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Old 02-17-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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Trouble sleeping

I have tried chamomile tea , tried reading a boring book. I don't like over the counter meds for sleep, makes me so groggy the next day so I avoid it.
Any ideas to help me sleep? I toss and turn so much , I end up getting up.

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Old 02-17-2008, 01:49 PM   #2
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First, call your dr. and see what they say.
DH takes Benedryl at night. Pharmicist even said ok and Dr. said will not hurt him.
It basically is the same as the OTC sleep aides, but, doesn't give him after affects.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:52 PM   #3
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Exercise. Try a long walk during the day or after work. Daily exercise helps me sleep much better.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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You might also consider recording yourself on those occasions where you do sleep. Let your Dr. listen to it as it might help him/her diagnose any problems you might be having. Never know it could be a sleeping disorder, happened to my wife.
But I know how you feel, I have a hard time sleeping as well, but for other reasons.
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Think about how you put a baby to sleep - it also works on us "big babies" ;)
Warm milk and/or a nice warm bath work wonders. Also, if you put a bit of lavender oil in the bathtub, it really helps.

Another idea: many studies have shown that a cluttered room makes studying and relaxing nearly impossible. Just a thought.
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I drink a cup of hot chocolate (yes, it has caffeine, but very little), light a scented candle, and take a warm bath. Sometimes I take Melatonin 3, which is a natural sleep aid I get at GNC. I also pray about it, and I try not to think about anything stressful close to bedtime.

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Old 02-17-2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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I have tried chamomile tea , tried reading a boring book. I don't like over the counter meds for sleep, makes me so groggy the next day so I avoid it.
Any ideas to help me sleep? I toss and turn so much , I end up getting up.
Go to sleep at the same time every night - don't take naps in between.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or stimulants.

Triptophan (sp?) use to help, i.e. pills, cottage cheese or milk, but think it's been banned.

Exercise during the day.

Don't fight it! If I can't aleep I get up & read, watch tv etc until I am tired. Some schools of thought are to stay in bed. If you can, great - if not get up & do whatever until you are sleepy. Sometimes I play computer games - clears my head of stress.

Have a cozy/compy sleeping environment - sheets/pillow/blankies/mattress. Drown out outside or inside disturbances. Get blackout shades/curtains. I sometimes only get about 4-5 hours. But, that's better to me than sleeping over 8 hours.

If the problem continues, seek out a doc's advice.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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I drink a cup of hot chocolate (yes, it has caffeine, but very little), light a scented candle, and take a warm bath. Sometimes I take Melatonin 3, which is a natural sleep aid I get at GNC. I also pray about it, and I try not to think about anything stressful close to bedtime.

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I had been drinking hot chocolate too, I forgot to add that in my original post.
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Go to sleep at the same time every night - don't take naps in between.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or stimulants.

Triptophan (sp?) use to help, i.e. pills, cottage cheese or milk, but think it's been banned.

Exercise during the day.

Don't fight it! If I can't aleep I get up & read, watch tv etc until I am tired. Some schools of thought are to stay in bed. If you can, great - if not get up & do whatever until you are sleepy. Sometimes I play computer games - clears my head of stress.

Have a cozy/compy sleeping environment - sheets/pillow/blankies/mattress. Drown out outside or inside disturbances. Get blackout shades/curtains. I sometimes only get about 4-5 hours. But, that's better to me than sleeping over 8 hours.

If the problem continues, seek out a doc's advice.
I have gotten up and read boring books and I do make my room dark as possible, I can't sleep if there is light.
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Think about how you put a baby to sleep - it also works on us "big babies" ;)
Warm milk and/or a nice warm bath work wonders. Also, if you put a bit of lavender oil in the bathtub, it really helps.

Another idea: many studies have shown that a cluttered room makes studying and relaxing nearly impossible. Just a thought.
I've also done the warm milk, but not often, it seems to increase my sinus problems, congestion.
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