What helps you sleep?
By The Horse
Pleasant Hill, California
July 28, 2017 11:15am CST
I have many friends and relatives (and some MyLot friends) who struggle with sleep. I've dealt with some depression and anxiety, especially after losing someone I love, but for some reason, sleep has rarely been affected. My body is a sleep machine. What are some of the things you've used to help you get to sleep? For me, the number one thing is tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in dairy products, as well as chicken and turkey. It's converted by the body into serotonin and melatonin. Melatonin regulates our sleep cycle. One of my kid clients has anxiety, and melatonin pills, taken at bedtime, help him sleep. As a Scotch-loving fool, you'd think I'd use alcohol to help me sleep. I do drink most evenings, once my day is done, but I drink water, Gatorade, or milk before going to bed. Too much alcohol robs you of REM sleep, and REM (dream) sleep is when we process emotional issues and consolidate memories from the previous day. Occasionally, if I'm really restless, I'll take half of a Benadryl tablet. I have allergies, but I can't take Benadryl during the day, as it knocks me out. I don't know what hormones or neurotransmitters it affects. It's effective as a sleep aid, but it can make you feel a bit groggy the next morning. Finally, there's reading. I like to read in bed before I fall asleep. When I read a paragraph and realize I was actually thinking about something else, I know it's time to turn the light out. What helps you sleep? The photograph is of my friend Michael, rocking Los Angeles after our "big gig" there last Summer.
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• Fairfield, Texas
I wind up drinking coffee clear up til the time I go to bed @TheHorse . You'd think I'd be bouncing off the walls, wouldn't you? Nope. IF I am having trouble (rarely), I take some slow, deep breaths and 'mentally' say the word 'nothing' repeatedly as I exhale. Before you know it, I'm a gonner.
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Amazing post. I also do the same, milk with honey in the night and book reading. It helps a lot most days. One issue I have (actually I have plenty but... anyways) is I wake up more tired than before, even if I got my full 8 hours uninterrupted. I am guessing it's my hormones, because I also have other health symptoms as well. Combine that with raising and homeschooling my mildly special needs kids, and I already lost the will of waking up another day. It's been getting worse lately, and it adds to my depression and anxiety. Oh well, I guess I should just be grateful I still wake up every morning. Some days, it doesn't look like I am gonna make it.
• Richfield, Utah
I'm in the same boat with ya sista, it's hard raising my mild special needs sons some days. There's been times I have been up once a week just worrying about what the future brings for them. A future that I have no control over. All I can do with that is to just keep swimming!
• Marion, Kansas
@TheHorse Here you go:" Dexchlorpheniramine (trade name Polaramine) is an antihistamine with anticholinergic properties used to treat allergic conditions such as hay fever or urticaria. It is the pharmacologically active dextrorotatory isomer of chlorpheniramine. " from Wikipedia. Benadryl is diphenhydramine. In the US some OTC antihistamine and cold meds have chlorpheniramine. I am pretty sure Sudafed does. I am too lazy to look it up online.
• Boise, Idaho
I drink milk if we have it. I also listen to music or watch some documentary on tv . I am a night person so it is difficult to go to sleep when I am retired and enjoy being up at night. I used to read but with my cataract I can't any longer. I take melatonin or some other sleep aid when I need to.
I walk. Seriously...I don't really suffer with sleeplessness. But when it is too hot, (and I hate doors being closed..so AC stifles me..so I walk then my legs tire and then I go to sleep..or I try to do some work ironically if I work, I feel sleepy. I come to myLot when I feel drowsy, feel awake again and then return to what I was doing. Sometimes, I just give in when I feel too drowsy...but you know that.
• Marion, Kansas
Different things help me at different times. Getting off the computer helps. Then it is a good time to read.Dealing with unacknowledged pain by taking either acetaminophen or naproxen.( I know I have pain when I grind my teeth or walk around with hunched up shoulders. It does not seem to process as pain.) I will take melatonin on occasion, but it gives me very vivid dreams and someone said if you take it all the time your body ceases to produce it. I can take a whole benadryl or even two. People need to watch out cause sometimes it backfires and makes them feel wired. I put calming essential oils on my pillow, like lavender. Take a warm shower. I do not always have milk. I am supposed to eat a small high protein snack, so I will eat cheese, sometimes.