I have had chronic insomnia for years, I recently discovered eating 5 smaller meals throughout the day helps at least keep my energy a little higher and prevents me from overeating. The last thing you want is a big meal at any point today. Also, SMALL cups of coffee (only 2-3, about 6 oz each) throughout the day, or tea. You don't want that big 16-10 ouncer from the gas station, you will be jittery and then crash. Make sure you stop the caffeine by mid afternoon though so you don't keep yourself up tonight. Finally, little walks and stretches throughout the day will help.
4/16/13 9:29 A
Sorry you're having problems sleeping. I've had problems with insomnia for years and if it continues start tracking when it occurs and what's going on. For me, mine seems to happen right around PMS hits (I feel sorry for my husband and son). To help sleep, melatonin helps, chamomile tea, catnip tea (yeah it relaxes humans), and finding a book that doesn't get you so involved to where you want to stay up and want to find out what happens (recently for me has been the Book of Numbers from the Bible.)
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25,528 4/16/13 7:28 A
I am certainly no stranger to this problem. My Psychologist told me that if after 1/2 hr of going to bed I can't sleep, to get up and leave the bedroom. I ended up playing cards until I could barely see and then went off to bed. It often helped me to get to sleep.
Others may have a diary that they keep by their bed. If it is stress/worry, and they can't sleep, then the idea is that you write down what is worrying you, then put it down and turn the light off. The idea behind this is that sometimes by doing this you stop worrying because it is written down so you won't forget when you wake. Another reason is that it can be therapeutic if there is some emotional baggage.
Sometimes I come onto SP to take my mind of the negatives that are bothering me. I go to the various message boards or read articles. It helps to take my mind off whatever the problem is with me, and it ends up that I am so tired I HAVE to go to bed and fall asleep.
Sometimes having a cup of warm milk with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top helps to induce sleep. Other foods such as yoghurt or banana also have the same qualities.
I hope that you find whatever works for you, and that you managed the day o.k.
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4/16/13 6:38 A
I live in Boston. I didn't sleep very well last night either. For whatever reason, everyone experiences a sleepless night or even some insomnia. at some point. So, if you didn't sleep well last night, try to go to bed early tonight so that you can get some rest. Try to avoid the energy drinks too. excess caffeine can interrupt our sleep.
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4/16/13 5:59 A
I accept there will be occasional sleepless nights and I lie down and close my eyes and try to rest. Usually i will get about an hour's sleep and that is enough.
When my son was a newborn, there were many nights where I experienced exactly as you described, I had insomnia so was up until 1 am, tossed and turned until 3 am (with son waking up for feedings) I slept for an hour, woke up with my regular alarm at 4, and headed out for my workout.
It is now 4am. I have been wide awake since 1am. My alarm will go off in one hour to excercise - which now is out of the question. I MUST be up at 6am to get ready for work. I am going to be exhausted and am not looking forward to spending another day in a daze just waiting and craving for bedtime again. What do YOU do when you just can't sleep??
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