I can't stay asleep!

@Trace86 (5033)
United States
May 21, 2008 5:58pm CST
I have been having so much trouble staying asleep lately. I have even been taking an over the counter sleep aid without much success. I keep waking up every two hours. Then, poof, I am awake after 5 hours and can't go back to sleep. Any ideas? I want a good night's sleep.
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@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
22 May 08
By accident, I found out calcium is a sleep enducer - I was taking it every morning for the supplement and about 10am, I'd be dragging to the max and had to lay down and would fall asleep for about an hour. Couldn't figure it out. THen when I was watching Food Network one day, an episode about ice cream being a good thing to eat at night to get to sleep. It was by Ben and Jerry's and they said, everyone thinks if you drink a warm cup of milk it helps you fall asleep. The part that does the "help" is the calcium. There is Calcium in ice cream.... I stopped taking the calcium vitamins in the morning, started taking them at night about 1/2 hour before I wnat to sleep and I am living proof it works! Makes you drozy and if you are ready to sleep, you'll fall asleep. All I can say is it works for me - - every night. GIve it a try.
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
23 May 08
I think I will try taking my calcium at night. I need to learn to shut off my brain to fall asleep.
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23 May 08
I have found that using a mix of lavender and chamomile helps. I made up a spray which I use in the bedroom, and I spray my pillow before I got to bed. It generally helps to settle me into sleep
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• United States
23 May 08
Have you tried using more natural sleep aids? I'd try taking a warm bath about an hour to an hour and 30 minutes before you're ready for bed. Then I'd fix a cup of chamomile tea or chamomile and mint tea and then just relax and slowly drink the tea. By the time you are finished drinking your tea you should be relaxed enough to take a quick bathroom trip and then head to bed.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
22 May 08
Same here. I have not been getting enough sleep daily. I have a hard time going to sleep and then I wake up two or three hours later and I am wide awake. then I get sleepy again after working for a few more hours. I try to lay back down but I just toss and turn. I get back up and work some more. I do not take any medication for it. I think alot of my problem is that we need the money so I work alot and the stress bothers me sometimes also. I always have alot on my mind that keeps me from sleeping.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
22 May 08
I like your new avatar! Sometimes sleeplessness is a symptom of vitamin and nutritient deficiency either from insufficient targeted nutrition or from poor absorption. One reason they say "an apple a day..." is that besides being delicious apples have pectin which helps with the absorption of other nutritions. B-complex vitamins which are gotten from fresh leafy greens *the darker green they are the more value) and potassium are the deficiencies that come first to mind. If you like bananas, eating a little bit of banana a while before bedtime might help. Another thing that works for many people is to do some deep breathing as you lie in bed. Shallow breathing (which doesn't get oxygen deep enough into the lungs can also cause sleeplessness. It is my view that over-the-counter sleep aids are counterproductive, although I am sure that many people who take them regularly will disagree. My reasoning is that nothing that slows down the central nervous system is good for us, even it it might make us feel better in the short term. Have you considered trying something like Calm Forte, which is a homeopathic remedy? Here is the Hyland's store locater, and sleep tight: http://www.calmsforte.com/
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@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
21 May 08
Have you tried Mona Vie? Yep a fruit juice. And at the risk of sounding like a commercial add, it really works. It got me sleeping through the night again. No need for sleeping aids, etc and what could be healthier??? Here is a link to their website. Take a look, you will be glad you did http://www.monahealth.com/
@cukal6 (146)
• United States
21 May 08
I tried over the counter sleep aids but they never worked for me. my dr. finally put me on ambien after I had a little bit of a breakdown in his office. I took it that first night actually got 8 hours of sleep. I hadn't slept like that in years.
• Canada
21 May 08
I HAD THIS PRBLEM TOO TRY CUTTING OUT THE STRESS, sleep aids are unsafe, the only one i wouyld try is melatonin, but even that im not too sure of, try sitting in the dark a few hours b4 bed
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
21 May 08
I feel bad for you, I had a period of time where my sleep pattern was just like that. I'm sure you're absolutely exhausted!! If I remember right, didn't you get a new position at work or something? Sometimes with job stresses we don't focus on them much when we're awake, but often dream about it and it wakes us, or it's on our subconscious mind. (I know with me, that has happened a lot!) One thing I did was to only drink decaffeinated drinks after 6 pm. Although I didn't use to have a problem with caffeine, I found that I do now, and when I am having sleep problems I have a problem with it even more so. The times that I had my most hardest sleep problems was when I was a charge nurse. There was never enough time, responsibilities tripled, and in between that and my own home life, I had to take care of sick relatives 24/7. I think sometimes when we get over tired, our bodies just don't know how to wind down, and stay down, so we can get our proper rest. Call it an over-active mind, because there is just so much going on in there that it's constantly on our mind whether we're aware of it or not lol. Another thing I did that really helped was to get a 'white noise' machine. Something about that just keeps you sleeping like a baby! My son-in-law recorded this low humming sound, and after I got used to it, I slept great and I didn't wake up from other noises. I think it keeps the mind occupied in a neutral way. I still dream when I have it on, but it's like my subconscious tunes everything else out. Don't know if anything I said helps you or not. I know sleeping pills did not work for me, plus I actually got a lousy nights sleep when I took them (I slept, yes, but it was NOT a quality sleep, if you know what I mean) I wish for you a good nights sleep, and the ability to get back on track with it!
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have found a Cd of Monks chanting that is just like white noise. It is very peaceful and I can just lay there and listen to it and let the stresses of the day go. Some nights it takes a bit longer than others, but I have never had to get up to restart the Cd.
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