Not sleeping – sucks honkin' red baboon ass

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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1696 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

MELATONIN MELATONIN MELATONIN! I love getting to introduce someone to this stuff.

 

So yes, I’m an insomniac and it would take me 45 minutes to fall asleep, then I would wake up 3-4 times during the night, taking 15-30 minutes each time to fall back to sleep. I tried everything from warm milk to sleeping pills (I hate them, my body is asleep, my mind wakes up sometimes and I feel like I am trapped in my body) to white noise machines.

 

So anyway, melatonin is a something your brain should naturally produce and a deficiency of it results in sleeping issues, both in falling asleep and staying asleep. It is a natural supplement which is completely non-habit forming and immediate (no need to build a tolerance before it works). I take 1.5mg, my mother takes 7mg. I’d suggest start at 3mg and if you feel tired in the morning, cut the pill in half.

 

If you need something more immediate (“in case of sleep emergency, break glass”) look into Tylenol PM. This is something to use occasionally, NOT a permanent solution. If your wedding is on Saturday, I’d say try melatonin tonight (it’s cheap) and if you didn’t sleep well, try this until the stress levels go down a bit.

Post # 5
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

An hour before bed, put away electronic devices. Cell phone, computer, tablet, tv, etc. Get some tea (I love Sleepytime tea), crawl in bed, get cozy, and read a book.

Other than that, Tylenol PM or Ambien.

Post # 6
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vorpalette:  +1 on Sleepytime tea and putting away the electronics. Perhaps lavendar lotion or something with a calming effect.

Post # 7
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’d recommend getting generic Benadryl (Diphenhydramine), which is the “PM” ingredient in Tylenol PM – why take the pain reliever if you don’t need it? It’s often sold as generic “Sleep Aid” in many stores as well.

Also second the Melatonin too, that worked for me when I was having issues sleeping in college due to stress.

 @vorpalette:  Also great suggestions! I love Sleepytime tea too!

Post # 8
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4218 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi

PSG tech

Do not take benadryl for sleep aid. It has long term consequences to your sleep and can cause hangover and rebound. 

Melatonin is very good, but again, short term. It can also cause hot flashed over night, so be careful of your dosage.

Turn that clock away so you can’t see the time. Clock checking robs your sleep. 

Go to bed at the same time. Make sure you take the melatonin an hour before you plan to go to bed. 

Avoid napping if you can. If you MUST, no more than 15 mins.

Keep your room cool, quiet and dark. 

If you wake up and after 10 mins or so you feel you can not get back to sleep, get up and do something quiet until you feel sleepy again. Do not lie there and lament the loss of sleep. 

 

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