Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sleepless in Regina

Some nights I have trouble going to sleep and end up staring at the clock for hours since it is the only source of light in the room. As can be seen in the pictures below, it is an older digital model with little bars that light up to make the numbers. The system is quite simple.  Two bars make the number 1 and 7 bars the number 8.

Number   Bars

1               2
2               5
3               5
4               4
5               5
6               6
7               3
8               7
9               6
0               6

The least number of bars lit is at 1:11 for a total of 6.  The most number of bars lit is at 10:08 for a total of 21, unless you use the 24 hour clock when 20:08 would have a total of 24 bars lit.

I have not yet calculated the average number of bars lit over a 12 hour cycle.  That is for another sleepless night.


  1. More of a technical challenge than counting sheep, I suppose. And there probably aren't many sheep available to be counted in Regina anyway.

  2. Dr Debra prescribes some Gravol or maybe a few slugs of Nyquil.

  3. Hmmm... Maybe a shot or two of Aquavit would help calm my mind when I can't turn it off. I should keep it closer to the bed. so I don't physically have to get up.

  4. Yikes, your brain is working too hard. Mine does the same, but I've developed a solution: Visualizing the times tables from one times one to twelve times twelve (concentrating on visualizing the numbers and notations as I think the words). It's boring rote recitation but it keeps my monkey mind from chattering. When I first started doing it I'd often make it up into 8x or 10x, but now I usually drop off before I even make it to 1x12.

    Hope you get some sleep soon!

  5. i start somewhere in the middle ..like 32..and count backwards..I forget and then count forward and before you know it I'm asleep


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