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Old 06-28-18, 02:58 AM
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Angry How do you fall asleep ?

Hello,
i have adhd and i have problem to fall asleep.
I i am constantly thinking about something and i can't stay focused on breathing, in past when my adhd wasn't that bad, i could stay focused on breathing and would fall asleep in 30 minutes.
I am on computer before bed, for reason, that i can't read in bed.
Because i have chronic pain.
At least i don't look to blue light, i am using flux.
I usually watch tv show, or listen to relaxing music before sleep time.
But not always, sometimes i get excited about something, or read something iteresting, or listen to music which energize me, which is abosulutely worst i can do before bed.
Than i try to listen music relaxing in bed, which does nothing.

I try some tips for insomnia:
  1. don't eat anything 3 hours before sleep

    2.try to relax instead of trying fall asleep

    3.don't drink hour before bed

    4.get fresh air

    5. air temp 16-20, i don't have air conditioner so i can't do that

I don't know what could i do yet.
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I practice good sleep hygiene which means I go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

I pretty much fight sleep till I pass out.

Sarah above has given me some amazing tips over the years on some of the stuff that's worked with her. Maybe soon it's time I start tackling my sleep issues once and for all. I do think that if I actually put the effort into doing what Sarah has done (sticking to a routine)...it'd work for me.
I just haven't committed yet.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

Wake up at the same time every day. That matters more than what time you go to bed.

Some people sleep better when they take a small dose of their stimulant meds before bed. Is that an option for you?
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Wake up at the same time every day. That matters more than what time you go to bed.

Some people sleep better when they take a small dose of their stimulant meds before bed. Is that an option for you?
Ye i am going sleep everyday at the same time, but i was not getting same time everyday.
I can do this.

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At those times, one thing that helps me is to listen to podcasts.
Good idea i didn't listen to podcasts 4ever.
I try it and let you know.
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Me? Keep ruminating until my brain got exhausted and passed out, that's how I sleep every night.
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Me? Keep ruminating until my brain got exhausted and passed out, that's how I sleep every night.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

Look into ASMR.. I found it useful at times.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

My trouble with sleeping is in the early hours of the morning. I go to sleep alright, but sometimes I go through stages where I wake up at silly hours like 3am, and can't get back to sleep.



At those times, one thing that helps me is to listen to podcasts. I've tried music and "white noise" but they don't always help. My mind just keeps racing on random topics. A podcast works better for me, as it takes my mind off random thoughts and focuses it on something specific. But it has to be interesting enough to keep my attention, but not super-exciting or containing loud bursts of music that would keep me awake. I like history podcasts, like Mike Duncan's History of Rome for example.



Another thing that helps is to have a regular routine. I try to go to bed at the same time every night, and (since I have trouble sleeping in the morning) I make myself stay in bed until the same hour every morning.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

It helps if I have exercised and meditated prior to bed. I can meditate myself to sleep. Sometimes if I lay in bed and meditate, instead of sit on my meditation pillow, with some music (no words) I may wake up like 4 hours later.

I need to follow the same routine: Pills, vape (no nicotine anymore ), bed, read on kindle, play solitaire, sleep time.

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Cool temperature (65f - around 18c)
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

I know about rutine, because brain will associate sequence of tasks with sleep.

With meditation i have a problem, because i have pressure in my neck and when i focus on breath, i have very unconfortable feeling in my neck.

Unfortuanately sometimes, i wake at 4am and than i take sleep pills to fall asleep again and i don't want to wake up at 6:30, so i sleep til 8:30 for example.
I will have to just suck it up and wake up at 6:30.

Kidnle i would read, but i have, i not sure how it trasnlates - copressed spine and my neck hurts quickly and i can't even hold kindle with hands, because they start to hurt quickly.
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Kidnle i would read, but i have, i not sure how it trasnlates - copressed spine and my neck hurts quickly and i can't even hold kindle with hands, because they start to hurt quickly.
If you have both sleep and pain problems, then gabapentin or pregabalin might be helpful. I don't know if it's available in your country
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

I am not a fan of using technology to help with sleep. Doesnt matter if its the TV/phone/tablet/radio whatever. Its an artificial sleep inducer if it even works. You cant expect your brain to quiet down if it has to work hard on things like listening or watching something.
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Re: How do you fall asleep ?

I read with my kindle on night light setting so you don't get the effects of watching a bright white screen. (It's an orangy color). And playing solitaire is the most relaxing thing I do all day lol. I don't exactly pick easy reads but it works to quiet my brain down.
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Only been able to sleep since going off all meds and getting the toxic people out of my life.

I spent around 10 years not sleeping due to PTSD. My PDoc said this was normal and tried to give me sedatives but I never took them.

I try not to have caffeine too late in the day but if necessary I might eat stuff to send me into a carb coma.
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