sounds. Plus you get to see Orion rising.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmRkS1os7k
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KathyNS wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:55 pm (1) I have my main meal at midday; I don't eat after 6:00.
(2) I keep the bedroom coolish.
(3) I automated my observatory.

Yeah, I can definitely see the upside of #3. Added to my To-Do list. :Astronomer1:
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For sure, Sequence Generator pro for automation. I probably could not actually do without it.

Get things up and running shortly after dark and @ 12 hours later park and warm. All I got to do is get up and put the covers on. I am free to go to bed whenever it suits me :)

But... there is some time investment doing the programming and scheduling. But with some practice I can usually do 4 or 5 targets, even with mosaics, in less than an hour.
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I send the baby to his grandparent’s house. Works like a charm! Guaranteed 8+ hours of sleep.
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I have been an insomniac for years. I usually get *maybe* 6hrs a night. On the other hand I am able to nap at the drop of a hat and when I do decide to go to sleep I am out within minutes of laying down. I rarely have a toss and turn night and if I do I just get up and read or putter about.
I did read somewhere that before we got into this modern life of alarm clocks and electric lights we had very different sleep patterns. It was common to sleep a few hours, get up for a few and then sleep a few more. Now that I am older and retired this is a pattern that I seem to naturally be falling into.
Makes me wonder if the "8 hours uninterrupted" is a myth along with carrots for good vision and 8 glasses of water a day?
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My problem is having the time for a good long sleep. Typically, when I go to bed, I fall asleep just before my head hits the pillow.
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Chich wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:45 pm I did read somewhere that before we got into this modern life of alarm clocks and electric lights we had very different sleep patterns. It was common to sleep a few hours, get up for a few and then sleep a few more.
I read that also. It was in a book titled "Night" or "In Praise of Night" or something like that. I think they called them the First Sleep and the Second Sleep with eating, drinking, socializing in between.

I usually stay up after pre-dawn observing, but I sometimes go back to bed for an hour or so. More likely that I'll take an afternoon nap.
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