View Full Version : Sleepless in crawford!

03-03-2009, 10:48 AM
Sorry everyone, seems like I am on here with requests for ideas constantly! Does anyone sleep!? I ve been awke more at night then asleep. Tried all the PM medicines and they don't even do anything now. I tried meletonin and felt wacked out but still awake. I tried Lunesta, but that didn't work. I want something that doesn't knock me out, or make me groggy, just to help me not be up worring about stuff. thanks again

Angel Oliver
03-03-2009, 11:40 AM
Oh yes i think you'll find many of us here have the same problem.BIG TIME!!!
I battle with the sleep word almost every night. Try some of these.....they may work for you :-

1) Have a bath before you get to bed.
2) Do not have alcahol,cigerettes and any stimulants at least 3 hours before bed time.
3)Make sure you bed room is at a cool temperature.
4) Have a warm glass of milk.
5) Do not watch tv as this could stimulate the brain and make you feel more awake.
6)If you take pills for sleep, take them 15 minutes before getting in bed.
7)If you have worries on your mind, write them down on a piece of paper then throw the paper in the bin....or remember you have wrote them down and you think of those worries the next day...or try and sort them out if possible.
8) If after 20 minutes to an hour you are still awake.....get out of bed and make another drink of warm milk and maybe read a light book or listen to the radio...but not the news as this could make you worry.(Do not just lie there worrying as this will make you more alert).
9)Also, go to a herbal shop and they will recommend meds.Some of the herbal remedies are quite good.
10) OR buy a machine which i have with sounds of the ocean,birds etc.I find this helps calm me.
11)Try relaxation techniques. Breath through your nose count to five, then out through your mouth for 5 seconds.Do this at least 10 times and you will find your heart rate will slow down enough sometimes for you to drift off.
12)Visualisation techniques. Imagine you are in a place you love and feel safe.Watch your self walk up by a lake.The lake is at a side of a mountain....you make up anything.Or maybe by a lake and the water is slowing moving.You see a large leaf which you lie on.Just go with the flow on the leaf....downstream.You make up any visualisations to make you feel calm.

I Hope i have helped a little.

03-03-2009, 11:50 AM
thank you Angel! I will print that and try it.

sick n tired
03-03-2009, 11:50 AM
I have many nights that I don't go to sleep at all...
Angel has some good suggestions...The warm bath used to help but I can't stand those temps anymore...

I can say, Angel, if I drink warm milk I will not have it in my stomach for long... makes me soooooo sick.

03-03-2009, 11:55 AM
I can do chocolate milk warm! ha ha but not milk plain, but I guess that would defeat the purpose. My cns is being attacked, so with out sounding off in the head I see stuff alnight! aggravating

Angel Oliver
03-03-2009, 11:57 AM
Oh sick n tired....sorry to hear that.Warm water with peppermint cordial may help. Ive not looked into it properly, sorry.They say the warm milk remind the brain of when you were a baby you see. But for me...as you know.....not much works.But i know for some....a few do work. I didnt write about the strong drugs which i am on and dont advise them really as....you can get addicted and they also may not work. The last thing you want if you already have so much to deal with is to get an addiction as well. I will read up on my many sleep notes and add more :)

Sending you hugs.

03-03-2009, 12:22 PM
There are a large number of us who have serious sleep issues. It may be time for you to get a prescription sleep aid from your doctor. Lots of us can only sleep with the help of our prescription meds. You may have to experiment with a few until you find one that works well for you.
None of the over-the-counter sleep aids did anything for me at all (except to make me groggy and irritable).
Do you like music? I also keep soft music and/or nature sounds going all night. I often put small insertable headphones on so that I do not disturb my husband. Sometimes, I will put a movie into my portable DVD player & use the same small insertable headphones. I make sure that it is a movie that is calming to me and I always seem to fall asleep on the movie (lol). Anyway, the calming sounds constantly playing in my ears, in conjunction with the sleep meds, helps me to sleep more restfully and soundly.
I hope that you are able to find a way to get restful sleep. Perhaps someone else will come along with more ideas to help you.

Peace and Blessings

03-03-2009, 12:35 PM
Thank you Saysusie. I have a fan going for the noise mostly, but it doesn't help anymore. My hubby says"Just go to sleep!" Of course that sounds nice, but don't you think if I could I would. I have a 4yr old that wont nap during day, so i just keep going half crazed.

03-03-2009, 01:02 PM
hi katroach,

I noticed that your figidity nights are bothersome to your husband. I have found that when I can tell that I will have difficulty getting to sleep, I will go sleep somewhere by myself,,,,even if on the couch with lots of pillows. I realized that worrying about bothering my boyfriend was the main obstacle against my sleep. I was careful to explain to him the exact reason, and that it simply made it easier for me to get to sleep if i was not worried about disturbing him. He now completely understands if i go get in another bed....sometimes he even volunteers to sleep elsewhere when he can tell that i don't feel good.

I am amazed at the difference that it makes.....I am just so much more at peace when not worried about disturbing someone else.

And, as Saysusie said, prescription meds really help. I have horrible nightmares on sleeping pills, so if necessary, I will take a strong pain med to help sleep. Usually leaving the tv on something insignificant like HGTV helps me fade off.....

good luck to you, hope you get rest soon.

03-03-2009, 01:07 PM
I have no trouble getting to sleep (usually). However, a dose of Nyquil 30 minutes before bedtime ensures that I sleep through the night. Otherwise, I wake up at 2:00 a.m. and can't get back to sleep for hours. This particular aspect is new to me but the Nyquil (lovingly referred to as my buddy "Vick") is the only cure I have found for my waking in the middle of the night.

Good luck!

Angel Oliver
03-04-2009, 06:11 PM
I found this....hope it helps :)

Getting a good night's sleep can be easier than you think, if you just keep in mind some of these helpful tips. Remember, sleep is supposed to be relaxing and helps to renew your body every night. Do not make sleep a competition or skimp for too long (longer than a few days) on getting a good night's sleep of at least 8 hours per day. Everybody has trouble sleeping from time to time, so don't worry if you're having a stretch of having trouble sleeping. Try these tips to help return to a restful, natural sleep.

* Set a schedule and keep a regular sleep schedule
Go to bed at a set time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Disrupting this schedule may lead to insomnia. "Sleeping in" on weekends also makes it harder to wake up early on Monday morning because it re-sets your sleep cycles for a later awakening. Do not nap within 8 hours of bedtime.

* Exercise
Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. Daily exercise often helps people sleep, although a workout soon before bedtime may interfere with sleep. For maximum benefit, try to get your exercise about 5 to 6 hours before going to bed. Do not exercise within two hours of bedtime.

* Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol
Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant and keeps people awake. Sources of caffeine include coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, non-herbal teas, diet drugs, and some pain relievers. Smokers tend to sleep very lightly and often wake up in the early morning due to nicotine withdrawal. Alcohol robs people of deep sleep and REM sleep and keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep. Avoid all of these things at least 6 to 8 hours before sleeping if you want a good night's sleep. Also, try to avoid eating any kind of large meal within two hours of bedtime.

* Have a relaxing bedtime ritual
A warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine can make it easier to fall sleep. You can train yourself to associate certain restful activities with sleep and make them part of your bedtime ritual.

* Sleep until sunlight
If possible, wake up with the sun, or use very bright lights in the morning. Sunlight helps the body's internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep experts recommend exposure to an hour of morning sunlight for people having problems falling asleep.

* Don't lie in bed awake
If you can't get to sleep, don't just lie in bed. Do something else, like reading, watching television, or listening to music, until you feel tired. The anxiety of being unable to fall asleep can actually contribute to insomnia. Return to bed when you begin feeling sleepy, and try to avoid sleeping in locations other than your bed.

* Control your room environment and temperature
Maintain a comfortable temperature in the bedroom. Extreme temperatures may disrupt sleep or prevent you from falling asleep. Ensure a dark, quiet environment whenever possible. Try to avoid going to sleep with the television or radio on, because it can be a bad habit that leads to the need to have the TV or radio on every time you try and sleep.

* See a doctor if your sleeping problem continues
If you have trouble falling asleep night after night, or if you always feel tired the next day, then you may have a sleep disorder and should see a physician. Your primary care physician may be able to help you; if not, you can probably find a sleep specialist at a major hospital near you. Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively, so you can finally get that good night's sleep you need.

I am chuckling now as i posted this.....im still awake....but it could work for you :) xx

03-04-2009, 07:57 PM
thank you, I gotta bladder infection, so now I am awake in bathroom!

03-05-2009, 08:43 AM
You mentioned in your thread that "you are sleepless in Crawford". Are you in Crawford, Texas? Just wondering!

05-20-2009, 05:12 AM
bringing this thread back up for lala...hope you find some options here.

05-20-2009, 12:20 PM
Thanks! Theres alot of good info here! Hugs Kathy