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HeIsRisen2018

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I was just wondering why a lot of the time when I feel relaxed I start closing my eyes and drifting off to sleep. I was just discussing this with somebody else yesterday that's why I wanted to know.
 

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I was just wondering why a lot of the time when I feel relaxed I start closing my eyes and drifting off to sleep. I was just discussing this with somebody else yesterday that's why I wanted to know.
it only gets better the older you get the more it happens ,the only way prevent get up and stir around.. i used stay with my aunt Nola she would close her eyes i asked her if she was sleeping no just resting my eyes :thumbsup
 

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Do you get adequate sleep at night? I often find if I do not get enough sleep, I crash at around 14:00 - 15:00; I become extremely lethargic and my interest quickly departs.
If there is no logical answer, it may be worth consulting a general practitioner.
 

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Do you get adequate sleep at night? I often find if I do not get enough sleep, I crash at around 14:00 - 15:00; I become extremely lethargic and my interest quickly departs.
If there is no logical answer, it may be worth consulting a general practitioner.



I think that I get enough sleep. I'm a night owl though. I go to bed late (usually around one to two in the morning) and sleep in late. (About from 8-10 usually.)
 

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As ezra suggested, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to midday drowsiness. I don't know the chemistry or biology involved but I know that when I am busy I remain far more alert throughout the day and my energy level remains much higher. My career has been a desk job now for the past 20 years and I often find myself fighting sleep throughout the day, even in the morning. During the summer months when I am farming and active, I don't have this problem. When I feel lazy and drowsy, getting up and taking a brisk walk around this building can work wonders. Getting our heart rate up seems to help a lot.
 

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I think that I get enough sleep. I'm a night owl though. I go to bed late (usually around one to two in the morning) and sleep in late. (About from 8-10 usually.)
I am the reverse; I prefer and early night and early rise. I have fallen into this sleep pattern with my working hours, however it suits me.
It may be worth trialling an earlier bedtime; this may be beneficial.
 

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I was just wondering why a lot of the time when I feel relaxed I start closing my eyes and drifting off to sleep. I was just discussing this with somebody else yesterday that's why I wanted to know.
Well there is a physiological reason as well. Lifestyle training though years of repeatedly pushing the sleep envelope (trying to stay up for whatever reason as a kid, and then as a young adult, i.e., drinking Monster or playing videos) conditions the brain activity to intepret the dropping of your brrainwaves from beta to alpha as indicatinmg final resolution to enter sleep mode.



For the most creative people, and people who can pray, or even meditate for long periods, entering alpha while remaining awake or conscious is normative. Alpha generally is not indicative of sleep mode (delta is) but if one had trained themselves (even unintentionally) in such a way that the only time they slow down the activity of hyper-thought is when they are going to bed, then this condition results.



To overrcome this one must practice entering the alpha realm with the pro-active intention of staying awake. It was once thought to be impossioble as this is part of our autonomic response system. But now we know it can be effected and even controlled through practice and biofeedback. One can do this through (before doing something) taking prayer time of no less than a two or three full minutes (a feat many never do) and then engage an activity. One can sit up straight, close their eyes and take a few slow but deep (belly expanding) breaths and then let the thoughts slow to stillness and then get up and do something active. In fact it has even been shown in studies that if one takes a few moments to calm down their mind before studying and then repeats this before testing one scores better by average over the long run.
 

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Well there is a physiological reason as well. Lifestyle training though years of repeatedly pushing the sleep envelope (trying to stay up for whatever reason as a kid, and then as a young adult, i.e., drinking Monster or playing videos) conditions the brain activity to intepret the dropping of your brrainwaves from beta to alpha as indicatinmg final resolution to enter sleep mode.



For the most creative people, and people who can pray, or even meditate for long periods, entering alpha while remaining awake or conscious is normative. Alpha generally is not indicative of sleep mode (delta is) but if one had trained themselves (even unintentionally) in such a way that the only time they slow down the activity of hyper-thought is when they are going to bed, then this condition results.



To overrcome this one must practice entering the alpha realm with the pro-active intention of staying awake. It was once thought to be impossioble as this is part of our autonomic response system. But now we know it can be effected and even controlled through practice and biofeedback. One can do this through (before doing something) taking prayer time of no less than a two or three full minutes (a feat many never do) and then engage an activity. One can sit up straight, close their eyes and take a few slow but deep (belly expanding) breaths and then let the thoughts slow to stillness and then get up and do something active. In fact it has even been shown in studies that if one takes a few moments to calm down their mind before studying and then repeats this before testing one scores better by average over the long run.




I really like your response but I just had to point this out for the record that I rarely ever drink and when I do, it's only one glass. :) (I'm a wine or margarita drinker, I can't stand beer!)
 

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