If you suffer from insomnia (problems falling off to sleep)
December 23, 2008 5:47pm CST
A friend of mine is suffering from insomnia. I have no idea what kind of suggestions I can give to help and I would really like to do something. What do you know about insomnia and what are some of the steps we can take to cure it or at least lessen the problem? Please share your ideas and experiences.
24 Dec 08
It would be best if your friend should consult a physician. The physician might suggest something that is helpful for your friend's insomnia. You can also advise your friend to exercise in the day, but not late in the evening., increase sun exposure, and developing a regular sleeping schedule. This would help people to feel sleepy. Oh, before I will forget, you can ask your friend to try drinking milk or juice in the evening and see how it works for your friend. It is effective for me. :-)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I have also had some problems with sleep. I think that mine has something to do with the level of stress that I am experiencing. I think your friend should try to relax before going to bed. Maybe they should try some yoga. They could also take a hot bath(this helped me to relax a bit). I think sleeping pills are also an option. I find that sometimes they leave you very groggy the next day. My favorite advice was given to me by another mylot user and that is to take tylenol pm. It takes the edge off of falling asleep. I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed. I hope this helps your friend.
• United States
2 Jan 09
When I suffer from insomnia, it is usually due to high levels of stress over something, worries, or some type of problem I can't deal with. I do try to figure things out, whether that is talking it over with friends, writing about it, I also try to get more exercise. When I HAVE insomnia and it is a problem in the moment, I will get up and get on the computer, turn on a book light and read, in the summer when it's hot sometimes I go out and stick my feet in the pool. Sometimes I'll have a snack while I'll up too, sometimes not. I do give my body a chance to just try to relax, but if it doesn't work, I get up and focus on something else. I have learned that fighting it does no good, then I end up just lying awake. If I get up and do something else, I can quiet my mind down and be able to go to sleep when I lie down again. If it's REALLY bad and I HAVE to go to sleep, tylenol pm.... but I try to avoid things like that. Some people will take a hot bath or a shower, drink hot tea or cocoa or milk, there are all sorts of things you can do. Most are aimed at relaxing you and getting your body settled to go to sleep - or back to sleep. Sometimes nothing works, and the best solution in that case is just to put your awakeness to better use - do something.
1 Jan 09
My sister was insomniac and she was very stubborn about getting professional help. But she finally got tired of it all and then she met with her doctor. The doctor told her to get rid of her coffee habit. She did and now she's only taking brisk tea in the morning to help her start her day, because it has much less caffeine. She also cut back on chocolate - especially dark chocolate. Thanks for the comment on my discussion! Happy New Year!