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Counting sheep.....
1.       bjk
166 posts
 12 Feb 2008 Tue 03:15 am

I was talking to one of my Turkish friends at uni and he was complaining that he couldn't sleep, so I suggested that he tried counting sheep. But he didn't have a clue what I meant by this....is this not a well known thing it Turkey?

2.       teaschip
3870 posts
 12 Feb 2008 Tue 06:02 pm

Its considered a folk tale..so I imagine this is something passed down.

A little research I found on the topic.....

Oxford scientists have concluded the method isn't effective. The researchers asked 50 insomniacs to try different techniques when trying to fall asleep. In general, those who counted sheep fell asleep later than those who imagined a relaxing scene like a waterfall or beach.

So, counting sheep doesn't work, but how did the idea start in the first place? As you probably know, shepherds are responsible for keeping track of their flocks. To make sure they didn't lose strays, shepherds used a numbering technique called "Yan Tan Tehera."

Yan Tan Tehera comes from a Celtic language. In our humble opinion, there's nothing interesting or noteworthy about it except that it's "based on the number 20." According to Wikipedia, the shepherd would count to 20, place a mark on the ground to represent 20 sheep, then start again.

wn by generation.

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