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24 August 2006 @ 09:00 pm
You may call me Jiroh  
Does anyone out there know of any methods to make yourself fall asleep? I don't have insomnia as such, but even when I'm really tired -- like now -- I find it difficult to get to sleep. I usually have to stay up till anywhere between one and three in the morning before my eyes will consent to the whole shutting biz. As you might have guessed, this will not be conducive to my study/lecture schedule in September. It happened all last year too -- I kept nodding off in the shower in the mornings, or having little naps when particularly soothing lecturers were talking. Usually physiologists. I failed physiology three times. You can see where I'm going with this.

So -- anything? Herbal remedies? Teas? Recs for meditation tapes? (I have two already, but they suck.) Voodoo? Glue? Anything, please, I'm begging here.

But if you're going to say 'start reading Carrie at one in the morning,' don't, because I tried that and it didn't work. Good book though.

ETA: Via one of mousapelli's fics (Track 2: Chemistry) I finally found out that Semisonic sings that song. Don't ever say that fanfic teaches you nothing!
Current Location: beddy bye byes
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: You Learn (Alanis Morisette)
mad_martha on August 24th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hot chocolate and reading a chapter or two of a book I'm really familiar with (something not too thrilling!) once I'm actually in bed - that usually works.

I, er, also turn the light out, lie back and plot improbable fics as well. But I do that all the time (the plotting, not the lights-out-and-lie-black thing), so I can't swear to it working.

But definitely hot chocolate. Yes, even at this time of year.

I need a hot chocolate icon.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on August 25th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
I do that too -- read in bed. It's grown to such dimensions that I can't sleep without doing that, so maybe I need to break the habit. o.O

If I came up with a plot -- it's so rare, you see -- I have to right it down straight away. Which means turning the light back on, grabbing my glasses, notebook and a pen and trying to write legibly (never easy at the best of times). So that'd wake me up MORE.

I love hot chocolate though. Yummy.
mad_martha on August 25th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Plot is probably the wrong word - storyline might be better. It's never something I would bother writing down. It's usually pretty plot-thin, wildly unlikely, but relaxing and satisfying (but not necessarily kinky, though, you know, it could be). The details change according to my mood.

The whole idea of it is to be mind-relaxing, it's almost cheap paperback novel stuff. Trash fiction for the brain. Does that make sense? It can be as fluffy or angsty as I like because no one else will ever see it. I use this method to relax me at night, take my mind of destructive/depressive thought patterns during the day, to while away interminable hours waiting for buses and travelling on buses, etc.

If it had real plot, like you I'd have to write it down. So I make sure it's nothing I would ever make a story out of - although occasionally elements do end up in fics later.

BTW - hot chocolate icon!