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6 Ways to Beat Insomnia

Take the Stress Out of Sleep


  • What a great article. I've heard that as we get older, getting to sleep and staying asleep gets more difficult. I'm grateful I haven't had any major problems with sleep. I wear comfortable pj's, get into bed, get comfortable and read until I fall asleep. I keep a fan on at night and also the radio. If I've had a stressful day I take a 3 g of Melatonin, as well. I sleep soundly and wake up early without an alarm. So far, so good. - 2/17/2012 7:34:21 PM
  • I also use the Ipod but listen to either weight loss hypnotherapies or to science based podcasts from PRI The World Science show. Mind you, the science ones get listened to again when gardening as they are really interesting. Love it! Ipod is both insomnia tool and my workout tool for non DVD workouts at home/running and walking! - 2/17/2012 5:29:42 PM
    I love books on tape. They really help. I also use pod casts of old time radio. Another great way to fall asleep. Takes me back to when my grandmother would read to be at bed time. - 2/17/2012 3:45:09 PM
  • After being deployed for a year, I still wake up a couple times a night (down to 2x). I go check on the kids and walk through the house to make sure everything's ok. I relax more to know they're all safe and close to me. Then I fall back off to sleep. Exercise and keeping hydrated go a long way to helping me sleep deeply. - 2/17/2012 1:32:45 PM
  • I am a firm believer of the dorops of Lavender essential oil on the pillow. Not sure if it helps me focus on the smell and forget everything else or has genuine relaxing qualities....but it works for me. - 2/17/2012 9:17:53 AM
    I'm a very lite sleeper and heat makes me sick and unable to sleep. Unfortunately, due to a recent major health issue my husband is always cold and turns heat up to warm up, making me overheat and awakens me. Running a fan is not an opinion nor is cracking the window. If you have any suggestion, PLEASE let me know. Thank you in advance. - 2/17/2012 8:32:52 AM
  • In the listening to your body category I would add to check your hydration and warmth levels. Cold feet will keep me awake as will needing another glass or two of water.

    And in the "distracting yourself" category I would add the time-honored camping tradition of promising yourself that you will not fall asleep until you hear X sound -- an owl hoot, a coyote, a train in the distance. Somehow while you're busy listening for that particular sound the rest of the brain gets quiet enough to sleep. My other go-to technique is to find a form of counting that takes some, but not a lot of brain power. Like counting upward by threes or counting backward from 1000. - 2/17/2012 6:01:34 AM
  • MY insomnia is the type that lets me fall asleep then rudely wakes me up about 3 hours later and keeps me up for the rest of the night. Although I can't always get back to sleep sometimes using the relax techniques described helps as does writing things down. I've had this problem for 21 years (since my youngest was a baby and wouldn't sleep through the night) and although it can come and go it's often with me for months at a time. Menopause has probably increased it with the frequent night sweats and hot flushes waking me up. - 2/17/2012 2:56:07 AM
  • BETHPROVERBS31: regarding snorers. I was a terrible snorer. Seasonal allergies, milk allergies and such all combine to a continuously stuffy head.

    In May of this year I started a running program, Couch 2 5K. My first few weeks were awful as I tried to breath while running. Eventually the running cleared out my head. Somewhere around week 4 (out of 9) my wife told me I wasn't snoring anymore! What a blessing! - 10/12/2010 9:06:32 AM
    Just in case there are any other non dairy lovers like myself DO NOT try to substitute warm milk with warm soy milk. BLECH I'm still shuddering......gross - 9/9/2009 12:29:27 AM
  • The shopping channel has been helping me sleep for years, the same thing over and over at low volume does the trick! - 6/26/2009 7:56:54 PM
    When I was working nights, I wouldn't get home until 5 maybe 6am and then I'd be back at work for 6pm. To help me sleep, I invested in a sleepmask coz I couldn't afford blackout blinds and i began programming my CD player to repeat the same 3 songs on low volume through the night.

    I don't think the music could be called white noise but it does help. - 3/10/2009 6:45:57 PM
    I struggle with interrupted sleep. At times I go on a 2 - 3 hour sleep a day which is not a good thing when your job requires critical thinking. Now that I'm on my fourties I;m determined to get in shape and make healthly a part of my life, I've managed to only drink 2 cups of coffee a day to get me by. I spin (cycling) 2 hours a day 4 times a week and am learning to eat healthier. My family laughs at me because I'm a true believer in banking/storing my sleep. So 1 day a week, I take the phone off the hook, put sign on my door that reads knock at your own risk. I have also signed up my husband for golf, so he is gone at 5 am and returns later in the day. I manage to sleep on and off throughout the day and feel somewhat replenished with relaxation by the time he returns. I get a lot of flack and get called lazy, but these people that judge me also give me quite a bit of compliments on how maticulous my home is and that's because I'm so energized from spinning I burn off some of the energy doing chores daily. My point is, find what works for you and ignore what others think. - 3/7/2009 8:30:19 PM
  • I also have tried quite sounds and it helps me to unwine.I sometimes use a fan at night which makes it cooler in the room and more relaxing. - 11/17/2008 8:49:39 PM

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