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> I Can't Sleep., But I'm very tired.
gothictheysay
post Aug 3 2004, 11:57 AM
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Ever since I've been off my prescribed sleeping pill, I've been trying to keep up a normal sleeping schedule (whatever that means in summer). But now that school starts in oh about three weeks, I'm *really* trying to get to sleep on time, etc. Only problem being...I can't. I'm incredibly tired, but I toss and turn for ages - no surprise. Without a sleeping pill I usually am up until about 2 AM before I fall asleep. Last night I took something to help me sleep at around midnight...I finally did fall asleep, but woke up at 4:30 AM and couldn't get back to sleep. When I do finally get to sleep, I wake up often - tired, but not able to fall back asleep. So lately I started to take some sleeping pills while I was off my prescribed one to help me sleep. I've taken everything I took before (on separate nights) to see if it would help, but nope. My father should be calling my doctor soon to get me another sleeping pill, but meanwhile I'm trying not to take naps during the day so I can sleep at night. (Of course I sleep better during the day than at night. dry.gif)

Meanwhile, does anyone have any suggestions so I can stop complaining at all of you? tongue.gif Warm milk makes no difference. Counting sheep? Nuh-uh. Listening to music? I've done that for years, but I need something else...I have to wake up at six AM when school starts, and go to bed at 10-ish. I am not optimistic about pulling that off.


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post Aug 3 2004, 05:09 PM
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My suggestion is caffeine... in large quantities. Sugar usualy helps as well.

That's the only way I keep going during the daylight hours. I can't seem to sleep more than 4 hours a night myself.


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post Aug 3 2004, 05:59 PM
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What do you do during the day? Being active during the day always helps, especially outside because sun make melatonine (sp?) which helps/makes you sleep. sleeping with someone, as in in the same bed (not having sex...though that might help >_>) it always helpful...to me at least, failing that, get a teddy bear, he won't start groping you when you actually want to sleep tongue.gif
more than that i can't say, i'm not really a troubled sleeper, but i would say more medication might not be the way forward...but what do i know??


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post Aug 3 2004, 06:25 PM
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Being active during the day always helps,


Yeah - that's a good one.

I've been an insomniac for years and I find some gentle exercise just before bed can help - I do mean gentle though, if you go and have too much activity then you're just going to get yourself on a high and you're back to where you started. Swimming's good.


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post Aug 3 2004, 06:36 PM
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Being active during the day always helps, especially outside because sun make melatonine (sp?) which helps/makes you sleep.


You can also buy Melatonin supplements. They're very easy to find; they'd be in stores along with the multivitamins, iron pills, etc. My sister is an insomniac and she uses these, although I prefer to suffer because I don't like the muggy feeling you get right before you sleep when you take them. But to each their own. They usually work within about 20 minutes of taking them and they're natural, unlike drugs, and safe. Insomnia can result from your brain not producing enough melatonin on its own, so taking it before bed can give it that extra nudge from tired to asleep.


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