(Closed) Stressed… Just need to vent. Any ideas on how to sleep better?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My friend once told me, “It is NOT the time!”  (To be thinking/ working things out at night.)  She told me to picture black, just black, and concentrate on that.  It sounds simple, but can really help.  Black.  Just black.  Good luck- I assume you are also making to do lists and making times to do certain things at certain times (during your waking hours).  Knowing WHEN I am going to do each thing helps me.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh boy that’s a lot of stuff going on!  No wonder you are stressed!  I hope that the medical problem isn’t anything.  OBGyn problems are the worst.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s not medication, but melatonine really helps me if I just CAN’T go to sleep. I also read once that you need to slowly decrease the amount of light you get before bed. So don’t have like all the lights in the house and the TV on and then turn them off and expect to be able to go to sleep. Turn off all the lights except the room you’re in, then turn off all the lights in that room except the bedside lamp. Then lower the bedside lamp if you can, then turn it off. I find that helps me too. 

Post # 6
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7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I thought of another thing that helps me.

Alternate Nostril breathing can really help calm your mind.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Im so sorry that you have so much going on! What works for me is having “me time” like 30 min before bed and only think and do what I want to. If its cleaning the kitchen, taking a hot bath, or reading a book..it all helps a lot! 

Post # 8
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714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh, Eve, sound like you are on overload!  This is a lot to have going on at once.  My only advice is to try taking a step back for a moment and analyze what is most important to you.  See if there is anything that you can cut out or put on hold for a while (I realize that several of these things are things you have no control over, or did not ask for).  Good luck! 

Post # 9
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891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

start practicing good sleep habits. meaning go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.  also, nothing should be done in your room other than sleeping.  no studying/reading/watching tv in bed.  that has to go immediately. you need to train your brain to recognize that when you go in the bedroom, it’s sleep time. 

drink a glass of grapefruit juice before bed or make yourself some green tea with chamomile in it. it calms you down.  grapefruit juice is supposedly known for helping sleep.  do a few yoga stretches in your room with deep breathing exercises for about 5 min before you get in bed. 

also, get one of thsoe “stress eye pillows” from bed bath & beyond ($12).  it helps me a lot.  it’s like a soft bean bag eye cover and it relieves pressure on your face and head and is supposed to calm you down.

hope that helps!  and if not, just go to your doctor and tell him what you told us and he’ll give you a script for ambien.  sometimes you just need a little meds to get you through a rough patch. there’s nothing wrong with that, you have a lot on your plate and not being able to sleep could ruin your future projects.  so think about letting go of the whole ‘no meds’ mentality and know that this is probably just some situational anxiety/insomnia and it will pass when you dont have a GAZILLION things to do girl! 

good luck superwoman.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Do not watch TV/ use teh ocmputer too much at night. I have a friend who is a sleep disorder doctor… she says studies show that the birght lights overstimulate you and can keep you from sleeping

Other tips she gave me: dont exercise too close to bedtime and sleep disorder can sometime be because of sinus problems/allergies

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