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A quick facial

Simon Mayo | 09:20 UK time, Thursday, 1 November 2012

I think it was probably 3 hours sleep, but can't be certain. Maybe having got up at 2 and read for a while I might have drifted off around 3.30. Crazy. I counted backwards from 500 in 2s. I wandered round my old school and the first house I remember living in. I worried about book plot details. And it was raining. And the builders' tarpaulins were very flappy. And the scaffold creaks, the house creaks, I creak.
Who knows why. It was probably that nightmarish falling asleep for 30 seconds, waking up and then staying that way till you grow sleep boosters again (I know that sounds stupid but it's true for me). It certainly wasn't halloween as I missed most of the callers who wanted some free sweets. This was because Muse played the Radio Theatre and, as I mentioned yesterday, this seemed like a good opportunity to see a stadium band in a rather intimate setting. The crowd were very excited and excitable! It was standing room only (unless you were sitting down) and they put on a great show I thought. Where Matt Bellamy(the slightest of frontmen) finds that voice of his, is beyond me. I was sitting one along from comedian Mitch Benn who clearly wishes he was in the band as he knew every note, every word. He played every chord and hit every drum. You can watch and listen to loads more on this here website.
Today Nigel cooks a pie of some sort and can we have some HAIRY oldies please. Chris has been talking MOVEMBER matters (moustache growing for men's health charities) so HIRSUTE HITS will work a treat.
Have a calm and surprisingly positive Thursday. See you after 5

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Morning everyone. Hairy tunes? It's got to be...

    Dog-Faced Boy - Eels

    or

    Razor - Foo Fighters

    Happy All Saints Day!

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and Blog Friends

    Glad you enjoyed the concert Simon.

    First song that springs to mind is

    LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL - LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND

    *I'll get my coat*

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh dear - three blogs! This is going to cause chaos... I'll pick this one as it's at the top of the page.

    First thought oldies:
    If you're going to San Fransisco (be sure to wear some flowers in your hair) - Scott McKenzie
    Hair - cast recording?

    Back shortly ...

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello again Simon and blogpoppets

    Glad you enjoyed seeing muse last night and I hope you're not feeling too tired after your lack of sleep.

    A few 'hairy' oldies....

    ALMOST CUT MY HAIR ~ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    SAN FRANSISCO (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie

    I WISH I WAS A PUNK ROCKER WITH FLOWERS IN MY HAIR ~ Sandi Thom

    SCARLET RIBBONS ~ Harry Belafonte (or) Sinead O'Connor

    PRETTY GOLDEN HAIR ~ Al Stewart

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning !


    Suggestions?


    APE MAN – Kinks


    WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR HAIR ? – Manics


    LET IT GROW – Mr. Clapton


    ITCHYCOO PARK – Small Faces


    WOOLLY BULLY – Sam & Pharaohs


    STUCK ON YOU – Elvis


    STUCK ON YOU – Lionel Richie

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all! My last chance to tune choose for a while :-(...

    BLACK IS THE COLOUR OF MY TRUE LOVE’S HAIR – NINA SIMONE

    LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL – JIMMY OSMOND

    I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF MY HAIR – MITZI GAYNOR

    RED HEADED STRANGER – WILLIE NELSON

    SUICIDE BLONDE - INXS

    Off to have another think!!

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    Somehow it is both crisp & bright and raining & dark here.

    Today I shall mainly be trying to pick songs that are neither too long nor contain swear words!


    THE GIRL I LOVE SHE GOT LONG BLACK WAVY HAIR - LED ZEPPELIN

    DEVILS HAIRCUT - BECK

    MOUSTACHE - SPARKS

    RED CADILLAC AND A BLACK MOUSTACHE - WARREN SMITH OR BOB DYLAN

    ALMOST CUT MY HAIR - CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG

    YARD OF BLONDE GIRLS - JEFF BUCKLEY

    RED HAIRED WOMAN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    CUT MY HAIR - THE WHO

    BOB DYLAN’S 49TH BEARD - WILCO

  • Comment number 8.

    GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS - Odyssey

  • Comment number 9.

    A triple-blog day - is this some kind of special offer ?

    What about

    SHARP DRESSED MAN - ZZ TOP - two of them have beards and the other one is called Beard !

  • Comment number 10.

    Quick poop back to add:

    Five Colours in her Hair - McFly
    Blockbuster - The Sweet (you better watch out if you've got long black hair)
    Blondes Have More Fun - Rod Steward
    Suicide Blonde - INXS
    Greetings to the new Brunette - Billy Bragg
    Jolene - Dolly Parton (flaming locks of auburn hair)
    Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson

  • Comment number 11.

    A hairy man:

    RASPUTIN - BONEY M

    LET IT GROW - ERCI CLAPTON

    FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST - ROD STEWART (That's a shaving song)

  • Comment number 12.

    5 colours in her hair - Mcfly
    Golden Brown - Strangles
    Head over heals - Tears for fears
    Keep on your hat on -Jo Cocker
    Mirror in the bathroom - The Beat
    Suicide Blonde - INXS
    The Cutter- Echo and the Bunnymen
    Vogue -Madonna

  • Comment number 13.

    COLOURS ~ Donovan

    'Yellow is the colour of my true love's hair in the morning when we rise'

  • Comment number 14.

    LET YOUR HAIR HANG DOWN - Tremeloes

    PATIENCE - ╪ (Wah!)

  • Comment number 15.

    Good morning,

    #oldieschoices:

    Love Blonde - Kim Wilde

    Little Blonde Plaits - Chris Rea

    Red Headed Woman - Bruce Springsteen

    Hairdresser On Fire - Morrissey

    Colours - Donovan ...
    yellow is the colour of my true loves hair


    And as it is Bob Harris after 7, how about

    Long Haired Country Boy - Charlie Daniels ?

    mc x

  • Comment number 16.

    PENCIL THIN MUSTACHE - JIMMY BUFFET

    HAVE FUN - THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH (you should grow a beard)

  • Comment number 17.

    HAIR OF THE DOG ~ Nazareth

  • Comment number 18.

    Please no....oh by the way Good morning everybody....not that silly Osmonds track...I couldn't bear it!! As one with little or no hair I'm struggling to think of a track not already suggested. I go to the barber and say "Please do what you can with what is left." On one occasion he was so short of work he offered to trim my eyebrows!! Hold on...hey Simon - how about THE LUMINEERS "FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR"

  • Comment number 19.

    Some more...

    BLACK VELVET BAND – THE DUBLINERS

    FIVE COLOURS IN HER HAIR – MCFLY

    ALMOST CUT MY HAIR – CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG

    PENNY LANE - THE BEATLES

    SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) – SCOTT MCKENZIE

    MOUSTACHE - SPARKS

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi there - Revster!




    HAIR THERE AND EVERYWHERE - Beatles

  • Comment number 21.

    #18 Sorry Revster! It was the first one that popped into my head but I did make a sharp exit after I posted.

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all!
    A storm-battered county we were last night, but have awoken to a sunny start
    RE choons:
    Also tweeted LET IT GROW by Eric Clapton (which I though was a clever choice - till I came on here and found all my clever blogger chums concurred...)

    ALSO

    FURRY SINGS THE BLUES by Joni Mitchelll,

    For those awkward ones (hairs) that are ingrowing (ouch):

    I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN by Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé

    We had an amazing All Hallows Eve - pumpkin lit in the window (then it isn't in danger of theft/rain soaking etc) and a scream mask and black cloak stuck on the inside of the glass front door - gave kids the nod that it was ok to call for goodies.
    And boy, did they call!!
    All had made a supreme effort, were giggly and happy (sugar overload?) - came with adults lingering by the gate for safety and only took one goodie each and said thank you!
    We wanted to eat about 7pm, without being disturbed, so put out the candle in the pumpkin, took down the mask and it worked a treat -(see what I did there?) no more callers.
    Either that, or it was the BIBLICAL rainstorm that battered the house that kept them away.

    Back later, too much waffle for this early in the mench chase, sorry!

    Mwah

  • Comment number 23.

    Bless you Shona....it is just that I'm old enough to remember the teenybopper days..when music seemed to lose its way a bit

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning All,

    'First Cut Is The Deepest' Rod Stewart

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 25.

    "♫♫♪ With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue
    The only thing I ever get from you is

    SORROW ♫♫♪ " - Merseys or Bowie

  • Comment number 26.

    #23 - it was more than a bit. There was some real c**p produced in that era. There was also some outstanding stuff and some that seems much better now than it did at the time. I suspect some of that is down to the fact that it takes us back to when we were young and not as we are today - balding (mostly the men) and with parts that don't work too well any more.

  • Comment number 27.

    OLD WILD MEN by 10cc....

  • Comment number 28.

    #2 I think I'd pay *not* to hear that!

  • Comment number 29.

    #26 Thank for that...I know what you mean. First thing I do in the morning now is find out what is still working!!!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and creaking bloggers,

    Time for a catch-up as I haven't been around much this week. Not much Halloween action in these parts.
    GoodBoy #1 - Away
    GoodBoy #2 "It's for babies"
    GoodBoy #3 "Can't be bothered"

    #hairyoldies

    YOU WEAR IT WELL - Rod Stewart

    WIG - B52s (again!)

    WIG WAM BAM - TRex

    JUNGLE BOOGIE - Kool & The Gang

    RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE - Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Comment number 31.

    'Look Sharp' Joe Jackson

  • Comment number 32.

    GEORGE THOROGOOD - Get A Haircut

    NIRVANA - Mr Mustache

    THE ZOMBIES - She's Not There
    ("the way she acted, the colour of her hair")

    Or you could play the whole of Rush's 'Permanent Waves'... :o)

  • Comment number 33.

    Just one more..

    OLD BEFORE I DYE (!) - Robbie Williams


    Nice days all.

    JBG

  • Comment number 34.

    Actually, in Bradley Wiggins honour:

    CHAS 'N' DAVE - The Sideboard Song

    I've always called them sideburns, personally, but I know many people call them sideboards too...

  • Comment number 35.

    DAYDREAM BELIEVER - The Monkees

    "My shaving razor's cold and it stings..."

  • Comment number 36.

    CINNAMON GIRL - NEIL YOUNG

    BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR - DIVINE COMEDY

    BLOWIN’ FREE - WISHBONE ASH

  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning all

    COME TOGETHER - BEATLES
    ('he got hair down to his knee')

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning Simon and everyone

    Blogging from my 1st private client today which immediately will keep me busy all next week.

    Thank you for my mention yesterday Simon and congrats to all other bloggers.

    You should have a session in out kickboxing dojo and then you will be out like a light Simon!

    Now for choons:

    1. SISTER GOLDEN HAIR - America
    2. LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL - Little Jimmy Osmond
    3. IN DA BUSH - Musique
    4. What's up? FOUR NON BLONDES
    5. Saturday Night - WIGFIELD
    6. WIG WAM BAM - Sweet
    7. TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT - Spandau Ballet
    8. CUTS BOTH WAYS - Gloria Estefan
    9. Shout to the top - STYLE Council
    10. SUICIDE BLONDE - INXS

    Must crack on

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 39.

    When it comes to Movember and shaving, trimming, clipping and other depilatory activities....

    MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM - The Beat

    MIRROR MAN - Human League


    *and I'm gone*

  • Comment number 40.

    #30 WIG WAM BAM
    Brilliant!!

  • Comment number 41.

    How about "Growing On Me" by the Darkness.....worth a shout!!
    Looking forward to the show, Bob.

  • Comment number 42.

    Before we (I) degenerate into puns,

    DON'T CALL ME BABY - VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE

    and now...

    PERFECT - FURGROUND ATTRACTION
    LET'S STICK TOGETHER - BRYAN FERRY (or as NME used to call him, Brown Furry)

    ** coat collecting time **

  • Comment number 43.

    #23 Thank you for the blessing Revster. After the morning I've had today, you have certainly lifted my spirits with that.

    #26 Parsley_cat, I was young back then and have many of the singles of the c**p variety in a box at home ;0)

  • Comment number 44.

    dirty harry Gorillaz
    Suburbia-Pet Shop Boys ("Mother's got a hairdo to be done / She says they're too old for toys")
    Rebel Rebel-David Bowie "your hair's a mess" "not sure if you're a girl or a boy"
    Ain't seen nothing yet Bachman turner overdrive
    Blowin' in the wind-Bob Dylan
    Into White-Cat Stevens (all heair turns to white)
    Say goodbye to it all-Chris de Burgh
    Shiver-Coldplay (It's cold we need our hair)
    A rush of blood to the head Coldplay
    Father and Son-Cat Stevens (No generation understands the other's styles
    Can't keep it in-Cat Stvens (for some hair just sprouts everywhere)
    changes-David Bowie
    Ziggy Stardust-David Bowie (Ziggy really sang screwed up eyes and screwed up hair do
    Lady Stardust-David Bowie ("Laughed at his long black hair"-how times have changed
    The man's too strong-Dire Straits (samson with his long hair)
    Never tell us apart-INXS (crazy hair!!!)
    (Just Like) starting over-John Lennon
    everyday I love you less and less-Kaiser Chiefs
    Embarrassment Madness
    Falling down-Oasis

  • Comment number 45.

    NEANDERTHAL MAN - HOTLEGS
    had almost forgotten this song, seems it got to No.2 in 1970 and the band evolved 2 years later into 10cc

  • Comment number 46.

    FADE TO GREY* - Visage



    *present company excepted, of course

  • Comment number 47.

    I have a smelly, hirsute beast staying with me this week so it has to be


    GOLDEN RETRIEVER - SUPER FURRY ANIMALS

  • Comment number 48.

    How nice to be inside reading the great blog suggestions. I'm looking out at pouring rain, and from my one venture out to the garage earlier to retrieve my golden retriever, I know that it is also freezing cold. So a lazy day of web surfing and reading it is going to be. The dog MAY have other plans, though...

  • Comment number 49.

    #47... I did NOT see your post when writing my own! Spooky hangover from Hallowe'en!! Made me laugh, anyway :-P

  • Comment number 50.

    OK, it's gone midday. So...

    THE BEATLES - Hair There and Everywhere

    WILSON PICKETT - Mustache Sally

    GEORGE THOROGOOD - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beard

    THE BEACH BOYS - Barber Ann

    CHRIS DE BURGH - Toupé The Ferryman

    DURAN DURAN - Shave a Prayer

  • Comment number 51.

    hi all

    five colours in her hair-mcfly

  • Comment number 52.

    #13 & #15 Haven't heard 'Colours' for ages on the radio, and blow me down !
    Jeremy Vine is playing it right now! :-)

  • Comment number 53.

    JV has also just commented that he hasn't played it before and he hasn't heard it for ages. Looks like the blog, is again, helping out with the Radio 2 playlist!

    ........ or is it all just a coincidence? ;-)

  • Comment number 54.

    Afternoon Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - WHATTA COINCIDENCE.... Am using me 3 days off work ter knock out me old kitchen door and window.... Brick up the lower bit where the door was and then bang a BIG new double glazing window.... And due to weather worries and once ave gotta 'ole in me 'ouse a can't leave me 'ouse or stop the job.... Ave gone te rthe extreme of putting up a load of wooden batterns ter me wall then tapaulins ter me batterns.... Thus batterning down me 'atches as so ter speak!!!!!!!!!!
    Luckily due ter making me tempory shelter 'urricane proof.... Am wind resistant presently!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Kauto Star going inter retirement..... ALREADY??????
    A thought since 'e 'as just come from Korea and 'is pop career 'as gone inter orbit.... Why's 'e retiring??????

    PPS When are people being VERY dim by being VERY bright..... A will tell yer.... FOG LIGHTS being used on cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Yes we're in fog light season when the idiots who can't find their indicator switch sure know 'ow ter find their fog light switch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What is the matter with these people.... It doesn't improve visability for a car with 'em on as fog lights are simply designed ter shine up and sideways..... Thus blinding oncoming vehicles!!!!!!!
    Escpecially on a wet road.... Yer getta double glare/ reflection from the shiny road surface!!!!!!!!
    The only reason a can think is they think it makes them look cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only problem yer can't damn see their car as yer being blinding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TURN 'EM OFF YOU NUTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Back ter bricking up me wall!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 55.

    #54 Totally agree about the fog lights, Bingo. It seems that every idiot in Donegal who has them puts them on...

    My poor dad, who also hates them, was completely mortified once when he'd turned his on by accident and was pulled in by the police. Fortunately he only got a warning! I seem to find mine by accident occasionally too, but I notice the light on the dashboard and fix the situation promptly.

    Other pet peeve is people texting while driving. I thought the man in front of me was drunk the other day, but then I saw the mobile in his hand with him pushing buttons. I followed him for ages because I was afraid to try to overtake! He could have veered right into me!

  • Comment number 56.

    Anything by ZZ Top.

    With the guitarist's and bassist's facial hair and the drummer's called Beard.

  • Comment number 57.

    Good afternoon all

    I've found you!

    3 blogs for the price of one again eh .............what happened to the techies who are supposed to sort such things? I've been nipping back every now and then and seeing no NEXT was assuming there were problems - hey ho. After yesterday's double show mensch I will rest on my laurels.

    Mr Allinson should be on soon, unless SW has made a recovery.

    JW

  • Comment number 58.

    Afternoon all, been away a few days sorting my Mums house out and I had a birthday to celebrate. We don't do halloween so took the kids to see Madagascar 3 as it is half term here, seemed to miss most callers to the door!

    Can I endorse the choice of "Fade to Grey" by Visage, great song and also an answer on Pointless last night.

    GB

  • Comment number 59.

    #50 Well done Sir Cumfy! ;0)

    #54 I know what you mean about the fog lights Bingo but one of my pet hates at the moment since the clocks went back is "Turn ON your lights please". It's bleeding dark out there by 4.30pm.

    Do you know when you have one of those days where nothing goes right, stress levels go up and you wish you hadn't bothered to get up? I'm having one of those days.

    *breathes deeply*


    .........and relax

  • Comment number 60.

    #59 Sounds like a pig of a day for you, Shona. Hope you have a lovely evening to make up for it.

    About to have a late lunch of lamb sausages and tomato soup. Smelling good!

    The weather is increasingly horrific, though - the kind of rain that would soak you before you even got into the car :-(...

  • Comment number 61.

    Goodness, it sounds as though folks are having a miserable time weather wise. Dare I say the sun is shining here at the moment but Amelia and Perfect_circle seem to be sending rain clouds this way.

    Don't blow too hard on that soup ladies - it will blow the clouds over here ;0)

    Heading out to the field for the rest of the afternoon so enjoy the show everyone and catch you later. X

  • Comment number 62.

    The weather here is really strange - one minute the sky is clear blue and not a cloud in sight, then grey clouds suddenly appear and it rains a bit then blue skies again - all in a few minutes.........

    And the wind it blows...........

    And I know how you feel Shona - Mr decided that today was the day to shift furniture, forgetting about a shopping delivery and the fact that he was going out at about 12.30 so I'm left with the tidying up.............don't you just love 'em?!

    (I do, actually but sometimes................)

    ;0)

  • Comment number 63.

    And then the blog is having a nervous breakdown and is having problems letting you post.................

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi All!

    Sister Golden Hair - America
    Long Haired Lady - Paul & Linda McCartney
    Hair -Cowsills

    Autumn Gale - it is lovely even in the rain that did let up today.
    LB,x

  • Comment number 65.

    Hi LB - glad to hear the weather's perked up a bit.

    Shona - I hope your day's perked up now you're out and about.

    Made yummy roasted squash & red pepper soup ..... now feeling replete and warm inside.

  • Comment number 66.

    Is there anybody out there ?

  • Comment number 67.

    Hi Parsley_cat. I'm just noticing that we have the same initials, and an underscore in our usernames. :-). Just waiting for DT to start.

  • Comment number 68.

    #67 - how right you are. I'd hazard a guess that perfect_circle isn't YOUR real name either !

  • Comment number 69.

    # Indeed not! I'm Joanna in real life. I just happen to love the REM song, Perfect Circle, and I have used it for many years as a username.

  • Comment number 70.

    Afternoon all

    Been very busy today so no time to post a suggestion. THankfully, nearly knocking off time. Homeward bound for dinner and then I think Danny Baker's show via the iPlayer will be a must listen if they allow it to go on there.

  • Comment number 71.

    Afternoon all. It's been a busy day for me running around after cherub and her friend. Had some really heavy hail earlier while we were out. Had to shelter in ELH (who incidently have started the double points exchinge this week).

    Am now in need of chocolate in any shape or form.

    Had I been here earlier (which of course I wasent) Id have gone with LAST NIGHT MY WIFE HOOVERED MY HEAD, a resounding favorite in our house and sung everytime I trim hubbs mop and then ge the vacum out to clean up :-)

    Off to sharpen my scissors now.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 72.

    Hi Ken. There is a lot of controversy about Danny Baker's show being dropped. I do wonder if the i-Player will feature the show today!

  • Comment number 73.

    #59 Shona

    It's not dark here at 4.30 and has been really glorious today.

    I took this photo about 4.10pm this afternoon just as I was walking off the beach!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8145288011_fc34def307_b.jpg

  • Comment number 74.

    #72 The relevant clips are up on Audioboo so it doesn't matter if they don't stick it on iPlayer, I'm listening now.

  • Comment number 75.

    Just back in....

    This one's yours John......

  • Comment number 76.

    Hmmm, too much talking usually always results in a none mensh ;)

    Shona, I hope your day got better.

  • Comment number 77.

    #35 I was kicking myself earlier for not having chosen Daydream Believer - such a great choice and one of my favourite songs. I used to wash my face and comb my hair for Davy Jones when the Monkees were on (sad, but true). Great to hear the song played, and I'm Simon about having to sing along.

  • Comment number 78.

    Obviously I meant that I'm "with" Simon. Should preview my posts, obviously!!

  • Comment number 79.

    Have great evenings all

    See you tomorrow

    JW

  • Comment number 80.

    Evening All;

    I didn't get chance to blog earlier, but I just wanted to comment on Simon's insomniac musings (no Muse pun intended) I have struggled with sleep issues for years, and ten years of broken night's sleep with the twins hasn't helped. I've never been a good sleeper, not even when I was a child, and I've tried many weird and wonderful things to aid sleep. I've counted sheep, imagined myself climbing a staircase to a light filled room, done breathing exercises etc all to no avail. I've never taken medication, other than trying melatonin, which gave me very strange dreams. It's something I've just learned to live with, I suppose, but the weariness does get you down sometimes.

    Anyway, getting to sleep tips always welcome.

    Welldone anyone who got a mensh, I don't think I heard any names, too much going on!

    Goodnight one and all. x

  • Comment number 81.

    I do sympathise with people who don't get a good night's sleep. I've had sleep problems for years too and I used to get very stressed about it. I have been known to get palpatations, and to feel afraid of not being able to function at work.

    Nowadays, I waken up several times a night. But I have learned to just relax and think about how lovely it is to be in a warm bed, and not to have to be anywhere else. If you stress about it, it just gets worse! At least your body can relax, even if your mind can't, and that's something.

  • Comment number 82.

    Well done Autumn_Gale for the mention and the various OSMs tonight.

    Hideous weather here today, hailstones battering the windows at the moment as they have been for much of the day.

    I always feel for Simon when he posts about his sleeping problems, it must be just awful. Just hope Nigel’s mushrooms don’t give him nightmares - never seen him look quite so disgusted!

    I’ve never really had a problem sleeping - my biggest problem has always been going to bed at a reasonable time.

    One of Simon’s guests mentioned recently how as you get older you stop being able to stay in bed in the mornings - I assumed this would eventually happen to me but I still stay up far too late at night and enjoy staying in bed at the weekends and struggle to get up during the week - oh well.

    When I’ve had trouble sleeping my techniques (bear with me here) is to take each letter of the alphabet and try to think of a food, boys name, girls name, town, county etc for each, having to remember everything cumulatively. Worked for me anyway.

  • Comment number 83.

    Still here....

    I've never had problems with sleeping - if anything it's the reverse for me - but one thing I did hear and have tried on odd nights when I can't sleep is to have a radio on low and listen out for words beginning with letters of the alphabet in order and it's not often you'll reach 'z' - worked for me.

    Sleep well everyone

    JW

  • Comment number 84.

    CELERY!

    There must be something here for almost all of us?

    http://www.naturalnews.com/024596_celery_juicing.htm

  • Comment number 85.

    Ok, so that page doesn't exist anymore, lets try another...

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/24659-health-benefits-raw-celery-juice/

  • Comment number 86.

    Hmm, definitely a difference between lose and loose.

    So many people make this simple speeling error!

  • Comment number 87.

    Jenny - your techniques sounds a lot like mine!

    I always have the radio or a podcast or listen again on when going to sleep. Simply can’t sleep in a silent room.

    Sal - not sure about celery juice - I’m on the beetroot juice at the moment - but late in life I am celery convert - I used to hate it but now it goes into almost everything I make - not sure my granny would approve of it being in lentil soup but I think it is fantastic - adds such a savoury note to everything, especially risotto.

  • Comment number 88.

    Talking of spelling mistakes - sorry Jennie - I feel this is the not the first time I have spelt your name wrong.

    And I meant to say - Lilac Blue - so pleased you are enjoying your holiday and especially the pizza! I can go from one year to the next without wanting ice cream but the gelato in Italy was amazing - especially the coffee flavour.

  • Comment number 89.

    I can concur that risotto with celery in it tastes divine. I don't think I'd like celery juice, though. I can take the vegetable raw, but juice is a bit "full on".

  • Comment number 90.

    Good Morning All

    Looks like yesterday was a quiet blog day - and I wasn't around... Should that make me worried?

    Interesting day yesterday. I went to a meeting at which we were updated on our company's arrangements for hiring migrants (we recruit quite a lot of top-knotch scientists from overseas so it's quite an important issue). During the meeting, as an exercise we completed the test that people have to do before they can be granted residency in the UK. You have to get a minimum of 18 out of 24 multiple choice questions correct. I and 2 others got 19, and that was the top score from a group made up of - as far as I know - entirely British people...

    I'm not a big sufferer of insomnia but it does hit me from time to time. I find a cup of camomile tea helps. Other than that, visualisation exercises do at least take your mind off worrying about not sleeping. I've tried counting down slowly from 100, and visualising the numbers as if I'm reading them. Also imagining moving to a new house and picturing what the layout would be like, how I would decorate each room, etc. And lying in a hammock on a deserted beach is a good one too.

    Another fairly busy day at work, but hopefully I should find the odd moment here and there to pop in.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 91.

    Good Morning All

    On the subject of sleep, I can't go to bed too early otherwise, like Simon, I will be awake around 2 am or 3 am and that's it! So I tend to stay up til around 11.30pm and hope the brain cells stay calm until 6am.

    Amelia, I think it is true that as you get older the earlier you rise. I have to get out of bed as soon as I waken up...........unlike my teenage years

    See you over the page.

 

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