December 1, 2006 5:18pm CST
I would like to know how many my lot readers suffer from insomnia? Can you tell me what helps the problem. I can go to sleep and wake up about 2 hours later and stay awake for a good few hours and return to bed just as it is time to get up. This happens very regulary. Does anyone know what causes this, or do you have a cure.
1 Dec 06
I am going through a routine at the moment to brainwash myself that my bed is for sleeping.... I am trying to go to bed at the same time evey night and I have taken the TV out of the bedroom and in my mind my bedroom is for sleeping and I must admit I think it is stating to work. My doctor told me for my good health sleeping between 12midnight and 8am is better for the body.
• United States
2 Dec 06
I myself was like that 3 years ago, finally gave in and went to my doctor. He had me go and have a sleep apthnea test, which ended up telling me that the reasons that I was losing sleep was that#1- snoring, noone had ever told me that,#2- stopped breathing over 100 times during the night and finally RLS, restless leg syndrome.So it might really do you good to go and have a sleep test done, can't hurt anything, could bring back your good nights sleep!
• United States
1 Jan 07
I have had insomnia since I was 12 years old. I've tried everything. The only thing that has helped is me changing my attitude about it. I embrace it now and try to see it as a blessing instead of a curse. p.s. A lot of people who are bipolar have insomnia.
3 Dec 06
i'm not insomniac, but maybe these tips could help you: * Wind down prior to bedtime * Do not smoke (nicotine is a stimulant) or consume caffeine * Try warm milk or a light snack before bed (if this doesn’t interfere with another treatment you are using) * Exercise daily, but not right before bedtime * Take a warm bath, but not right before bedtime * Keep a regular bedtime and rising time * Get in the habit of going to bed when you are sleepy and sleeping where you sleep best * Reserve your bed for sleeping only * Don’t have any clocks visible to you * Reduce the amount of time you allow yourself to sleep until you fall asleep easily (your health care provider can help with this form of “sleep restriction therapy” * Schedule worry time during the day and put worries out of your head when it is time to sleep; you can write them down on 3×5 cards, and then let go of them * Get up if you have not fallen asleep in 15 minutes and practice a relaxing activity (e.g. handwork, reading a boring book) until you feel sleepy