I Can't Sleep!

  1. 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 (thats gross), running around until I want to collapse, having a glass of wine, but NOTHING will help my body run down. So now my waking hours are all messed up, and I have a week to correct it (i start back to school on the 27th).

    I even tried listening to one of those "Sounds of Nature" CDs to try to relax, but it sounds too much like flushing toilets, and makes me want to go the bathroom as soon as I get settled down and comfortable.

    Anyone have any techniques for getting settled at night? My mind always goes at 100 miles an hour, even though my body cant quite keep up. Its becoming a real hassle!

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    About BrandyBSN

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  3. by   MRed94
    HI, Brandy! I am here, and anxious to talk to somebody, but you aren't answering your IMs....

  4. by   CarolineRn
    Hi Brandy!
    Yes, I can totally relate to your problem, as it's now 3:36 AM and I'm wide awake! Of course, there's a reason for that, as you'll discover when you read my other post.

    Something that has worked for me in the past is mentally putting myself into a state of total relaxation. What I do is make sure there are no distractions (tv, etc..) and then I tell myself to physically relax, one body part at a time. I start with my head, making a conscience effort to relax every muscle in my face. (you'd be suprised at how much tension we place on our facial muscles especially when deep in thought) Then, I relax my way slowly down to my neck, and my back all the way down my body. Usually, I don't make it to the feet, but if I do, I'll find my facial muscles have scrunched up in consternation over some erant thought again, and I just start over. I think the key here is to just stay focused, and pretty soon sleep comes.

    Hope this helps you some!

    Sweet dreams!
  5. by   essarge
    I've been there more times than I can count. Usually with some stupid "crisis", either in school or here at home (two teen boys here). What I usually do is make my room as dark as possible, close my eyes and "meditate". By meditate I think of anything that I find soothing to me. My favorite is thinking about warm sun shining down on me, classical music and a beach that I am totally alone on. If that doesn't work I put on the headphones and play classical music, soft and easy to listen to (no beethoven's fifth!).

    When I am in school I am constantly worrying about an upcoming exam, papers that I have to write, and things going on here at home. All of these thoughts must be conciously put out of my mind in order for me to relax.

    My last option, if nothing else works, is to spend a little money and get a complete massage. It's well worth it because there is nothing more relaxing to me!!

    Forget the warm milk....turns to a solid and makes the tummy work harder!!! LOL!!!

    Hope this helps!
  6. by   crnasomeday
    Been there. It sucks You know, I used to feel like that about taking pills. I mean, I'd really try to avoid taking anything unless I just couldn't bear whatever was wrong even one second more. And then one day, I just said to myself, "Self," I said, "why am I making myself suffer over this?" So now I don't wait until headaches are so bad that I can't even see straight before I take something for it, and I don't wait until it's four a.m. before I take something for sleep. I don't usually have much trouble sleeping, but when I do I find Tylenol PM to be very gentle and helpful. I only take one though, because that's enough to work for me. They don't really make you feel groggy in the morning either so that's nice.
  7. by   CEN35
    Have had a few of those nights in the past few days myself. I have no magic answers.........but when I know its catching up with me.......and I really feel I need a good nights sleep.....I take a lil Benadryl.....
  8. by   Bonnie Blue
    Try some chamomile tea or some variation there of. There are several tea blends for insomnia. Also lavender is supposed to relax you. You might try burning a candle scented with lavender oil. Quiet music also helps. Good luck. I, too, am trying to adjust my sleep pattern in anticipation of school. Orientation starts tomorrow.
  9. by   JennieBSN
    Brandy, dahlin', sometimes you just gotta break down and pop some benadryl. 50-75 mg, and your butt will be OUT.

    Caroline and essarge are talking about (basically) self-hypnosis. If you just can't bring yourself to take benadryl, get some tapes on self-hypnosis or see a psychologist trained in it.

    BTW, don't drink wine. It's been shown that alcohol @ bedtime, although it puts you to sleep initially, makes for a very restless night. Stick w/the gross warm milk and chamomile tea. :P

    You could always eat a turkey sandwich in a warm bath full of lavender bath salts...

    Hope you will be resting soon!!
  10. by   BrandyBSN
    Thanks everyone

    After getting up twice, and getting on my computer, I went in a fixed some ramen noodles (chicken flavor), ate them, went back to bed, turned on Lifetime, and fell asleep watching Unsolved Mysteries. Robert Stack, the host, has one of those deep monotone voices that reminds me of my Physics Professor (I had NO trouble sleeping in THAT class).

    I woke up when Kevin left for work, but I fell right back asleep, and slept until 10.

    Now I am off to fix lunch for Kevin, and then I will probably be back Its my last week off of school, so I want to enjoy it

    Thanks everyone!

    BrandyBSN - *yawn*
  11. by   janleb
    Brandy, I have the same problem. Iam a night owl and stay up till all hours of the night. Plus my job is nights. my kids start school tomorrow, and I start a few weeks from today. I think I will rough it out. tomorrow at 6am is going to be a shock to my system but I figure a few days of getting up that early will get me right back into schedule.
  12. by   peaceful2100
    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
  13. by   Robin61970
    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........
  14. by   Stormy
    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!