I've had insomnia for years. I have problems falling asleep AND staying asleep. My doctor asked me to take a sleep study to try to determine the problem...the nurse came in the next morning and said he had no idea how I was able to function. Even the doctor quirked an eyebrow at my results and said it was the strangest test he'd ever seen.
On that note, after sleeping only 2-4 hours for months on end I was getting very sick. My doctor put me on Ambien, and it really helps. But I still have some nights that I just can't fall asleep, or I'll wake up at 4am and not be able to go back to sleep. For these times I keep a skullcap tincture by my bed. I take 15-20 drops by mouth.
I also practice proper "sleep hygiene". I go to bed at the same time every night, I get up around the same time every morning - tired or not. I keep my room dark and cool. I avoid ALL sources of caffeine after 2pm, and I don't eat a heavy meal within 3 hours of bedtime. I will take a 30 minute nap midday if I really need one, but don't do it often.
I don't have the rapid heartbeat, but I have had the hot & sweaty problem in the past. Now I usually freeze to death, so I keep lots of blankets piled on my bed. I also have an electric blanket on the bed, so I can just turn over and click it on.
Oh yeah, I also drink a strong cup of warm chamomile tea before bed. I find that when I don't drink it I usually have a difficult night.
Edited by: FIRERAVEN9 at: 12/23/2008 (13:02)
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