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I hate insomnia. I hate insomnia. I really, really hate insomnia. :ugh:

 

I also hate taking sleeping pills. Oh well, it's not like I have to be anywhere tomorrow morning.

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I don't have insomnia...just trouble sleeping at night. Which sounds like the same thing...no my sleeping patterns are screwed.

I sleep fine during the day, but no dice at night.

Ugh I hate it.

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I've tried melatonin. It helps somewhat, but not all the time. I should probably try cutting back on caffeine. I've been drinking more since I've been home during the day.

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Valerian root helps too. If you don't mind wacky dreams.

 

 

 

I kind of like them.

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I'm no stranger to insomnia. I've battled with it since I was 16. My problem is I can fall asleep just fine, but I can't STAY asleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I'm up. No exceptions.

 

I've discovered it helped a lot to cut out refined white flour out of my diet. I try to eat whole wheat most of the time, and if I eat anything refined white flour, I do it before noon.

 

Making sure to exercise daily helps. A LOT. A good cardio workout in the afternoon will zonk you out every night.

 

I also don't drink caffine after three pm, don't drink fluids after 8pm, and try to eat a small snack like crackers or something before bed (blood sugar crashes will wake you up).

 

Melatonin helps, but it won't keep me asleep all night and I don't want to take it too close to the time I'm supposed to be getting up anyway. So I bought some hypnosis tapes and have had a lot of good results with them helping me get my mind to shut up and calm down so I can get back to sleep.

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Valerian root helps too. If you don't mind wacky dreams.
Wacky dreams? I've taken valerian occasionally and never noticed. (makes mental note to try some tonight)

 

I frequently have insomnia, mainly because the gears in my brain keep spinning long after bedtime. I'm also a big fan of caffeine and find that it takes a minimum of six hours to clear my system -- For me, that means that an after-work coffee is generally not a good idea.

 

Once in a while, if feeling stiff and achy, I resort to taking an aspirin or aspirin+ibuprofen at bedtime. I do tend to sleep much better on those nights.

 

But absolutely the best way to get solid ZZZ's is to take a bath and wash my hair right before bedtime, then wrap up my wet hair in a towel. I usually fall asleep very fast and stay asleep. (My theory is that the wet hair cools down my head a couple of degrees.)

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