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sleeping in canberra

By no.6 - 23 November 2009 21

Is it just my partner and i  or do other people suffer from certain canberra nights of no sleep … such as last night .

I know there are plenty of clever people here who can give perfectly rational answers to probelms   (- eg swooping birds !   –  top video -)

Its not a heat problem – was not hot last night.. but a kind of heaviness to the air … been here 3yrs – and been aware of this for 3yrs ..

Come on …..  why why why ????

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
sleeping in canberra
grundy 11:10 am 24 Nov 09

I slept fine last night! 😀
Probably because I made the wife sleep in the spare room… (She’s a regular sleep talker/walker)

Inappropriate 10:22 am 24 Nov 09

Dry air is harder to breath as it dries out our mucus membranes. Try using a humidifier/evaporative cooler in your room at night.

Postalgeek 8:14 am 24 Nov 09

T1G3R said :

Also canberra has less things to do and people here don’t like doing much and are conservative, plus we got less tv channels and etc.

Hmm I think that might be a reflection on you and your narrow definition of entertainment rather than Canberra. You do realise you complain about people not doing much and the lack of tv channels in the same breath?

canucksfan 12:00 am 24 Nov 09

Not sure about heaviness in the air but our urban services have been very active over the last couple of weeks mowing grass. Could be a minor allergy that is keeping you awake.
I never could sleep in Canberra in Spring but now with the help of some legal medication i sleep like a baby.

cleo 11:41 pm 23 Nov 09

I couldn’t sleep eigther last night, but that’s not unusualfor me, the air in Canberra is harder to breath, (it’s thinner) it’s not your imagination, my father really had breathing difficulties when came to visit, and I had cleaned the room for any dust, eg: had carpets cleaned, washed curtains and dusted.

T1G3R 10:36 pm 23 Nov 09

Fiona said :

I sleep better in Canberra than in Newcastle. It cools down much more at night than on the coast, it’s not a humid, and I just do. It’s not a caffeine issue either, because I have more than I ever did before…

The temperature drops HEAPS during the night and its not humid here at all, very dry. I’m on constant asthma medication when i’m in Canberra. When I used to live in Melbourne I didn’t need any medication for my asthma. The weather has been quite drastic lately and maybe you’re body is sensitive enough to notice it.

Also canberra has less things to do and people here don’t like doing much and are conservative, plus we got less tv channels and etc. Just because you’re tired doesn’t mean your sleepy and maybe you haven’t tired your body out. Maybe you should try out some better sleep hygiene habits, such as no tv before bed, no stimulates, don’t eat and go to bed when you feel ‘sleepy’. If you cant fall asleep in the first 30 minutes then get up do something not very stimulating till you feel sleepy again.

I don’t believe there’s a “heaviness in the air” but it is clearer here and if anything people should be having a good nights rest.

Mr Evil 10:14 pm 23 Nov 09

I struggled to sleep last night too, even though I was very tired after the heat of the previous few days. I just thought it was my conscience getting the better of me.

Then when I finally managed to get to sleep, I was awoken again when our local Koel started his mating call at about 3am………

AussieRodney 9:29 pm 23 Nov 09

And there I was thinking it was just us last night as well. Hmmm.

I-filed 9:12 pm 23 Nov 09

Humidity.

indigoid 9:09 pm 23 Nov 09

For some odd reason I sleep better when staying in Mortdale (Sydney) than in Canberra nowadays, even though Mortdale is much, much noisier, what with drunken bogan shouting matches to make a Tuggeranong lifer proud, gunshots, loud street sweeping at 0300 on random days, loud bin emptying at 0500 on Mondays, regular sirens (fire station is ~200m from my apartment window), living under a busy flight path, noisy freight trains on the Illawarra line, and so on… I sleep through nearly all of it now, even with all the windows wide open.

If you’re struggling to sleep I’d recommend

– less food/caffeine in the evenings

– regular exercise

– fresh air via open windows

– The Dark Side of the Moog (not a typo)

Nightcaps are IMHO a grave mistake that could easily lead to an unpleasant dependency.

harryhaller 8:34 pm 23 Nov 09

Why not have a few cold ones before you go to bed? That’s simple, less esoteric and guaranteed to work.

hetzjagd1 8:20 pm 23 Nov 09

Normally I would read something like this and think to myself “you’ve got to be kidding, is this a serious question?” but admittedly I too suffered a poor sleep last night despite looking forward to it because of the cooler weather. Can’t say I noticed a heaviness in the air myself but still.

stereo henry 8:05 pm 23 Nov 09

I couldn’t sleep either, but I might put that down to insomnia

Fiona 7:49 pm 23 Nov 09

I sleep better in Canberra than in Newcastle. It cools down much more at night than on the coast, it’s not a humid, and I just do. It’s not a caffeine issue either, because I have more than I ever did before…

Swan 7:04 pm 23 Nov 09

Its weird you say this, I’ve been feeling the same for a long time.

Every so often, suffer from nights of no sleep.
But there might be another explanation to that….

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