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I don't drink alcohol; I don't smoke; I don't do drugs; I do not watch the clock; so I don't fit into your pattern. Yet I DO have a problem sleeping all night long.
I think it's because of hormonal changes. Let's call it what it really is: female 50's.
I don't drink, smoke, or watch the clock. It hit me when I started the hormonal changes.
well, for those of you who cant sleep there are a few products I would recommend go to:
and look up L-tryptophan (you take one cap at night)
and also look up:
Prime Dream (you take one cap 45min before its time for bed)
I've been using them for two years and they work, also they are made of completely natural ingredients so no side effects!
What? Natural ingredients mean no side-effects? Where the hell did you get that from? That's nonsense.
I have chronic sleep apnea. I use a CPAP because I have to but as you say, it doesn't really solve the problem, although it does spare me the terrible feelings of suffocating and heart pressure. You don't say what one can do instead of using a CPAP machine since there is no medical treatment for the condition.
I wake up at 3AM and often-times cannot get back to sleep.
I have been using a dental device for the past two years which has helped the central apnea more than the cpap machine. I don't know where you live but there is a specialized apnea dental doctor at Sleep Apnea Dentists of New England, who might be able to help you.'
I also have PLMS, which causes, for me up to 235 awakenings in the night through a sleep study.
What does one do. Just maybe enough of those little PLMS arousals is big enough to do me in for the night.
Living without sleep is terrible.Why, because it drains my energy and leaves me lifeless by late afternoon and unable to enjoy the company of friends or keep commitments or feel safe driving.
I only drink coffee in the early morning. I don't watch the clock.
I only have a small glass of wine with my dinner which is very early and at least 5-6 hours prior to sleep. I relax before sleep. I fall asleep quickly and peacefully listening to Glen Harrold lull me to sleep with his hypnotic voice.
so?? What do I do? I feel for the apnea person because apnea is awful and insomnia in the middle of the night I believe is a part of it. I've even taken to warm milk (tryptophan) and cottage cheese as a middle of the night snack (dopamine) to calm it all down.
Here I sit on my mac with a bright light in my eyes which will not foster good sleep.
Long story to say if anyone can come up with something then there would be a lot of happier people. Sleep disorders destroy memory and reasoning. .. I'd give anything not to be up writing this so I'll go back, maybe polish my nails for relaxation and listen to Glen Harrold for the 3d time. Ideas anyone?
It's good that you drink milk because it does help you sleep, but I read that eating a bowl of cereal might be even better because the combonation will help you fall asleep. I rely on what my brain associates with sleep, so for me, cereal means "it's morning!" I try something else that has carbs, like a granola bar and milk or yogurt. I don't remember exactly why they said the combo of dairy and carbs helps, but it's worth a try.
A repeat sleep study will most probably show that the CPAP machine IS treating your apnea. You might still have a sleeping disorder but your apnea is gone, which is a big plus for your health.
SOme people on CPAP still take a sleeping pill but since they are using the CPAP, it does not affect their O2 saturation;
If you do not like CPAP, in certain mild and moderate cases, you can use a sleep paean dental appliance.
Nice article. I have terrible insomnia and found some pretty good advice over at cantsleep.com
Just a heads up -- Cheers!
Thanks to you for the website. Looking forward to checking it out.
Have you read "No More Sleepless Nights"? It's very helpful with regard to sleep hygiene. Here's to sleeping well tonight!!
I was enlightened. I have to correct also myself and some of my habits...
Insomnia is often caused by racing thoughts, an over-active mind that will not turn off. This is stress insomnia. There is also anxiety insomnia caused by intense preoccupation and rumination over a recent trauma or painful emotional experience.
Mindfulness therapy can really help control the problem of stress insomnia and anxiety insomnia - well worth investigating.
Peter Strong is a Mindfulness-based Therapist who provides an online counseling service via Skype. Read my posts. Inquiries welcome (www.counselingtherapyonline.com).
Your articles are interesting and helpful. Thanks.
Just woke up. Now i don't know what to do. What do you guys usually do ? :(
over the last several days I have read ALOT of interessting articles and I have kinda narrowed my 'not sleeping more then 2 or 3 hours at night' to several things....hormones, racing mind and my sinuses.
I have taken drugs for it and changed my caffeine habit, but it isnt working....if I take meds I have to deal with being 'knocked out' and feeling like crap the next day....and am still exhausted...
This article is very useful. I know some people that think that drinking alcohol drinks will make them sleepy. Worry and anxiety will also make you lose sleep.
I can be dog tired and asleep when I hit the pillow, only to be woken up by wretched coughing that just comes on suddenly! Then I'm instantly awake and lie there tossing and turning for hours. It's miserable. I don't even smoke, drink or use caffeine.
Pharmacist here: I agree with the article that it takes an average of 5 hours for the amount of caffeine in your system to be cut in half, longer for those on some birth control.
A good solution is to take a natural sleep aid called Rutaesomn. Rutaesomn speeds up your body's natural breakdown process of caffeine. Allowing you to get the sleep you need when you need it. It is non groggy, non addictive, and drug free.
check it out at http://www.rutaesomn.com
I bought this info ebook once called something like powerful sleep and it really did help me get to sleep faster and more restful. They've got a website, it's a little cheesy but the product did work for me.
Some people have a GABA deficiency, which can be hereditary or caused by stress, leading to anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Try Picamilon in small doses as a GABA supplement, if you have a deficiency, then the extra GABA will very quickly be noticeable and you will sleep more soundly and wake up feeling great.
I had a bought of insomnia (and still do occasionally - it usually comes around when I have a sudden change in sleep pattern, like getting used to sleeping in when I'm unemployed, but having to suddenly wake up early for an interview), and I take an otc sleep medicine and a melatonin pill every night, and it helps! But on those nights where sleep is just not coming, I start over my nightly routine. I think the best way to get to sleep is do things that you ONLY do at night before you go to bed. For example, don't wear your pjs right when you get home from work, no matter how tempting. If you put them on before bed, your brain will associate sleep with your pjs. Don't try to fight not being able to get to sleep. If you haven't fallen to sleep in what seems like 15-30 minutes, get up and start over your nightly routine. You could read another chapter in your book or go have another glass of water, but don't try to make yourself fall asleep if you're guessing that you won't. It is so frustrating, I know! It frustrated me to tears, but just relax, and find what works for you, and when you do, stick to it!
'Turning sleep into a job' is spot on for me! Each and every person has to find their own reason for not being able to sleep, and I think most of it comes from anxiety. The best technique I believe is not to think about your sleep problems, and rather train your body into naturally waking up at the hour you wish to wake up. This can easily happen though the power of your mind, or using methods such as meditation and self hypnosis. Much safer and more effective than any pills!
Well it was shocking to read that caffeine is one of the most likely reason to deprive you from sound sleep...well I am also suffering from the same sleeping issue but I don't want to go towards pills...much useful article for me though...
can consuming too much chocolate affect your sleep ?? the day i eat a lot of chocolate i cannot sleep properly. I dont know if its a coincidence.
Hi, chocolate can definitely affect your sleep and so can eating sugar. It's not a coincidence, try to reduce your sugar and chocolate intake as much as possible.
Laptops and Ipads - they light they give off messes with our circadian rhythms and messes up sleep. How many of us spend much of the evening on these?
I definitely sleep better if I'm off it and just reading a book. And for the record, I don't drink, smoke or take caffeine, but still wake at 3am or thereabouts.
Thank you for addressing the topic of sleeping problems. I would like to include what I learned from www.bedtimenetwork.com, deep breathing exercises can help put the mind at rest. I have practiced this and am astounded at how well it works!
There was an interesting article on Stress/Well-being & Mental Silence in the Sydney Morning Herald - makes interesting reading - the links are on the bottom of this web page: Search: www.sahajayogalondon.co.uk - also there is a interview from Sunrise TV -in Australia again the link is at the bottom of that page. It's FREE - Quite interesting
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Matthew Edlund, M.D. researches rest, sleep, performance, and public health; he is the author of Healthy Without Health Insurance and The Power of Rest.
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