Insomnia anyone?

on Mar 26, 2009 @ 01:29 pm seems that I have insomnia...anyone have any tips on how to get to sleep! Last night I lay awake in bed from 12:30am til now.... no sleep...not a wink. For the past few nights I will wake up at 3 but at least be able to get back to bed a couple of hours later. There was nothing racing through my mind that I am aware of. I tried burying myself under the covers, reading, watching TV, cleaning the bathroom...anything to get myself tired...nothing worked. Any tips?!?!

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Ali de Bold
Concentrate on something simple on Mar 26, 2009 @ 02:28 pm

I struggle with insomnia too and the top two things that help me sleep are:

- Mentally putting outfits together. I think about my closet and what goes with what, and what I'll wear the next day.. I get so bored with it ( I don't have a lot of variety), that I fall asleep.

- Deep relaxation from yoga. Lie on your back with your arms straight and palms turned up. Think about your feet, relaxing your toes until you feel them relax, relax your feet, your ankles, calves, etc working your way up to your neck. I usually don't make it very far. It helps if you've done this before in Yoga. Instructors always make me fall asleep with this one.

me too!!! on Mar 26, 2009 @ 06:48 pm

I'm going to try those tips tonight because I suffer from huuuuuuuuuuuge insomnia. For example, I'll stay awake for several nights in a row and finally be able to fall asleep one night, and again next few nights I'll be wide awake the entire night. For example, last night I was up the entire night, I fell asleep around 6am and woke up at 7am to go to work. The night before I was a bit better, I fell asleep around 4:30 - 5am and woke up at 7am for work... this sort of timing is very normal for me, and really this is me almost every night. If I pull 'all nighters' like this for a few nights, then maybe on night I might be able to sleep around midnight and stay asleep until morning...and then the cycle of non-sleep starts again.

I've been to the doctor and she gave me sleeping pills, but I really hate taking them because either they make me even more wide awake with a terrible jittery, nervous anxious feeling, or if I fall asleep I can't get up on time for work, or I'm dizzy the next day.

My work is pretty active (I hardly get a chance to sit down!), but still I don't think its active enough to tire me out properly. I know the best thing for me would be to exercise, but by the time I come home its around 11:30pm (I have night classes most weeknights) and I feel bad getting on my treadmill and waking the whole house with the noise (and yes I admit i feel lazy...not tired but mentally lazy lol).

anyways i'm going to try the yoga move... see if it helps :-)

... on Mar 26, 2009 @ 08:02 pm

I also suffer from insomnia....I have difficulty falling asleep on most nights..and usually fall asleep around 2ish....but my real problem is that I don't sleep straight through the night...I usually wake up every hour or two. Last week I tried hypnosis for the first time..(going back for my second session tomorrow)..and it seems to have helped a bit...I work in a hospital and I'm lucky enough to be around some of the most amazing doctors...and this one in particular is good at what he does (so they say lol)..he is supposed to also teach me some relaxation techniques....I'll keep you ladies posted on how this works out. I also think I'm going to try yoga and acupuncture next haha

Relaxing or drinking tea on Mar 27, 2009 @ 09:18 am

I also have awful sleeping habits, and I wish I could change them. I have a few simple tips that have helped me, so maybe they will work for you too.

That’s funny misschickie, I picture my clothes and make outfits too! Most of the time I fall asleep without when noticing because my mind is so occupied that I just drift off. Sometimes I awake with the urge to shop or do laundry ha ha but for the most part this does the trick for me.

Try drinking tea – I recently got a free sample of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea and I have found that it really helps. It’s an herbal tea which contains chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, berries and orange blossoms, and is naturally caffeine free. Here is the website so you can check it out for yourself:

I have also found that relaxing right before bed helps A LOT. Not only does it help you fall asleep faster, but you also sleep better and wake more rested. Before I get into bed I stretch (as if I’m getting ready for a workout) to relax my tense muscles. Then (this is the trick!) I do my own form of mediation. I sit cross legged on my floor with my hands on my knees, and focus on breathing. I breathe in through my nose and out trough my mouth as slow as I possibly can. Try and think of something calming (I think in real mediation your mind is supposed to be blank but anyway…) and just count 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi … while you’re breathing. Try not to think about anything at all – especially stressful things from your day. The slow rhythm of listening to your breathing makes you sleepy. Then just climb into bed and drift off!

I hope this helps you! Good luck!


Valerian on Mar 27, 2009 @ 11:05 am

I don't have insomnia; I'm a mom of 3 and therefore always exhausted and can fall asleep almost instantly anywhere.

However, my mother-in-law has had problems in the past and swears by Valerian. It's an herbal supplement you can get in tea or pill form at any drug or grocery store (in the vitamin section). It has been used for thousands of years as a natural anti-stress and insomnia remedy. Some people will notice a difference immediately and others need to take it over time.

My sister-in-law uses it for anti-anxiety. If she knows she has a stressful day ahead of her, she takes two Valerian pills in the morning and feels much more mellow as the day goes on. Sometimes she takes one or two more in the afternoon if things are really hairy.

I don't know of any long-term studies that demonstrate the safety or hazard of taking this regularly, but the anecdotal info I have from my family shows that you can take it "as needed" for weeks or months at a time without any risk of dependency. I plan to pick some up soon to try for the stress relief my SIL described.

i read on Mar 28, 2009 @ 12:09 am

I hate insomnia. I hate having to stay awake AND stay as still as possible so I don't wake up my husband. There's nothing more boring than laying in bed with your eyes open and mind utter darkness.

I usually fall asleep pretty quickly, but my baby wakes up in the middle of the night crying for his soother every night. Sometimes it's 3-4 times a night. Sometimes it happens only once but it takes a long time to calm him down. Either situation usually leaves me fully awake and unable to go back to sleep.

So I read. It usually puts me back to sleep within 5-10 min, no matter how good the book is, because I am really tired. I think like all the methods other people have mentioned, reading relaxes me and helps take my mind off things so that I can fall asleep.

But once in awhile, I won't sleep and I end up staying awake for 1-2 hours reading. I don't mind because I know I can't make myself sleep. I only get more stressed out if I try to force myself, which of course makes the insomnia even worse. I just let my body do whatever it needs to do and I do eventually fall asleep.

thanks! on Mar 28, 2009 @ 10:34 am

Thanks for the advice ladies! I will give it a try next time I am unable to sleep. I tried MissChickies outfit thing and it actually worked very well for me! I guessI needed to quiet my mind or something....

sleep tips on Mar 30, 2009 @ 04:06 pm

actually tiring yourself out is not a good way to get better sleep. when you are tired, the adrenaline and stress from the day stay in your system even if you eventually fall asleep. as such, you may find it easy to fall asleep but difficult to stay asleep. relax for an hour or two before bedtime and stop taking caffeine at least 6 hours before you sleep. if you're not lactose intolerant, try warm milk with honey. you can also use lavender oil to scent your pillows. i find it calming and relaxing. wishing you better sleep!

hmm... on Mar 30, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

I tried thinking of tomorrow's outfit...and I got into it so much that I lost track of time and before I knew it, its 4am and I'm sifting through my drawers looking for that gorgeous black sweater with the 3/4 knitted sleeves that I can wear under my le chateau grey baggy tshirt/mini-dress over dark blue slim jeans... and either my blue black or my purple greyish scarf tied loose triangle style around my neck to bring some colour ... and my favourite black heels to complete the oufit....

see what i mean? i get into this too much lol :-)

I'll try warm milk tonight.

Summer semester I'm taking only one class (and work of course) so I'll make time to exercise everyday and hopefully regulate my sleep.

becky... Becky Bloomwood?? on Mar 31, 2009 @ 10:34 am

Becky, have you read Shopaholic? Your description cracked me up... and reminded me of Becky Bloomwood! I love it!

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