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asleep

(ə-slēp′)
adj.
1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.
2. Numb, especially from reduced circulation of blood to a limb: My leg is asleep.
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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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Then he came at last to the palace, and there in the court lay the dogs asleep; and the horses were standing in the stables; and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep, with their heads under their wings.
'You have been asleep,' snarled Jeremiah, referring to his watch,
Half asleep, he heard the laughter and mirthful talk of Veslovsky and Stepan Arkadyevitch.
He was asleep on his back and breathing as placidly as a woman.
We will bring the little girl with us, but if you should fall asleep you are too big to be carried."
Again I awoke in the night, and found Lucy sitting up in bed, still asleep, pointing to the window.
`And be quick about it,' added the Hatter, `or you'll be asleep again before it's done.'
While the coachman and a servant were replacing the wheel, the lady and gentleman sheltered themselves beneath the maple-trees, and there espied the bubbling fountain, and David Swan asleep beside it.
With a conciliating, apologetic bob of his tail, he trotted on up wind and came upon Skipper on his back, rolled in a blanket so that only his head stuck out, and sound asleep.
He lay on his back limply, as though all the strength had gone out of his limbs, and presently I saw that he had fallen asleep. It was the first natural sleep he had had for a week.
Accordingly, seeing that our senses sometimes deceive us, I was willing to suppose that there existed nothing really such as they presented to us; and because some men err in reasoning, and fall into paralogisms, even on the simplest matters of geometry, I, convinced that I was as open to error as any other, rejected as false all the reasonings I had hitherto taken for demonstrations; and finally, when I considered that the very same thoughts(presentations) which we experience when awake may also be experienced when we are asleep, while there is at that time not one of them true, I supposed that all the objects (presentations) that had ever entered into my mind when awake, had in them no more truth than the illusions of my dreams.
Soon he really shut his eyes and fell asleep. He did not sleep long and suddenly awoke with a start and in a cold perspiration.