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What Helps You Fall Asleep?

KatiecurlKatiecurl Posts: 236Registered Users
I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep, especially if I have a lot going on at work (I work in a school, and it's hard to keep the kids off my mind sometimes.) A couple of things can help... a really, really good book (one I can't put down until I am half asleep, so as soon as I shut the light off, I am out.) Another is menu planning... thinking about the food I have in the house and how I can use it to make meals throughout the week. Other than that, there are times when I try to sleep and even if I am tired my mind just starts racing... does anyone have any "tricks" that help them focus their mind on something else and fall asleep easier?
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  • fefe912fefe912 Posts: 570Registered Users
    A nice hot cup of coffee as backwards as it may sound lol
  • KatiecurlKatiecurl Posts: 236Registered Users
    Lol! A valium also helps, but that's a once-in-a-while emergency option. :laughing2:
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  • curlisue1curlisue1 Posts: 491Registered Users
    I put on a meditation cd that is supposed to help quiet the mind and ease stress.
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Melatonin. Sometimes Kava Kava. But melatonin is the bomb.

    Also, strangely enough, I've learned that if I lay diagonally, I fall asleep faster and sleep better. I know that lounging diagonally across a bed isn't such a good option for married folks, but I have also found that if I sleep just a little askew, it works too.

    And a body pillow. I pretty much molest my body pillow at night. Helps me get much more comfortable and then I'll drop off.

    When my mind is racing about work and I can't shut it down, I will start telling myself to go to sleep so that takes up the racing thoughts rather than work.

  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,773Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Wine & a hot bath!
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    Hot bath
    Breathing deeply using different breathing techniques (inhale and exhale 4counts each or inhale 4 counts exhale 6 counts, things like that)

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Exercising, a hot bath, and reading before bed...and a Lunesta.
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Klonopin. If I can't sleep, 1/2 a K is the only thing that will quiet my mind down. I have a very difficult time relaxing.
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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.

  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.


    My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.


    My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.

    I have insomnia. Not from my mind racing, but a medical problem and if I don't get my sleep it's a hot mess. We just moved cubicles at work and I'm at the end of the row kind of in my own little corner in my own little chair. I don't know if that was happenstance or they want to keep me a little more solitary so when I haven't slept and am on the warpath, people are out of the line of fire.

  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.


    My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.

    Yeah, same here. I'll be up until 2 or 3 with my mind just racing, racing.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Benedryl and Sleepytime Tea.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,240Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Hot tea, hot bath, fresh sheets, and a very dark very quiet room.
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    I notice that I fall asleep quicker when either the heater or the AC is on in the house. It's not temperature related, it's the noise. I know people use fans for the noise factor too; I keep meaning to try that.

    Reading in bed. My thoughts keep me up so having them distracted while my body is all situated for sleep often does the trick.

    Praying for people beyond the immediate circle of people in my life. ...Which kinda sounds bad, but the list of issues piles up, and like reading in bed, it can wind up successfully distracting me from my own junk.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,498Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    6 oz milk, warmed up
    heaping teaspoon of sugar
    1 oz of brandy

    works every time!

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    I listen to NPR programs. Out like a light in half an hour.
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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I have great difficulties sleeping and I don't get any restorative sleep so I'm always tired... but some things I use (all together)- binaural beats with sleep music, acupressure mat, yoga poses preparing for sleep, aromatherapy, supplements (herbs, amino acids, minerals, vitamins).. then I'll read, count backwards, meditative breathing.

    In order to turn your mind off at night, you need to be able to lower your cortisol levels (stress hormone). Ashwaganda and magnolia are great stress busters. I use Sleep Tonight by Enzymatic Therapies which contains ashwaganda, magnolia, L-Theanine, and Phosphatidylserine/ Enzymatic Therapy Sleep Tonight

    Sleep hygiene is also important (I struggle greatly with this)
    No caffeine after 2pm
    Light, high protein snack before bed
    Exercise during the day
    Turn off all electronics 1-2 hrs before bed (the light suppresses melatonin production)
    Take a warm bath and sleep in a cool room
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Wine
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    Pot. Lol.

    Really though. I'll have insomnia where I'll get maybe 1 or 2 hours of sleep over the course of 2 days. Makes you start to lose your mind.

    Its not like I always (or even semi frequently) have pot on hand, but if I did, it's the only thing that would put me to sleep when I have insomnia.

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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    Wait, drugs? I thought this was like... a natural way to fall asleep. Hell, if it's drugs, then I'll use an Ambien. But only if absolutely needed because sleep driving/eating/talking has been known to happen with me. If it's pain related, then I'll use a muscle relaxer. Again, rarely. But dang is it nice when the brain shuts off and you float in a cloud of bliss for a bit before drifting off to sleep.


    My brain doesn't shut off at night and I suffer from debilitating insomnia. Sleep means quality of life for me.

    I am like this most of the time but sometimes when I am beyond exhausted I actually get those rare moments of thoughtless bliss before going to bed but it doesn't happen most of the time. Maybe once every couple months or so.

    I've noticed working out helps me fall asleep later. A hot shower helps. My vibrator or sex if the boy is over. Other than that, I haven't figured out how to shut my mind or fall asleep faster. I'm going to have to try the nature sounds thing.

    Just want to brag..this never happens to me..but I slept through my alarm and woke up at 10am today. I didn't wake up at all in the middle of the night or earlier..solid sleep! I to sleep around 2am. 8 full hours! It's probably because the night before I didn't sleep well and we were in the car for 14 hours. Of course I got into work superlate today but I feel great!
  • KatiecurlKatiecurl Posts: 236Registered Users
    Thanks, guys... I've been suffering from insomnia for years, but found a couple of tricks that really helped me:

    Hubby and I bought a king size bed. He moves around a lot when he sleeps, and would often wake me up. Now that our bed is bigger, this never happens.

    I got a memory foam side sleeper pillow. LOVE IT!

    I also have one of those white noise machines... they really do help. I got mine in the baby section at Target.

    I also got an alarm clock that wakes me up with light versus sound, like a sunrise (it starts off low and gets brighter and brighter.) I'm sensitive to sound, and alarms make me jump out of my skin. I would sometimes wake up before the alarm because I didn't want to hear it go off.

    I guess I was just looking for things to keep my mind occupied in a productive way that would help me fall asleep better... I like the idea of prayers. I sometimes picture my Grandma's apartment from when I was a little girl... I picture myself walking up the stairs and going through each room, remembering as many details as possible. I loved her apartment!
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I take otc stuff like Tylenol PM and Unisom. I'm trying to break the habit though. I'm also trying to break my habit of having to watch TV before I fall alseep--I know it hurts more than it helps.

    I am one who definitely sleeps better when I'm consistently working out. Sadly that has not been the case as of late.

    My friend got the Nutribullet and said as soon as she started drinking a green smoothie every day her sleep problems drastically diminished (she was previously somebody who also turned to the MJ to help her sleep!)
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm the same as LA Woman. I definitely sleep better when I'm consistently working out. Sadly that has not been the case as of late.

    Another vote for hot bath, cool room.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Drugs, and reading.

    Ambien and Melatonin make me groggy. My regular anti-anxiety stuff does the trick, even at a low dosage. Or maybe I just think it does, so it does.
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  • lexcoupelexcoupe Posts: 100Registered Users
    Like many others my mind races for hours on the things I need to do at work, home, where my life is heading, ect. My doc diagnosed me with anxiety too. I'm on zoloft. I take a hot shower and fall right to sleep.

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  • mcherycemcheryce Posts: 363Registered Users
    2 benadryls!
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    claudine19 wrote: »
    Drugs, and reading.

    Ambien and Melatonin make me groggy. My regular anti-anxiety stuff does the trick, even at a low dosage. Or maybe I just think it does, so it does.

    What kind of blasphemy is this?! Ambien and Melatonin are like...the god's I worship.

    Okay, not really. It doesn't make me groggy like you, but I can pretty much take or leave Melatonin. It might be a placebo affect, but I'll take it if I really, really, really need a good nights sleep. Maybe the power of suggestion, dunno. If I cannot get at least 8 hours sleep, then Ambien jacks me all to hell, so I hear you on that front. I have to always make sure that I have between 8-10 hours when I pop one of those. Otherwise, I do some messed up stuff because I think I'm awake and lucid, but I'm really not.

  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    If I took 2 Benedryl I would sleep for 2 days.

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