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Old 12-04-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
 
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Default Any natural remedies for insomnia?

I've been dealing with this for years now and its gotten worse. Its taken a toll on my body definitely my mental and weight. I talked to my mom about it and she suggested to get on some type of meds. Ive tries sleeping pills and they dont work. I don't wanna get back on anti depressents. That helped half the time. I don't like the drug effect I got. It was like I was on illegal drugs.
I've tried the stay up all day so many times, drinking coffee and energy drinks but knowing what it does to the body I don't wanna do it. I'm always tired even if my sleeping schedule was on track for a while. My doctor knows about my sleeping problems. My thyroid is normal which is weird since my little sister and my mom have the hypo and underactive. My next bet is getting tested on my nutrients. I know I don't digest food well. I'm lactose intolerant and took away dairy with it.
Any suggestions and opinions would help. Thanks.
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I've been dealing with this for years now and its gotten worse. Its taken a toll on my body definitely my mental and weight. I talked to my mom about it and she suggested to get on some type of meds. Ive tries sleeping pills and they dont work. I don't wanna get back on anti depressents. That helped half the time. I don't like the drug effect I got. It was like I was on illegal drugs.
I've tried the stay up all day so many times, drinking coffee and energy drinks but knowing what it does to the body I don't wanna do it. I'm always tired even if my sleeping schedule was on track for a while. My doctor knows about my sleeping problems. My thyroid is normal which is weird since my little sister and my mom have the hypo and underactive. My next bet is getting tested on my nutrients. I know I don't digest food well. I'm lactose intolerant and took away dairy with it.
Any suggestions and opinions would help. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
 
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valerian root?
melatonin?
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I've read books. I'm jamming to music right now. Dr. Oz did a show about melatonin. Not worth it. Never heard of valerian root. Anything with relaxation will put me too sleep.

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Old 12-04-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
 
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I've read books. I'm jamming to music right now. Dr. Oz did a show about melatonin. Not worth it. Never heard of valerian root. Anything with relaxation will put me too sleep.

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no music you could "jam" to.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #6
 
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check you tube for Yoga Nidra

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Old 12-04-2013, 10:37 AM   #7
 
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Valerian root is considered to be nature's Xanax. It relaxes you a bit, but in my opinion not enough to put you to sleep.

What is causing you to stay awake? I mean like, racing thoughts and worry, or just simply can't fall asleep? Xanax is good for calming the mind, if the mind not shutting off is your problem. You can get this from your regular doctor pretty easily.

Put a little bit of lavender essential oil on the bottoms of both of your feet before bed. This helped my mom relax at night time. Her mind goes on overdrive and this helped her fall asleep.

I would also recommend regular massages and maybe some meditation. A healthy diet and exercise are also vitally important. I have food sensitivities, and I find if I eat the foods that are "bad" for me, I don't want to sleep. If i'm eating "good" for my body, I'm readily able to fall asleep at 8pm.

You also state you drink a lot of caffeine. If you can stop this, your sleep problems will be greatly reduced.
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Sleep Schedule

Bedtime routine

And if it is racing thoughts, i've found that creating a To Do list really helps. That way I feel like I've captured it all and I don't have to worry about forgetting
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I'm a long time insomnia sufferer. Best thing I ever did was to see a psychologist who has specialist expertise in sleep disorders. He put me on strict sleep restrictions and gradually released it. I sleep almost always normally now.
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Get rid of the caffeine and get a bed pillow. Also get on a sleep schedule. Do not watch tv an hour b4 bedtime.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:13 PM   #11
 
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I use valerian root. It worked best in the beginning but it's not as effective now that my body has gotten used to it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #12
 
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My doctor had me try a combination of melatonin and valerian together. It works well sometimes, but the effects wear off. So I alternate using it. Liquid melatonin seems to work better.
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Valerian root, passiflora endulis, linden, lemon and orange blossom, i drink that mixture at night

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Old 12-04-2013, 07:19 PM   #14
 
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Do you work out? I find that working out (hard) helps. Having caffeine in the afternoon can keep me up now. I heard melatonin helps some people but I havent tried it. Regular sleeping drugs work on me though but I dont like to depend on them. I go through phases of insomnia.
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Im having a similar problem. I can fall asleep usually within an hour but I wake up about every 1.5 hours that I'm in bed. So, I always wake up tired and remain so throughout the day. Sometimes I have to go to bed when I get home because I'm too sleepy to do any studying. I can stay in bed 12 hours and still wake up exhausted. I did a sleep study though and they said I slept normally. So, idk what is going on and it's driving me crazy. To be told I sleep normally just makes me feel even crazier
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:59 AM   #16
 
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you'll sleep from the minute your head hits the pillow until morning IF you work out and or run.
start by walking for 30 minutes if you are not ready to commit to working out.
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you'll sleep from the minute your head hits the pillow until morning IF you work out and or run.
start by walking for 30 minutes if you are not ready to commit to working out.
Actually that's not strictly true.

I suffer from sleep problems. In periods where I can't sleep I do not always sleep the day I do exercise.

However what happened is if on day one I don't sleep on day two if I exercised again, which has to be at a much lower level, I do sleep.
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Vibrators also help most of the time.
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Have your thyroid checked. Not enough or too much thyroid hormones can affect sleep habits.
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Vibrators also help most of the time.

sex helps me fall asleep much easier(afterwards not during). maybe this explains my lack of sleep since being back in the US
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