What Helps You Fall Asleep?

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I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep, especially if I have a lot going on at work (I work in a school, and it's hard to keep the kids off my mind sometimes.) A couple of things can help... a really, really good book (one I can't put down until I am half asleep, so as soon as I shut the light off, I am out.) Another is menu planning... thinking about the food I have in the house and how I can use it to make meals throughout the week. Other than that, there are times when I try to sleep and even if I am tired my mind just starts racing... does anyone have any "tricks" that help them focus their mind on something else and fall asleep easier?
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Lol! A valium also helps, but that's a once-in-a-while emergency option.
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I put on a meditation cd that is supposed to help quiet the mind and ease stress.
Melatonin. Sometimes Kava Kava. But melatonin is the bomb.

Also, strangely enough, I've learned that if I lay diagonally, I fall asleep faster and sleep better. I know that lounging diagonally across a bed isn't such a good option for married folks, but I have also found that if I sleep just a little askew, it works too.

And a body pillow. I pretty much molest my body pillow at night. Helps me get much more comfortable and then I'll drop off.

When my mind is racing about work and I can't shut it down, I will start telling myself to go to sleep so that takes up the racing thoughts rather than work.
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Exercising, a hot bath, and reading before bed...and a Lunesta.
Klonopin. If I can't sleep, 1/2 a K is the only thing that will quiet my mind down. I have a very difficult time relaxing.


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Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.
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No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
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Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl

My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.
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Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl

My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.
Originally Posted by Speckla
I have insomnia. Not from my mind racing, but a medical problem and if I don't get my sleep it's a hot mess. We just moved cubicles at work and I'm at the end of the row kind of in my own little corner in my own little chair. I don't know if that was happenstance or they want to keep me a little more solitary so when I haven't slept and am on the warpath, people are out of the line of fire.
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl

My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.
Originally Posted by Speckla
Yeah, same here. I'll be up until 2 or 3 with my mind just racing, racing.


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I notice that I fall asleep quicker when either the heater or the AC is on in the house. It's not temperature related, it's the noise. I know people use fans for the noise factor too; I keep meaning to try that.

Reading in bed. My thoughts keep me up so having them distracted while my body is all situated for sleep often does the trick.

Praying for people beyond the immediate circle of people in my life. ...Which kinda sounds bad, but the list of issues piles up, and like reading in bed, it can wind up successfully distracting me from my own junk.
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I have great difficulties sleeping and I don't get any restorative sleep so I'm always tired... but some things I use (all together)- binaural beats with sleep music, acupressure mat, yoga poses preparing for sleep, aromatherapy, supplements (herbs, amino acids, minerals, vitamins).. then I'll read, count backwards, meditative breathing.

In order to turn your mind off at night, you need to be able to lower your cortisol levels (stress hormone). Ashwaganda and magnolia are great stress busters. I use Sleep Tonight by Enzymatic Therapies which contains ashwaganda, magnolia, L-Theanine, and Phosphatidylserine/ Enzymatic Therapy Sleep Tonight

Sleep hygiene is also important (I struggle greatly with this)
No caffeine after 2pm
Light, high protein snack before bed
Exercise during the day
Turn off all electronics 1-2 hrs before bed (the light suppresses melatonin production)
Take a warm bath and sleep in a cool room

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