(Closed) Trouble falling asleep

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I don’t deal with this on a daily basis, but 2-3x a month I will NOT be able to fall asleep until late, even if I am super tired.  Mostly it’s because I am stressed or excited about something.  Do you find that you are relaxed, just not sleepy?  Have you tried chamomile tea or other soothing, relaxing things to help get you in a sleepy mood? 

I would also talk to a doctor if this is happening every night for you.  Insomnia can have devastating effects on your health, so it’s best to talk to a professional.  You could also ask to  have a sleep study done where you get all wired up and sleep in a lab so they can scan your brain to further test what’s going on.  Good luck!  I know how frustrating it is to want to sleep and your body not letting you…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Every night.  Only my work schedule keeps me on a ‘regular’ 1-2 AM to 6-7AM sleep routine.  If I go to bed too soon, I’m awake 4 hours early.  Too late, and I’m useless all day.

I’ve always been a night owl, and in college was able to do the went-to-sleep-at 5-go-to-class-at-8 thing with an afternoon nap or even just plow through the day.  I’ve read recwnlty that feeling wired when you’re actually tired is a body’s reaction to sleep deprevation.  You’re basically going to have a bad week or two of adjustment for your sleep cycle.

I agree with not looking at any electronic screens (except e-ink – they don’t have the same effect), but try not to read in bed – don’t do aynthig in bed except sleep (ok, you can decide if you do anything else there) like eat, read, work, hobbies.  You need to train your brain the the bed is for sleeping.  Try reading in a chair in your living room, and then move to the bed once you’re sleepy.  Also, try to block out as much light as you can (I’m atill a nightlight person, but I’ve got the room pretty dark, too).  Light affects your body’s production of melatonin, which helps you sleep. 

When I’m worried I won’t be able to sleep, or am sick, I use sleep-aid medication OTC, like night-time cough meds or I drink chamomille tea.  There’s one with Valerian added, which is an herbal sleep aid.  You can buy it in the vitiamin section, but Valerian can be habit forming, so I stick ot the tea, figuring it’s hard to overdo the tea (I ahve to add honey to amke it taste ok).  Also, while I know you work out with your Fiance, you might be a person who has better luck working out later in the day.  I know I’ll not get out of bed early to workout and I have to be at work at 8 each day, so I exercise for 30 -90 mins between 5 and 8 PM.  It helps me ‘wear out’ my body enough to get past the wired can’t sleep mode.  Also, try not to eat too late, or too much at night.

One more thing is to take a warm, not too hot shower, then cool down the water before getting out, slowly.  I think that’s supposed to help trick your metabolisim into slowing down for rest.  I alos use a lot of lavendar scened soap and have a spray for the bed linens to help make them smell ‘sleepy’.

A lot of this might simply be a good placebo, but if it helps, what’s wrong with that?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You can try taking “melotonin”, its what your body naturally produces that makes you tired (or something like that). Just take it about 30mins before you wanna go to bed, but don’t take it if you have to get up in like 4 hours. Once Darling Husband took it because he couldn’t sleep at 3am but he had to work at 8 & he was just so extremely tired all morning cause it was still in his system.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve also heard that you can try NOT sleeping for one night to re-set your sleeping pattern, by the time the next night is there, you’ll be so tired, you’ll just fall asleep & it’ll re-set you. I can’t do this! I tried an all-nighter but by the time 11am the next morning came around I couldn’t function. Couldn’t think or drive (it was a weekend & I didn’t have to go anywhere). I just fell asleep & was out for at least 6 hours. I was tired when I woke up at 5pm, but I did fall asleep really early that night. So I guess it worked, but I had one complete day of tiredness & will never do that again.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

melatonin is good for resetting your clock. i didn’t much success with it, but for other people i know it has worked. i have had good luck with valerian root (capsules, they smell REALLY bad). it helps relax you so you can fall asleep/stay asleep. i am also addicted to my white noise machine, at first it was weird having that noise, but now, i hear it and it’s like my brain has been trained to go to sleep to that sound. it’s awesome! i hope you find something that works for you soon=)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Try melatonin. It is the drug (Idk what else to call it) our body makes when we are falling asleep. You can get it in any vitamin section.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Melatonin. 

 

BUT–it doesn’t just work on it’s own like a sleeping pill. You have to turn out the lights and be quiet. It helps your circadian rhythms (the sleep wake cycle) adjust, and sound and light are a part of that. I started using it and it helps a lot. 

I have no trouble staying asleep, but getting to sleep each night is murder. Even if I only had two hours the night before and I’m totally exhausted. I’ll climb into bed and suddenly get a second wind. Or–if I nap at any point, even for half an hour–I’m up all night. Or I have caffeine past, like 10 am….you get the picture. Melatonin is helping, and it’s not a sleeping pill. Can’t take those–cause then I don’t wake up!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@Gingersnap: Yup–melatonin is something your body naturally produces, and it tells your body “hey…time to go to bed. You’re sleepy!” But sometimes you don’t produce enough, or it’s coming at the wrong times (like 4:00 in the afternoon), so put a little in your body, make it dark and quiet, and you’ll help your body along. It’s not like taking benadryl and conking out for two days.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Fiance works night shift one week then day shift the next. He’s the one who got me into Melatonin. I would try to get the quick dissolve capsules if possible.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like you’re currently not working/ a student/ have a non-traditional schedule by your comment “I get up with Fiance when he goes to work around 8”.  If this is true, let your body set its own schedule!  Don’t fight it! 

I have terrible insomnia, and have tried various medications, homeopathic remedies (including melatonin), and other tactics, and nothing seems to stick, and most meds leave me groggy and grouchy.  What I have figured out is that my natural clock is simply set later. 

Now I get that you probably don’t want to sleep the day away, since you still have things that need to get done during normal business hours.  But letting yourself sleep in until 10 or 11 isn’t a crime.  It took me a long time to not feel guilty about sleeping late after years of my mom telling me to get my lazy self out of bed (she’s the definintion of a morning person).  I’ve recognized now that I get exactly the same amount of things done in the day, and have the same amount of waking hours as “normal” people, my hours are just shifted back a bit if I sleep whenmy body wants me to.

It’s like healthy eating- go to bed when you’re tired, get up when you first wake up, and find your own rhythm.  Room-darkening shades, white noise (try a fan), and not allowing electronics before bed does help, and I think everybody needs that down time.

Now if only I had a suggestion for getting good sleep when you have an early morning job.  I’m a teacher and have to be in by 7 am! It’s taking its toll.  For now, let yourself rest!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Melatonin is available as a chewable little tablet. Its not a sleeping pill!! Its completely natural, something your body naturally produces when its time to sleep. I think I got some at Target so it should be very easy to find.

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