Saturday, April 22, 2006

Crazy Beautiful Photo

Hi everyone. I've been neglecting my blogging duties lately. Last week I promised a post on Anxiety and Stress, and I promise that will be coming right away. There haven't been a lot of replies to the Insomnia post from last week, so if any of you have anything to add to that topic, please leave leave a comment. I'm sure some of the readers would appreciate it.

I've made some improvements to my other site so maybe some of you would like to check it out again. The terrible vocals (originally done by me) have been replaced. I found a great dj from Regina called Injection, who redid the vocals. I think they're great. Check it out and see for yourself. If you like his vocals drop by his site here.

And I found this awsome photo. I don't know anything about it, but I thought it was amazing so I thought I'd share it with you.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006


Road to heaven
Originally uploaded by fd.

This site was mainly set up as a spot for people who have trouble sleeping or relaxing to come and share experiences, ideas, remedies, etc.

In this post I want to explore solutions to poor sleep patterns. In the next post I will discuss anxiety and stress issues.

I've suffered from sleep problems for about three years now. For awhile it was pretty serious, but I seem to have it mostly under control now. I'm beginning to take sleep for granted again, but every now and then I remember how horrible of an experience it was to not be able to sleep.

These are a few things that helped me to get over my insomnia problem.

1) Don't fight it too hard - I remember when the sleeplessness began; I would lie awake, usually worried or excited about something at work or in my life. I would think to myself, “Ok, just stop thinking about it or you’ll be up all night”, and that’s generally what happened. Nowadays, this situation still arises, but instead of fighting off the ideas, I pursue them and think them through to the end. I find that until I answer those questions in my head, I will never fall asleep, but if I think them through and get some closure to the issue, then eventually my mind will shut down and I’ll fall asleep. It still might take two hours or so, but at least I get some sleep.

2) Don’t nap after a poor nights sleep – Sometimes, after a rough night, I would sit at work thinking, “I can hardly wait ‘till this day is over, and then I can go home and take a nap”. Then when I would get home I’d take an hour nap before dinner. Inevitably this would lead to another poor night of sleep. I found that if you can make it ‘till evening without a nap, things generally work out better.

3) No caffeine after noon – I never was one to drink coffee after dinner time (6:00 p.m. or so), because I knew it kept me up. But, until I began cutting myself off at noon, I had no idea how that afternoon coffee affected me. I haven’t researched how long caffeine actually stays in your system, so I may be way off track here, but for me, afternoon coffee resulted in restless nights. Nowadays I never drink coffee after noon, and it makes a big difference.

4) Tire yourself out – Stay active physically and mentally. I found that socializing with friends, working on my hobbies (computer projects), or going for a walk, all helped me get a better night sleep. Passive entertainment like T.V. or surfing the net wouldn’t tire out my body or mind, and I’d find myself restless in the evening.

Well those are a few things that helped me out. I hope a few of you benefit from these, and share a few ideas of your own.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Thanks for checking out my new site

Thanks to all of you who have checked out my new site www.hip-hop-machine. Lots of people have followed the link to see it, but I've received no feedback (I hope that's not a bad sign).

Anyways, enjoy the site and the "hip hop machine", and remember, any feedback is welcome.

My days have been very full lately. I am planning on spending more time writing in this blog starting tomorrow.

Thanks again, and take it easy.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Hip Hop Website

Hi everyone,

I've created a new website. It's still in it's formative stage, just launched today. It's not very related to the relaxation and sleep theme of this website, but it has a flash/music tool on it that I think is kind of fun (even if I do say so myself).

I listen to a lot of hip hop music while I'm at work. I have a lot of respect for the genre - some of it is the best american poetry in the last couple of decades.

I intend on providing sincere, honest advice for finding the best hip hop materials on the web.

Please check it out, and all constructive criticism is appreciated: - A fun and informative hip hop site (eventually, I hope).

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Unintentional Snapshot...

Unintentional Snapshot...
Originally uploaded by Eda Strauch.
Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. I've been very busy working on a program for a new site. I hope to be able to post a preview in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, I thought I'd refer a site that has recordings designed to help sleep. I've listened to the clips and I think they seem pretty good. Check it out if you're interested: Sleep CDs

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