Do you need a few hours before bed to wind down?

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  1. Bill Manning profile image68
    Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

    Working from home I try to work as much as I can. I always have more to do and never have enough time.

    Yet when it gets later in the evening I have a hard time working. Seems like I need a few hours of just mucking around on the net, goofing off before bedtime.

    I wish I could work right up until I go to bed but I just can't. Anyone else need some time to chill out before going to bed? hmm

    1. PaulaHenry1 profile image65
      PaulaHenry1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I need about an hour by myself before bed. That's how long it takes for the Tylenol PM to kick in! smile

      1. Bill Manning profile image68
        Bill Manningposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That's something I don't need. I past out pretty easy once my little kitty cat curls up on my chest and start purring. smile

      2. eslevy17 profile image60
        eslevy17posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I've been taking some cold pills to combat insomnia. The other night I was up until 6 am tossing and turning. I should have just gotten up and done some hubbing.

    2. FloBe profile image65
      FloBeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Reading a book before bed pulls my mind into one focus so I can relax to sleep. I tend to think a lot and my mind runs in all directions once my head hits the pillow so to avoid this I have to shut out all those other things vying for my attention and a book does that for me.

    3. Shahid Bukhari profile image60
      Shahid Bukhariposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sleep allows your body to rest ... if you need a few hours of Unwinding, before you can go to sleep ... it is because, your mind is not in the right place ... meaning, you have mixed up your affairs, what your mind cannot naturally handle.

      So, Try be simple ... Don't become a fanatic, if your friends own Ferraris, or Villas in Beverly Hills ... Follow, the "MODERATE" as the Principle in life .... and I can assure you, that at the end of the day, you will emerge a winner, in your own right.

  2. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    When I was working a job. I would always need time to wind down when I got home. Now that I work from home, I simply go to bed. wink

  3. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 13 years ago

    for sure....when i have evening meetings...i need a few hours after before i can sleep...i'm in work mode when i walk in the door and it takes a bit of time to just relax a relax my mind and forget about work.

  4. Lisa HW profile image60
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    Nope.  I stay wound up until I'm ready to pass out, at which time I do.  (On other hand, after waking up, I need two hours to wind myself up to full steam.   hmm  Before that, I have to do stuff like open mail, read messages, etc. - nothing that takes any thinking or energy.  hmm  )  (It is, though, a good way to get the boring little stuff out of the way.  smile  )

  5. Carrie.M profile image60
    Carrie.Mposted 13 years ago

    Yes I definitely need some time to wind down and I have found being on the computer the absolute worse. I am not sure what it is but I need at least 4 hours away from it before I can fall asleep. I guess something about it stimulates the brain.

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    Home Girlposted 13 years ago

    An apple and a good book. I can skip an apple though.

  7. bojanglesk8 profile image60
    bojanglesk8posted 13 years ago

    Yeah I need about 1-2 hours before bed to just calm down and do boring stuff to be able to fall asleep.

  8. frogdropping profile image77
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    No, don't need it. I am cursed with the ability to fall asleep like a baby. I'm tired, I fall asleep. Being horizontal doesn't appear to concern my needing-to-sleep-self. I can feel it coming on so I'm never likely to fall down the stairs, and can fight it to a degree if I'm out. But - if I'm home or somewhere I know, I'll sleep smile

    I think it's a rare event when I've sat through a whole movie, or a journey longer than one hour if I'm not driving.

  9. sofs profile image75
    sofsposted 13 years ago

    My head just has to touch down and I can sleep......pillow or no pillow...I am exhausted running around two energetic boys all day long!!  Oh and the mama can you get us something to eat..bit.... Life is Good complaints!  smile

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    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    no, my ass wind is broke. i just write something and drink a wee drink or two.

  11. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    I relax in the evenings or go out for a while. ya have to stop working especially when you work at home. life becomes too much work when you're constantly reminded of work..hmm
    even once I'm in bed, I need to wind down with a book or quiet before lights out.

  12. lex123 profile image79
    lex123posted 13 years ago

    As soon as I go to bed I fall asleep. At that time,I don't like to spend time on thinking or planning for the next day. But when I get up the early morning I spend sometime on thinking and planning, and feel fresh.

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    BenjaminBposted 13 years ago

    I have never in my whole life slept on a set schedule. When I'm tired I crash when I'm not I don't.That being said I know what you are talking about and yes I do get in what I call chill mode about 2 hours before I think I'm going to crash.Presleep is important for getting good quality restful sleep!

  14. Bill Manning profile image68
    Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

    Thanks for everyone's replies. Nice to see I'm not alone about having to unwind a bit before bed. I guess I work at home enough without doing it right up until bedtime. smile

  15. Debby Bruck profile image66
    Debby Bruckposted 13 years ago

    Each night seems different. That nice hot cup of tea, sitting quietly zoning out could be one way. Tidying up around the room, getting everything straight, writing a few notes what needs to be done another. Or, as many others do, simply crash from having eyes glued to computer screen too many hours, as one would do while reading a book in bed. Nite. Nite.

  16. Huntter Karu profile image60
    Huntter Karuposted 13 years ago

    I need at least 30 to 45 minutes to wind down and relax.

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    Kathryn LJposted 13 years ago

    Nah, I need a few seconds before being completely unconscious for the rest of the night.  Now and again, I have a sleepless night, well you do at my age.  I usually get up and spend the night cleaning and baking.  Then it's back to snoresville for at least another month.  Before I moved to France however, I used to need at least a couple of hours to unwind and reflect on the day.  I guess a stressful lifestyle requires more time at the end of the day to get rid of all the tension.

  18. Midnight Oil profile image82
    Midnight Oilposted 13 years ago

    I write until I get tried, read a book for minutes, and my wife reckons I am often asleep before my head touches the pillow!  I seem to only need six hours sleep, but sleep very deeply during that time. If you do go to another reality or parallel universe when you are asleep, I am there 100% when I am sleep.

    I also have a quick nap in the evening about 6.30 (my wife has the French news on the TV) and I sleep for exactly 20 minutes.  I have being do it for years and years and my body seems to like this way.   

    When traveling, as long as I am semi-comfortable, I can fall asleep in a matter of seconds.  My mother in law who is a life long insomniac hates for me because of my quick sleep ability.

    Nearly time for bed here too... Zzzzzzz

  19. teamrn profile image61
    teamrnposted 13 years ago

    I need wind down time; wind down from the day, though mind isn't busy, to come to that place, I need a routine. It may be simple such as  sipping on a glass of warm milk and not setting myself up for stimulation (like not tuning into  politically-charged news at 10PM).

    Evening exercise is too stimulating, so I get that in during the day. I like candles, so one part of my evening routine is lighting candles around our Christmas tree; yep, we haven't taken it down, yet!


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