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Question: To help me sleep, I have to have...
the 'hum' of a fan - 5 (62.5%)
a sleep machine - 1 (12.5%)
a metronome - 0 (0%)
TV/Radio - 1 (12.5%)
Lots of pills!! - 1 (12.5%)
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« on: June 01, 2012, 04:12:57 PM »

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 I find that I need the 'hum' of a fan to help me sleep.  My wife laughs at me when a storm will knock out the electricity because the fan stops and I wake up immediately.  Weird, I know.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012, 04:47:17 PM »

Of the options given, I've only used the hum of a fan.  When it's cold out...or when my fan is broken, the fish tank noise is relaxing.  Copious amounts of alcohol has mixed results.  If enough then it works really well.  If not enough then the sugars just keep me awake.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2012, 04:59:13 PM »

I find that turning on the fan helps me.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2012, 08:03:40 PM »

I would have checked "all of the above" if that had been an option, but since it wasn't I checked "sleep machine." I have chronic insomnia, and I wake up at the slightest sound. I am on prescription meds for my insomnia. I have often thought about getting an electric fan to drown out the noise. Can you recommend a good fan that has a nice, loud, steady hum? I really think it will help me. Seriously.


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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2012, 08:21:39 PM »

What noise are you getting and from where?
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2012, 08:27:09 PM »

What noise are you getting and from where?

Dogs barking, neighbor with his ridiculous car stereo bass pounding 24/7, children playing right outside my window, etc...



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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2012, 08:32:27 PM »

What noise are you getting and from where?

Dogs barking, neighbor with his ridiculous car stereo bass pounding 24/7, children playing right outside my window, etc...



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Good grief. Are you in an apartment complex?
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2012, 08:49:00 PM »

What noise are you getting and from where?

Dogs barking, neighbor with his ridiculous car stereo bass pounding 24/7, children playing right outside my window, etc...



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Good grief. Are you in an apartment complex?

No man, we live in a neighborhood. Most of the neighbors are very respectful and considerate, but it only takes one or two to wreak havoc. I've talked to the dude with the car stereo, and he has done much better. But the neighbor's dogs are out of control. I have no idea what to do about that. But I think most of it's just my insomnia. My wife and children sleep like babies through all of it, but I wake up easily and have geat difficulty going back to sleep. I'm on some new meds though now that seem to be helping. But I do like the fan idea.


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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2012, 09:38:15 PM »

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 My dear brother, forgive me if this thread brought up any anxieties; I didn't realize how serious insomnia could be.  There are some really great machines out there that produce all types of noises from a rainforest, thunderstorm, ocean surf, white noise, humming, woodland stream, heart beat, ... Before I was married, my housemate used one of these that he set to white noise.  He turned the volume up pretty loud.  He swore by it.  I use a small, portable fan/heater that produces a nice (somewhat loud) humming noise.  Another option you might try are comfortable foam ear plugs.  Noises don't bother me but light does, so I wear a sleep mask (the inexpensive kind at Walgreen's).  I pray that one, or both, of these options will help you out.
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2012, 09:43:49 PM »

Gebre,

 My dear brother, forgive me if this thread brought up any anxieties; I didn't realize how serious insomnia could be.  There are some really great machines out there that produce all types of noises from a rainforest, thunderstorm, ocean surf, white noise, humming, woodland stream, heart beat, ... Before I was married, my housemate used one of these that he set to white noise.  He turned the volume up pretty loud.  He swore by it.  I use a small, portable fan/heater that produces a nice (somewhat loud) humming noise.  Another option you might try are comfortable foam ear plugs.  Noises don't bother me but light does, so I wear a sleep mask (the inexpensive kind at Walgreen's).  I pray that one, or both, of these options will help you out.



Thanks brother. When we talk, I'll ask you more about some of these recommendations. I've tried the ear plugs, but they hurt my ears. I really think the steady drone of a fan might help. Insomnia is a serious matter, not that I am offended at all by your OP. It's one of those things that is serious but humorous at the same time. I guess it's like snoring, or narcolepsy. It's funny, but it sucks when you're going through it. But I think many, many people today struggle with a lack of sleep. I'm sure it contributes greatly to substance abuse.


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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012, 09:46:41 PM »

I used to require a fan, but one day it died and I never got a new one. Now I prefer silence. I'm also afraid the constant noise of fans for years would give me tinnitus.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2012, 10:06:09 PM »

I used to require a fan, but one day it died and I never got a new one. Now I prefer silence. I'm also afraid the constant noise of fans for years would give me tinnitus.


Yeah, I definitely want to avoid the tinnitus. I can't imagine how aweful.




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