Originally Posted by georgiagirl8
My mother has slept 8 hours all week. She is not feeling very good right now. I'm worried about her. Tylenol PM makes her sick, she doesn't want to use regular sleeping pills, and Benadryl didn't work. So I figured I would see if any of you have insomnia and know of something that helped you sleep better. So does anyone know of something that works and might help her sleep tonight? Thanks.
I was hooked on prescription sleeping pills for years, so I wouldn't suggest them at all, but I've finally just started to get a full night of SOLID sleep without them after having rebound insomnia for the past couple of months, which is a real milestone for me.
Though I'm still trying to develop a normal sleep pattern, I'm trying to focus on doing whatever will help me relax before going to bed. It's called "sleep hygiene", and it includes such things as setting up a routine before going to sleep, only being in the bedroom when you're ready to sleep (not laying there in anxiety), getting in some heavy activity/exercise at least a few hours before sleeping, not eating sugar or drinking caffeine a few hours (at least) before bed, and some medications induce anxiety and insomnia (like antidepressants) which I'm not taking right now.
I hope that helps.
This was a serious problem with me for years, and all of the things I mentioned above have helped eliminate my insomnia and the anxiety related to it! Best of luck to your mother.