Need advice for me, I'm an Insomniac!

Philippines
December 2, 2012 12:03pm CST
Good morning my co-myLotters! I like to take this opportunity to ask for some advice cause I'm an insomniac! Insomnia, a sleep disorder! I hate when it attacks me. The way I think too wmuch when I'm in bed then at the clock "Oh! Its 3am" and I gotta say, "I gotta sleep, concentrate ..concentrate .." and end up like 6 or 7am in the morning of no sleep feels so tired and at 8am I found myself lying on the bed then the sleep continues just up to 12pm and I'm like "Oh ****, I got only 4hours of sleep. then sleep at 3pm with another bunch or 3hours of sleep. Still hungry of sleeping! I hate that kind of my sleeping schedule! Can you please give me advice sleeping with at least straight 8hours of sleep, regardless of sleeping pills! Thanks!
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• St. Peters, Missouri
2 Dec 12
I have exactly the same problem! There are many things you can do, some are the standards. Like don't drink caffeinated drinks close to bedtime, don't eat a heavy meal close to bedtime, don't watch tv in your bedroom, make sure your your room is cool, don't use the computer in the evening for any length of time (if you have to, get some type of program to adjust the light), keep your room tidy (the reasoning behind this one is complicated, but I know it helps), and lots like that. But if you're anything like me, I do all that and still have problems. Some of the things I do (or at least do when I can sleep at night): Keep a journal by my bed and write down my thoughts. I find that the things I think about tend to be circular. I keep coming back to the same things. And if I can't remember everything exactly so, I start stressing out about that and focussing on trying to remember everything. Just to repeat the whole process 20 minutes later when I cycle back to it. For some reason, when I get the thoughts on paper, my mind seems to be ok with releasing it. Practice mindfulness. This is a really good one. But you have to practice it all the time, not just when you're having problems. If you practice mindfulness in your everyday life, it becomes a part of you and then when you need it, it's there and you can easily rely on it. Sometimes, this works: I create a complicated story in my mind. I imagine all the details of the story as I tell it to myself. It needs to be a story that has no definite end, that can continue. It shouldn't be something that has actually happened, you should be in control of all events. It needs to be highly detailed. I'm not sure why this works, but it seems like the act of imagining the details and the effort of controlling what you're seeing and controlling the action keeps your mind from constantly rehashing the same things over and over and getting yourself worked up. For me, I usually fall asleep as I'm creating the story.
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• Philippines
3 Dec 12
I often do make things on my mind, like stories and articles. I laugh at some parts of your comment specially those I relate my situation to! :) Thanks for that!
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@olliekobra1 (1826)
3 Dec 12
This is a horrible diese my friend has insomnia and she really suffers she gets head aches and she is tired all of the time she now has small children at home and it makes things worse for her , I really feel sorry for people with insomnia. I think that she has prescribed sleeping pills to help her sleep, I know she lays on the couch while listening to some nice music and that helps her relax maybe you could try it may help you to sleep
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@eagletrek2 (5271)
• Kingston, New York
3 Dec 12
Hi some people say stop eating by 6pm in the eveing that might help you, all so no soda,teas,energy drinks or coffee, if all this does not work go on line and do as many my lot article you do that can make you tired from looking at the computer screen,not the articles ok that all I can think of .
@mrsuniega (789)
• Philippines
3 Dec 12
never experience this before. there has been some TV shows lately regarding sleeping disorders. they said drink milk before bedtime because it relaxes the mind and this induce sleep. try also to take a calming bath or a warm bath before bedtime, i usually do this every time I feel I can't sleep for the night and this is effective for me. if this doesn't take effect for you try to drink meds that can induce sleep I think Benadryl AH has a sleeping effect, this med is prescribe by the doctor of my grandfather since sometimes he can't sleep for some other night. just be cautious before taking some meds.
• Philippines
3 Dec 12
Hello, good morning. I have encountered a lot of patients that have that same condition. I am a nurse in south general hospital and we usually give Iterax as medication to those who seek for our immediate attention. Most of them would be able to sleep at their current state, but some won't be able to since their condition is chronic already. The Doctors would usually advice anxiolytics but at regulated doses. You can get some professional advice from your doctor if you wish. I am glad to share and I hope I have helped in some way.
• United States
3 Dec 12
I had to to go threw all this and I had a lot of seizures cause the lack of sleep! My doc tried one pill after a other nothing helped but the answer was so near! I remembered that my sister had it so I called her Ambien is the name of the pill that finally helped ! The generic name is zolpidem it is cheaper and does the same It won't cure the insomnia but you can sleep ask your doc about it please let me know if it worked for you