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Trouble Sleeping because of Music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by amusicalperson, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Guys, for about the past month or so, I've been having trouble sleeping because of my bass. The minute I close my eyes my fretboard and my hands pop in my head and my mind continues to play basslines all night long causing my lack of sleep. I see now why Mozart went crazy from music! Lol Just wondering if any of you have a similar problem or know any ways to help.
  2. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Common problem for me. Read before you go to bed, or get your mind on something different. The brain is a wonderful thing, and likely you are working out playing problems as you sleep or are in a near sleep mode.

    Watching the Olympics I wonder how many of them see their sport in their sleep?

    FWIW- I don't think Mozart went crazy. But you might look into the life of Robert Schumann if you want to find crazy.
  3. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Yeah. Still happens to me every so often. Don't worry. It'll gradually dissipate and go away on its own in about 18 years..
  4. MarshallNole


    Dec 1, 2013
    Happens to me a lot. I have to read before I go to bed usually.
  5. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass

    May 10, 2006
    Drugs are good. Millions of Americans rely on sleeping pills.
  6. Well, I once woke up with the phrygian dominant scale and played it right away. I didn't even know what a mode was at the time, and the only scale I knew was pentatonic. But I just woke up with it in my head and BAM, there it was, out of nowhere.
  7. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    It means your into it!! Happens to the best of us. When I am learning a new tune my mind goes over the parts and sometimes its hard to consciously turn off that stuff. Reading as said earlier is good or really any activity that is non bass related where you have to think which doesnt include mindlessly numbing tv which spoon feeds all the thought for you. A couple of cool ones before bed usually konks me out if im having trouble sleeping. Watch out for all those hypnotic class drugs like ambien because you are liable to get in your car and drive to the grocery store and go shopping and not even remember it....
  8. Moe Freaka

    Moe Freaka

    Feb 11, 2014
    Matthew Harris 336-469-3845
    Bassist, writer, teacher: Matthew Harris
    Think about lyrics instead. Keep your pad handy so if you have an epiphany. Buy more likely you'll dose off trying! If you're like me
  9. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    That happens to me all the time. I don't consider it a problem.
    Just means that I am not tired. I am energized. I get up and do something.
    I only try to sleep when I am tired.
    If I stay up all night, no big deal. I'll sleep well the next night.
    There will be plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead.
  10. dsamudio


    Oct 22, 2007
    Fort Worth Texas
    I have the same problems with music and work. I tried TV, but very few shows have the timbre that allow me to fall asleep, much less stay asleep. The TV sleep timer helped.

    The best solution I have found is audio books. It's not music, so I do not start analyzing what I hear and I can recline and close my eyes and let sleep take me.

    I use book marks to so I don't lose any of the story and set a timer to turn off the audio book (audible.com on my iphone).

    In my case, I actively sought a solution because my lack of sleep was effecting my work and health.

    Now, if I can't fall asleep, I may move to the couch, so I don't disturb my wife, setup my iphone with an audio book and I'm usually asleep in minutes.

    Dimitrius :oops::oops:
  11. fishtx


    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses/Genz Benz - RIP/Mojo Hand FX
    I play "holdem" poker on my iPhone before I go to sleep...that helps me get the songs out of my head...
  12. I have lost sleep because there is some subject that I cannot stop thinking about. I have found my brain needs a re-boot to dump the buffer.

    Strangely one thing that works for me is bad TV. If I find myself thinking too much when I should be sleeping, I get out of bed, go downstairs, and see whats on TV. Usually 10 minutes of CHiPs completely empties my brain and prepares me for being unconsious for the rest of the night.
  13. J Schroder

    J Schroder

    Feb 24, 2008
    St Paul MN
    I just go with it. Sometimes it's a gift to work lines out in your head without amplified jizz from a StratoBlaster next to your ear!
  14. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    I used to do the same thing, but now all I lose sleep to is worrying about bills :help: :bawl:
  15. A teaspoon of Nyquil works for me.:oops:
  16. RumbleSteve


    Dec 3, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    One should be so lucky to think of the positive side of life (Bass). As opposed to bills or other problems that mostly pertain to you specifically.

    I'v found the best way to sleep is to self medicate. Pot will make you drag in the morning, but, a few cold beers or a half 5th of whiskey will take the "5th s" out of your head enough to hit the hay.

    Reading through this thread there are many great ideas, so it's up to the person to find out which works best. Or combine them all and forget about sleeping altogether cause sleeping is IMO, overrated. :help:
  17. Thanks for all the advice guys, I think reading sounds the best since I might as well aquire some knowledge, knowledge never hurts. Too bad the only books I care to read are music books lol
  18. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Got porn? :ninja:
  19. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Totally. I take it a step further and do some coke or meth when I finally do wake up just to make sure I'm good and alert. :hyper:
  20. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Last night the bass line for Rio was keeping me awake. Non stop playing bass in my head. I Want You Back is another one that haunted me for a solid week.