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post #11 of 20 Old 11-24-2011, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the better news is that even though I went to sleep at six am this morning, I got only six hours of sleep and got up at noon. Sooo, I've been cleaning since I woke up, and I figure that if I keep cleaning and helping to cook, I should be good to fall asleep by midnight. If I can just adjust my sleep by an hour or two every day, I should be fine to wake up at 7 AM Monday for class!
I wish I had more time to get back into a normal schedule and try everyone's excellent suggestions. I didn't know...that you could take melatonin as a medicine.
@Tamma89, I don't always, but sometimes when I can't sleep I get up and wash dishes and clean the kitchen for hours...the last time I was in there until three am or so...and it didn't help xD Also, I may have to turn off my phone, because if I lay there long enough, I keep checking the time...

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post #12 of 20 Old 11-24-2011, 04:03 PM
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Hmm... are you sure that doing dishes or cleaning calms you down? I'd suggest might something more soothing, even sure it's up to a person what you experience soothing and what not.

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Hmm... are you sure that doing dishes or cleaning calms you down? I'd suggest might something more soothing, even sure it's up to a person what you experience soothing and what not.
hehe, no, it makes me angry. XD The whole time I'm thinking... "goddamit, why does he leave this fricken mess here...omg...would it be so hard to rinse this dish or wipe the stove??!!"

I guess I can see why this wouldn't be conductive to getting sleepy, I just thought maybe it would help wear me down.

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When it lasts for awhile (week or more) I take melatonin 2 hrs before bedtime for a few days and it helps get me back into a normal pattern.
This^^. I suffer from serious insomnia due to almost 6 years of working nights and have tried a ton of stuff. All the old folk remedies like warm milk, popcorn, bananas, etc. I even went to the doc and got a rx for Ambien (which didn't make me sleep better, just gave me nightmares) and the only thing I have found that works for me without wonky side-effects is melatonin. Get up early one morning and spend the day doing some physical work...working in the yard, at the barn, even cleaning house, then take a melatonin 1+ hours before you are ready to go to bed, take a hot bath, and go to bed at a certain time, even if you don't feel sleepy.

That usually helps me anyway.

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http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Bounty-Melatonin-240-Tablets/dp/B000GG6D9A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322177576&sr=8-1?
Does anyone have any brand recommendations, otherwise?

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I don't have any brand suggestions, I just grabbed mine off a shelf at Wal-Mart.

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So, an update:

I went to "bed" last night at 10 pm...put my phone away, didn't look at the time and my husband stayed up, so no snoring...
I slept until about midnight and could not sleep after that.
I had an 8 am calculus course today, and two other classes, and I've been alternately exhausted and trippy from massive amounts of disgusting flavored caffeine products.
I really tried my best here, I don't get it. =(
I'm going to order that melatonin on Thursday as soon as my husband gets paid, I really can't get through calculus (math is NOT my subject) with no sleep, and I need my waking time to be AWARE and refreshed enough to assimilate information and be able to synthesize coherent thought. =/

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Oh... I'm sorry, this doesn't sound fun. I've some experience about being tired (tho it's just my fault).

I hope melatonin works for you but if not, would it be possible to consult for example a doctor so you could find out if you'd really need some meds?

There are also some herbs which can help you as to falling asleep. For example products which include valerian are like that.

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Oh... I'm sorry, this doesn't sound fun. I've some experience about being tired (tho it's just my fault).

I hope melatonin works for you but if not, would it be possible to consult for example a doctor so you could find out if you'd really need some meds?

There are also some herbs which can help you as to falling asleep. For example products which include valerian are like that.
TYSVM for reminding me!!! I just put in an amazon order earlier today and completely forgot the melatonin!

/facedesk

I'll take care of this right now. I hope so too, my only other option (well, and ear plugs, I think they might help) is going to the doctor for sleep meds. I firmly think that pills are often pushed on (me at least) for every little thing, and I'd so much rather find a more natural solution!

I am soooo glad you reminded me. The past few nights, I've slept, even if it isn't six hours/8 hours, but more like....4? 5 maybe? I've been so busy trying to fix my bad algebra skills that I study late into the night, and by then I'm so braindead and bone tired, I'm out within 30 minutes lol. I might get up once or twice, but I'm definitely not up all night the past few days!

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I heard that most sleeping pills make you "asleep" but you don't get into a REM cycle so you aren't deeply, restoratively (is that a word?) asleep.

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