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    I hate winter. Here it is dark from 4:30pm until 8:00am. The only good thing about winter is that I get to spend more time in the shop. BUT, I have noticed that on the weekends I have a great deal of trouble sleeping, especially on Saturday night. Well, It so happens that I have a small main shop in the basement with very bright lighting. I have over 30,000 lumens in a 12' X 14' space. Very nice for these aged eyes. But, it occured to me this weekend when I awakened at three am that exposure to very bright light for an extended period of time is how you can reset your body clock. Well, I normally do at least several hours of machining on a Saturday evening under those very bright lights. So, it seems that I am jet lagging myself. My wife tells me to machine earlier. I don't feel like that and usually work until 9:30 or 10:00. Then I can't sleep. Ideas?
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  • #2
    Yeah, grab your wife and head off to Hawaii for three weeks...

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    • #3
      too late at night...
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      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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      • #4
        Chamille tea.

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        • #5
          Evan, I have a problem sleeping when there's any light present, and in the morning if it's darker than normal outside, say from heavy cloud, I don't wake easily. I have been considering having a light in the bedroom rigged to the alarm clock so when triggered it will come to full brightness over a period of a few minutes. I don't want the alarm, just the light, and I don't want the light to come on instantly. That just irritates me. I know the light will wake me, and if it's consistant, it could condition me to know that's when day starts. With any luck, that would also condition me to know when it's bedtime. I wonder if that would work for you, possibly becoming a dominant factor if used everyday.

          Other than that, maybe having an hour or so of rest under dim light before going to bed would help you minimize that effect.
          I haven't tried the light thing yet, but I do sometimes sit in the dark for a while before retiring for the night. It seems to help me, and maybe what it's doing is giving me time to recap the events of the day, thus giving me a subliminal clue that it's bedtime. Possibly creating a 'day's over' mental routine that you think through before retiring would help you. You'd have to do that at a consistant time every night for it to have the best effect.

          I have done a 'relaxation response' thing before retiring to help me get to sleep, but one thing that does is make me wake up early and I can't get back to sleep. Possibly a less intense version of this would be better for me. Something like this relaxation response coupled with the mental routine could have a strong regulating effect, overcoming the jet-lag effects you mentioned.

          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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          • #6
            make love not war. It works a treat, I can go to sleep, post coitus,no worries.
            It is coming into Summer here, the vege garden is coming on lovely and the weather is wonderful (mostly). Time for house maintenance
            Ken
            Ken.

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            • #7
              Evan. Just use a light over the machine, keep the rest of the room dark.

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              • #8
                The History channel had a good show on Siberia last night. Low temps of -70F, long winter, short days, pollution up the ying-yang and rising HIV should make you take a deep breath of that clean Canadian air and ...

                One idea for winter survival ... take a large transparency of a travel image like Mike's and put it in a window (real or fake) with backlighting. A CD of birds and other tropical sounds could top off the "experience"
                Den

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                • #9
                  I've found that wild passionate sex is very exhausting, especially at my age. Usually don't have any trouble getting to sleep after that, regardless of what time it is.

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                  • #10
                    Thirty mins in the hot tup before bedtime works wonders for me.

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                    Paul G.
                    Paul G.

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                    • #11
                      Put bright lights where you do spend your time in the morning. That way you are setting your clock early.
                      MarkT

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                      • #12
                        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by nheng:
                        The History channel had a good show on Siberia last night. Low temps of -70F, long winter, short days, pollution up the ying-yang and rising HIV should make you take a deep breath of that clean Canadian air and ...

                        One idea for winter survival ... take a large transparency of a travel image like Mike's and put it in a window (real or fake) with backlighting. A CD of birds and other tropical sounds could top off the "experience"
                        Den
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                        Don't laugh. When I can't sleep I turn on the cieling fan in the bedroom and a CD of a summer thunder shower. I'm out within half an hour.

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                        • #13
                          Hi Evan
                          Its about the same here at this time of the year (Oregon). When I am not sleepy
                          I study about things I'm interested in. At present thats CAD, Turbo Cad to be exact.
                          Other times I'll do a search on something interesting like CNC and learn a little.
                          After a little while I'm sleepy.It works for me.

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                          • #14
                            Eat some turkey?
                            I just need one more tool,just one!

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                            • #15
                              I've had a lifelong habit of reading when I get into bed. I would love to be able to read for an hour or two before falling asleep, but I rarely make it past 30 to 45 minutes. When I start to get drowsy, I put the book away, say goodnight to the wife, and shut my eyes. I'm asleep in a few minutes.

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