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Sleep tips?

Monday, October 28, 2013

I've had sleep issues my entire life. Chronic nightmares, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep...I even used to sleepwalk frequently.

I've pretty much grown out of the insomnia and sleepwalking, but problems remain. I still have wicked bad nightmares at least a couple times a month, I have difficulty falling asleep, and the sleep I do get usually isn't restful. I'm always tired when I wake up. I can't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep. I'm at my wit's end!

I've found if I go to bed even a half-hour earlier, I wake up crazy early (like 4 am instead of 6). I also am not sure how I can achieve a more restful sleep - deep sleep, no nightmares. Does anyone have any tried-and-true tips for getting a good, truly restful 8 hours? I've read a lot of articles, but it would be helpful to hear from someone who has been there and changed things.

Note: I don't have any determined sleep disorders, like sleep apnea. I have little to no caffeine on a daily basis. And while I'm going through a fairly stressful time (work changes, finishing up grad school), even when times are good, my sleep quality has been really poor. I hope to fix this once and for all!

Thanks in advance!
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    As you know, exercise helps me a lot with better sleep quality. The Sleepytime tea by Celestial Seasonings is relaxing (there are other brands of sleep tea too)

    *No screens an hour before bedtime. I will read before bed and it relaxes me (though true crime or horror stories before bed are not a good idea. Ask me how I know!)

    *Can any of the medications you are taking affect your sleep? Read the side effects list.

    * A dark room helps. Draw the shades, no night lights, etc.

    *Sometimes I will take a couple of Calms Forte if I am anxious. You can take these in the middle of the night, and not wake up groggy.

    *If I *really* need to sleep, I will take a lorazepam tablet (prescription) for anxiety. However, I don't do this often as I'd rather try to sleep naturally.

    *Sorry to say, but sometimes I need to lock the cats out of the room if they are disturbing me. My sleep is precious and sometimes I just need that time.
    1577 days ago
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