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Old 02-18-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
 
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Wednesday mornings are busy and very exhausting for me. By the time I finish my morning, I am so mentally tired I can barely function, but I can rarely fall asleep for a nap. It's so frustrating, I'm too tired to do anything, but too awake to sleep. I end up wasting the entire day laying in bed or on the couch doing nothing.

Any recs for something like a tea or mild supplement to help take the edge off so I can catch just an hour or so? That is besides chamomile tea, I hate that stuff.
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Have you looked somewhere like Whole Foods or a health food store for a supplement? I know such remedies exist, but it's been a while since I've needed one so I don't know the exact names.

Also, if my feet are cold, I can have a hard time falling asleep. If it's the same for you, get a pair of those "booties" that you pop in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I love mine -- worth every penny and then some.

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Wednesday mornings are busy and very exhausting for me. By the time I finish my morning, I am so mentally tired I can barely function, but I can rarely fall asleep for a nap. It's so frustrating, I'm too tired to do anything, but too awake to sleep. I end up wasting the entire day laying in bed or on the couch doing nothing.

Any recs for something like a tea or mild supplement to help take the edge off so I can catch just an hour or so? That is besides chamomile tea, I hate that stuff.
i don't know about supplements.

have you tried a sleep mask and mellow instrumental music? unless i'm sick or have a headache, i find it most difficult to nap during sunlit days. the brightness just won't let me. cloudy, rainy days make it easier for me to catch naps. we have direct tv and have a music channel that plays beautiful, lulling, instrumental music 24-7. i turn to it in the evening when i'm cooking or exercising to fill the air with relaxing sound.

good luck.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:59 AM   #4
 
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Have you looked somewhere like Whole Foods or a health food store for a supplement? I know such remedies exist, but it's been a while since I've needed one so I don't know the exact names.

Also, if my feet are cold, I can have a hard time falling asleep. If it's the same for you, get a pair of those "booties" that you pop in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I love mine -- worth every penny and then some.

Happy napping!
I don't have a whole foods or natural food store near me, but I'll be in the vicinity of one next week.

I looked around town yesterday at everyplace that sells supplements. But the only thing I found was for nighttime sleeplessness and that'd probably be too much. I did pick up a 2 bedtime teas. But by that time it was too late for a nap. One of them has chamomile in it, which I hate, but it has other stuff too, so hopefully it might disguise the favor.
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I think any type of herbal tea that's not to citrusy or minty will help. For me it's the actual ritual of brewing the tea, preparing it and drinking it slowly. It relaxes me. I love Catnip tea for this. It really mellows you out (fresh stuff will even give you a little buzz type feeling).

I also find when I need a quality nap I have to have it dark (which I keep my room that way anyway) and I have to prepare myself for sleep. Usually it's comfy clothing for sleeping. The room temp also has to be right. I can't sleep if it's too hot.

That being said if I'm really tired I can snag a nap anywhere even if it's just for 10 minutes.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:07 PM   #6
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You could try Calms Forte or Rescue Sleep, both of which are homeopathic and won't make you groggy.
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