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Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:35 pm      Reply with quote
I have trouble falling asleep in a timely manner, even if I am tired. Does anyone have any tips? Maybe some essential oils or something that will ease me into dreamland? I am getting maybe 6 hours a night at the most and I think it's catching up with me. I want to get in at least 7-8 on weeknights.

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Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:41 pm      Reply with quote
Whenever I have trouble falling asleep or if I haven't slept well the night before, I take Relora about an hour before I go to bed. Relora reduces stress and I've found that it works really well.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:56 am      Reply with quote
Why aren't you getting more sleep? Worrying about something? Just can't get to sleep?

How about a nice relaxing bath, you're supposed to have it an hour before bed so you can wind down. Molton Brown Yuan Zhi bubble bath is amazing for me, it works everytime. Or how about a pillow spritz? I've tried one from Origins which worked well. Or how about reading? That always gets me sleepy.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:35 am      Reply with quote
Make sure you exercise so you are physically tired. Not just before bed though.

Lavendar oil is good in a burner or on the pillow.

Eat a banana or cottage cheese a bit before bed - these have sleep inducing qualities.

Make sure your bed is only for sleeping (and other enjoyable activities) - do not do work in bed.

Read a book that you know well - I love Agatha Chrisities for that purpose.

Don't keep looking at the clock - it will only make you stressed.

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:20 am      Reply with quote
drink some milk before u go to bed will help u.

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:49 am      Reply with quote
Skim have you tried Valerian Tablets which is good for a calm, restful sleep? Also St Johns Wort to relieve stress and anxiety. I would also check out some homeopathic remedies. It depends on whether your inability to sleep is a result of excessive mental stimulation or a muscular thing or both.

I have suffered from insomnia on and off for years. More to do with my minds' inability to shut down. So I alternate between a few things including (the above) and relaxation teas, essential oils etc. Any good health food store will offer you good advice and recommendations as well.

Good luck and sweet dreams. Smile
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:10 am      Reply with quote
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....seriously Vavagurls suggestion of valerian is good and I found kava kava worked well if you can get. Cava and more cava also works well Very Happy

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:43 am      Reply with quote
I also have trouble falling asleep and have started drinking a cup of Nighty Night tea by Traditional medicines. It has really helped me to fall asleep.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:48 am      Reply with quote
What works for me is having a late evening routine that I find soothing. So, I'll have a warm bath or read a relaxing book, and I'll force myself not to think about the things that might be creating stress (like my job or coworkers). I've also found that having a hot drink, such as a non-stimulating herbal infusion (chamomile, for instance) helps make me drowsy.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:49 am      Reply with quote
I've found melatonin helps me get to sleep when I'm travelling and need to adjust to different time zones - maybe it would help you too.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:55 am      Reply with quote
I would soak a cotton ball with Lavender essential oil and stuff it inside my pillow case. I normally have one chocolate (no less then 70% of cocoa) between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. If if find that I can't sleep, the next day, I will be sure to eat it closer to 2 p.m.

BTW- this is not related to helping you fall asleep. But because we are talking about Essential Oils, I use Cederwood essential oil on my saddle and dab some around my horse's bit. I find he appreciates it because it helps keep the mosqitoes(sp?) away.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:57 am      Reply with quote
I used to take one dye-free Benadryl when I had occasional sleeplessness. That worked back in the days before I paid more attention to chemicals I was putting in and on my body. I would still have restless nights and sometimes wake up feeling like the Benadryl was still making me tired and sluggish. So I looked for other options.

After recs on other forums, I now use Somnus (a scented oil blend from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs -- "BPAL"). It goes on strong, but you only need a bit. It works nearly 100% of the time for me -- I put it on about 30 minutes before bedtime. I smell that it's on, and it's scenty enough that I have thoughts about being able to smell it... and then my alarm rings the next morning. Very Happy So that's what I use to fall asleep.

If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep, Bach's Rescue Sleep does the trick. In that case, I spray one spray and I am relaxed enough within 30 minutes to fall asleep again until morning. Rescue Sleep recommends 2 sprays to help you fall asleep; I use only the one spray in the middle of the night. And it does not taste bad at all to me.

I hope this helps!
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:54 am      Reply with quote
So many good suggestions! I use a stress free wash by Origins everynight. It has lavender it in as well.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:07 am      Reply with quote
Ugh! I have suffered from bad sleep almost all my life. It either takes me hours to fall asleep, or I wake up constantly, or I wake up too early and can't fall back asleep or I sleep lightly, or most of the time I sleep in a light lucid dream state which is like being practically awake for me. Luckily I don't snore or grind my teeth or have to get up to pee or anything annoying like that which would disturb anyone sleeping next to me. I am the only one that suffers. Sad LOL

I have tried lots of things from sleeping pills (prerscribed and natural) to meditation and of course aromatherapy. Sometimes they work, other times not so much.

Here is a list of things I've tried that have worked some of the times:

*Warm milk (I like to add in a bit of honey too)
*Herbal Teas with a "sleepy time" blend
*Warm aromatherapy bath (use calming oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin, Frankincense, Vetiver, Neroli etc.)
*Dab a few EOs on a tissue and keep next to your pillow or directly on your pillow case (but beware of staining)
*Avoid eating big meals at a late hour
*Meditate - Slow, shallow breathing exercises
*Clear your mind (this is one thing I have yet to master)
*Exercise regularly - Yoga is really helpful
*Avoid stimulants before bed
*Read a book (but not a suspenseful one)
*Above all invest in an excellent mattress and pillow (Don't skimp on cheap stuff. A bad mattress is one of the major causes of poor sleep.)

Sweet Dreams! Smile

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:21 pm      Reply with quote
I always read before bed, or I listen to relaxing music. I also can't fall asleep without white noise. In the summer I run a fan, in the colder months I run a space heater on the fan setting. It blocks out outside noise, and just the gentle noise lulls you. I used to sleep to a rainforest cd, but my cd palyer broke and I got out of the habit.

I notice I sleep better when i keep on on my yoga practice. (At least twice a week).
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:57 pm      Reply with quote
Going to drink some milk. Just can't fall asleep tonight.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:04 pm      Reply with quote
A very warm bath, and rub your feet to relax. A homeopathic remedy you can buy at most drugstores, Calms Forte by Hylands is a gentle aid. Just put one tablet under your tongue and let it dissolve, about an hour before bed. I like to take my bath after the Calms Forte. And listen to a relaxation CD of calming music.

Also, valerian is great. Some people have great luck with benadryl, but it can have the opposite effect on some people.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:16 pm      Reply with quote
I've also tried Calms Forte in the past as I heard good things about it, but unfortunately it didn't do much for me. I remember even taking 3 or 4 tablets to see if it would help but nope, still lay awake. Sad I am still looking for the perfect natural remedy but I seem to be immune to everything. Sad

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:18 pm      Reply with quote
Our household has often used Tryptophan to good success...

Here is the blurb about it from About.com: [Tryptophan is] an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce the B-vitamin, niacin. Niacin, in turn, is used to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect and regulates sleep. However, L-tryptophan needs to be taken on an empty stomach and without any other amino acids or protein in order to make you drowsy.

I think this is a good link, too, on Food That Help You Sleep and Foods That Keep You Awake...

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T042400.asp
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:36 pm      Reply with quote
a nice big glass of warm milk... and lay there, close your eyes and pretend you're at a beach with ur fingers in the sand and count from 99 down to 1 .. as you are counting, imagine your fingers swirling the numbers in the sand

works for me!
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:53 pm      Reply with quote
I flash back to my childbirthing class lol. It sounds silly but I concentrate on breathing and relaxing each part of my body. I have to actually remind myself to do this because I will lie in bed for hours not sleeping and just thinking about what I am doing the next day or stressing about something. I have a hard time relaxing, I can't even take baths. They drive me crazy.
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:16 pm      Reply with quote
I have the same problem and am considering Valerian. What's the right dosage and has anyone experienced any side effects?
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Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:40 pm      Reply with quote
i take a gravol tablet when i am having problems sleeping. Seems to work well for me.

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Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:35 pm      Reply with quote
I've used Gravol to help me fall asleep too, but it's not a very clean sleep. I feel so groggy and gross when I wake up.
I was given an Rx for Rhovane a few years ago. That seemed to really work. It's a little old now though, so it's probably been replaced by newer Rx drugs like Ambien.
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Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:06 am      Reply with quote
Listening to Hawthorne Heights' album If Only You Were Lonely... I know there are some cheesy lyrics but I can easily fall asleep without fail at night while listening to it. It has a pleasant and relaxing sound. LOL
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