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excel
10-28-09, 02:30 PM
I am not sure where to put this. I just got back from my sleep doctor. for thoughts running throught the mind he said that typically it's more of an anxiety problem than anyting else. When we can't sllep we get frustrated. He did suggest cognitive behavorial therapy to help get rid of the thoughts.
If you can't sleep don't stay in bed. Turn the light on and read or do something that won't stimulate the mind.get regular exercise. I hope this helps somebody.

excel
10-29-09, 03:13 PM
Some mothings he told were to take a short nap like 15 to 20 minutes during the day rather an hour or two. @0 minute nap you should feel refreshed. Taking a longer nap you go into a deeper and feel more tired when you wake up.get up the same time everyday. this will help to se your biological clock

excel
10-31-09, 08:45 PM
Only seep as a long as you need to to feel refreshe. sleeping to long may make more tired.

excel
12-13-09, 04:34 PM
Hypnosis can work for sleeping disorders

Legault
12-18-09, 09:26 AM
I find myself slipping into nocturnal cycles easily, and especially if I sleep whenever I want.

excel
07-06-10, 09:36 AM
Sleep Apenea will make you want to take naps during the day

excel
03-15-11, 02:53 PM
It takes me a long while to get to sleep. What can i try to get right to sleep?

StoicNate
03-15-11, 03:03 PM
I need to get about 10 hours of sleep to feel refreshed in the morning, but getting to sleep can be a challenge.
I have to have complete darkness in the room and silence. I need my window slightly open and be warm at the same time.

I don't get my 10 hours of sleep on school days and feel sloppy/out of it the whole day. (I only get 7 hours of sleep and wake up at 5:30am)
Getting to sleep earlier is my #1 issue right now.

excel
03-15-11, 07:11 PM
I try to get about 8 hours a sleep a night

Lunacie
03-15-11, 07:30 PM
I am not sure where to put this. I just got back from my sleep doctor. for thoughts running throught the mind he said that typically it's more of an anxiety problem than anyting else. When we can't sllep we get frustrated. He did suggest cognitive behavorial therapy to help get rid of the thoughts.

If you can't sleep don't stay in bed. Turn the light on and read or do something that won't stimulate the mind.get regular exercise. I hope this helps somebody.

For years I've slept with a dim reading light on - so that when I can't get to sleep - or when I wake up in the middle of the night - I can pick up a book and read for awhile. I always figured I was still resting even if I wasn't sleeping.

Before that, when I slept with another person, I would get up and get on the computer. Turns out that's the worst thing you can do to get back to sleep. But otherwise I tossed and turned and neither of us got good sleep.

Then I started taking a Claritin every evening and sleeping through the night - and I've felt so much better. Unfortunately I think I'm developing a tolerance and I haven't slept so well the last week or so, or hopefully it's just because I've been sick and I'll be able to sleep well again when the virus has run it's course.

StoicNate
03-15-11, 07:34 PM
By the way, Melatonin works on nights when I can't get to sleep on my own.
It's the chemical that regulates the circadian (sleeping) rhythm.

I buy it at my local Trader Joe's, but it's usually available at most grocery stores under the "Sleeping aid" section.

excel
03-15-11, 07:48 PM
For years I've slept with a dim reading light on - so that when I can't get to sleep - or when I wake up in the middle of the night - I can pick up a book and read for awhile. I always figured I was still resting even if I wasn't sleeping.

Before that, when I slept with another person, I would get up and get on the computer. Turns out that's the worst thing you can do to get back to sleep. But otherwise I tossed and turned and neither of us got good sleep.

Then I started taking a Claritin every evening and sleeping through the night - and I've felt so much better. Unfortunately I think I'm developing a tolerance and I haven't slept so well the last week or so, or hopefully it's just because I've been sick and I'll be able to sleep well again when the virus has run it's course.
I thought claritin didn't cause drowsiness

Lunacie
03-15-11, 08:21 PM
I thought claritin didn't cause drowsiness

I'm strange that way. Decongestants and antihistimaines nearly always make me so sleepy I can't stay awake.

excel
03-16-11, 01:03 PM
I slept better the last two nights

blatant
03-16-11, 01:23 PM
I've personally tried just about everything to deal with my sleep problem. I usually have little to no problem falling a sleep I just lay there and fidget for a little while and I usually pass out after a while but every night I wake up about 4 hours into my sleep and can't go back to sleep at all.

I'm on Ambien right now and it kinda helps me, not stay asleep but It has let me fall asleep again after I've woken up about 4 hours in but that is only sometimes.

Prior to Ambien I tried Melatonin/Valerian combo, Benadryl, Nyquil, and Jack Daniels hoping to find something that can help me stay asleep and nothing worked.

excel
03-16-11, 01:25 PM
The sleep doctor told me alchol doesn't help one to sleep better.

blatant
03-16-11, 01:43 PM
Yeah it can help you fall asleep but deteriorates the quality of sleep you get, I was just trying anything I could after having went through everything besides prescription meds. Wasn't in huge amounts or anything a shot or two before bed, didn't work anyway :)

excel
03-16-11, 02:01 PM
Sleeping make you tired the next day.

excel
03-17-11, 07:15 PM
I hope I can sleep really good tonight

excel
03-23-11, 12:54 PM
If life was simple maybe we could sleep better.

excel
03-23-11, 06:39 PM
I worry about to many things. I stay awake thinking

excel
03-24-11, 08:44 AM
Lack of sleep can cause alot of health problems.

excel
03-26-11, 08:04 PM
It always takes me a long time to get to sleep, and when I take a sleeping pill it still takes me a long time to get to sleep plus I get get myself out of bed

excel
03-28-11, 02:46 PM
It would be nice to get a good nights sleep

excel
03-28-11, 06:30 PM
What do you do to get a good nights sleep

stef
03-29-11, 05:44 AM
Get ready for bed earlier, and be sure there's nothing to move off the bed and the alarm is set, etc.; then I keep crocheting or reading or watching TV (in the living room) for another 30 min or so. DO NOT fall asleep on the couch before brushing teeth etc.

I also read that it helps to use a dimmer light in the bathroom in the evenings.

excel
03-29-11, 12:24 PM
Get ready for bed earlier, and be sure there's nothing to move off the bed and the alarm is set, etc.; then I keep crocheting or reading or watching TV (in the living room) for another 30 min or so. DO NOT fall asleep on the couch before brushing teeth etc.

I also read that it helps to use a dimmer light in the bathroom in the evenings.
I don't use an alarm to wake up. I am always awake. I have the alarm set so I now when 5 am comes

Offle
03-29-11, 12:55 PM
I've always been a poor sleeper but it's gotten better since high school. One thing I do when I can't get to sleep is eat a small bowl of cereal before bed. I can't sleep on an empty stomach. Since I'm always famished in the afternoons around 4 or 5 I usually just eat dinner then so when bed times comes around I start getting a little hungry again. It helps a lot, even when I've had a later dinner and I'm not hungry. I think it's because feeling full helps me relax some.

Some nights I have a horrible time getting my mind to relax and shut down. It just wants to race and race and keep me awake. When that happens I usually think of a song that's been stuck in my head all day or on that I can remember with little or no effort and I replay that song in my head over and over again.

Because song is easy to remember my mind and click right on to it without much effort or devoting much energy to remembering the lyrics or rhyme or anything. And because it's been stuck in my head for a little while I have no trouble lightly focusing on it.

I think focusing on the song and making my brain do something that is easy but not mindless helps because it distracts my brain. It helps block out all those racing thoughts so my brain can relax enough to shut my body down for the night.

I also noticed it's a lot harder for me to fall asleep when I'm exhausted. It's always going to take me some time to fall asleep, but when I'm exhausted it gets on my nerves that it's taking so long. So when I don't fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow I get frustrated and angry, which causes my adrenaline to grow which makes it harder to fall asleep. Then I get a head ache and I end up spending most of the night feeling like angry knowing I have to wake up early in the morning, and in pain because I'm so tired.

excel
03-29-11, 01:00 PM
I've always been a poor sleeper but it's gotten better since high school. One thing I do when I can't get to sleep is eat a small bowl of cereal before bed. I can't sleep on an empty stomach. Since I'm always famished in the afternoons around 4 or 5 I usually just eat dinner then so when bed times comes around I start getting a little hungry again. It helps a lot, even when I've had a later dinner and I'm not hungry. I think it's because feeling full helps me relax some.

Some nights I have a horrible time getting my mind to relax and shut down. It just wants to race and race and keep me awake. When that happens I usually think of a song that's been stuck in my head all day or on that I can remember with little or no effort and I replay that song in my head over and over again.

Because song is easy to remember my mind and click right on to it without much effort or devoting much energy to remembering the lyrics or rhyme or anything. And because it's been stuck in my head for a little while I have no trouble lightly focusing on it.

I think focusing on the song and making my brain do something that is easy but not mindless helps because it distracts my brain. It helps block out all those racing thoughts so my brain can relax enough to shut my body down for the night.

I also noticed it's a lot harder for me to fall asleep when I'm exhausted. It's always going to take me some time to fall asleep, but when I'm exhausted it gets on my nerves that it's taking so long. So when I don't fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow I get frustrated and angry, which causes my adrenaline to grow which makes it harder to fall asleep. Then I get a head ache and I end up spending most of the night feeling like angry knowing I have to wake up early in the morning, and in pain because I'm so tired.
My sleep doctors says on should never go to bed hungry

Offle
03-29-11, 01:05 PM
My sleep doctors says on should never go to bed hungry

That's because it will wake you up earlier than you would have woken up and you'll feel sick.

excel
03-30-11, 06:49 PM
That's because it will wake you up earlier than you would have woken up and you'll feel sick.
I think it's because your stomache growls

Offle
03-30-11, 07:05 PM
I think it's because your stomache growls

Maybe. I'll wake up feeling like I'm going to throw up and I'll get really dizzy. It's all because I'm hungry though so go eat something then go back to bed.

excel
03-30-11, 07:08 PM
Maybe. I'll wake up feeling like I'm going to throw up and I'll get really dizzy. It's all because I'm hungry though so go eat something then go back to bed.
Thats not good. Does any of your medcine say to take with food

Offle
03-30-11, 07:46 PM
All I take is birth control and adderall and I take both with food in the morning. Hunger is the only thing I've ever been able to link the feeling to because once I eat I feel better.

excel
03-30-11, 08:07 PM
All I take is birth control and adderall and I take both with food in the morning. Hunger is the only thing I've ever been able to link the feeling to because once I eat I feel better.
Well thats good. Just amke sure you don't go to bed hungry

stef
03-31-11, 03:48 AM
I don't use an alarm to wake up. I am always awake. I have the alarm set so I now when 5 am comes

wow that is terrible! sorry I gave you the wrong advice. My problem is GETTING to bed but I usually sleep through the night. If I'm anxious about something I'll wake up at 5 am though; and then again about 20 min before the alarm goes off.

excel
03-31-11, 10:46 AM
wow that is terrible! sorry I gave you the wrong advice. My problem is GETTING to bed but I usually sleep through the night. If I'm anxious about something I'll wake up at 5 am though; and then again about 20 min before the alarm goes off.
No, You didn't give the wrong advuce

excel
04-08-11, 05:55 PM
I have been sleeping better.

Jade Sea
04-08-11, 06:13 PM
http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/650536.html

Using Electronics Before Bed May Hamper Sleep

MONDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep tight, but not right after looking at something bright.

That's the message of a new survey that suggests many Americans might be losing valuable shut-eye because they spend the hour before bedtime in front of the electronic glow of a television, cell phone or computer.

The survey doesn't prove that exposure to bright light before bed disrupts sleep. But some experts recommend an "electronic curfew" an hour before bedtime, when people should dim lamps and avoid checking their e-mail or watching late-night TV.

"Falling asleep isn't like flicking a switch. We don't put our heads on the pillow and fall off to sleep," said Allison G. Harvey, a sleep specialist and professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. "We take time to wind down at night. If we've got bright light conditions, we're not giving ourselves a chance to get off to sleep and stay asleep."

The National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll, whose results were released Monday, surveyed 1,508 people between the ages of 13 and 64.

Overall, the survey suggests that a majority of Americans aren't getting enough sleep: 63 percent said their needs aren't being met during the week.

Ninety-five percent of those surveyed said they'd used an electronic device -- such as a television, computer, video game or cell phone -- within the hour before bed at least a few nights a week. About two-thirds of people aged 30 to 64 frequently watch TV in the hour before bed, but only about half of younger people do. Not surprisingly, those under 30 are much more likely than older people to send or receive text messages on their cell phones in the hour before bed.

The problem is that light exposure before sleep can disrupt body rhythms and suppress the release of the hormone melatonin, which promotes sleep, Harvey explained.

But does it actually hurt sleep? Harvey said the survey doesn't prove that. Still, she suspects exposure to light is a problem. "No one's proven it yet, but it seems more than tempting to speculate fairly strongly," she noted.

Dr. Matt Travis Bianchi, a sleep specialist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said the issue of light before sleep is complicated: not all kinds of light activate body cycles in the same way, and a little bit of light -- such as from a TV at a distance -- might still cause a problem.

Also, "we are very different in our sensitivity to light," he added. "I have on rare occasions had patients who were 'light-toxic,' in that if they got bright light late at night they couldn't sleep at all. Contrast that with patients I have who sleep with the light and TV on routinely, and don't have much problems that they can feel."

What can people try to do to sleep better?

Harvey recommends an electronic curfew. Also, "try to stick to a fairly regular wake time, get bright light in the morning and dim light at night, exercise regularly and have a bedtime routine of 30 to 60 minutes when you're letting yourself wind down," she suggested.

If you don't sleep well but can't bear to tear yourself away from the TV or computer before going to bed, Bianchi recommends trying a pair of "dampening glasses," which will filter out the most damaging light. You can try them, he said, and see if they make a difference.

He also said people should be aware that it may not be the light of a cell phone or computer that triggers sleep problems. It could be the anxiety produced when you, say, read an e-mail that makes you angry.

Maybe I should take some of the advice in this article. I always use my laptop in bed before I go to sleep. In fact I'm doing it right now :S
Would certainly make for a good experiment.

excel
04-09-11, 03:38 PM
I get off the computer and go to bed

Offle
04-09-11, 05:02 PM
I sleep with the TV on because I'm afraid of the dark and I hate the feeling of an empty lifeless room around me. I almost always have the brightness and contrast down though, even on my laptop.

excel
04-09-11, 05:35 PM
What makes you affraid of the dark?

Offle
04-09-11, 05:51 PM
I don't know. I've always been terrified of it. In my mind bad things happens in the dark.

excel
04-11-11, 12:37 PM
Maybe something that happened to you when you were a child

Offle
04-11-11, 01:07 PM
Maybe, I'm not sure though. My early childhood memories are all unpleasant ones for the most part, so I just try to block them out. If something did happen when I was child to make me afraid of the dark I've probably blocked it out along with all the other things.

excel
04-11-11, 01:40 PM
Maybe, I'm not sure though. My early childhood memories are all unpleasant ones for the most part, so I just try to block them out. If something did happen when I was child to make me afraid of the dark I've probably blocked it out along with all the other things.
Instead of blocking them out it might be good to talk to someone about them.

excel
04-14-11, 01:03 PM
I wonder if Lexapro can keep you awake at night.

excel
11-29-11, 08:11 PM
It takes me so long to fall asleep. I hate it.

excel
12-14-11, 09:26 AM
I Find that the less stress you have the better you sleep. If we can reduce the stress, we might sleep better. The question we have to answer is how can we reduce the stress level.

excel
05-31-12, 09:19 AM
My sleep has improved, but it still takes me a longtime to fall a sleep. I think to much when I'm in bed. I wish I could fall a sleep as soon as I hit the pillow.

excel
11-16-13, 06:46 PM
Has anyone tried melatonin the natural sleep aid?

purpleToes
11-17-13, 03:14 AM
Has anyone tried melatonin the natural sleep aid?

It is really a sleep cycle regulator, and should't be used as a sleep aid. If you have trouble falling asleep at the right time, it's good for getting to sleep earlier, but if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, it's the wrong tool for the job and will probably make your situation worse.

I wrote about it recently here:
http://www.addforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1562441&postcount=2

excel
02-03-14, 12:08 AM
Lets all get to bed so we can get up inn the morning

stef
02-03-14, 06:05 AM
ugh the jet lag is setting in, feeling kind of ill from fatigue....

BellaVita
02-03-14, 06:10 AM
Lol excel you're not alone

excel
02-03-14, 05:40 PM
I could of slept longer this morning. We had off cause of the weather

excel
06-05-14, 06:12 PM
Would we get a better nights sleep if we didn't spend so much time on the computer

Conman
06-05-14, 10:30 PM
the thoughts running thru head is anxiety? i always considered nonstop thoughts keeping me from sleep was due to my brain refusing to turn off. sleep used to be me watching tv or sitting in bed with my eyes closed waiting until i black out and wake up.

**** sleep tho. really. if it were up to me id never sleep but id day after a certain amount of time. oddly enough im remembering a lot more dreams (almost nightly) when i can sleep on my own schedule than when im at school and i remember maybe 2 dreams a semester

excel
12-27-14, 07:36 PM
Sleeping don't let fall asleep right away. It still takes me a long time to fall asleep

excel
01-17-15, 08:44 PM
Having another sleep study done at the end of January

excel
04-13-16, 09:34 AM
My sleep doctor said I should take melatonin 3 or 5mg. He said it helps you to fall asleep. He also said it helps with paransomonia . I got up while sleeping and ran into the wall and had to go to the emergency room. I also have violent nightmares. Anyone else with this problem.

KarmanMonkey
04-15-16, 02:42 PM
Had sleep problems, but not to your extent. I found melatonin helpful, but there are those who haven't seen any benefit from it either.

I'd encourage you to google sleep hygeine and see if there's anything in the list of options that you feel you could change, even if you don't see how it could help.

A big one for me is exercise. If I'm not active enough during the day, it seriously messes with my sleep.

The bigger one is routine. Having the set bedtime routine so it preps my mind for sleep.

The one thing you'll read is about caffeine being a big problem; for me it's the opposite; since what keeps me awake tends to be the distractions and random thoughts, having a bit of caffeine can actually help me focus on sleep.

excel
05-16-16, 01:17 PM
I have insomnia. It takes me for ever to fall asleep. My doctor put me on 3 to 5mg of melatonin.

ginniebean
05-16-16, 01:29 PM
One of the things I notice about sleep is that I am extremely light sensitive. Even the red glow from a digital alarm clock can upset my ability to sleep.

What works for me has been a sleep mask and the room kept as dark as possible. Apparently lots of people are light sensitive.

qanda
05-16-16, 10:24 PM
My 14 yr old daughter takes melatonin, 1.5 mg 30 minutes to an hour before bed. Without it she takes 2 hrs to fall asleep, but with it she falls asleep quickly. I read somewhere that if you do not make adequate melatonin then it works well, but if you do it helps you fall asleep barely any faster than not taking it.

excel
05-17-16, 10:32 AM
It takes me more than 2 hours to fall asleep.