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GG
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25 posted 06-13-2005 11:03 PM       View Profile for GG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for GG

lol littlewing, whatever works, right!? I keep a least one on me and the others I keep out of sight but within my reach from my bed. And those ones aren't so much for safety but just knives that I've bought or recieved and I want to make sure that they can't be used against me. If one of my knives has been moved it means someone else is/has been there. The danger of carrying any kind of weapon is for it to be used against you, and that's not something I'm willing to let happen. The one on me is both for defense and plain handiness. I love my knives!
Aenimal
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26 posted 06-14-2005 12:04 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

actually i read sheep the first time too lol ah so many NZ jokes, so little time. of course i'm dead if someone reads that.
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27 posted 06-14-2005 12:16 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

heh.

heh.

and i have contacts... close enough, eh?

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28 posted 06-14-2005 01:18 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Baaaaaaaaaaaaa-d boyz...
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29 posted 06-14-2005 01:56 AM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

Sleep usually comes naturally to me, unless for some reason or other I'm totally worried about it.  Then I have the kind of experience that Poet deVine describes...

My environment is ideally lights off, windows shut (pitch dark), television off, as many sensory avenues as possible cut off.  The difficult thing to shut off is my brain.

Before I go to bed, I begin to worry---will I sleep well enough to perform on my exams?  Of course, I think.  Eventually I'll fall asleep.

The problem is that I start trying to fall asleep, which never works.  Five minutes of laying with my eyes closed and I get impatient, and ask myself, why am I not asleep yet?  Maybe I'm not comfortable, so I find another position.  Should I try laying perfectly still for a while and hope I fall asleep or maybe would I have more luck in another position?  So I find another position and hope it works out a bit better, but with no luck.  I turn over my pillow because the other side is colder, and for some reason, I seem to be getting the sweats...

Then I start imagining things, just before sleeping, because for some reason I think they might help.  I try to picture myself, say, somewhere I go normally---or, I try to imagine the sound of a familiar voice, preferably one I haven't heard in a long time, and maybe if I hear it clearly enough it will stimulate a dream.  The main focus is to try and distract myself from the thought of falling asleep itself.

Of course, this method doesn't work.  One of my exam days contained three exams, starting at 9 in the morning and ending at 9 in the evening.  I got no sleep the night before, and I think I pushed the limit of caffeine for the human body in order to get through it...

I had another exam in the morning with no sleep, which wasn't nearly as bad, and my last exam finally let me sleep a bit the night before.

I used to have trouble sleeping with someone in the bed with me, like you say, Serenity---but lately I've gotten over that trouble.  Have you mastered the art of spooning?  The only problem is figuring out what to do with one arm while you're spooning a person, but once you've done that, you've got a potentially very comfortable sleeping position (though you can never be sure the other party feels the same way---especially if you tend to drool or snore).

Another sleeping position that's comfortable with another person, I find, is me laying on my back, with her cuddling my arm like a stuffed animal and sleeping on her side.  I'm told it's strange I can actually sleep on my back, though, so this might not be so happy an alternative.  A closer-contact version of this method is the same thing, but instead of having the arm cuddled in this way, putting my arm around her shoulders and holding her against me, while she uses my chest as a pillow.  

This is maybe getting a bit personal, but I find it troubling you're unable to find a solution to sharing a bed and hoped I could share a little personal experience.  It's awkward only at first, until you master it.
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30 posted 06-14-2005 02:08 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

grins

sleep problems, or quite possibly sheep problems, can be easily cured by dr. jack daniels, but then of course waking up becomes the problem. the upside of course is should you pass you're already embalmed
Severn
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31 posted 06-14-2005 05:43 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

ha

ha

ha

ha

Oh so veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery veeeeeeery funny

what's that about yanks and canadians (well 2 cheeky sods in particular)? Ah yes, no imagination, no new ideas.

Don't come crying to us when you've both got radiation poisoning..

Sheep-happy K

ps - sleep? lie down, turn off lights, bask on electric blanket (in the best hemisphere, it's cold), go to sleep...

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32 posted 06-14-2005 01:01 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

I like not being able to sleep.
It makes the time feel much longer between lieing down and going to work in the morning.  If I lie down and fall asleep right away, in effect, it just feels as if I lay down to get up and go to work; and then I know how much time I gave away to a mere flash-like sleep, rather than a more concious experience, that I may never have back again.  But if I may stay awake longer, it feels as if I have more time and more time to experience conciously, and before I need to go to work again, rather than just giving it away to a "flash"

[This message has been edited by Essorant (06-14-2005 01:58 PM).]

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33 posted 06-14-2005 06:24 PM       View Profile for Cloud 9   Email Cloud 9   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cloud 9

"sleep problems, or quite possibly sheep problems, can be easily cured by dr. jack daniels, but then of course waking up becomes the problem. the upside of course is should you pass you're already embalmed"


ROFLMAO!!!
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34 posted 06-14-2005 09:09 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

I agree with the staying up part, I love the night and night lasts forever . . . of course it was making me physically ill not actually SLEEPING . . .

Raph?  I have not woken up like that in about 5 years . . . God Help Me if I ever do again . . .

Bri?  very nice co-sleep habits and yes!  That's it, attempting to turn the mind off . . . mine likes to travel into the past
(I hate when it does that) unless, as you say, something BIG is happening in the morning . . .  

Alyssa?  you got it . . .
Aenimal
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35 posted 06-14-2005 11:04 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

radiation poisoning? careful what you say or you'll end up at guantanamo bay without trial as guards accidentaly sprinkle water and/or urine on your religious texts. i kid, if we can't joke about it then the terrorists have already won..oh wait they did they were reelected. ahem. moving on

essorant i have completely disagree, going to work without sleep makes the day drag on
longer than it usually does, by midday you're praying for a coma or that your idiot boss be fed to wolverines. ok that second one may just be me

sue i'm not sure i woke up from the last one, wait life still sucks so yeah i must've
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36 posted 06-24-2005 10:55 PM       View Profile for gemjop   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for gemjop

I have no set bedtime, but am a night owl and am rarely asleep before 2 am. 5 am is my favourite time to settle down to sleep, in the summer, when it gets light early like recently, listening to the birds.

I always moisturise my feet laying in bed. If i don't i get this unbearable sensation, a constant nag of dry skin, all hot and annoying.

this almost always makes me aware that if i don't moisturise my whole body, my stupid (mild) eczema will reappear, so i douse myself in Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula and E45.

I then spend some quality time watching BBC Learning Zone in the early am, or GCSE Revision programmes that makes me wish i could be 16 again and re take those exams because I'd know all the answers...ha...lame, i know.

then, when sleepiness takes over, i settle, always on my chest, face down, with one leg brought up against the lovely freezing cold wall.

I then, frequently sleepwalk, scaring housemates, and often, myself. And/Or snore or heavy breathe much to boyfriends annoyance. wake to pass him earplugs.

I'm a beast.
timothysangel1973
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37 posted 06-25-2005 12:15 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

Gem... aint seen you in forever gal... where ya been hiding out at?

We all just crawling out of the woodwork around here

Great to see you again... Oh and guess what?

I had a little girl in October... email me and I will send ya a pic

Missed ya gal, and glad your back

Tima
 
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