Trouble Falling Asleep
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June 16, 2013 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #609681playtimeMember
Are there any tips for someone who has trouble falling asleep every night?June 16, 2013 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #959848WIYMember
Stop waking other people up. :-pJune 16, 2013 8:18 pm at 8:18 pm #959849jewishfeminist02Member
Don’t drink anything caffeinated within a few hours of going to sleep. Set a regular sleep schedule for yourself. Play soothing music or get one of those machines that will play nature sounds. Make sure your mattress, pillow, and sheets are comfortable and clean.
I sometimes have a bit of alcohol just before bed. That helps, too.June 16, 2013 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #959850Oh Shreck!Participant
Bava BasraJune 16, 2013 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #959851batsevenParticipant
Whenever I can’t fall asleep I put on 880 radio and let it play in the background, and the monotonous voices put me to sleep.June 16, 2013 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #959852
Get a job working 10 hours per day without any breaks like a slave and travel for 2 hours, having to get up at 6:30 every day and getting home at 19:00 (7 PM).
Trust me, it works.June 16, 2013 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #959853
jewishfeminist02 -“I sometimes have a bit of alcohol just before bed. That helps, too.”
Just a little right? And they all tell me it was only two beers.
There are other ways to treat insomnia besides booze.June 17, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am #959854sharpMember
Health: A little bit of booze to treat OCCASIONAL insomnia is not so bad. The other ways have many side effects. If it’s just sometimes and only a little bit, then it’s not such a big deal.
This is what she’s saying:
(“I sometimes have a bit of alcohol just before bed. That helps, too.”)June 17, 2013 1:00 am at 1:00 am #959855oomisParticipant
Alcohol is a stimulant in small amounts. Not so good for sleeping. Stay away from ALL forms of caffeine after 1 or 2 PM, including coffee(even decaf),cola, tea (unless caffeine-free herbal tea), chocolate (a biggie), and items that might have these ingredients even in small amounts. Some people are mnore sensitive than others. Eat a fleishig meal containing a tryptophan-laden ingredient (like turkey), or a milchig meal, but not too spicy.
Don’t watch TV or go on your computer within a couple of hours of bedtime. Read something. Even though you may not realize it, the mind being stimulated by TV or computer can find it hard to wind down. Listen to quiet, gentle music if you can.
I personally find the use of a fan, blocks out extraneous noises, and is cheaper than a sound machine. But, be careful, it is habit-forming and you can become dependent on it in order to fall asleep.
If you are milchig and all else fails, warm milk works wonders.June 17, 2013 1:22 am at 1:22 am #959856Derech HaMelechMember
Try l- theanine,it has a subtle relaxing effect that might help take the edge off the mind racing that’s keeping you up.June 17, 2013 1:47 am at 1:47 am #959857CRuzerParticipant
Try melatonin. It’s natural, comes in little tablets, and works great from what I hear.June 17, 2013 2:02 am at 2:02 am #959858writersoulParticipant
Sleep hygiene is important. (Or so said my rheumatologist; DON’T EVEN ASK.)
Use your bed only for sleeping, not for anything that you associate with using your brain.
Sleep in the dark.
Don’t eat, especially anything with caffeine, for an hour or two before sleep.
For about half an hour before sleep, begin to wind down- get into bed, take a shower, listen to soothing music, etc.
For about an hour before sleep, do not use a computer or anything else with a backlit screen.
Keep your sleep schedule regular.
Don’t nap during the day.
Exercise- vigorously during the day, and gently, such as with yoga, right before bed.
Be exposed to natural light. This helps to maintain a good circadian rhythm.
And you WISH I’m doing all this stuff. My rheumatologist can just DREAM.June 17, 2013 2:41 am at 2:41 am #959859TheGoqParticipant
oomis you say not to go on the computer but to read what about reading on an e reader (nook and the like)?June 17, 2013 3:17 am at 3:17 am #959860
Try this topic:
Also this one:
Sleep RemediesJune 17, 2013 3:26 am at 3:26 am #959861
sharp -“Health: A little bit of booze to treat OCCASIONAL insomnia is not so bad.”
Check out the two topics I just mentioned. They discuss alcohol.June 17, 2013 3:31 am at 3:31 am #959862writersoulParticipant
The Goq: I’m not Oomis, but in general, the problem is a backlight and reflective screen.
I have a Nook with a backlight, and I think it’s fine because it has a very natural screen.June 17, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm #959863oomisParticipant
oomis you say not to go on the computer but to read what about reading on an e reader (nook and the like)? “
Just saw this now – yes the light emitted from these things, even your cell phone or ALARM CLOCK, can prevent good quality sleep by decreasing the formation of melatonin in the body (because the light, in certain highly sensitive people, tricks the brain into thinking it is daytime), which is needed for more restful REM sleep.June 17, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm #959864jewishfeminist02Member
Yes it is only a little, and only occasionally, and it works well for me.June 18, 2013 1:10 am at 1:10 am #959865rebdonielMemberJune 18, 2013 1:01 pm at 1:01 pm #959866Shopping613 🌠Participant
Really? Anything else? It ussually takes me hours to fall asleep! On shabbos my friend left the light on and i didnt falls asleep before 5am…..June 18, 2013 4:02 pm at 4:02 pm #959867
rd -” It is a nice healthy, parve alternative to the much ballyhooed warm milk.”
So is this:
Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Tea:June 18, 2013 4:40 pm at 4:40 pm #959869Shopping613 🌠Participant
And for ppl hu hate tea?June 18, 2013 4:49 pm at 4:49 pm #959870🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
Shopping- they decide what they hate more: tea or staying up.
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