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    I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience. It usually takes me an hour of lying in bed to fall asleep, during this time I can't help but think. Sometimes I will find myself thinking of things that grow more and more abstract, and as the ideas get get more abstract the succession of thoughts leaps from one to the other faster and faster.

    Here's the interesting part, at one point I will have an emerging thought that feels so big, but as I close on the idea I instantly forget my whole thought process and what I was thinking about, like a sensory overload.

    I can relate the result to the scenario of if there were a crowded room with only one door. There's suddenly a fire and everyone tries to rush out the same door, but because everyone is pushing in the direction of the opening, everyone is gridlocked into place. It feels like my brain locks up.

    I've had this happen to me on rare occassions, but only recently in the last few months. I was wondering if other people had similar experience.
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    Yup. It happens to me a lot.

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    Yes, I can relate to this. Also during showers, and when I'm listening to music with headphones. It is like -- after a while I just become tired of the thoughtflow and get on with the sleeping or shower-taking. For this reason I'm never sure about how much time I "waste" in a shower before deciding I've had enough with the "warm-up" phase and getting to shampoo my hair etc because I'm like "oh..." once I realize it.
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    This happens to me, which is why I always go to sleep with the television on. It's a distraction to make my brain stop thinking. The sound and light from the TV are not nearly the impediment to sleep that my thoughts are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    This happens to me, which is why I always go to sleep with the television on. It's a distraction to make my brain stop thinking. The sound and light from the TV are not nearly the impediment to sleep that my thoughts are.
    Glad to know I'm not the only one using TV that way.

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    Maybe I'm in my head too much.. this also happens to me quite often.

    I'd rather be stuck in thought loops than leave the TV on at night.


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    yeah, this happens to me a lot. Especially before I sleep as well. I've been telling myself for 10 years to place a notebook next to my bed to write down these thoughts, but I never did.
    Sensory overload is a huge problem for me every once in a while. But it reminds me of the phyical nature of my being & it's an alarm that tells me I need to do something entirely mindless to relax. Sensory overload is like my homeplanet telling my spaceship to come down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince View Post
    yeah, this happens to me a lot. Especially before I sleep as well. I've been telling myself for 10 years to place a notebook next to my bed to write down these thoughts, but I never did.
    I've thought of that too. But in the morning they might just turn out to be thoughts equivalent to being very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BallentineChen View Post
    I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience. It usually takes me an hour of lying in bed to fall asleep, during this time I can't help but think. Sometimes I will find myself thinking of things that grow more and more abstract, and as the ideas get get more abstract the succession of thoughts leaps from one to the other faster and faster.

    Here's the interesting part, and one point I will have an emerging thought that feels so big, but as I close on the idea I instantly forget my whole thought process and what I was thinking about, like a sensory overload.

    I can relate the result to the scenario of if there were a crowded room with only one door. There's suddenly a fire and everyone tries to rush out the same door, but because everyone is pushing in the direction of the opening, everyone is gridlocked into place. It feels like my brain locks up.

    I've had this happen to me on rare occassions, but only recently in the last few months. I was wondering if other people had similar experience.
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    Yeah, if its too quiet in the room at night, its like I fill up the emptiness by chattering to myself and I can't stop thinking. I usually turn on the fan or open my window...the sound makes the thoughts die down.
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