I Can't Sleep! - page 2

by BrandyBSN

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Anyone feel the same way? Im REALLY REALLY tired, but yet, as soon as I lay down, I am wide awake again. I have thought about sleep aids, but I hate taking pills if not necessary. I have tried the "long hot shower", warm milk... Read More


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    Brandy, I am having troubles too maybe it is anxiety in regards to school. I got a couple of classical music Cd's and it is helping a little the nature Cd's don't work for me either. Also Tea is helping. Also I know for some people it is hard and some people simply can't do without and that is fine but I have cut way down on caffine after 4pm and that has been helping too.

    Take care
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    I know exactly what you mean....your mind goes through school, kids, what needs to be done and on and on.....I rarely sleep more than 2 1/2 hours without waking up.....it sure does make for a long night. About 6 months ago I was so tired that the Doctor put me on Trazadone. I have only taken about 7 out of the bottle. I don't really want to take them if I can avoid it, but sometimes I am so tired....I have tried the Tylenol PM thing and it works wonderfully. I only take one as well. I drink the chamomile tea.....I have to sat tylenol PM is the best way for me...and a hot bath with a book....good luck........
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    Some tips that may help....
    - follow regular bedtime rituals, i.e., take a warm bath, cup of tea,read, or whatever else, but make it a routine
    - sleep in a cooler room - it will improve the quality of your sleep
    - don't partake in stimulating activities before you go to bed
    - darken your bedroom to near total darkness - light interferes with our sleep patterns
    - eliminate as much sound as possible - wear ear plugs, unplug the phone, run a fan to create "white noise" if necessary, sleep in the basement
    - avoid caffeice for at least 5 hours prior to bedtime
    - don't drink alcohol
    - don't go to bed too full or too hungry
    - don't exercise for at least 3 hours prior

    Hope this helps!
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    I know it sounds new age, but I have a 20 minute yoga tape for the p.m. to get you in the state of mind to fall asleep. I've never taken real classes and don't know if I do it all right, but it really makes you focus your mind only on relaxing. I'm usually able to go right to sleep even if I was wired before I did the tape. Hope that helps some.
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    Brandy, I used to have the same problems. A change of life style had helped me out.

    I now start the day with yoga. It makes me feel good all day. Also I had changed coffee to tea. I eat the largest full meal at lunch time. Dinner is usually foods that are easy-to-digest types: homemade shakes (banana, walnuts, yogourt..etc.), soups, etc.

    I find sauna baths at the day's end very helpful too. especially when they are followed by a long shower & a massage. I also like listening to calm classical music before bed time: lie in bed for 10 minutes with feet slightly elevated, this generally makes me sleepy.

    Hope all is well,

    Best wishes, Christina
    Last edit by eventsnyc on Aug 20, '01
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    Brandy, My yoga teacher had also made me cut the ice cold drinks and food. She said they are stimulants.

    Christina
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    Brandy,

    I know JUST how you feel! There would be times when I was working the 7a to 7p shift and could not fall asleep! I'd be awake till 3am then had to get up at 5:30 am. I am up right now and this is one of the biggest reasons that I am swithching to Night shift next month.

    I agree with Kristina! Take some Benadryl. It aint gonna hurt. 50-75 mgs will knock you out quicker than Mohammed Ali!

    Good Luck!

    Kelly!
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    Brandy:
    I know exactly what you're going through. Ever since my chemotherapy treatment a year or so ago, a whole bunch of stuff is screwy with me (too much to even go into.... I hope it fixed what was wrong because it sure did screw up what was right!). Insomnia was one of the biggies. I was taking Ambien and Ativan (not together of course) for a spell, but they don't recommend that you take them for very long and they weren't really effective anyway.
    So now, I take Tylenol PMs. Two before bed. In about 30 minutes I'm drowsy, and I sleep in a cool room with the AC on and a fan to circulate the air. No hangover effect in the morning.... I have taken as many as three... that leaves me groggy. One isn't quite enough to ensure uninterrupted sleep. My problem wasn't really falling asleep, though, it was staying asleep.
    I agree. Warm milk is pure, unadulterated nastiness.
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    Brandy you said you thoughts were racing. I assume these are things your worried about.
    If so keep a note pad by your bed and right down the things you need to do the next day.


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