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post #1 of 63 Old 06-11-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone -

For most of my life, I have had pretty bad sleeping problems, mostly to the tune of waking up every hour or more, and always having terribly busy or frightening dreams. As of late, I have been having problems falling asleep at all, and find myself up until 7a or beyond. Currently not employed, so it is not really affecting my schedule other than sleeping in late, and thus feeling like a lazy lump of dirt all day.

I have recently tried Valerian and Gaba, as well as trying to put my fancy new iPhone away a good few hours before I intend to sleep. I have not been exercising like I used to (5 to 6 days a week of heavy workout), as I am cross country and my complicated situation does not allow for that.

So, does anyone have any tips? I have not tried Melatonin but I may try.

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post #2 of 63 Old 06-11-2012, 07:02 AM
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Maybe go and see a doctor or a Specialist? They may be able to help...

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Thanks Tess - Not an option at the moment, and I cannot stand to be drugged up on pharmaceuticals if I don't have to, BUT if all else fails, to the doctor will I go.
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Try a melatonin supplement, listening to quiet music or beach noises (something relaxing) and get into the habit of a bed time ritual. I like to wash my face, read a little, and then go to sleep.

Make sure you don't eat anything sugary at least 2 hours before you go to sleep. Warm drinks help at night like teas or warm milk.

Reduce light in your room and make sure the room isn't too stuffy.

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Thanks ladies. I will try warm decaf tea before bed. Usually the temp is pretty nice but it can get muggy here (yuck, coming from the rainy but dry Pacific Northwest to the muggy Mid-Atlantic has been a real experience..).

Any downfalls to Melatonin like grogginess etc?

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Nope, I have not had any problems with it. I only take it when I need to be well rested.

It's about as "natural" as you can get.

Melatonin

You can buy it elsewhere but just a little blurb about it.

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Great! Thanks Sky :)

Forgot to mention I have been going to the Chiro lately which is new for me; think this could affect my sleep? I make sure to stay well hydrated before and after.

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Yeah your body may be going through some changes, especially if you had any release work done. I usually slept really heavy after the chiro visits, where I woke up groggy but overall feeling better. Every individual is different; that's the thing.

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I use melatonin nightly with good results.
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post #10 of 63 Old 06-11-2012, 08:33 AM
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Id suggest getting out of bed in the morning and getting a job. Then you'll be tired at night.
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