count sheep

count sheep

1. To perform any repetitive or monotonous thought exercise as a means of calming the mind to try to fall asleep (such as the traditional sleep aid of counting imaginary sheep). Whenever I go to bed with a racing mind, I make myself count sheep until I drift off to sleep.
2. By extension, to be kept awake at night or experience insomnia. Usually used in the continuous form. After I lost my job, I was up counting sheep all night, trying to figure out how I'd make ends meet.
See also: count, sheep
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Then you're in good company, as I'm sure the fine folk of West Lothian don't count sheep for their shuteye either.
When he can't sleep because of his worries, the boy tries to count sheep.
TOM: And for whatever reason (it could be corrosion), one of your ignition relays is closing on its own and putting the truck into accessory mode while you count sheep.
I have worked in engineering design all my life, and sometimes when I can't sleep, I don't count sheep, I count the companies in which I was employed, that have closed.
Pen in hand With pen in hand I'm ready to write But not a thought in my head A cup of coffee may do the trick If not I'll go back to bed There are plenty of subjects to write about How come I can't think of one My mind was full an hour ago And now it's just all gone I've racked my brains all afternoon Still nothing comes to mind It shouldn't be this difficult Oh, what a bind Off to bed I'm tired out Drift off and get some sleep Perhaps I'll dream what to write about Or maybe just count sheep ANDREA GRIST, Newcastle.
So there ;) ged_hughes: Rather than count sheep when I can't sleep, I see how many Archers characters I can remember.
LONDON, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you count sheep, catch zeds or take timely trips to the land of nod, there is no denying that our sleep cycles are often overlooked.
Robert, 16 LAST time I checked, my parents were expecting me to come home from school with a grasp of grammar, foreign languages, science and political affairs - not how to count sheep.
EVEN if he suffered from insomnia, Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister) couldn't count sheep to get to sleep because he's absolutely terrified of them.
In the interest of sanity, therefore, I am going to spend tonight's inevitable sleepless hours wondering whether, if humans traditionally count sheep, what do sheep count when they're suffering from a lack of shut-eye?
Thanks to fourth-generation Marin County rancher Joe Pozzi, you don't have to count sheep to get a good night's rest.
I may even count sheep to help me drift off but rest assured they will be of the rainbow variety, as I would not like my methods of dealing with insomnia to upset anyone.
Perhaps it's Duncan Bannatyne: "I used to count sheep to try and get to sleep.
The more you try to count sheep, drink hot milk before bed, exercise regularly or analyse what the problem is, the worse it gets.