How do you get to sleep?

February 14, 2010 3:20pm CST
I have a hard time getting to sleep. After lying in bed for 3 hours trying, I give in and have a couple glasses of wine. But that's not falling asleep, that knocking out. I don't want to take prescription medications and I don't want to end up with liver failure. What are some natural tactics you do to fall asleep?
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
14 Feb 10
I, too, have had sleep issues at various times during my life, so I know how frustrating it can be. I don't have as much trouble falling asleep as I used to, but I think that's mostly because I wait and go to bed late, when I'm quite tired. One of the best sleep aids for me is to drink a cup of chamomile or catnip tea about an hour before bed. Chamomile is very calming, and many people find that it helps them to relax and sleep more easily. And despite causing cats to become hyper, catnip is actually a safe and mild sedative for humans. Here are some other tips I've heard for getting to sleep at night: 1. Your brain releases sleep hormones in cycles, and it is easiest to fall asleep during a cycle when your brain is releasing those hormones. If you can't fall asleep, you might just be missing the "wave" of hormones. Get back up and do something for half hour to 45 minutes, and then try going to bed again. If you just lay there and worry because you can't fall asleep, you'll just delay sleep even longer. 2. Stop using your computer an hour or two before you need to go to bed. The excessive light from your computer screen can keep your brain from sending appropriate sleep signals. 3. Try a hot bath half an hour to one hour before bed. It is relaxing, and it also raises your core temperature which can cause you to feel sleepier. 4. Eat a healthy diet. Unhealthy foods can not only give you indigestion which might keep you awake, but they can also interfere with your body's ability to produce hormones effectively. 5. Don't eat too soon before bed, and stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates at night. These can cause your blood sugar to spike and prevent you from falling asleep. 6. Get exercise earlier in the day. It makes sense that if you expend a lot of energy, you'll be more tired later on. Don't exercise right before bed though, because the rush of endorphins and adrenaline can keep you awake. 7. Make sure the room you sleep in is very dark. Even a small amount of light can interfere with your brain's sleep signals. If your alarm clock is lit, you might want to put a cloth over it to block the light. If all else fails, get a sleep mask.
@kaylayoe (295)
• United States
14 Feb 10
Try exercising. It will give you energy right after but once you lay our head on your pillow you'll be out. That's how its been for me anyways. I've just recently started running and when I go to bed at night it feels awesome because my body is tired. Listening to classical music helps me too. Try those maybe? Good Luck!