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Sleeping Problems?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Okay this was mentioned on a different thread... but how many of you have sleeping problems? I'm one of those people who will toss and turn for at least a half hour, who will wake up several times throughout the night and will never feel fully rested in the morning. I'm tired of listening to even my cats snore next to me, while my mind goes a mile a minute.

There's a poll in here to find out how many of us have sleeping problems... and how many are those lucky ones that can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow (like my boyfriend, grumble grumble).

Also, I was wondering how many of you have tried to do something about it. I was in a health food store and was looking into insomnia remedies... but I didn't want to try anything without hearing some reviews, ya know?
post #2 of 29
I go to sleep no problem!. Theres a program on here i think it's tomorrow? that a UK professor has done which is all about sleep problems and how to combat them!.

I'll watch it for you and let you know!.
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks Susan! I'm looking forward to getting some great sleep tips now!
post #4 of 29
Ari do you stress about things much?, or go to bed thinking about whats happend that day or thinking about things to do the next day?.

People tell me i'm very laid back but it's because i try and not let things stress me if i can help it.
post #5 of 29
I checked OTHER cause I fall asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow, but I can't stay asleep. I'll wake up every few hours. I've learned to get up and walk around the house, then go back to bed. Some nights its every 2 hours, some nights its only once a night. Then I have the nights when my brain just won't shut off! Thats usually about 3 or 4AM.
post #6 of 29
Well I voted I have no problems falling asleep but I probably should have checked other because I used to and I could easily stay awake until the late AMs before I felt tired. Now my body basically falls asleep as soon as I get into bed. I'm happy about that. I do wake up once or twice in the night to go to the toilet though.
post #7 of 29
I fall asleep quickly unless my husband goes to sleep first (snores very loudly) or he insists on having the TV on while he drifts off into slumberland. The sound doesn't bother me - it's the flickering light.

I sleep very, very soundly - don't hear thunderstorms or much of anything actually. The night sweats have begun to wake me at least once every night now - around 2:30 a.m. I get up, go to bathroom, get cooled off in that process and fall immediately back to sleep.
post #8 of 29
I voted "other"

Generally I have no problem getting to sleep - unless I'm really busy at work (with loads of marking to do in a short time) or if I'm worried about something (doesn't often happen).

It takes me a little while to get to sleep now whilst Lily does three rounds of the bedroom, each circuit includes jumping up on the bed and trampling right across my face, then hubby's then back down to the floor. Eventually she gets up purring like a train and settles down....til she gets lonely at 4 am.
post #9 of 29
my cat keeps me up... does that count
post #10 of 29
I go sleep OK I just wake up way too early.
post #11 of 29
I don't have problems falling asleep. I have problems falling back asleep when I wake up at 4 in the morning. I usually lie there with my mind racing a mile a minute. I've recently discovered some visualizations that help to calm my mind and that allow me to fall back to sleep.
post #12 of 29
the only time i cant get to sleep is if i have somethig on my mind, worrys or problems, but other than that i have no problems.
post #13 of 29
I have restless leg syndrome so I tend to be woken up a few times during the night.

Katie
post #14 of 29
It takes me at least an hour or 2 to fall asleep. But, once I'm asleep, I'm out cold. I sleep though thunderstorms and once slept through a tornado that hit my neighbors fence. I think that I sleep that soundly because by the time that I get to sleep, I'm so wore out.

I have thought about getting wired up at a sleep clinic to see why I can't go to sleep but I'm not sure that it will do much good. Aren't those clinics for people who can't stay asleep?
post #15 of 29
Not usually, but lately my bedtimes has been between 3 and 4 am. Not a good schedule when you have school Luckily all my classes start kind of late.


Peace,
Brandon
post #16 of 29
I have terrible problems sleeping, as you already know, Ari. Most of the time, I just can't get my mind to cut off and go to sleep. You, like I, also have a very erratic work schedule, and that doesn't help one bit, does it!
I have found it quite helpful since I've been taking Valerian root for relaxation in the evening. I also take Melatonin just before bed, and it really has helped alot. Wonder if you would find that helpful? It also helps for me to read after getting in bed or to just snuggle with my baby girl!
post #17 of 29
I definitely have problems sleeping. It takes me quite a while to fall asleep unless I'm absolutely exhausted. I can't seem to turn my mind off. The best is in a pitch black room with a fan on. I can fall asleep with the tv if it's very low but for some reason can't fall asleep to music. I also find myself waking up a few times in the middle of the night and (of course) have trouble falling back asleep.

I never feel fully rested!! Maybe I will try what dawnofsierra suggested... I will try anything to not feel exhausted all day.
post #18 of 29
I have a horrible time falling asleep and staying asleep. I have a back injury and am in constant pain and it makes it hard to sleep. I'm lucky if I can get to sleep before 5 AM and sleep longer than 45 minutes at a time. If it's not pain that wakes me up it's my cats. My indoor cats think they need treats through out the night and my ferals will knock on the door or window if they want something. (Yes, I stupid for giving in to them but they are so cute I can't say no.)

Stacey
Princess, Patsy, George, Blackie and Sweetie
post #19 of 29
I picked other because I don't "think" I have problems falling asleep, I know I do. I've been an insomniac since my early teens. I go through spells where it will take me forever to get to sleep (like I'll go to bed at 11:00 and still be up at 5). I've tried a number of medications, some of which work (one of them gave me ridiculously violent dreams, so I stopped that one) but which I try not to use (they're addictive). Right now I'm sleeping okay, knock wood. I also have a tendency to wake up often during the night. I'll wake up a minimum of twice (that would be an extremely good night, usually it's closer to 5-10).
post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by GratefulBear629
I never feel fully rested!! Maybe I will try what dawnofsierra suggested... I will try anything to not feel exhausted all day.
So sorry you're not sleeping well, Katie, please let me know if this helps!
post #21 of 29
I am hoping that as soon as I get to my pain management appointment the endless weeks/months/years of only getting about 2-4 hours of sleep a night will be over for me.
post #22 of 29
I don't have any problems sleeping, when I go to sleep I usually fall asleep within the first 10 to 15 minutes.
post #23 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sweets
I checked OTHER cause I fall asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow, but I can't stay asleep. I'll wake up every few hours. I've learned to get up and walk around the house, then go back to bed. Some nights its every 2 hours, some nights its only once a night. Then I have the nights when my brain just won't shut off! Thats usually about 3 or 4AM.

It doesn't help that my husband is really stressed out and tosses a lot. Chloe, being a kitten, is also pretty restless at night and wakes me up. My mom has sleep apnea and until recently never got a good night's sleep. I hope that's something I won't have to worry about.
post #24 of 29
I have been an insomniac since I was a teenager. I have very rare moments when I do fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, but most of the time, I am just lying there waiting. My midn races all the time, I think and think and think and thats all I ever do. But sometimes it does help me to fantasise about some things as it is generally calming. I do sometimes take melatonin, but not very often.
post #25 of 29
I fall asleep O.K. but I wake several times a night and and up for 30 mins to a hour at least twice per night. Very rarely do I sleep the entire night through. I think I'd do a little dance if I did.
post #26 of 29
If Bill starts snoring, before I fall asleep, there's no way that I can sleep. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bed and put it in my computer room. So far, I've only had to sleep in here, 4 nights.

Most nights, I have to get up and go to the bathroom and can get back to sleep (unless Bill is snoring).

If I have trouble sleeping, I take melatonin. It works within 1/2 hr and I don't get a sleeping-pill "hangover". My only noticeable side effect is weird dreams - not BAD ones, just WEIRD.
post #27 of 29
I used to always have alot of trouble falling asleep. I don't anymore because I've been taking sleeping pills (not good to do, I know) for a long time and they work like a charm. I would not resort to this though if you don't have to, but I was desperate and was doing everything right before, even exercising almost daily and it didn't help, my brain just keeps on going. I have trouble relaxing, but these really relax me so I sleep. But like other's have said I have some crazy dreams, some violent and some just weird! I just bought some Melatonin on Friday and have tried that so far once and it seemed to relax me too, so I hope that continues to help. Good luck!


P.S. I also have a little boy (Sash) who loves to awaken me every two hours and that doesn't help!
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Ari do you stress about things much?, or go to bed thinking about whats happend that day or thinking about things to do the next day?.

People tell me i'm very laid back but it's because i try and not let things stress me if i can help it.
I definitely stress and think too much. If it's something I need to remember for the next day I'll try to write it down on a notepad. I do stress a lot.. but a lot of times it's nonsense stuff. The other night I was up for a half hour thinking about the difference between looking at yourself in a mirror and looking at a photograph of yourself.. and what your face really looks at. Don't ask me why... or what my conclusion was!

This has just been something I've been dealing with since I can remember... when I was in high school I could never sleep or I would wake up in the middle of the night and wander the house. And it gets old, ya know?

As for sleeping pills... I tried them, they never really worked. Plus I never wanted to get addicted. I was interested in trying some natural remedies... but I would worry about getting dependant on them also. Granted if it's just natural stuff I'd be less concerned... but I'd want to hear positive reviews first before I dropped some money on something that ended up being junk!
post #29 of 29
hmm well i go to bed when im tired or when i have a headache But i wake up several times during the night to make sure i havent squished my cat and making sure where he is. Or simply just to push my bf back to his side of the bed with out me falling out and sleeping on the floor
I chose "other"
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