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Old 01-30-09, 03:49 AM   #11
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Have you thought of natural supplements for sleep?

Valerian Root is a natural plant found in nature, and if you take two Valerian root capsules that usually helps nicely (except for me, because my insomnia is way out of control, but even for me I feel drowsy with it).

Melatonin can also be bought at natural supplement stores. Melatonin is the natural chemical our body produces to put us to sleep, so giving yourself an extra dose can put you over.

Other then that, making sure you have a healthy sleep environment is a good way to make sure you can sleep:

1. Make sure you don't do work or schoolwork in your room, so that the bedroom can be associated as a place of relaxation and not of work.
2. Drink some warm milk with some turkey, both of those foods have chemicals in them that make us tired.
3. Don't watch TV or surf the internet or play video games while you're trying to go to bed, it will just energize you.
4. Don't drink anything caffinated within 6hrs of your bedtime.
5. Don't have big meals before bed, they will energize you.
6. Try lighting candles or an electric blanket or a CD with ocean sounds to relax you, sometimes that helps.
7. Sometimes a hot shower before bed can help relax the muslces as well.

If none of this helps, you can try Tylenol Simply Sleep. It is a sleep aid you can find in any Rite Aid or Longs, and it is pretty mild and it works well. Best of all, you don't need a prescription for it. It works pretty well, it worked for me for a few weeks, and that is saying something.
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Have you thought of natural supplements for sleep?

Valerian Root is a natural plant found in nature, and if you take two Valerian root capsules that usually helps nicely (except for me, because my insomnia is way out of control, but even for me I feel drowsy with it).

Melatonin can also be bought at natural supplement stores. Melatonin is the natural chemical our body produces to put us to sleep, so giving yourself an extra dose can put you over.

Other then that, making sure you have a healthy sleep environment is a good way to make sure you can sleep:

1. Make sure you don't do work or schoolwork in your room, so that the bedroom can be associated as a place of relaxation and not of work.
2. Drink some warm milk with some turkey, both of those foods have chemicals in them that make us tired.
3. Don't watch TV or surf the internet or play video games while you're trying to go to bed, it will just energize you.
4. Don't drink anything caffinated within 6hrs of your bedtime.
5. Don't have big meals before bed, they will energize you.
6. Try lighting candles or an electric blanket or a CD with ocean sounds to relax you, sometimes that helps.
7. Sometimes a hot shower before bed can help relax the muslces as well.

If none of this helps, you can try Tylenol Simply Sleep. It is a sleep aid you can find in any Rite Aid or Longs, and it is pretty mild and it works well. Best of all, you don't need a prescription for it. It works pretty well, it worked for me for a few weeks, and that is saying something.
Hey thanks I will try this. I was going to post a thread on something that may help me sleep, it's getting to me now. If I sleep 4 hours I am lucky, I know that seems like alot, but it isn't. I am a mom and always on the run and I need to sleep at least 6 or 7.
Thanks again
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Hey I'm glad you found some solutions already.

I had the same problem before. And I used non approved self-meds lol...ie. smoke up... but then anti-deps did take care of the ruminating (my friend doing a masters in social psych told me that's what its called btw...), and now it seems this mood stabilizer i'm on may be helping too.

Unfortunately the sheep counting and stuff had not worked for me :( - lucky you ozz ;)


Along the lines of natural supplements: I had a counsellor once who mentioned Chinese Herbal doctors etc. have herbal sleeping aids that relax you.

And over the counter relaxants are available as well. Its low in side effects, they basically use the chemicals in cold and flu meds that make ppl drowsy. So if it gets bad at least its semi-medicine options for you. :)

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Yeh- the sheep thing, not so much. I try random lists, like citing as many famous psych experiments I can think of- Festinger & Carlsmith (1957)... Millgram... Zimbardo... Or words without the letter "e" (or whatever other letter)...

Or I try starting things that I really don't want to do- cleaning something, studying- just the idea of doing those things makes me tired! and if not, at least you get something done!

Then sometimes just nothing works, and I don't sleep at all, like now...

Has anyone had much luck with meds? I can take ridiculous amounts of benzo's, stillnox etc without falling asleep. But even taking them for the first time (ie no tollerance) they didnt do much. What's up with that???

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Hey I'm glad you found some solutions already.

I had the same problem before. And I used non approved self-meds lol...ie. smoke up... but then anti-deps did take care of the ruminating (my friend doing a masters in social psych told me that's what its called btw...), and now it seems this mood stabilizer i'm on may be helping too.

Unfortunately the sheep counting and stuff had not worked for me :( - lucky you ozz ;)


Along the lines of natural supplements: I had a counsellor once who mentioned Chinese Herbal doctors etc. have herbal sleeping aids that relax you.

And over the counter relaxants are available as well. Its low in side effects, they basically use the chemicals in cold and flu meds that make ppl drowsy. So if it gets bad at least its semi-medicine options for you. :)
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