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emiperkins
Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 12:52 AM

THIS IS TOTALLY OFF-TOPIC, BUT. . .

Does anyone have any tips for an off-and-on insomniac? I've tried counting sheep, counting nothing, reading, warm milk, relaxation exercises, praying, EVERYTHING!
Everything that I can think of, that is. I figure most sploofusers are night owls, so I'm hoping somone will come through.

I took a sleeping pill last night and went to sleep. . . 4 hours later.

emiperkins
Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 12:56 AM

Oh yes, I forgot. Be nice to each other. Why start trouble on a site that is all for fun?

If someone is doing well on quizzes, WordRounds, WordPuzzles, etc, why not assume they have extraordinary talent? I don't win anything on this site, but I'm not bitter. Deal with it.

witchywoman
Witchywoman  (Level: 6.8 - Posts: 3)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 1:07 AM

Insomnia buddy. I feel your pain. The harder you try, the worse it is. I've also tried all the "remedies"...You also had a very nice reply for the players who are exhibiting their childish sides. Lets grow up people. Be happy for each other when someones doing well. This is suppose to be fun. Don't you have to fight too hard in real life?

skillet66
Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 3:02 AM

emi,i know how u feel-it's 2:00 a.m. here-not sleepy -have to take over the counter sleep aid -5 usually work,but sometimes they don't-forgot to get some today-i'm totally wired right now-this is an every night thing-if you find something that works,please let me know-Martha

action23
Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 5:57 AM

lol emiperkins..........looks like we're hooked on Sploofus.......I work a late swing shift and sometimes when I get home, the "s" thing really helps....but usually my wife hates to be awaken at 2 or 3 a.m.; Sooooooooooooooo.............it's off to Sploofus I go.........LOL. However, if you come up with some other possibilities please share. Tried the reading thing, the sleeping pill thing, eating, etc. (What next!!!)



action23

gopackgo
Gopackgo  (Level: 206.3 - Posts: 44)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 6:53 AM

Did you try no caffeine. I gave it up about 2 years ago and sleep every night.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 8:37 AM

I hate to say this, but from experience I know that alcohol will also mess up your sleep. Even one drink late in the evening ruins the night of sleep for me. Sure, I get sleepy first thing, but then I wake up later in the night and can't get back to sleep. Insomnia does explain why I see Sploofusers on the 'net all night!

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 8:56 AM

Oh yeah ... just to clarify, I'm not promoting a return to Prohibition. I'm a confirmed martini drinker myself (vokda, not gin). I even have a quiz entitled "Potent Potables" on the subject.

I truly feel your pain regarding insomnia. I suffered for about 5 years myself during and after my divorce. It was a terribly difficult time. I hope someone here has a helpful suggestion for you.

Katy

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 9:06 AM

I used to suffer from insomnia but haven't in a couple years. What works for me is working out 4-5 times a week and also not letting myself get *beyond tired* by watching late-night TV once I feel sleepy.

Good luck! It's so frustrating.

chanel3
Chanel3  (Level: 16.1 - Posts: 48)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 10:43 AM

My husband works till 3AM on a Tampa radio station~I dont eat after 6 pm, get on my elliptical for about an hour a day, so the combination of the exercise, no food after 6 and hearing my husband's voice puts me to sleep till he wakes me up when he gets home~~!!!grrr

witchywoman
Witchywoman  (Level: 6.8 - Posts: 3)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 11:19 AM

Hope you feel better today than I do. I got about 2 1/2 hrs. last night. I've got about another hour of free time then off for the day.It's going to be a long one!!!

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 2:07 PM

I could send you my two boys they'll wear anyone out so they can sleep! LOL..
Seriously tho, have you tried Melatonin. It's an all natural sleep aid that you can buy over the counter. It comes in 300 MCG bottles and you can find it just about anywhere. It helps me when I have trouble falling asleep. Also SleepyTime Tea by Celesteal Seasonings helps to relax me. Hope this helps. I know what it's like not being able to fall asleep.
Vickie

emiperkins
Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 3:41 PM

Wow! Thank you all for your kind words and/or suggestions. I'll let you know the results, if there are any.

roxi618
Roxi618  (Level: 177.2 - Posts: 50)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 4:41 PM

Melatonin is a great choice. I have taken it before and it usually takes about 20 minutes or so before I am yawning and my eyes want to shut. Also, in the morning after taking it, I don't feel groggy at all. Good luck!!!

sinope
Sinope  (Level: 7.5 - Posts: 37)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 5:22 PM

Low-dose seroquel.

twinboymom2001
Twinboymom2001  (Level: 67.0 - Posts: 197)
Fri, 16th Sep '05 10:02 PM

As a pharmacist to be, I highly suggest melatonin. It works quite well. Cutting out caffeine and regular exercise are also very good suggestions that you already have gotten. I deal with insomnia a lot and have had to resort to 10 mg of Ambien almost nightly to help me sleep. And it works REALLY good!
I hope you get some relief soon!

puppet138
Puppet138  (Level: 169.6 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 10:36 AM

I dealt with that for months and it pretty much can drive you insane. It totally ruins your life. I introduced somewhat of a sound of white noise to help me. It made me concentrate on one noise to fall asleep and drown out anything else in the background. Some people listen to a tape with oceans, waterfalls, whales...etc, but I have a humidifier in my room and the sound of the motor calms me down, drowns out the crickets, cars...etc and it puts moisture in the air to boot. That helped me like you would not believe

txchaplin
Txchaplin  (Level: 127.1 - Posts: 26)
Sun, 18th Sep '05 1:46 PM

I used to have trouble getting to sleep myself. I would lay next to my boyfriend, mad as hell cause he was sleeping like a hybernating bear. I tried just about everything but the thing that helped me the most was praying. I'd lay in bed and talk to the Lord and in no time, I was dead asleep...and stayed asleep until my alarm went off.

emiperkins
Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Mon, 19th Sep '05 4:23 PM

Thanks, once again. Just knowing there are so many of you out there with a similar problem makes me sleep easier.

ricksdusa
Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 4:17 PM

I find reading REALLY old forum topics - then resurrecting them works for mzzzzzzzzzzzzz

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 9:15 PM

When I worked third shift and had to sleep in the daytime I used "white noise" to help me sleep. You can buy tapes/CD's that play the sound of rain or surf but the simplest way is to turn a radio on low and find a spot on the far low end of the frequency that gives a steady static signal. although I usually sleep well there are times I still use this when I have one of those nights when I can't get the "bad shit" out of my mind. Being a long time "social drinker" I can say with confidence that if your system is not used to a daily sip or two, a drink before bedtime is no way to get a steady, restful sleep. It might work short term but you WILL wake up sooner, if only to empty your bladder.

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 10:00 PM

A little ice cream about an hour before bed works wonders for me.



smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:10 PM


I just took a sleep apnea test. They said that can cause insomnia, enlarged genitals, daytime drowsiness, etc.



fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:20 PM

Avoid exercising within 2 hours of bedtime. Unfortunately, one should really avoid bright lights, television, and computers for at least an hour before attempting to sleep as the lights tend to mess with your circadian rhythms.

If all else fails, get an old college text down from the shelves and give it a whirl.


chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 5th Mar '08 11:24 PM

I've had a sleep study done, for the EXACT opposite reason. I can fall asleep and start snoring at the drop of a hat.

I'll give you my blood if you give me yours, tired of being tired ALL THE TIME.

Me.

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 12:59 AM

Coffee puts me to sleep!


smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 1:48 AM


Chickenbreasts, you think I'm trading away the enlarged genital blood?

And what the hell do you want with enlarged genitals anyway? ewww...

lisaal
Lisaal  (Level: 54.5 - Posts: 36)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 1:59 AM

this doesnt always work but it sure helps... not sure why but it does, for me anyway.. i rinse my legs with not quite hot but really warm water.. from the calves down, i rinse them well till my feet are toasty... then.. i lay in bed without sheets or blankets... as the air from my fan cools me off i seem to relax and drift off to sleep... let me know if it works for you

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 8:15 AM

I feel your pain. I sometimes feel like the poster child for restless mind on those sleeping pill infomercials.

I personally have had great success with a prescription called trazadone, but, that is something only you and your doctor can decide.

If you are looking for a non medical solution I prefer my favorite harmless fantasies about winning the lottery and/or endless hours of carnal pleasure.

jespur
Jespur  (Level: 114.2 - Posts: 38)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 9:30 AM

I have known several people who have had their insomnia helped by acupuncture and chinese herbs.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 9:53 AM

I am a firm believer in the melatonin......my husband and I both take it.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 6th Mar '08 11:09 AM

Nice to see you again, Emi! How's the cookbook coming along?


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