Am I going to respond to everything...? Perhaps... I tire of all this snow, finding it slavish and absurd.
But if you're into sleepless and want to put that "open" time to good use, contact SMAT. No, No! Not the Societa Metropolitana Acqui Torina S.p.A.! Rather, the Sleep Medicine Associated of Texas, P.A. - (http://www.sleepmed.com/).
As SMAT says, "One way to stop mentally associating the bedroom with non-sleep-inducing activities is to:
leave the bedroom, after roughly 10 minutes (20 minutes for people age 60 and over) of sleeplessness, in order to worry or, say, watch television or read in another room for as long as it takes to feel sleepy, and then
return to the bedroom with positive expectations of sleeping."
And to think that through all these years I followed the advice of Ferris Bueller's dad and, "[Took] a hot bath... Then wrap[ped] a hot towel around [my] head." I should have been focused far more so on those positive expectations!
One of the easiest ways to end up not sleeping, is to try too hard to sleep. When you get anxious or stressy about anything - sleep is difficult, and when that is sleep - you got a viscious circle going.
It is something bound to have hit you the night before a really important early morning at least once - when you still havent slept, and the dawn chorus starts up is a really soul destroying moment.
"...[T]he dawn chorus starts up is a really soul destroying moment." This statement rings so true... Very poetic and perfectly put. It reminds me of the military (army) and the caution we issue to all in the half hour or so before sunrise... While most are at their lowest during this time, the enemy knows it and seeks to capaitalize on it... Dangerous, very dangerous time period, "the dawn chorus..."
After 7 or so days of not sleeping you start hallucinating the equivalent of an acid trip. I doubted this so I tried it in college (the former, not the latter)...hallucinations definitely abound! 15 days without becoming comatose? That is unbelievable.
I now have a crush on you!...beauty and brains! :-)