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1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.
2. Numb, especially from reduced circulation of blood to a limb: My leg is asleep.

Patient discussion about asleep

Q. I'm having trouble falling asleep. Please give me your tips & advice as it takes me 2 to 3 hours every night. I read a book before shutting off my light as it helps tire my eyes, otherwise I'd be awake all night. I take Amitryptiline for my Fibromyalgia before going to bed which is also supposed to help my sleep but I don't find it's helping much. Maybe you have a routine or a secret ingredient which I could try. I have never taken sleeping pills but I may have to resort to something as I am frustrated. I also suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome but that is something that wakes me up through the night. All ideas will be welcome except the counting sheep one as I've already been there, done that. Thanks all.

A. wow...i know this frustration by heart....sleeping problems can make you crazy. do you sleep more then 6 hours a night? if so- it might be an unwinded biological clock ... i find it relaxing to do a warm bath before going to sleep (45 minutes before) and then i shut my eyes and picture a giant tree, and every time a thought come to pass- i "frame" it and hang it on the tree. it's a kind of meditation that will help you fall asleep.

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The statistic comes after Gary Hart was found guilty of dangerous driving and causing the death of 10 people after he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed on to the East Coast railway near Selby, Yorks.
Hart denied falling asleep at the wheel, claiming he lost control of the car, which was towing a trailer with another vehicle, after hearing a noise in the car.
Mr Lawson then said it had been suggested by sleep expert Professor James Horne that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel but may have forgotten about it.
Duffy, from Navan, Co Meath, told gardai he had probably fallen asleep at the wheel.
The judges, whose guidelines covered death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, said that falling asleep at the wheel was ``more likely to aggravate than mitigate the seriousness of the offence''.
If Gary Hart DID fall asleep at the wheel, then God forgive him.
The danger time for falling asleep at the wheel is between 4am and 6am when a motorist is 13 times as likely to have a sleep-related accident as someone driving mid-morning or early evening
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John Gormley blasted the regulator over the banks crisis saying he "wasn't so much asleep at the wheel as not even in the car".
Barrie fell asleep at the wheel on Whites Canyon Road, crashing into a cement wall at Ashboro Drive.
That's why Drive Revived(R), an educational campaign from Baymont Inns & Suites, aims to help travelers better understand the dangers of--and to prevent--falling asleep at the wheel.
I had to laugh when mayoral candidate Robert Hertzberg said Mayor James Hahn was caught asleep at the wheel again - implying that Hahn should have known that the Fleishman-Hillard public-relations firm (which at the time employed Hertzberg as a consultant) was screwing Los Angeles.