If you can't sleep, how do you resolve it?

Philippines
June 25, 2012 3:24pm CST
Ok, it's been five straight nights already, I'm getting cranky, bulging baggy blacky lower lid weary eyed, and I think I've counted enough sheep to jump over the fence that the fence is needing repairs now and I can be sued for animal cruelty. I've browsed enough sites that I felt that I've found the very first ever website. Ok, I know I'm exaggerating but you get my drift. I'm having trouble getting some good old fashioned 6 - 7 hour sleep at the least. I'm actually getting some sleep but no more than 4 hours and very lightly headed that I can still sense an ant passing by. I'm contemplating getting some meds but that would be as a last resort. Do i need to see a doc? or you guys got something to advise or share to this poor fellow with your own rituals, regimen, routine, drills, etc. so I can get that proverbial "sleeping like a baby". Thanks ahead.
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15 responses
• United States
25 Jun 12
I've had bad sleeping trouble for a couple years now. Right now I'm on a sleeping aid, Ambien. My doctor says she wants to wean me off of it, but for now it's what's helping me sleep. My problem with sleep has also changed. I used to have trouble just plain falling asleep. Now I wake up too early! Make up your mind, disorder. Most of the tips I can give you, you've probably already heard before. Exercise during the day, eat healthy foods, and practice good sleep "hygiene". Give yourself an hour before bed to wind down, turn off the tv and the computer and everything else that's shinning electronic light in your face. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible, have a little white noise like a fan. Get up at the same hour and go to sleep at the same hour every day. Don't lie in your bed to read, watch tv, write, or whatever, even during the day. So getting in bed will give your brain that consistent signal of, "Okay, it's time to sleep now!" I hope you find what's holding you back, good luck!
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Actually your tips sounds alright, I find the having a little white noise quite interesting from your view - how does the buzzing sound of the AC, should I consider it the same? staying away from the bed for other activities other than sleeping there's a deeper sense to it but as of the moment this might prove itself insurmountable task to accomplish but I'll give it a try. Appreciate your tips immensely, thank you for sharing them.
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• United States
27 Jun 12
Well I guess it would depend on how the AC buzzes. In my place it's kinda nice and quite like a fan, but I've been in other places where it's loud and obnoxious. It could be white noise. When I started having sleeping trouble I realized that I would lie or sit on the bed to read and surf the internet a whole bunch more than I was thinking I did. These days I take my reading and my computer other places in the house, and it actually has helped a bunch. I got this tip from multiple sleep aid books, articles, and people. By the time I'd heard it the fiftieth time I figured there might be a bit of sense to it!
• United States
7 Aug 12
I'm finding that vitamin D, and other nutrients that help me assimilate vitamin D, are important for me. There are as many different reasons to have problems sleeping, as there are people who, have problems sleeping.
• Philippines
2 Sep 12
Hi, just going thru the last responder as of this writing. Surely i'll be looking over to that suggestion - Vit D & other nutrients. Thanks for dropping by.
@katcarneo (1438)
• Philippines
25 Jun 12
I guess I am fortunate that I sleep so well, anytime, anywhere. When I close my eyes to sleep, I usually do after a few minutes. However, I did live with someone who has got the same symptoms---just sleeping a little, and very very lighty. She did go see a doctor who gave her pills to take. I am quite a believer of medicine. I get a headache, I take a pill. I get a stomachache, I get a pill. I know some people would like to avoid taking pills as much as possible, but since it has been five days already, then I think you should consider that option.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Hello Kat, first thing off, thank you for sharing your thoughts especially the hint of concern there. By the first week of July, work related stresses will be gradually minimized that should significantly resolve my issue. Pills, I'm just not a fan to it. Getting one for me is when I travel only, otherwise I'll take on a hot green tea or I'll just put on Efficascent Oil (yep it smells). Once again, I appreciate your posting.
@Fishmomma (11362)
• United States
25 Jun 12
I don't sleep many hours most of the time. One thing that helps me is a warm shower makes me tired and a really dull book. I have fallen asleep in many chairs with a bad book. Good luck and certainly turn off the television, as I have watched around the clock more than once.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
A dull book, hmm - sounds like putting the brain on a bad deal with no option to escape other than to sleep. Would like to give it a try, hopefully I'm put sleep before I'll tore the book into two but on the bright side thank you for sharing your thoughts.
• United States
25 Jun 12
I am slightly dizzy because I have been up since yesterday morning and it is bad. I will not sleep again tonight because,I forgot to bring something to sleep with. I take meds to sleep at night and they make me gain weight so last night I refused to take them. I will find something tonight if possible.. but,it won't be those pills. I say lay down and at least rest your eyes that was all I could do. close my eyes and listen to the tv for two hours. then I got back up and went back online.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I understand the feeling giftsandbagscom, its quite a struggle. For now pills are a definite no for me, I'm just too coward as to what It may do. Thank you by the way for sharing your thoughts. I've seen you around in some of my post, glad to see active accounts. Once again thank you, appreciate your dropping by.
@GemmaR (8520)
25 Jun 12
I have gone through times in the past where I haven't been able to sleep, and one of the best bits of advice that I could give to you would be that if you don't feel as though you can get to sleep, you shouldn't stay in your bed, because they you definitely won't be able to do so. You should get up and go and have a bit of a walk around as you would be much more likely to be able to get to sleep if you tired yourself out a little bit. Do something that would take your mind off not being able to sleep; I always find that reading a book helps me a lot.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Hey GemmaR (w/ capitalized R), I think I've seen you in one of my discussion I've started (too lazy to look for it), once again thank you for sharing yours here. Yep it's been crazy nights for me, I hate being edgy & jumpy, I'd be getting a full 3 weeks of work leave soon I'll spend them all up just maximizing rest anyway I can, of course doing still myLot on the side. Hmmm, stay away from bed tip is getting popular and I think I should really give this a good try. Once again thank you for dropping by. I feel too lazy to do so much now, I'll look over your post sometime & check on your Triond link too later.
• Indonesia
5 Aug 12
We have same problem. There were a days when I could not sleep tight, seems like there always something stuck in my mind that keep me awake till very late. I am the one who sleep late and wake up too early. But I have found new habit that make me easy to sleep. My bed is lower than my knee,, made me easy to creep up or creep down I found that when Im laying on the floor I am easy to feel sleepy, so I start laying on the floor: with my legs on to the bed while my body on the floor till I fall asleep, after sometime I feel sore, and creep up feeling tired into my bed and fall asleep till morning come you want to try? it works on me
@Hillxuan (77)
• China
3 Aug 12
when i was in school,i have insomnia for one year.that time ,i will go crazy.finding some ways,but it still cann't work out.finally,i very tired every day ,but out of the ordinary, the day i very want to sleep,when the night coming ,i don't have a little drowsiness.but now ,the phenomenon become better than bofore,because of working let me feel tired,so i will have a fond dream.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
maybe its time to pay your doctor a visit just to make sure there isn't anything seriously wrong (hey, ya never know!) but in the mean time, you could try melatonin. its sold at health food stores and it is something that your body makes naturally, this just adds a bit extra to it.
@airasheila (5456)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
a pleasant day lonewoulfe, well, it looks like we are on the same boat. that since last two weeks, i have always encounter a sleepless nights. thank God, as He have taught and lead me to have recite the rosary prayer. thus, after doing the rosary every night, i just end up having a sound sleep even for a short time. and this is the thing that i always do if i am encountering sleepless nights.
• Romania
26 Jun 12
Doing what i do when i don't try sleep:watch T.V.,read books etc.No meds.
@h1ruma (7)
• Indonesia
26 Jun 12
hi there,i used to drink soda and smoke while unable to sleep but if you are indeed difficult to sleep,i would suggest you to ask the doctor or taking a sleeping pills
@ardoy0731 (7273)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Try to read books or watch tv till you get sleep. Or try to pray the rosary couple of times cause it could lead to sleep.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I'f I have problem in sleeping I tried to watch dvd's to get tired my eyes and I can sleep and to read books again to get tired my eyes.. But there are people who are having difficulty to sleep maybe because of some errands in life that they are thinking... But if its serious thing already you must consult a physician that can gave you proper medication...
@ryanong (9688)
• Vietnam
26 Jun 12
When it is hard to sleep, i start to count 1, 2...till i fall to sleep.However rarely i lost sleeping because i go to sleep so early every night, around 9-10 pm. In fact you can drink warm milk before go to sleep. You also can take shower with warm water or soak your foot in warm water before sleep, it will make you can fall to sleep easier. Better you don't drink coffee or tea in the afternoon and evening. When go to sleep, try don't think anything else, just think of sleep only. I hope it works to you...