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Old August 5th, 2004, 08:46 AM
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Anybody got any tips for a good night's sleep? Been suffering insomnia too long and can't take it anymore!

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Old August 5th, 2004, 08:52 AM
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1/2 bottle of any spirit 86 proof or higher before bedtime. Or, watch 1 episode of the new tv show "Growing up Gotti".
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It may sound strange... but I find 2 Advil an hour before bed does the trick for me if I'm having trouble sleeping.

Don't know what the magic ingredient is, but I've found it as effective as any sleeping pills.

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Try one of my grandma's recipes :

- a teapot of camomilla
- " la recherche du temps perdu" by Proust
This book is beside my bed since 1975, and I still don't know how it ends...

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Old August 5th, 2004, 09:26 AM
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Like Kuki, I find that a couple of Tylenol do the trick. I don't like to make a habit of it, so if I go to sleep but waken at some awful hour, I take two Tylenol and maybe read for a bit, or go on the 'puter.

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Old August 5th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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Move to the United States and watch our Congress in action on CSPAN on cable TV.

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Old August 5th, 2004, 09:38 AM
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Exercise about an hour every day and you should have no trouble sleeping.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 09:43 AM
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rollerD..I dont know what to tell you other than a warm cup of milk or maybe a cup of hot choclate..that works for me..if it dont then I go for a 1/2 of valium..but most of the time I have no trouble..I just hope you get some rest soon..it will run your system down quick.
watch my watch..you are getting very sleepy..you are slipping off into a deep sleep..jus
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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:11 AM
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Try counting backwards from 100, slowly. Picture each number in your head as if it's on a blackboard then wipe it out & picture the next one.....etc. etc. I do this often & very seldom get down to 1.
Another method is to start at your toes and concentrate on relaxing each muscle, work your way up your body very slowly.
Hope something works for you..Insomnia is a bugger!
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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Rollerdonna, I've had insomnia for years and I don't think there is one easy solution. Herbal tea helps (no hot choc. it has caffeine) and admitting defeat and GETTING UP instead of tossing and turning. Sometimes if I get up, drink some tea, maybe have a light snack and read a bit I can go back to sleep.

I don't know about you, but mine is all about not being able to turn my brain off! I've been taking a yoga class and am trying to learn some meditation techniques for nightime.

Good luck dear!
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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:39 AM
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I've been taking a couple of gravol pills every night before bed for a couple of years now. Helps me relax enough to get to sleep. I buy the no-name brand at my grocery store, it's much cheaper!

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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:45 AM
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Donna,

If you find a cure, let me know. I'm a light sleeper, and having a cat prowling around at night doesn't help. Especially when you're away for a week, and your furry friend missed you.

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Old August 5th, 2004, 11:19 AM
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Hi Donna, Only thing I can think of is some exercise early in the evening!!That would definitely make me sleepy by bedtime! Good luck!!

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I used to suffer from severe insomnia. I took every prescription pill there was - latest one was ambien. However, I found that if I took 2 tylonol PMs about an hour before I wanted to get to sleep it works like a charm. But it will take 4 or 5 nights to get to that point. Then just take it on a regular basis - I take it about every other night and it keeps my body clock in balance. I know what it is like to suffer from insomnia and have it affect every part of your life. Not everything will work for everyone, but give some of the ideas above a shot and see which one works for you.

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I have those insomnia nights also!! I either do the Tylenol pm or a benadryl, some reason benadryl (the pink pills) knock me out within 30 minutes.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 03:12 PM
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alittle (or alot) of romance might work
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Old August 5th, 2004, 06:04 PM
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try some relaxing music before you go to bed it helps me i hope you have a good day
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Old August 6th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Donna, I often work nights and sometimes can't seem to get a good days sleep. Someone I work with told me to take Excederin PM about an hour before I lay down. I don't take it often, maybe twice a month, just when it's been a few days since I had a really good sleep, but it really helps me. And unlike those over the counter sleeping pills, it doesnt leave you groggy and hard to get woke up.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 07:06 AM
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Last evening I "slept" in the recliner for a couple of hours after work--the din of the news, weather channel, CNN in monotone can ease me into sleep.I was groggy when I got up from that nap.
When I went to bed about an hour later I was tired but still had trouble settling back in. When I have that going on ,I start singing the words to songs I know,with my eyes closed. I bet you know MANY children's songs! If that doesn't work, it's on to poetry, or bingo numbers or.... I fell asleep last night unknowingly--without that "drop" point. Good luck! Lynne

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Donna, a lot is probably due to the stress of your Mom's cancer. You have so much going on right now. It might be a good idea to go to the doctor and get a prescription for a mild sleep-aid to help you thru this rough time.
Chamomile tea - no sugar works really well, as does a glass of wine or a few sips of brandy. Don't drink Kahula - it has caffine in it.
Tylenol PM works great.
If you have some allergy medication like Benadryl - the antihistamine will definatley make you sleepy. (Claritin, Allegra won't they are non-sedating)
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Old August 6th, 2004, 07:52 AM
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Thanks to everyone for their suggestions! I remember now bringing home some Tylenol PM from the last cruise (free sample) and it worked well, so I will have to get some more. I can also use Gravol, my travel-sickness medication, that always puts me out. But this week, not even hot baths, quiet music, lots of wine, reading, nothing helped. Last night it was a combination of a Pilates class, a hot bath, and an anti-anxiety medication that did the trick, and for the first time this week, I feel well rested!

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Old August 6th, 2004, 07:54 AM
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Believe it or not, the active ingredient in Tylenol PM that makes you sleep IS Benadryl. So taking one or the other will help you sleep.

I had trouble sleeping a few years ago and went to a sleep specialist. Among the tips I remember are:

~ Don't use your bed for anything but sleeping (and intimacy). Reading or watching TV in bed cues your body to believe that bed is a place to stay awake.

~ If you are awake for 15 minutes, get up and do something else until you get sleepy, then go back to bed. Same reason as above.

There were more but those are all I remember.

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Old August 6th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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We bought a sleep machine which works wonders....if one of us wakes up during the night, we just reach over and switch on the machine for an hour (auto shutoff), it has the sounds of the ocean, birds if you wish and a buoy....it is VERY relaxing and works about as good as any medication....

Good luck! Insomnia is NO fun!

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