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Insomnia Tips
updated: Jul 08, 2014, 8:31 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone out there in Ed Hat land have advice/tips for a sudden onset of insomnia? I have limited caffiene (one coffee in the am), do not watch TV in the bedroom, have a white noise machine (we live in an apartment), keep the fan on/room is cool at night and our room is decently dark at night. I've never had insomnia like this - getting as little as 2 hours of sleep a night. The worst part is that I feel tired during the day, yet I still can't fall asleep. Nothing has changed in my routine in the last week, but this is really starting to affect me. Thanks in advance!

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 COMMENT 533691 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:47 AM

Easy solution to that: Eat a big (but not huge) meal just before bed. Works for me every time!

 

 COMMENT 533695 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:50 AM

Medical Marijuana, any Indica dominant strains are great for sleep

 

 COMMENT 533696P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:50 AM

I experience insomnia on and off, mostly in the last 5 years. For me it seems timed to hormones but I don't see anywhere in your post info on your gender. I know other non-gender-specific hormones can also play a role in a good night's sleep though, so it may be worth talking to your Dr about it - perhaps time for a complete physical? I'd caution against the use of prescription sleep aids as the risk of dependence is high. For me, a Benadryl and/or a melatonin helps a lot after the 2nd or 3rd night of sleeplessness, and then I seem to get back on track.

I wish you success. Not sleeping takes it toll so quickly on your quality life. Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 533697P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:51 AM

I use melatonin before bed and also if I wake up during the night and can't fall back to sleep. Benedryl and Sleepytime tea also help if I'm having major problems sleeping. Some people use Valerian Root, but it's never worked for me. Taking a walk in the evening might also help. Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 533698P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:52 AM

Have to agree w 695.

 

 COMMENT 533699 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 08:58 AM

I use Vitamin B12 during the day for energy. I also use Unisom (it's over the counter) to sleep at night. Hope that helps!!!

 

 COMMENT 533701 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:02 AM

My sister swears by Benadryl (her husband snores) but personally Benadryl makes me jittery and hyped-up. I listen to soft, relaxing music. Good luck to you!

 

 COMMENT 533704P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:07 AM

When I had trouble sleeping while pregnant, I would take a couple of calciums and a Vitamin C as soon as I had a hard time getting to sleep, and it worked great. Also, cheap, easy, no danger.

 

 COMMENT 533707 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:11 AM

Exercise, stay off th computer phone and TV an hour before bed, lower the lights before you retire, try warm milk with turmeric and honey about 1/2 hour before bed, melatonin seems to work for some and sometimes, if you actually cool down your room or sleep with a chilled pillow, it kicks in the sleep mechanism since your body temp lowers when you sleep. I would stay away from OTC or prescription sleep aids!! Other than that, really I've found the best cure is time as agonizing as that can be. Your body will shake it eventually. But if its perimenopausal or menopausal hormone changes that can be a big difficult. Good luck and hopefully soon sweet dreams.

 

 COMMENT 533708 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:12 AM

Absolutely DO NOT eat a big meal before bed. One of the worst things you can do.

DO NOT take ANY drugs to help you sleep, unless you have exhausted all other remedies.

The two top reasons for insomnia are...(1) daily stresses and (2) difficulty breathing during sleep.

Do you go to bed with tomorrow's stresses on your mind? Work, school, etc. The less you are worrying about when you go to sleep, the better you will sleep.

The majority of people have a snoring problem or some form of apnea. Taking drugs / alcohol before bed MAKES THIS WORSE!!! If you think this might be your problem, consider breathe strips for your nose and/or a snore guard for your mouth. You can purchase snore guards OTC but they aren't nearly as good as a custom fit one. But custom guards fit by a dentist are very expensive.

If you can afford a sleep study, get one. They are expensive too and usually not covered by insurance.

 

 COMMENT 533711P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:16 AM

Magnesium apparently plays a key role with sleep. Research has shown that even a marginal lack of it can prevent the brain from settling down at night. You can get magnesium from food. Good sources include green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Check with your doctor before taking magnesium supplements. Magnesium can interact with many different medications, and too much of it can cause serious health issues.

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/living-with-insomnia-11/natural-solutions

 

 COMMENT 533715 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:25 AM

Could be a sign of water damage from leaking pipes in either your home or work environment. Mold grows within a couple of days of water damage into a sealed environment such as walls or ceiling. Mold causes a histamine response that triggers your adrenals and makes you wide awake. This often happens in the middle of the night when mold blooms at the coldest time. Could be triggered by fog as well and/or air pressure changes.

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:29 AM

I agree, a call to your Dr. may be needed if this is our of the ordinary for you. I would also ask your Dr. about Melatonin. Our bodies naturally make melatonin to regulate sleep. The supplement is a small dose. My teenage daughter has issues with sleep, and her Dr. has advised us to use it. I give it to her about 30-60 min before bed time, and she just starts getting sleepy. She doesn't feel drugged, or wake up drowsy. I hope you find something that helps.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:31 AM

Magnesium also has a laxative effect....

If stress is the cause, there are many techniques for relaxing the body and mind. Consciously contract and then release muscles starting at the head, face, jaw, neck, and slowly scan through the whole body, ending with feet. Or don't bother with the contracting, just relax all areas in sequence. Works for me.

Hot milk with a little sugar before bed. Unless you're lactose intolerant, of course :-).

 

 COMMENT 533723P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:42 AM

Absolutely spot on, 708 & 711P.

The over the counter magnesium supplement, like the Nature Made from Costco, can greatly assist if you're not getting enough with your daily food intake. Google it first.

We take one every night about an hour before bed along with the doctor recommended 81mg "baby" aspirin. Been doing this for years and we both sleep straight through the night.

Good luck & do not take any drugs/meds unless your doctor says to do so.

 

 COMMENT 533725P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:50 AM

What has worked for me on various occasions: Melatonin, aspirin, a nonalcoholic beer (filling and the hops is relaxing) like Clausthaler Golden Amber from Trader Joe's.

 

 COMMENT 533726 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:50 AM

A long walk in the evening and a hot bath or shower right before bed. A glass of wine can also help too.

 

 COMMENT 533728 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:57 AM

There is an app called "Dream Talk Recorder" that you can use to record sounds while you are sleeping. You'll hear if you, your partner or pets snore and if other noises are intruding on your sleep. If you have no history of insomnia and no new worries or stresses then a visit to the doctor for a check up is a good idea. Sometimes a physical problem can activate your adrenal system.

 

 COMMENT 533729 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:57 AM

I do several things to ensure good sleep:

(1) No electronics for a minimum of one hour and preferably two before going to bed. This includes television, computers, e-readers, tablets, smartphones, etc. (And never keep or take any in the bedroom.)

(2) Have a somewhat empty stomach (a minimum of three hours between a light dinner and bedtime) so you wake up hungry for breakfast.

(3) A cup of a hot beverage, even in summer, like milk or tea is soothing.

(4) A short period of meditation will relax your mind and if you combine it with some gentle stretching that will help your body unwind.

(5) An affirmation. I use "I sleep long and deep" at multiple times during the day and also repeat it out loud a minimum of three times while in bed with the lights out. In fact, whenever you "hear" yourself saying you don't sleep well immediately stop and say this instead. It takes a bit of time but your mind will follow where your voice takes it.

 

 COMMENT 533730 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:57 AM

Wait until just before bed to eat your evening meal. You'll sleep like a rock, guaranteed!

 

 COMMENT 533733 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:59 AM

Sudden onset, severity, and lasting a week or more suggests to me that you should see your doctor to rule out a medical cause. (Thyroid? Pitutitary?) If you get prescribed a sleep aid like Ambien, it will probably work the first day or two but if you take it daily, it will stop working in 2 weeks or so, useful to break the cycle but not a permanent solution. Online, Mayo Clinic has a sleep disorder program that is often effective. (Involves sleep deprivation and then lengthening periods of sleep until you find your optimal.) Long warm bath before bed sometimes helps. Melatonin sometimes helps. Getting OUT of bed after some period of time there without sleep, and doing something else, like reading or laundry, then back to bed when sleepy. But 2 hours a day, sudden onset,inability to fall asleep even when exhausted suggests a real need to see an MD who will take you seriously and do some testing, not just prescribe AMbien.

 

 COMMENT 533735 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:12 AM

For sudden, unexplained changes like this, you should be seeking a physical exam from a board certified physician and not random crackpots on the internet.

 

 COMMENT 533736 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:12 AM

Go see a sleep specialist. Everyone is different, asking an internet message board is just going to get a hundred different answers. You know yourself better than we do, if you can't fix it see a doctor.

Bedroom full of electronics and I sleep like a log. See how unhelpful that was! Good luck

 

 COMMENT 533738 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:20 AM

735 I've found that physicians are not God. Unless there is a clear cause, they will just prescribe meds. All of the advice on here is good advice, not "crackpot". There are posts recommending seeing a doctor as well, but again, unless it's something very clear, like an adrenal problem or thyroid, you'll end up down a medical maze rabbit hole.

 

 COMMENT 533744 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:31 AM

Smoke some pot

 

 COMMENT 533747P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:39 AM

Listen to George Nori on the radio.

Boring supernatural babble does it for me.

 

 COMMENT 533749 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:51 AM

Be careful taking medical or legal advice from MJ users. Marijuana violates federal law, and there is no protection getting evicted if your lease requires tenants follow federal law. Furthermore it will impact your employability should you wish to work at a job that requires background checks.

 

 COMMENT 533752 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:00 AM

Everyone has been so nice and helpful . Best responses I've read on EH this year ! Thank you for reaching out to person with a worrisome problem.

 

 COMMENT 533754 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:06 AM

To find out if it's environment related, stay in a hotel for a few nights (during the week when it's quiet). If you can sleep there it's probably something in your environment and not a health issue.

I had this problem a while go, went to a sleep "expert". Garbage! all I got out of it was a bill.

After a week or so it went away on it's own. Never did find out what caused it. But as I recall it was about this time of year.

 

 COMMENT 533757P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:09 AM

I'm going with MJ, too. I know many people, people whom you'd never suspect, who use medical marijuana specifically for this reason.

 

 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:19 AM

Forget the crutches that others have suggested.
GO EXERCISE-DRINK A LOT OF WATER-GO EXERCISE AGAIN- get off your butt and out of your apartment- go for a walk, bike ride, jog or hike and sleep will come your way.

 

 COMMENT 533764 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:20 AM

I drink myself to sleep a few nights each week. The rest of the time, Seroquel does the trick.

 

 COMMENT 533766 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:22 AM

Mj works very well for this.

My suggestion is neither mj nor anything else. Take a look at your life right now, new stress? Unhappy? Do you spend the hours trying to sleep thinking of what you need to do tomorrow? Or have anxiety about little sleep, and being able to get everything done.

Sudden onset doesnt have to be a medical condition, it can be your life and or brain telling you things arent where they should be.

 

 COMMENT 533767 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:25 AM

Used judiciously, zolpidem (Ambien) can be highly effective to break the cycle of insomnia. The problem is that it works so well it takes willpower to use them sparingly. As with pain medications, doctors are very reluctant to prescribe effective sleep medications because they know that most of their patients will misuse the drugs and pester them mercilessly for refills. Most of the alarming health effects attributed to zolpidem are probably due to misuse- too high dosage, taken at inappropriate times of day, taken for too many days in a row etc. Sometimes you just need a good night's sleep to reset your pattern and restore your health.

 

 COMMENT 533769P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:29 AM

Not saying any "names", but someone needs to smoke a fatty and RELAX...

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:35 AM

BAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAA Yes they do..they might find some in the evidence locker to their liking..

 

 COMMENT 533774 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:37 AM

Have sex.

 

 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:46 AM

533764 That is otherwise called passing-out and probably the worst way to get needed rest. If this is a sudden unusual situation and nothing else is going on, my suggestion is to see a good MD if it continues longer than ten days or so.

 

 SHARE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:56 AM

Not that I'm judging ;-)

 

 COMMENT 533785 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 12:11 PM

Medical marijuana is definitely a cure. It's not for everyone's lifestyle, but it's very effective. Go to Dr. Sazani and he'll give you more information. No appointment needed.

 

 COMMENT 533794 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 12:54 PM

listen to Lois Capps

 

 COMMENT 533796 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 01:09 PM

Dr. Sazani is a quack who got an MD off a Cracker Jack box and who for $100 will write a prescription for MJ for anyone, whether you have symptoms or not. If you have no pain and just want pot, Dr. Sazani will look at you and say "so you are having back pain, right?" while winking.

 

 WOODRUFF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 01:22 PM

Sudden onset of insomnia, especially when you also cannot nap during the day in spite of exhaustion, is a signal to see your doctor. You may have developed a metabolic problem like a thyroid disorder, for example, so over the counter remedies might be useless or actually harmful.

If your doctor finds nothing physically wrong, then ask him/her for an overnight sleep study at one of the local facilities. Several of my friends have been helped a great deal by this.

 

 COMMENT 533807 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 01:51 PM

OP here. Thanks for all the kind & thoughtful responses. Here are a few facts for those of you who were wondering. I'm a female in my late 20's. I put away my phone before bed and try to read and relax. Last night, I tried taking a xanax (.5mg) to see if it would help and it did nothing (to answer why I have this, I have mild social anxiety and take it as needed in crowded situations, airports, etc.) I am legitimately wide awake yet exhausted. No change to my routine, no new stressors. It might be worth noting that my boyfriend is also not sleeping, but we can't figure out if it's from me tossing and turning or something else. As for the MJ, I am one of the "lucky" few who panics rather than relaxes so it's not really the best option for me! Ha!

 

 COMMENT 533809P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 01:54 PM

Good to know, 796. Thanks for the tip :)

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 01:58 PM

I'm a toker also but if I really need to sleep I take half a lorzepam, and shut off the scanner.

 

 COMMENT 533828 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 03:12 PM

796: Yep, he will give a MJ prescription for just about any reason. But for those people who actually have an issue that can be treated by MJ, he's a great resource. Of course apparently OP doesn't react well to MJ, so I guess the point is moot.

 

 COMMENT 533845 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 03:42 PM

735, as a random crackpot, I resemble that remark.

 

 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 04:34 PM

READ !! The instructions , Don't take the blue pill unless she shows up !!

 

 COMMENT 533869 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 04:47 PM

If your partner is also having the same problem, I would check out if you have recently bought something with MSG in it, like Accent seasoning or Chinese food, perhaps. A lot of people are sensitive to that and it is hard to sleep. The other culprit can be caffeine, which is in so many things, not just tea and coffee, but also in sodas and chocolate. I just went on the wagon a few weeks ago because I am dieting, and I am sleeping so much better, even though I am losing weight and still have to get up at night because of my age to go to the bathroom. I don't go to bed hungry, though, because that interferes with sleep. A little yogurt is fine. I don't recommend a big meal, though, and no rich food. No meds, please, or marijuana, either, for reasons mentioned above. The other problems can be too much light or outside noise or stuffy warm air in the bed room this time of year. Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 533882P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 05:05 PM

Listen to a boring book.

 

 COMMENT 533895 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 06:02 PM

Just keep reading this thread. It'll put you to sleep eventually.

You are feeling veeeery sleepy.

You are feeling veeeery sleepy.

You are feeling veeeery sleepy.

You are feeling veeeery sleepy.

You are feeling veeeery sleepy.

 

 COMMENT 533915P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 07:41 PM

Just curious--are you taking niacin (Vitamin B3) by any chance? It makes a lot of people feel jittery, and there are some time-released versions that can cause the same effect during the night, depending on when you take it and how you metabolize it. Also, low vitamin D levels can affect a number of body systems. As you probably know, a lot of things besides coffee have caffeine, including chocolate, but it sounds like you've already covered that. You might try some bright light therapy by spending more time in direct sunlight. Sometimes that can help. Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 533931P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:14 PM

OP, you have got a lot of good advice here, but there's one thing I think you and your partner might try, just to see if it works.

So simple and a cheap solution: Buy a couple pairs of those foam earplugs, the ones that are kind of squishy and expand once they're in your ear canals.

There just might be some noise you are not aware of and it is waking you up. Then, your anxiety about waking up may be keeping you awake.

I started wearing earplugs, thanks to my neighbors' screaming kids. The kids were out and caterwauling at 6:30am and sometimes their Dad was doing things like dragging trash bins around at 5am.

Once I started wearing earplugs, I found my sleep was much deeper and I was waking up less in the middle of the night.

It may be sirens or owls screeching or even your neighbors slamming their car doors shut. Try earplugs, you may sleep better.

 

 JOULES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 12:56 AM

Tart cherry juice before bed, daily. The effect is over time, so it may take several days to see if it helps. What about acupuncture? Meditation? Good luck!

 

 COMMENT 533953P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:42 AM

As someone who as suffered from insomnia my entire life, I have a few suggestions:
First, get a notebook and fill it with paper and a good pen. I found that if I write down all of the things are stressing me, I can let go of them long enough to go to sleep. I do this just before bed, and it is almost meditative. If I ever want to pick up my notebook the next morning so I can start stressing where I left off - it's all written down for me. Funny thing is that I have never done that. Also, by simply writing down and thinking through my problems, I often come up with solutions to them.

I exercise in the morning. It energizes me throughout the day and helps me sleep at night. If I exercise at night sometimes it tires me, sometimes it makes me hyper. Best to get it over with before breakfast.

I eat protein and veggies for dinner. Carbs or sweets seem to wake me up around 2:00AM with a sugar crash.

I have a CD player next to my bed and listen to meditation CDs to ease me to sleep. If I awake during the night I play it again. (i-Pods have earphones which eventually wake me up).

Finally - I take Kavinace Ultra PM. After years of trying drugs that left me groggy or bitchy in the morning, this is the only thing that helps. It's a herbal blend of a little Melatonin and other stuff. It is sold by SB Wellness Center (behind Chuck's Steak House) or on-line for $50.00 for a bottle of 30 pills.
Sweet dreams.

 

 COMMENT 533956 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:51 AM

Sudden onset suggests something to do with body chemistry. Trace elements such as magnesium or calcium or lack thereof can produce nocturnal problems and has even been associated with "restless leg syndrome" or leg cramps. Other than a sudden unexplained onset, many of the suggestions here will help you sleep, such as excercise during the day, reading in the evening instead of electronic stimulus, warm tea or milk before bed, etc. It is not a good idea to eat a large meal before lying down as that can lead to nocturnal refluxing of stomach contents which can not only damage the esophagus or get aspirated into the lungs but also prevent one from getting quality deep stage sleep and thus aggravating next day slugishness.

 

 COMMENT 533959P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 07:37 AM

More thoughts from 953
You don't say what type it is: are you having trouble going to sleep, or are you being awakened during the night? If it's the first, my earlier suggestions will help. If it's the second, see what's going on in your environment. We had a power outage and suddenly sprinklers are going off at weird times. Eventually I'll sleep through it, but it takes about a week to get used to.
Also, birds are mating and there's a mockingbird looking for love in my neighborhood. He sings all night long.
There's a lot of good suggestions here, (except MJ and other drugs).
Again, sweet dreams

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:12 AM

Try 1/2 pill tylenol pm for restless nights. Also regular exercise really helps. A healthy diet without a lot of meat, sugar and dairy makes it easier for your body to relax as it is not processing so many toxins.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:27 AM

The older I get the more I think prescription drugs suck, some illegal drugs good, and ignorant people are alcoholics..Not much to do with the topic at hand but I'm off to the shroom garden now..:)

 

 COMMENT 534006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:54 AM

A hot bath right before bed with some epsom salts and scented essential oil (try lavender) works wonders!

 

 COMMENT 534027P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:56 AM

This is a long post:
I've had insomnia since shortly after my daughter was born. She's 11 now. I know that's not very encouraging, but it's not uncommon post-partum… Initially I found that the worry and stress from having insomnia was as bad or worse than the insomnia itself, so the first thing I'll suggest is that you Don't Worry About It! You will survive it ok, even if it lasts (which it probably won't).

Not being able to sleep even while exhausted: that's what insomnia is. People who have never had it can't begin to understand. They think sleep just "comes." Even doctors. I had one tell me I needed to make a list, as if I was just having a bit of worry… it's amazing what they don't know. All that I saw wanted to put me on long-term psycho-active drugs, except the very first one who gave me emergency Xanax.

I tried anti-depressants made everything much worse. I'm congenitally suspicious of prescription psych drugs so that may be my problem. I found help with regular antihistamines (which were not being packaged as sleep aids 10 years ago, but they are now.) This is an excellent sleep aid for many. I take 1 pill (25 mgs) diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl). Ralph's has a generic version, so do most stores. Right before my period I have to take 2. (Two is the standard dosage.) Occasionally I have to add a small shot of Jaegermeister or some strong liqueur.

I would not countenance the people who tell you "no drugs" or no anything. Sleeping with drugs isn't as good as sleeping without them, but it's 100 times better than not sleeping at all. Liquor has been relaxant and sleep aid for the history of time.

I also found that acupuncture helps with hyper adrenal glands. Acupuncture is good for systemic things. Chinese medicine assesses you as a system rather than a collection of parts. Many more things are systemic than we usually think; sleep certainly is. I saw Lonnie Wu, but I think she's retired now.

Other than that: exercise, healthy diet, ear plugs, stretching before bed, perhaps separate beds? and something to do (book? old movies?) if you can't sleep so you can try not to stress about it. You and Boyfriend Will Be OK!

 

 COMMENT 534029 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 11:03 AM

I second the get excersise comment. Get excersise. Kung fu I what works for me but karate might work better for you.
Oh yeah drugs are bad ngkay?

 

 COMMENT 534107 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 02:41 PM

Forget the weed, it'll cancel your dream state leading to long term psychological unease, and ruin your lungs if you smoke it. The most insidious side affect is that you won't care. As for pharmaceuticals, wake up people and get a clue, don't treat the symptoms, treat the cause. Warm milk, no sugar or honey. Tryptophan will make you groggy, think post thanksgiving turkey coma. Melatonin, a naturally occurring chemical synthesized by our bodies has been implicated(in a good way) in regulating the sleep wake cycle.

Meditation is very relaxing for some and good for you too.

 

 COMMENT 534157 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 04:20 PM

Time-release Melatonin - Lassens has it. Not sure anyone else in town does. 3mg ought to do it. One per night before bed, then read a little (a book or Kindle, not a bright screen).

 

 COMMENT 534253 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:47 PM

I had this problem for most of a 6 months when I was first having hot flashes during the transition into menopause. It was exhausting, then after the 6 months it just changed to just hot flashes, those finally subsiding. A male told me he had symptoms of hot flashes in daytime only & it was secondary to his thyroid problems. Lots of suggestions worth trying among comments, but do not resort to MJ or alcohol. Try some relaxation/herbals that are being suggested. I did quite well with a relaxation tape I once played as I tried to go to sleep & some yoga for relaxation may help, done in the PM. Staying up past 10 PM, especially after 11 PM, makes it harder for getting to sleep.

 

 COMMENT 534262P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:52 PM

Melatonin taken about 1 hour before bed works well for me and there are no worries about dependency/overdose. Benadryl is the ingredient in most "PM" otc medications. It has negative side effects - feeling dopey in the am and also sensitivity to the sun. It may interact with other medications.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-10 08:14 AM

I second taking a walk. Heavy exercise is not recommended. I used to try counting backwards from 100 by ones, twos, or threes. Anything that occupies your mind, not family related.

 

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