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Thread: What do yo do when you just can't sleep?

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    Super Member pjnesler's Avatar
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    I decided to start straightning our my fabirc at 4:00 am when i just couldn't sleep - I remembered hearing about "Quilt Radio" so I Googled it and started listening. I was entertained at the same time I was enjoying my fabric stash and planning projects!

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html

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    I come here to play on the computer with my friends. LOL

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    I play solitaire on the computer. That will put me to sleep.

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    I get up and sew. Laying in bed awake doesn't do me any good....getting up and piecing a block or making binding...relaxes me enough so I can go to sleep.

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    I'm the oddball here. Never wake up during the night. If I sort of do I think I woke up but next morning I realize I wasn't. Good thing I don't get up and try to do something :) LOL

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    I watch T.V. when I really, really can't sleep. But I usually just try to clear my mind and go back to sleep, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

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    I get up and cut my Dresden Plates and then sew and iron.

    I am trying to start a project where I make dresden quilts for the Hospice houses in my area. The entire process is done in steps. First I cut the dresdens matching up the template that I have, then I'll sew the shapes together, pressing after each completion. I sew 20 dresdens together, using any background that compliments what I have already done. The circular piece for the dresden is cut out to match background /or blend with colors from dresden. I then attach the dresdens and circles to background with heat n' bond.

    After most of quilt top is completed, I use a hand stitch or decorative stitch to "tack" down V's, then I'll finish.
    I have timed myself before, and this takes me about a week to complete top only.

    This is what I do when I can't sleep.

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    Took a little nap before bed and ended up unable to get back to sleep so I shop hopped, caught up on my reading on this board and organized my computer files.

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    I usually draw or read. or plan a quilt. Don't want to turn the sewing machine on to wake up everyone up. One night, a couple of years ago, when my machine was in a different room, Ii made a sweatshirt jacket for my granddaughter, all in one night. I took about 3 hours. woke up at 1am, never did go back to sleep that day.

    Cathy S/Willowwind

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    Move from bed to recliner, turn on TV at low volume and find a 'boring' program that will put me back to sleep.

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    Have a cup of herbal tea, curl up on recliner & read. Puts me to sleep in under an hour!

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    I just toss and turn all night. I think about getting up and going into my sewing room but it never happens. I just fight it every night, should go on meds.

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    go to the QB ! Catch up and watch tutorials !

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    I'm with you "Glassquilt".

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    I'm with you. I hardly ever can't sleep. I think that's a blessing, because the nights I can't sleep the next day is horrible.

    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I'm the oddball here. Never wake up during the night. If I sort of do I think I woke up but next morning I realize I wasn't. Good thing I don't get up and try to do something :) LOL

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    I get up and sew. Might as well be productive.

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    Read. That usually works.

    If I come on the computer the hours fly away and no sleep happens!

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    I either get up and on the computer or watch tv.

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    Watch a movie

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    Read a book.
    Read this board.
    Play solitaire.
    Eat something that will make me crash in a few minutes.
    Start a load of laundry so the sound of the machine lulls me.
    Play my meditation CDs from InnerPeaceMusic.com.

    I used to iron in the middle of the night, but since I don't wear things I *have* to iron any more, that's out as a bore-me-back-to-sleep method.

    Jan in VA

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    I either read in bed using a camping head lamp or get up and sew scrappy strips together. My machine is in a separate room and if I close the bedroom door all is well.

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    That's an every night occurrence for me. I have restless leg syndrome so am up several times during the night. I have to stay on my feet to settle my legs, so I either do housework, laundry, or go out for a walk (we live in a safe small town.) I can't sew as that is next to bedroom and would disturb DH. I get more housework and laundry done during the night than during the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willowwind
    I usually draw or read. or plan a quilt. Don't want to turn the sewing machine on to wake up everyone up. One night, a couple of years ago, when my machine was in a different room, Ii made a sweatshirt jacket for my granddaughter, all in one night. I took about 3 hours. woke up at 1am, never did go back to sleep that day.

    Cathy S/Willowwind
    You had to feel good about getting a project like that done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3incollege
    I just toss and turn all night. I think about getting up and going into my sewing room but it never happens. I just fight it every night, should go on meds.
    This is what I do too ... sometimes I try to read but usually the light is too bright.

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    I go to pogo and play games.

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