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Here is something to sleep on, or at least to think about.

Posted Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 9:54 AM

I have been having trouble sleeping for years. I have gone through sleep studies, tried bio-feedback, yoga type exercises before bed, meditation and even medication.

I have to admit that Zolpidem Tartrate works nicely, but I am tired of supporting the pharmaceutical industry and fussing about how poor my insurance is, at least with prescriptions, so this article caught my eye, maybe more than I know. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/05/13/s...

When I work in the office, I often have two computer screens going so if this light has a cause and effect relationship to my sleeping issues, I need to consider it carefully. I knew I liked reading printed material rather than reading a screen, but I just thought it was a preference and throwback to my youth.


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I just finished my glass of DE and orange juice a few minutes ago. Still can't tell any difference but I am drinking a lot more orange juice.

I use it to protect my plants from our newest dog as well. When she puts her nose in it, she has a sneezing fit and leaves the plant alone.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 22, 2010, at 7:20 AM

FYI...I found FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth while killing time at the Co-op in Murfreesboro. I didn't buy it as I didn't have the extra cash at the time, but it was a big container of it for $11.99...I did take a picture of it with my phone to have my husband double check that I was reading it correctly.

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 8:51 PM

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-- Posted by ratherfly on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 12:22 PM

Oh darn, I am about to go to bed and I am still looking at this darn screen.

Please get back to us docudrama. This could be a huge breakthrough. I am trying to kick this Zolpidem Tartrate. The drug itself does not seem addicting but I am tired of paying. Of course sleep is nice too.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:47 PM

Are they special type of glasses or any sunglass. I can just imagine what my wife will say when she sees that, but sleep is worth it.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:44 PM

The blue light emitted from the screen on your computer will change the circadian (I think this is how you spell it) rhythm in the brain and cause you, as they say to get your second wind. Put on sunglasses that block the blue rays if you have to work on the computer within three hours of going to bed. I work shift work and when I am driving home in the mornings I drive with mine on and it has helped me allot. I found this on Web MD's web site when looking up sleep disorders and light therapy.

-- Posted by docudrama on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:35 PM

It's nice to hear I'm not the only computer solitaire late night addict. I made the mistake of joining Club Pogo. I wish it put me to sleep, it only puts me into a brainless trance that too often has been broken by day light slipping through the curtains (or my husband wondering where on earth I am "I got up to get a drink dear" to embarrassed to admit I am still playing the same repetitive game) It started with Snood, years ago (at least that game had a one more game feature that shut it down ofter you played the "one more game". Got to love technology lol.....

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:03 PM

I removed these games from easy access, but not been able to wipe them out totally.

I don't like the changes they made to the Windows 7 games. Too much flash I guess.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 11:02 AM

Yes, I'm a Spider addict -- so I play regular solitaire to get bored.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:42 AM

I took my first dose this morning and I am sleepy already! Of course I am often tired since I don't sleep well, but seriously, we'll see how it goes.

I am glad you mentioned your response time since patience is not one of my strongest points. I don't have any ulcers (that I am aware of) but I wonder what would happen if I did? Anyone know?

neighborhoodmom, BE SURE it is food grade. I do not know of anyone in the area, but I am sure it is out there, just "under the radar". I looked for a source in Middle Tennessee and checked with a few feed stores, since it is used in livestock as a food additive and insect control. They had some, but could not verify if it was food grade, so.....

I have one person who asked me to get some for them, but I have extra, so if you decide to try, I might be able to help you, but I would not be offering it as anything for human consumption. (slight disclaimer here)

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 8:56 AM

I can't wait to hear what happens. It took me three or four nights to begin to see a difference. Then a couple of nights to realize I was sleeping better. I still awaken, but it doesn't take long to go back to sleep. For me, that's unbelievably awesome!

-- Posted by dmcg on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 10:49 PM

Wow, I'm going to track some down and try it!My "lack of sleep" is really for the birds!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 9:10 PM

I play too much Solitaire. I think it keeps me up! Spider Solitaire most often.

dmcg, I have been holding off on trying to take it myself, but if it will help arthritis and sleep.

I have 149 pounds +- so I sure have enough to give it a try. Tomorrow morning, I will start. I will bring in a bucket tonight so I trip over it in the morning.

The guy I bought it from said he and his family use it every day. I did not believe him when he said he was 150 years old. He did not look a day over 40. Maybe I still can't believe that, but he swore by it also.

He has a customer over in Eastern Europe that buys a fifty pound bag once a year. He is not sure what he does with it. Maybe afraid to ask, but the poor guy pays over $400 shipping each time. It sure must be good for something more than bugs!

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 8:53 PM

Funny you bring this up. A few days ago you posted a blog about diatomaceous earth. I had used it several years ago to help with an infestation of slugs in my hosta. After your recently mentioning it, I started reading about it again. I ordered some food grade diatomaceous earth and have started taking a heaping tablespoonful in a small amount of water every morning upon first rising. After a week of imbibing, my sleep has improved UNBELIEVABLY. My arthritis pain has also lessened noticeably. My wife is also using it and her sleep has also improved. I would strongly suggest you give it a whirl or as they say, "try it you'll like it."

-- Posted by dmcg on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 7:09 PM

My solution is to play Solitaire on the computer. Bores me right to sleep.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 4:17 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.