Are Sleeping Pills the Only Way??

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Ingenua
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey.... clearly..most of us suffer from poor sleep.. or MAJOR lack of sleep.
I know i do.. big time!!!


i was wondering if anyone can share different things that they do to help them sleep.
I don't mean a pattern or nightly rituals.. but people who suffer from major insomnia that might want to share some tricks they've learned that work for them.

I really do not want to go on sleep meds.. so, i'd like to try an alternative route..


thanks guys!!
: )))))

chuzzle
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   Posted 8/5/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ingenua,    I tried Melatonin some time ago and it worked for a while. I had no real relief until the Dr. perscribed Xanax for me. Not only do I sleep but it helps temendously with pain. It's a small dosage 0.25 and I take 1/2 tablet. When I get to feeling drugged out in the day time I can get away with just 1/4 tablet for a couple of days and then I go back to 1/2. So far it works well for me. What a blessing to be able to sleep. I'm sure you'll find something that will work for you because we are all different. Blessings to you
Chuzzle
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I mentioned this in another post.  I'm hearing impaired and I also go to bed with the television on.  Because I'm hearing impaired, I have to use closed captioning.  It's on all new televisions.  Anyway, when I lie in bed trying to read the captioning, my eyes are half closed anyway.  I think just the reading in that position puts me to sleep.  If you have a spouse, you can mute the TV and just use the captioning.  I know I fall asleep within 15 minutes this way.  It might be worth a try.  At least there is no medication involved.
 
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   Posted 8/5/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever tried meditation? I often do it that way. And if that doesn't work, I try holding my eyes open for as long as possible, eventually I fall asleep.

Also there is a tea called sleepy time tea. It works well too.

Good luck to you and I hope that you get some rest.

hugs, Karen...
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Ingenua
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   Posted 8/5/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
i've tried melatonin and sleepy time tea. none of these things work for me. in fact... all of these things have the opposite effect on me. they keep me up all night .. i wake up several times and feel wired.

totally bizarre.. but what's weird is..if you read the packages of these "sleep-aid" products.. one of the rarer side effects is "sleeplessness"... Yah.. pretty messed up if you asked me. : /
and for some reason i ALWAYS get that side effect. i have no idea why.


i find exhausting myself on the computer helps.. haha.. i can't watch tv to fall asleep. wont' help.
breathing exercises sometimes help.
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