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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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Old 02-17-2008, 01:53 PM   #5
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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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Old 02-17-2008, 02:18 PM   #9
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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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Old 02-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #10
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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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Old 02-17-2008, 02:23 PM   #11
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can't sleep

poor sleep is the bane of my life. takes me hours to fall asleep. i have tried everthing, otc. no food, food . dark room, no noise.sleep just eludes me. i have told many doctors, over the years. not one had a clue or a remendy.

have new doctor, haven't seen him yet. i will discuss it with him , who knows he may have an answer.

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Old 02-18-2008, 09:07 AM   #12
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Melatonin works for me.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:37 AM   #13
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Melatonin works for me.
Me to.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:45 AM   #14
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My husband bought me a little sound machine for Christmas, and I go to sleep every night to the sound of the ocean. It's wonderful!

Controlling your thoughts and your breathing can help more than anything. Force yourself to breath deeply and slowly, establishing a rhythm. Think of someplace peaceful, like the seashore or a deep green forest. Exclude all the day to day stuff, and concentrate on relaxing your body from the toes up.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:37 AM   #15
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Also, a very cool room helps one go to sleep. Milk only works if it's heated. A banana also has those same chemicals in it as heated milk.
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Not sure if you drink or not, but if you are not a heavy drinker, then this could help:

Get a finger or two of brandy in the bottom of a tall glass. Pour in hot (not boiling) water to the top of the glass. Drink it as quickly as you can.

I do this if I am ill and want to get to sleep quickly, as it lets me fall asleep earlier than I would otherwise.

Also, getting enough sunshine during the day can aid in getting to sleep at night. That's what melatonin simulates.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:43 AM   #17
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A huge cup of hot milk, full fat, before bed.
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LEFSE - I never knew it had to be whole milk - there's nothing better than a warm mug of milk while sitting in bed reading a cookbook!
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LEFSE - I never knew it had to be whole milk - there's nothing better than a warm mug of milk while sitting in bed reading a cookbook!
Yep x best friends husband is a physician. He's the one that told me that, something about it staying in your system longer.
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Also, a very cool room helps one go to sleep. Milk only works if it's heated. A banana also has those same chemicals in it as heated milk.
I do heat my milk. bananas give me hearburn.
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