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Old 04-13-2014, 05:33 PM
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good topic...since I'm still working full time I find I can hardly keep my eyes open at work around 2:30-3 pm...I need my nap! Weekends I can easily fall asleep around 3 pm if the TV is on. I'm really looking forward to being able to stay up later and watch shows that are on past 8:30 but I wonder if I'll be able to do it. Even if I record a show I'll probably still fall asleep.
Course when I do go to bed, I'll wake up throughout the night.

At least reading all your posts, I know I'm not alone. Maybe as we age we revert back to our infantile sleep patterns...many short naps
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:17 PM
Location: In America's Heartland
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I think TV was invented to help us all get some sleep. The more channels they come up with, the more ways to catch some Z's.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:25 PM
Location: The Northeast - hoping one day the Northwest!
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Originally Posted by StressedOutNYer View Post
When I was younger (meaning before age 60) I *never* had the slightest tendency to nod off while watching tv (this includes watching a movie on dvd or vcr, btw). But I swear the older I get the more likely I am to find myself sliding into that "dozing" state and it doesn't even matter what time of day it is. :-/

That said, it's less likely to happen if I'm really engrossed in what I'm watching but even so, there've been a few instances when I've suddenly realized that whoops, I've missed the past 10 minutes and now I have NO idea what the bleep is going on in the plot, lol

Anyone else found themselves turning into a "nodding watcher" as they've gotten older?

I'm in my 30's and I've been doing it for a while! However, mine is always past 11pm. Then again, I am a very heavy sleeper and if I am comfortable I'll fall asleep. Sometimes I'll joke around w/ my husband, "how long do you think I will be awake?" That gives me motivation though to NOT fall asleep.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Frihed89 View Post
I went through a period of insomnia, so I can't say it was chronic...fortunately. I overcame it by counting backwards first by twos, then by threes, sixes and ultimately sevens. It took a while to get by sevens and I never got the last three down pat, so i had to do the math in my head. I think what that did was a) shut out other thoughts and b) bore me to sleep or at least get my brain tired. Anyway, I am very fortunate that i tried this, because i sleep soundly again without having to resort to this trick.

(I also worked on evaluating first derivatives for different functional forms, but that came much easier and didn't put me to sleep)!

Both my wives have been chronic insomniacs. It's really tough on them. Good luck.
OMG! I fell asleep reading this post!! I only count backwards when the anesthesiologist says, "Count backward from 100", and I never make it past "97".

Oh, if only counting backward would work. Or forward. I fall asleep reading but I wake up when I get whiplash.

Sleeping was never one of my strong suits but I figured when I got old I'd be better at it. So far, it isn't happening. The problem isn't falling asleep, it's staying there once I get there.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:59 PM
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Haven't had this problem, but then I don't just sit in front of the TV for hours, either. If there is something I want to see, I set the DVR then watch the program later when it is convenient and turn the TV off when it is done - I don't channel surf out of boredom, because I already know there is nothing on.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:02 PM
Location: Texas
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Used to yell at my dad for doing it and now I do it!
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:40 AM
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When I really want to go to sleep, I turn on the TV. Instant sleep.

Boredom does that to me.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:47 AM
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I'm not much of a TV watcher although there are a few shows I enjoy. If I sit in my recliner and the TV is on it's a good bet I'll nap for an hour or two.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by foglover View Post
No. Because I've been doing just that for decades!
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:00 AM
Location: Glenbogle
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Originally Posted by jzeig104 View Post
This is common with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common with age and overweight. Truly, you should look into it. It may be affecting you and you dont know it. It can take years off your life and make you more accident prone as well.
Great, another medical condition to worry about, LOL

I do know that I snore but unfortunately due to lower back problems I have to sleep on my back and with only one pillow under my head. My spine has to be as 'straight' as possible. I have no problem falling asleep (a book does it in 15 minutes or less, lol) but I can only sleep for 5 1/2 hrs straight before waking up. I will "half doze" off and on for up to another hour. I can't nap during the day though, because as someone else said, if I find myself nodding off while watching a show I will be wide awake as soon as I get up from the chair. I never could nap during the day at all, for some reason.

I know that if I had to use one of those CPAP machines for apnea I would never get any sleep at all, which would be counterproductive, to say the least, LOL
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