I have been suffering from insomnia

United States
January 24, 2009 2:17am CST
I can't sleep lately. I don't know if its just too much on my mind or what the problem is. I wake up several times during the night and have a difficult time going to sleep. Then in the morning, I can hardly get myself up and would sleep half the day away, if I could. Do you suffer from insomnia? What do you do or have you done to help get a good nights sleep?
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@zweeb82 (5718)
• Malaysia
24 Jan 09
Many times when we can't sleep at night it's simply because we think too much - that's called worrying. We need to be in a relaxed state, especially the mind when we go to bed.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
I think perhaps its two things, one which you mentioned, too much on my mind and the other problem is my back. I think that keeps me awake alot too.
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@zweeb82 (5718)
• Malaysia
24 Jan 09
Oh, you have backaches? That could cost discomfort as well.
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• Malaysia
28 Jan 09
I don't suffer from insomnia. I don;t know what time you go to bed, but you can try going to bed before 12am, because i find it harder to sleep after 12am, as i feel more refreshed after that. Another way you can try is to drink a cup of milk before you go to bed, as i'm told milk has the properties to make people fall asleep easier. Or you can count from 100 to 0 :P, when you're distracted, you have to count all over again. my frined tried it and it worked. I was taught another way, if you're thinking too much and there's a lot up in your mind. you can take paper and write what you're thinking, just scribble all your thoughts down, priobably that would help. I hope what i said can help you. :D
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• United States
2 Feb 09
I don't drink milk. Can't stand the stuff. I go to bed fairly early depending on what time I get home from work and a lot of times I'm able to go to sleep, but then I'm up an hour later. I lay back down again and then I'm up in another hour. Its really frustrating.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
25 Jan 09
I've been suffering from insomnia for years.. and i hate it! maybe it has something to do with my health problems.. i've been sick and i'm really praying for complete healiing.. please pray for me..
• United States
25 Jan 09
I will pray for you and I hope anyone else that reads this will do the same. I am terribly sorry to hear about your health problems.
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
force yourself to get up early, and stay up all day even if you want to sleep, a few days like that should bring your sleeping patterns back to normal if there is not something wrong. That would be the start after that, you may have to ask your doctor what you can do about it.
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• United States
2 Feb 09
I do get up early and I stay up late depending on what time I get home from work. My bus ride home is about an hour and a half so sometimes, I don't even get in until 10:30p.
• United States
24 Jan 09
I think I suffer too. I tried valerian and melatonin they work for awhile, but I think most of the problem is anxiety. I'm glad you get to see a dr I'm sure they can give you something to help. Not sleeping is horrible. Does your mind tend to race at night?
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• United States
2 Feb 09
Yes, it is very frustrating. I go to sleep, but then I wake up every hour there on.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
I read somewhere that people who have like instant insomnia are mostly depressed or stressed about something... i was like that when i was in college... i couldn't sleep at night... and when i do.. it would always be like sleep wake then not be able to sleep again... ' This usually happens to me when i have a lot of things on my mind...
• United States
2 Feb 09
Its really hard to dismiss those things that are on your mind.
@tabachi (263)
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
i suffer from insomnia..it's genetic for me...many members of my family and relatives hve it too...i have tried all kinds of so-called cures but to no avail...from tranquilizers as prescribed by a doctor..of course.. to warm milk before bedtime,,chamomile tea or even passion flower natural tablets and even melatonin....but the last one maybe i will really experiment on it and hope that i get cured to even just a certain level..it's very difficult to have insomnia because you tend to have a blank mind during the day sometimes...
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• United States
2 Feb 09
Oops, I posted the responsed I was going to give you under someone else, but what I wanted to say was that I hate taking medications of any kind.
@iamsolucky (1243)
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
Analyze it, it maybe be depression, anxiety, stress problems you are experiencing. Do treat yourself with a hot bath, body scrub, glass of milk before sleeping , and observe it if it will be effective to you. If not, consult your doctor before taking any medication. It maybe a symptom of a disease. But dont panic, just tell your doctor about it.
• United States
24 Jan 09
I don't take any medications to sleep and I don't really want to. I don't like the way they make me feel. I often get home pretty late from work and I think I am tired. At least I feel tired, but then when I lay down I can't seem to stay there for long.
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@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
24 Jan 09
Well i sometimes suffer from insonia and it is really irritable waking up all night looking at the time it will be an endless night. Well maybe you have some problems that are worrying you, maybe you are stressed, try to drink some camomile tea. And I olso herd that drinking some warm milk with some honey helps a lot to sleep
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• United States
24 Jan 09
Yuck, no offense, but there is no way I would drink milk with honey. I hate both, but you are probably right. ALot on my mind.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Jan 09
I rarely do. I take melatonin every night. Once you get the dosage right it works pretty well. If I really can't sleep I'll go and make myself some chamomile tea. I also use earplugs since you know who snores!
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• United States
24 Jan 09
I don't take medications unless I absolutely have to. I hate swallowing any kind of pills. I've been up every hour on the hour tonight though and so I finally have taken a prescription Ibuprofen hoping it will help as lots of times I think perhaps its my back.
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@valerie37 (981)
• Christiansburg, Virginia
25 Jan 09
I also have been having trouble sleeping. I know mine is too much stuff on my mind, as I'm sure it's caused by my depression that I can't seem to pull myself out of.
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• United States
25 Jan 09
Its a horrible feeling being up and down all night. I started taking Ibuprofen which I am prescribed. They are 800 mg, but they make me feel so groggy the next day. Who would have thought Ibuprofen would have that result?
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• Christiansburg, Virginia
25 Jan 09
I wouldn't have thought that ibuprofen would make you groggy.
@derek_a (10902)
25 Jan 09
As a therapist I have seen many clients complaining about not sleeping properly. The best technique that I have found works, is to quit trying to get to sleep, because we can keep ourselves awake with the effort! I use a meditation technique. When you lie in bed, first of all place both hands, one on top of the other on your lower abdomen and focus on breathing deeply, imagining the breaths going right down into the lower abdomen. If you can allow the abdomen to rise and fall with the breathing. Concentrate hard on this activity, and you will enter a state of meditation which science has proved is around 80% as valuable as natural sleep. Sometimes people say to me it is boring. Here I advise to focus on the boredom and really try and be even more bored (if you get what I mean).. Boredom then will become interesting and eventually disappear - if you don't fall asleep first! It is easier to be as you are than try and change things.. :-) Hope this helps.. Derek
• United States
26 Jan 09
I don't mind the boredom, after all why would I want to be stimulated if I am trying to go to sleep? I am up again tonight and I just might put your technique to the test in a few minutes. Thanks.
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@derek_a (10902)
26 Jan 09
Let me know how you get on with it. P.E.M me if you prefer.. :-) Derek
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
24 Jan 09
KB, Ask your doctor about going to a sleep disorder clinic. You have to spend the night and they attach wires to your head and everywhere but it's not too uncomfortable. They can really find out what's going on. I have a mild case of sleep apnea and suppose to wear a mask but I need to get it fixed. I've been 3 times. It really does help. leenie
• United States
2 Feb 09
That sounds so futuristic. I think it would make me feel pretty wierd.
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
2 Feb 09
K, If the suggestions that Annie gave you doesn't help the try the sleep disorder clinic. The only weird part is staying the night. And that makes everyone feel funny. But once you get into your room, they have it all set up like a motel room. It's really nice the way they make you feel at home. When you get answers and help for whatever is keeping you up, then it's all worth it. Have you tried Tylenol PM? The generic's are just as good. Like Annie said, they are not addictive and also help any little aches. Good luck Sweetie. Hugsss leenie
@Dasari100 (3803)
• Anantapur, India
7 Apr 09
I get good sleep above 8 hours easily because i always clean my mind and i do daily meditation and prayers that i offer to God,serving to other,making my mind to peace,helping others,turning always to god when ever and what ever situation it may be so i keep on calling to him god god god.
• United States
10 Apr 09
Since I posted this discussion I actually have been sleeping better. I guess it was just a temporary situation.
@jackhpan (18)
• China
19 Feb 09
Oh, I have the same condition with you , I almost in half sleep everynight, and dream the whole night. so I am always sleepy in the daytime, and can't work well. I had take many method to cure it ,but with no obvious result.
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• United States
20 Feb 09
It takes awhile for it to catch up with me, but when it does, I will sleep for days if you let me.
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I have had these issues before in my life, but most of that also had to do with suffering from depression and such. There still are times that this has happened even yet still, but I also am Diabetic so that could be associated with it as well. All I can say is you might need to investigate and try changing your routine some and see if that works, and if not talk to your doctor and then go from there as well.
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• United States
28 Jan 09
A lot of respondents have made mention of it being related to depression and I can't say that I haven't been lately, so maybe, its something to look at.
@nzl8343 (50)
• China
27 Jan 09
You think something too much.Maybe you can do some sports befor you go to sleep.If you are tired,there have not so much on your mind.
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• United States
2 Feb 09
Sports? Thats just not me. LOL.
@youless (89990)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Jan 09
I am so sorry to hear that. I know it is quite frustrating that you are unable to fall asleep. Perhaps you are having a pressure right now. Try to relax and do some sports in your spare time. Drink a cup of milk before sleeping. I hope it will be helpful for you. I love China
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• United States
2 Feb 09
So many people suggest warm milk, but I can barely drink it cold, let alone warm. Yuck.
• United States
27 Jan 09
If you rule out a medical condition it very well could be that you have too much on your mind. I like tea. Celestial seasonings has one that puts me out if I drink it. I discovered this by accident but that is another story. I also like to read or do puzzles or anything relaxing an hour or two prior to going to bed. What I discovered does not work is to continue laying in bed when I can't sleep so I get up and read or something for awhile.
• United States
2 Feb 09
Its not so much that I have a hard time going to sleep, but then I wake up every hour. I think I need to find a good book.
• Philippines
25 Jan 09
I usuall y cant sleep too. . what I normally do is I drink a glass of milk before sleeping or i eat an apple to really have a good night's sleep. . . why dont you try it?
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• United States
26 Jan 09
I'm really picky. I don't like milk or apples. Thanks for the suggestion though.