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Subject:OK, that was strange
Time:10:52 am
You wanna try something really weird? Watch yourself sleep.

No, really. I haven't gone 'round the bend.

My shoulder, arm, and wrist have been fairly fucked up for several months now, and recently my neck has joined the fray. Whee. I realized a few weeks ago that sleeping on my right side, which happens to be my natural sleeping position, significantly exacerbates the problem. My left side is better, but on my back is best of all. The problem is that sleeping on my back is difficult for me. I've started being able to do it, and sometimes it helps more than others.

If I go to sleep on my back and wake up on my back, I spent the night on my back, right? Damned fine question. How to prove it? Enter technology. In this case, a laptop with an integrated webcam, and software set up to capture an image once ever 30 seconds. This morning, I took the thousand or so jpegs, turned them into a movie, and watched myself sleep. It's fascinating and creepy.

Sooo... if I go to sleep on my back and wake up on my back, I spent the night on my back, right? Nope. I think I spent about a third of the night on my left side, but it doesn't seem like I rolled onto my right side at all. That's consistent with the fact that I don't feel too bad this morning. I'll repeat the experiment a couple more times I guess-- it's interesting information to have.

And no, you can't watch.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2008-10-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
You taped it? I've thought about doing that. I thought really hard about it when I realized that I kept waking up on my eye.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-10-26 06:27 pm (UTC)
Well, "tape" is an anachronism, but yes.
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leathers
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Time:2008-10-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
What software did you use?
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whipartist
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Time:2008-10-26 06:26 pm (UTC)
One of XP's powertoys... I think it's called timershot. I then stuck the jpegs into moviemaker.
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jnala
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Time:2008-10-26 06:40 pm (UTC)
You had enough light for the webcam to see anything?
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whipartist
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Time:2008-10-26 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have a desk lamp on what serves as a nightstand. I left it on low, and pointed at the ceiling, which gave the camera enough light but didn't keep me awake.
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rmd
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Time:2008-10-26 11:20 pm (UTC)
this is how i discovered that one of the cats slept ON MY HEAD for part of the night.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2008-10-27 12:24 am (UTC)
::creepy voice::

what makes you think I haven't already watched you sleep?
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caged_ape
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Time:2008-10-27 12:34 am (UTC)
:-)
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slfisher
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Time:2008-10-29 02:50 pm (UTC)
My young man and I use webcams to watch each other sleep and hang out together when we wake up and go to sleep. He's been helping me not sleep on my back, because that results in sleep apnea. And yes, we need desk lamps.
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