The Midnight Snack – Wednesday

Stats Don’t Lie: At least not when they are graphed out for your viewing pleasure.

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT???

That is freaking awesome. I envy @indaburg being able to see this dude get it done. I mean, wow.

A Good Night’s Rest: I have problems sleeping. I’ve had insomnia since I was a teenager, and it can be pretty bad. There are times when I only get about maybe two hours of sleep a night. There are plenty of times when I have been up for over 24 hours, and it’s not from a lack of trying to fall asleep. I just can’t. This is why I write my column at night, by the way.

Someone close to me has sleep apnea, and they are unable to get a good night’s rest, either. They sleep with a breathing apparatus. My grandpa Farrell was like that, too. Another person who had massive sleep issues was Mike Napoli, who underwent a seven hour surgery that basically reshaped his face and moved things around just so he could sleep at night.

Sleep deprivation affects people in many different ways. Fatigue can impair judgement, reaction time, all things that are potentially disastrous for a professional athlete whose job relies on being “quick on the ball”. Plate discipline is diminished, and strength is, too.

Which is why it’s very important for the Rangers that Prince Fielder get a good night’s sleep. They sent the powerhouse hitter back to the Dallas metroplex in order to undergo a sleep study, in hopes of finding out why he can’t fall asleep.

Here’s hoping that a few small things will help Prince, and that it’s not chronic like what my friends and I have.

On that note… I might as well try to go to bed. Haha, who am I kidding, I’ll be up for at least another hour.

11 thoughts on “The Midnight Snack – Wednesday

  1. Once upon a time, there was a centerfielder whose defense was as beautiful as his face. His name was Kevin Kiermaier.

    At first I thought I was viewing his defense through my homer lenses. Then Statcast happened and I saw him through his defensive metrics. My eyes did not deceive me. He is the fairest in the land.

    And we lived happily after. The End. Pleasant dreams and good night.

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  2. I had horrendous bouts of insomnia in my younger days. It recurs occasionally, and I’m definitely a night owl, but it’s not a problem anymore. I found the best solution to sleeplessness was to get up. It seems counterintuitive, but getting up and doing something peaceful for ten or twenty minutes and then going back to bed really seemed to help. Tossing and turning and checking the clock over and over just made me more frustrated.

    Another technique I used was to lie on my back and slowly, starting at my feet, I would mentally try to make my body seem as heavy as possible. The singular focus on that simple activity would help me to quiet the constant chattering in my brain.

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    • I don’t have bouts with insomnia. A bout implies that there’s a fight, and a fight implies that there are two somewhat equal combatants doing battle with each other. Insomnia just flat out kicks my pasty ass all up and down the AM side of the clock.

      Sometimes, counting backwards from 500 by threes works. 500…497…494…491…488…485…etc. I suppose it’s the same basic idea, trying to distract your brain with some menial task to shut it the fuck up.

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    • Melatonin is my friend. 5 mg strawberry flavored dissolvable tablets sublingual, and white noise, the sound of rain and Enter Sandman. I got hooked on the sound of rain when I slept with my baby. I played white noise for him.

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    • I had bouts of sleeplessness when I was younger. Yahmule makes two suggestions that are good to slow one down. Those usually helped.

      But I am really down with Indy’s melatonin. That pounds me into submission in a big hurry. One caveat on that one, though. Some people naturally lack melatonin, and it’s good for the older set (like me) because the body melatonin level tends to go down as we age.

      If you have enough in your system naturally, it may not help.

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  3. I have rarely had issue with going to sleep, and on the rare occasion that I do, Melatonin is also my friend. Not sure whether it is just my mental makeup, or something imposed by almost 30 years of military service, but I fall asleep quickly and can wake up instantaneously. My wife and kids, on the other hand, wake up very slowly.

    My wife has sleep apnea and uses a CPAP machine. It helps her to sleep and also helps me because the gentle whooshing of the air flow is almost like waves on the sand. My daughter also sometimes has problems going to sleep. She has ADD and a lot of times, as she puts it, her brain just won’t shut up. I gave her a page out of my book that seems to help her. We are both singers in the same choir and rarely does a moment go by that one or both of us doesn’t have an incessant song stuck in our heads. Sometimes this prevents her from going to sleep, as it used to prevent me. My solution for her was to replace it with another song, either internally by mentally switching tracks, or externally by having her iPhone, on a timer, playing relaxing music on very low volume. It usually works for her.

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