Posted 4/14/2014 2:19 PM (GMT -7)
What helped me the most, based on this forum, were Phosphatidyl Serine and Rhodiola. I take both in the morning; they're not sedatives.
I take a teeny bit of Melatonin at 7:00 or 8:00, which is when it starts to get dark.
At night, I take Restoril (although I don't know if it's a benzo or not), my Lyrica (spread out a bit through the evening), 1 Benadryl (really for allergies) and 1 Hydroxyzine.
The last two really help with my allergies and help me sleep.
Bright sunlight in the morning is really key, to reset your circadian rhythms, and keep the lighting low at night.
DO NOT use a backlit device like a computer or a cell phone a couple of hours before you go to bed. At sunset, dim the computer screen.
Keep the bedroom totally and completely dark, and that means NO radio alarm, unless it faces away from you. Also, no stereo lights etc. Use blackout shades.
Take a bath before you go to bed. During the night, keep the temperature in your house really cool, say for example, at 65. Don't use an electric blanket, and try to keep electronics as far away from your bed as possible.
Your last meal should be light, and it's good to eat something like turkey, which is high in tryptophans. Have a light snack before you go to bed.
Use your bed only for sex and for sleep, and abs. nothing else, and that includes reading.
If you can't sleep, get up, and go do something, and then try again.
Have the same bed time and wake time every day!
Make sure your bed is super comfortable.
Push the dog down to the bottom of the bed, ha ha!
HELLO!! :) :)
Margaret, 53, Lyme, relapsing remitting c. diff., complete thyroidectomy, remote breast cancer, Interstitial Cystitis, Babs, Bart, Fibromylagia, Immuneglobulin Deficiency, depression, asthma and allergies, migraines, myoclonous and remote seizures, orthostatic hypotension and dysautonomia
Medication, herbs, vitamins, probiotics, Cowden protocol for now; might change.