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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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Now, what ticked me off was that the insurer in this case must have been asleep at the switch.
Distancing herself and McCain from the past eight years of the Republican-led administration under President Bush, she continued, "Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective, and management on Wall Street has not run these institutions responsibly.
McCain untethered, we'll quote at length: ''Mismanagement and greed became the operating standard while regulators were asleep at the switch.
The regulator here was asleep at the switch," claimed Schumer, according to the Associated Press.
Anyone who at this point can't see where this is all headed is asleep at the switch.
The author doesn't have too many negative or critical things to say about UPS (apart from its being asleep at the switch when arch-rival Federal Express swept on the scene in the early 1970s).
Somebody was asleep at the switch when they shepherded these provisions through Congress because they're an absolute nightmare," said Leimberg.
With official Washington asleep at the switch, what should our states and communities do?
Blockbuster is a great example of a retailer whose business model has aged out, partly because of changing times, mostly because it was asleep at the switch.
While they are usually too polite to say so, it's clear they think we must be a little inept or asleep at the switch.
I have fallen asleep at the switch and the train carrying a "Top Secret" cargo is off the tracks in unsecured territory and he is alerting me to stop transmission.