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10/13/17 6:34 P

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Sleep sounds really nice right now ... and that's having just woken up, so I really need to find things to help both with sleeping more and sleeping better. Glad I found this thread

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6/11/17 6:47 A

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Epson Salts with lavender bath about an hour before bedtime can soothe aches and pains. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant. The "side-effect" of an Epson Salt bath is your skin will be soft, too. An even more inexpensive way to use it is to buy unscented and then add a few drops of essential lavender oil.Try it!

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3/14/17 7:55 A

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LOVEFLOWERS4 - that's wonderful that you were able to sleep without waking! emoticon Did you do anything different to help?

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3/12/17 12:44 P

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Slept 8 hrs. with no getting up through the night. Feel well rested today.

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3/10/17 10:22 A

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DJBTOO: I will look into the low inflammation diet. I haven't heard of that one and am willing to try anything! Does the topper push you up or suck you in...I cannot do tempurpedic because it pulls me in and I cannot get out! emoticon

thanks to everyone who chimed in...I really appreciate the suggestions! emoticon

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3/5/17 3:25 A

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I've been working on this for months and months ... I've had horrible sleeping habits for years. But with the addition of all the pain I had been going through I really had to search for answers. One thing that REALLY helped me with the pain ... I got one of those dense foam toppers for my bed. It made all the difference in the world. Simultaneously I have been eating a low inflammation diet for several months and I'm heading towards pain free recently ... still sleeping poorly however. I've been working on that by changing to 'healthy sleeping habits' ... I try to quit drinking water (or anything else) 3-4 hours (or more) before bedtime, trying to set a 'regular' time to go to sleep, turn off all lights/computers/tv/phone, etc.... it was HORRIBLE at first ... but I started adapting/changing toward the better habits and increased my sleeping from 2-4 hours nightly to 6-7 now ... once in a great while I hit 8 hours.

But then I throw a kink into it all and two weeks ago started doing my BAD HABITS again ... and now my sleep is getting 'off' again.

I'm obviously NOT one of those people that can do something 21 days and it be a NEW HABIT ... like everything else I've been working on trying to 'correct' it sometimes takes me months or even years - ha! Just have to keep at it ... and sooner or later ... surely? :)


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3/2/17 8:11 P

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That sounds so soothing. I might have to see if we have that where I shop.

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3/2/17 7:17 P

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Another thing that has helped me to sleep is a Lavender Lotion from Bath & Body. It is called SLEEP

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3/2/17 10:05 A

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My thanks for the suggestions! I have gotten one of those knee pillows and it seems to help a little. emoticon

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3/1/17 6:01 P

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This is ironic, I had one of those nights last night. Felt good when I went to bed but after a short time I couldn't get comfortable and was wide awake. For me it works to get up and read for about an hour and then, and I know this sounds crazy, if I put on a pair of light weight socks and get back in bed I can usually go right to sleep. It doesn't matter if it is winter or summer, it must be my security blanket!
Isn't it nice to know that you aren't the only one that doesn't get much sleep at night.
My husband has problems sleeping too. He usually takes a nap in the afternoon, I try not too, unless I only get a couple of hours at night then I have to take a short one.

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3/1/17 11:03 A

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I have fibromyalgia & insomnia was a big problem for me. I tried the supplement melatonin & also kept the room cool & all light off, even the clock radio. That worked for a time but I eventually had to go on prescription muscle relaxer. If that does not work, I take an ativan.

I don't like taking meds but my body needs the sleep or my pain increases.

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You might try changing your sleep schedule. My husband and I both have trouble after a few hours in bed and the longer we're there the worse it gets. We found that going to bed early and then getting up early with a daily one hour nap after lunch works for us.
We go to bed usually by 9:00 and wake up around 4:00. When we wake up we get up, it's too uncomfortable to stay in bed so sometimes it's even earlier, like 3:30. We get up, have coffee, do things on the computer, and basically have some quiet early morning time before the day gets started. We always take a nap but we set a timer so we don't sleep longer than one hour.
I sleep with a pillow between my knees too.
We found that if we went to bed at our previously "normal" bed time of 11:00 we still would wake up around 3:30 or 4:00 and have to get up because it hurt too much to stay in bed. Going to bed earlier and taking a scheduled nap every day seems to work for us.

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2/28/17 10:03 P

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Try a pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side, under your knees if on your back. I have sleep apnea so the sleep machine helps me to get some sleep.

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What are some suggestions to assist the sleepless nights? I often find I sleep for a couple of hours and then am awakened with pain. I get up and walk until the pain calms and then attempt to sleep again. I'm getting by on 3-4 hours a night. emoticon emoticon

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