Hallelujah I finally mastered multiquote I think. Once again I went to bed at 4am and ended up waking up at 6am and laying there praying I would fall back to sleep.
I deeply empathize. I take a Benadryl almost every night. I can not take it but I won't sleep. One pill is still enough to allow me to sleep all night. If it ever stops working, I'll try something different as opposed to upping dosage. Melatonin worked for awhile, but stopped eventually.
One thing I will bring up is birth control. I tried a certain pill that not only made me batpoop crazy, but kept me up for two weeks straight. I had gotten my insomnia under control pretty well before then, for a few years, but the month on that pill was enough to shift everything. A year later, I still can't sleep [well] on my own.
Good luck. Not sleeping is terrible. I completely understand the neurosis it causes. *hugs*
ETA: Case in point, it's midnight, I did not take a Benadryl, and I am still awake. I usually take it around 830 or 9, so I can wake up at 6 without feeling groggy.
Benedryl has never made me sleepy. I used to take it for my allergies not as a sleep aid. I've never been on BC either so I don't think it's something messing with me in that way. I just can't turn my brain off =(
I hate not being able to sleep it's one of the worst feelings out there.
I can so relate, I am exactly the same as you are. It's 3.20 am here and I am wide awake as I am every night. I rarely go to bed before 4am, have to be up at 6am with the kids, and then usually sleep again for a few hours.
I am sick of my life being upside down, and not able to participate in normal morning life.
For me, it used to be that my mind wouldn't shut off. But it's been going on for so long now (years) that I think my body clock has just adjusted to my nocturnal life.
I smoke, and at times of stress, I drink too much so I will not take a sleep aid. I know I have the personality type that would get addicted very easily.
Something that helps from time to time, but it's rough, is if I force myself to stay awake all through to the next night. That day is hell, but I do go to sleep at a normal time the next night, as I am totally exhausted at that point. It doesn't work for me for more than 2 nights though.
I send myself insane if I just lay in bed, so I do better when I am reading or on the computer - but honestly I have not found much that changes anything.
Sorry that I am of no help to you, but I do know exactly how you are feeling.
I have tried that also. That was rough I did that for a week straight pretty much only sleeping every other night because that's how it worked out.
Apologies for the double post, I don't think I will have time to edit my previous one to add this.
My sleep issues started the same way that yours did as my brain would not shut off, it's since turned into a habit. That was stress related for me.
Is it possible that it's stress or possibly depression related for you? If so, the lack of sleep is a symptom and not the problem.
It very well might be stress related though I don't know what I'm stressing about haha. I like to think I'm taking everything being thrown at me in stride and calmly but maybe my subconcious is doing differently. The worst part is the things I could be stressing about are not what my brain keeps thinking about every night. It just keeps thinking random thoughts like last night laying in bed the most common thought was "I wonder what kind of recipes I could use apples in?" It's weird you would think I'd be thinking about what's going on between my parents and my sister right now. Maybe my subconcious is doing that without me realizing it. Is that even possible?
I get this, it sucks. I often ,onto my floor if I cant sleep, works like a charm. My mom gave me the ylangylang sleep spray that you spray on your pillow, which helped a bit and is totally not addictive and smells nice. Keep drinking the tea and o
Do something quiet (read, watch TV, calming things) for an hour or so until you go to bed and don't wash your face of brush your test right before bed do that before you start relaxing.
I've never tried sleeping on the floor. I've also never heard of that spray I'll have to look it up. I've heard of lavender oil though it's supposed to soothe and relax you. Today I was planning on getting some lavender oil and having a lavender bubble bath tonight with sleepy time tea and a bit of lavender oil on my pillow to see if it helps. It can't hurt haha
Dramamine, Benadryl, or any type of melatonin can help you get to sleep. They're all OTC and nonhabit forming. Heck a slug of Nyquil works too, but I only take that when I'm sick.
Oh yeah Nyquil is the good stuff but like you I limit that to when I am sick. I do the whole Nyquil each night Dayquil each day regime. I'm thinking of trying lavender oil tonight to help relax me and I might just pick up some Melatonin while I'm out. It can't hurt worst thing that can happen is I'm up again like usual.
Do you work out? Maybe adding a good run into your day will relieve some of your stress/anxiety.
Do you nap during the day? For awhile i was sleeping for an hour after work. Waking up at 2:45am, 4am-4pm workday, then 5pm-6pm "rest period". I could not go to sleep when bedtime came. So i cut out naps. It was hard at first because my body was so used to them...
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I do work out I walk on the treadmill about 3 times a day for 45 mins each. Sometimes I add some jogging in. I've been on nutrisystem for hmm going on my third month now so that's how long I've been doing that. (side note:lost 18lbs yay!) Maybe instead of the treadmill I could try taking my walks/jogging outside. The only problem is it's cold and I'm deathly afraid of walking up the side of my road it's super busy and everyone flies.
I don't take naps for that exact reason. I know if I nap during the day that there will be no chance of me getting to sleep that night. It stinks because I know so many people who can nap during the day and still go to bed at 9pm. Lucky lucky people.
Take a long walk just before dark. Work your body.....you need to be tired to sleep well.
I've done walks around my yard. Not fond of the street I live on it's very busy and people fly. =/
I used to have trouble getting to sleep as well and spent many a long night of sleeplessness only to be exhausted the next day. This is what I did for myself that got me over it:
1. Most important one - Figuring out what I really stressed out or anxious about; understanding what I could or couldn't do about it; then letting it go at bed time (I don't know about you but I'm amazed at how much the brain just keeps spinning around on its own; I had to work at not thinking so much).
2. No napping - I think someone else mentioned that one as well.
3. If you're working, try to keep to your same waking/sleeping time when you're on vacation and days off.
4. (This one's pretty important too) Do some quiet physical exercise (as in yoga) and believe it or not some mental exercise to relax your body at sleep time. This relates to point one as well - I'm not a professional but I believe that the brain, when you're stressing about something, sets up the tension in the body. I really noticed sleep coming easily to me once I got my body relaxed.
I wish I could figure out what was stressing me out, I really do so I could address it and finally get some sleep haha. And you're completely right it is amazing how much the brain keeps going(especially when you're trying to shut it off haha) My brain thinks about the dumbest stuff at bedtime though. It's like I lose all control of it ~shrugs~ I have tried willing the thoughts away or even writing them down so that I don't have to "worry" about remembering them hoping that then they'll be off my mind and I could sleep.
Nope no naps.
I try to keep my schedule as smooth and the same as possible (sleep is just not cooperating) I start the process of trying to sleep(relaxing calming down getting comfy) at 9 and I wake up by 7am every day regardless if I got sleep the night before or not.
I've never thought of doing yoga. I've heard it's great for your core muscles(?) I always hear how people are so relaxed while and after they do it. I might pick up a yoga dvd when I go on an adventure finding possible sleep aids today so far on my list lavender oil, oatmeal bath soap, Melatonin, yoga dvd, and more sleepy time tea. All things rumored ot help with sleep.
Thanks for the support guys it's good to know I'm not alone with this terrible curse. And thank you for the ideas. Keep them coming I need back up plans in case they don't work.