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5/17/11 7:12 A

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I've been prescribed a medication to help me sleep and stop those racing thoughts when I'm trying to fall asleep. And, it works great! Plus, it helps and works well with the anti-depressants and gives them a bit of a boost.

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5/17/11 4:05 A

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I've been an insomniac all my life so I take sleeping pills. So is my mum and both grannies. I stay in bed and read. Never get up and never do any other activity. If I do that I don't go back to sleep.
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5/16/11 8:00 A

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I find that if I write in my journal, it helps me get back to sleep.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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10/29/10 5:35 P

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Hi Beth I'm so glad you found an easy solution and yes it has to do with PMT.The book is fascinating anyway.
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10/29/10 9:57 A

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Hi Claudia,
Thanks for the book recommendation. I have tried melatonin and it's somewhat helpful. But the hot baths really did the trick. Lately, the pendulum has swung back the other way--I'm sleeping 9 or 10 hours with no trouble. Perhaps it's tied to my menstrual cycle.

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10/28/10 9:54 P

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Hi Beth51612 there is a very good book Insomniac by Gayle Greene very comprehensive I'm sure they have it in your library.
Have you tried Melatonin? it works for some people and it's over the counter. I took it for 3 weeks and it worked (none of the other alternative products ever did), but had to quit it due to some side effects.
Do you have trouble falling asleep or do you fall asleep and wake up during the night and take a long time to sleep again?
Claudia (insomniac since childhood)

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9/21/10 12:55 P

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Hi, Nicoleet! I find exercising my "brain muscle" by reading denser materials does tire my brain but gives it a boost like exercise does one's body. I've tried reading political philosophy and the like before bed lately, though, and have found that I actually focus and think more flexibly then. Perhaps it's the relaxed nature of reading before bed and it give my brain freedom from pressure to think critically. Ironic that the freedom from pressure to think critically helps me do so better. I'm afraid to start reading academic material before bed, tho, since I don't want to train myself to fall asleep when I pick it up - since I've got a lot of academic reading in my future.
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I like the idea of a clutter-free apartment helping sleeping. I guess it does allow you to feel like things are in their place and a kind-of resolution to the day has been achieved. I like that idea!
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I have had insomnia for years. I try to keep my apartment as clutter-free as possible, so I feel more relaxed with my surroundings. I turn off the television, laptop, and other bright lights at least a half hour before bed and do soothing activities (knitting, reading) in that time. I tire myself out mentally by reading the toughest books possible (Derrida, for example). I only use my bed for sleeping because I had conditioned myself to also see it as a place to read, do homework, watch a movie. Warm, decaffienated, non-alcoholic drinks are also worth a try as well (I just make sure not to drink too much so I don't wake up in the middle of the night!). Good luck!

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9/21/10 9:39 A

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Hi Viviela,
Thanks! The prayer is a great idea. Two weeks ago, i started going to bed at 10 pm every night (and getting up at 6 am no matter when I fall asleep). It was tough at first, but now it's helping, along with warm baths. Beth

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9/20/10 11:46 P

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Hi! For me - and this part is somewhat silly but really true - making a to-do list is the surest way for me to fall right to sleep. Unfortunately, I usually make my to-do lists in the morning. I think the sleep in that case might better be termed "avoidance". emoticon

No, really what has worked for me time and time again (I keep slipping out of the habit & having to re-establish) is having a regular, must-go-to-bed-by bedtime. I've been out of the habit lately & have, consequently, been falling asleep on the couch & without getting my meds or giving my cats theirs. Not good - especially since I wake up in pain when I do that. Having a set time to head to bed gives me some structure and even helps me w/the motivation to stay active & doing things until then. If I'm not sleepy - usually even if I am - I read for a while once I get into bed. Pleasure reading. I try to make sure it's something I enjoy and that will leave me with pleasant thoughts and pleasant dreams. I love travel narratives for my pleasure reading. Another thing that's really helped since, w/my depression I tend to have nightmares constantly, is praying while I fall asleep. When I do that, rarely do I have nightmares and I usually sleep much better.

Well, it's past the 10 pm that I usually choose as my go-to-bed time, so I guess I better head in that direction. Guess it's time for me to re-establish a bedtime, too, since I've been way off on my sleep quality & times lately as well. Thanks for the opportunity to remind myself of good habits by sharing a little with you! emoticon

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9/9/10 8:33 P

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Thanks, Cynthia! I know that a glass of wine ultimately hinders a good night's sleep, but it's easy to forget when I'm wide awake at 1 am. I haven't really tried the milk lately, I'll give that a shot.


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Hi! By drink I am assuming an alcoholic beverage, am I correct? A drink might make you sleepy but it actually hinders one from getting a true good night's sleep. I hear ya on the hungry thing...I am a mid night snacker. One thing that sometimes helps me when my insomnia kicks in is drink a warm glass of milk and a small amount of honey to make it taste better. Milk has triptofan (Can't spell)and that can help one to fall asleep. For me it works at times other times not.

Another idea is Sleepy Time tea or chamomile tea. Also what are you doing an hour before bed? Watching TV, Internet, and those type of things keep your brain alert and going rather than winding it down into sleep mode. Try reading at night (as long as it's not a thriller or something to keep your mind too busy).

Getting in exercise during the day also helps one to sleep better at night. Maybe get in a few minutes extra of cardio in the day.

Hope these ideas are helpful. It might also be a good idea to seek medical treatment for the insomnia. I take Lunesta and it has helped me bunches. If taking medicine is not your thing, there is a supplement called Melatonin. 3 mg can be taken at night. It is natural and safe. In fact my psychiatrist recommended it to me. I switch between it and the Lunesta.

Ok this is a novel. Maybe it put you to sleep. LOL

Take care and I hope you get some good restful sleep tonight.
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9/9/10 2:35 P

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emoticon How do you all deal with insomnia? It's one of my biggest obstacles to losing weight, primarily because I tend to have a drink to try to make myself sleepy, and then eat something because drinking makes me hungry. (Yes, I know I should simply stop doing this, I feel like Homer Simpson! D'oh!) I have found a hot bath is a good substitute, but that's not always possible when the rest of the family is asleep. Is there anything you do that helps?

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