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January 28, 2010


Vince Mooney

Hi Camy:

I have the same problem at times but I don’t resist. I use reverse psychology on my body. I just say, “OK, you don’t want to sleep, I’ll just read.” And I pick up a book and read and it is not too long before I get too tried to read any longer and I go right to sleep. Fortunately, my reading light does not wake up my wife.

I think this might be some kind of corollary of the “turn the other cheek” dictum.


C. F. Pagels, Ph.D.

Camy, You can follow a sleep hygiene schedule and that will help IF you are serious about getting to bed on time. Stay off the computer an hour or two before bed time. Turn down the lights and the noise level. Establish a routine. No caffeine in the evening. Do not watch shows that are violent, etc., or read stuff that is too exciting, e.g., a thriller, before bedtime. Also, there is a homeopathic remedy called Calmes Forte that is available at many drug stores. More than you wanted to know?

Camy Tang

Vince, if I start a book, I will almost always stay awake to finish it! I was awake until 7 am once to finish The Historian.

Carrie--now that's a great regimen! Thank you so much for that! I think I will try to follow it, esp the no computer before bedtime.



I have the opposite, I can't get out of bed. I say 15 more minutes and I'll get up and then I'm running late.

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