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Any natural remedies for insomnia?

ashkins09ashkins09 Posts: 75Registered Users
I've been dealing with this for years now and its gotten worse. Its taken a toll on my body definitely my mental and weight. I talked to my mom about it and she suggested to get on some type of meds. Ive tries sleeping pills and they dont work. I don't wanna get back on anti depressents. That helped half the time. I don't like the drug effect I got. It was like I was on illegal drugs.
I've tried the stay up all day so many times, drinking coffee and energy drinks but knowing what it does to the body I don't wanna do it. I'm always tired even if my sleeping schedule was on track for a while. My doctor knows about my sleeping problems. My thyroid is normal which is weird since my little sister and my mom have the hypo and underactive. My next bet is getting tested on my nutrients. I know I don't digest food well. I'm lactose intolerant and took away dairy with it.
Any suggestions and opinions would help. Thanks.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ashkins09 wrote: »
    I've been dealing with this for years now and its gotten worse. Its taken a toll on my body definitely my mental and weight. I talked to my mom about it and she suggested to get on some type of meds. Ive tries sleeping pills and they dont work. I don't wanna get back on anti depressents. That helped half the time. I don't like the drug effect I got. It was like I was on illegal drugs.
    I've tried the stay up all day so many times, drinking coffee and energy drinks but knowing what it does to the body I don't wanna do it. I'm always tired even if my sleeping schedule was on track for a while. My doctor knows about my sleeping problems. My thyroid is normal which is weird since my little sister and my mom have the hypo and underactive. My next bet is getting tested on my nutrients. I know I don't digest food well. I'm lactose intolerant and took away dairy with it.
    Any suggestions and opinions would help. Thanks.
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    Read a boring book.

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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    valerian root?
    melatonin?
    Modified CG since Dec 2011
  • ashkins09ashkins09 Posts: 75Registered Users
    I've read books. I'm jamming to music right now. Dr. Oz did a show about melatonin. Not worth it. Never heard of valerian root. Anything with relaxation will put me too sleep.

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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ashkins09 wrote: »
    I've read books. I'm jamming to music right now. Dr. Oz did a show about melatonin. Not worth it. Never heard of valerian root. Anything with relaxation will put me too sleep.

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    no music you could "jam" to.

  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
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  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Valerian root is considered to be nature's Xanax. It relaxes you a bit, but in my opinion not enough to put you to sleep.

    What is causing you to stay awake? I mean like, racing thoughts and worry, or just simply can't fall asleep? Xanax is good for calming the mind, if the mind not shutting off is your problem. You can get this from your regular doctor pretty easily.

    Put a little bit of lavender essential oil on the bottoms of both of your feet before bed. This helped my mom relax at night time. Her mind goes on overdrive and this helped her fall asleep.

    I would also recommend regular massages and maybe some meditation. A healthy diet and exercise are also vitally important. I have food sensitivities, and I find if I eat the foods that are "bad" for me, I don't want to sleep. If i'm eating "good" for my body, I'm readily able to fall asleep at 8pm.

    You also state you drink a lot of caffeine. If you can stop this, your sleep problems will be greatly reduced.
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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    Sleep Schedule

    Bedtime routine

    And if it is racing thoughts, i've found that creating a To Do list really helps. That way I feel like I've captured it all and I don't have to worry about forgetting
  • BimbijaNeBimbijaNe Posts: 18Registered Users
    I'm a long time insomnia sufferer. Best thing I ever did was to see a psychologist who has specialist expertise in sleep disorders. He put me on strict sleep restrictions and gradually released it. I sleep almost always normally now.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    Get rid of the caffeine and get a bed pillow. Also get on a sleep schedule. Do not watch tv an hour b4 bedtime.
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  • secret_karmasecret_karma Posts: 438Registered Users
    I use valerian root. It worked best in the beginning but it's not as effective now that my body has gotten used to it.
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    My doctor had me try a combination of melatonin and valerian together. It works well sometimes, but the effects wear off. So I alternate using it. Liquid melatonin seems to work better.
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  • essyvaloessyvalo Posts: 105Registered Users
    Valerian root, passiflora endulis, linden, lemon and orange blossom, i drink that mixture at night

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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Do you work out? I find that working out (hard) helps. Having caffeine in the afternoon can keep me up now. I heard melatonin helps some people but I havent tried it. Regular sleeping drugs work on me though but I dont like to depend on them. I go through phases of insomnia.
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Im having a similar problem. I can fall asleep usually within an hour but I wake up about every 1.5 hours that I'm in bed. So, I always wake up tired and remain so throughout the day. Sometimes I have to go to bed when I get home because I'm too sleepy to do any studying. I can stay in bed 12 hours and still wake up exhausted. I did a sleep study though and they said I slept normally. So, idk what is going on and it's driving me crazy. To be told I sleep normally just makes me feel even crazier
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  • fraufrau Posts: 6,130Registered Users
    you'll sleep from the minute your head hits the pillow until morning IF you work out and or run.
    start by walking for 30 minutes if you are not ready to commit to working out.
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users
    frau wrote: »
    you'll sleep from the minute your head hits the pillow until morning IF you work out and or run.
    start by walking for 30 minutes if you are not ready to commit to working out.

    Actually that's not strictly true.

    I suffer from sleep problems. In periods where I can't sleep I do not always sleep the day I do exercise.

    However what happened is if on day one I don't sleep on day two if I exercised again, which has to be at a much lower level, I do sleep.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Vibrators also help most of the time.
  • curly66curly66 Posts: 161Registered Users
    Have your thyroid checked. Not enough or too much thyroid hormones can affect sleep habits.
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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Vibrators also help most of the time.


    sex helps me fall asleep much easier(afterwards not during). maybe this explains my lack of sleep since being back in the US :?
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Too bad not all of us have that option
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    Vibrators also help most of the time.

    Are you saying masturbation? Or like pressing one of those devices against your shoulder or whatever? LOL

  • SongSong Posts: 40Registered Users
    I've found that a magnesium supplement taken nightly helps me to get a good night's sleep.

    And if by chance I wake up between 2 - 4 a.m., "sleepy dust" helps me to get back to sleep. You can find out what that is all about here: Can’t Fall Back Asleep? “Sleepy Dust”
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Vibrators also help most of the time.

    Are you saying masturbation? Or like pressing one of those devices against your shoulder or whatever? LOL

    LOL seriously no, not a shoulder massage!! Yes, masturbation. I think there was only one time it didn't help me get to sleep right away. Man that was a bad case of insomnia, I think I got one hour of sleep that night.
  • sKorpio1190sKorpio1190 Posts: 1,862Registered Users
    Lmao I didn't think she meant a massage
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  • SaMmIe10SaMmIe10 Posts: 243Registered Users
    Celestial seasons sleepy time EXTRA tea (not the regular) has chamomile and valerian root in it .... I have struggled with insomnia and it's the only thing besides my prescription that has helped me. It's very calming.
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  • wavydazewavydaze Posts: 2,061Registered Users
    I'd recommend a lot of the things that have already been mentioned: exercise, "sleep hygiene," reducing computer/tv time at night. DEFINITELY getting off caffeine... I think it can really mess up your natural rhythm. After over a decade of drinking coffee regularly, I became intolerant of it... or perhaps I realized that it was messing with me; I stopped drinking it regularly and feel much more stable and it's much easier to fall asleep. My advice definitely includes cutting all caffeine-based drinks... anything that will give you irregular energy. I also find that if I eat a light dinner, and don't eat too late I sleep much better. If you live in a state where it is medically legal, thc can help you sleep. In general, I would consult your doctor as you already are and maybe see a psychologist or psychiatrist who may be knowledgeable in the area of sleep disorders and certainly if you have any symptoms of depression or anxiety alongside the insomnia. Hope you find out what works for you!
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  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    If you have a smart phone, add a sleep tracker. I use Sleep Cycle. For me, I "knew" this anecdotally for my own body, but now I have data to prove it - drinking coffee or tea (I am very sensitive to caffeine), or eating late (within 2-3 hours of bed) contribute to poor sleep. This app doesn't allow you to customize the variables, but playing computer/phone games before I go to sleep also leaves me with less sleep (I cut off two hours before minimum now on work days). Stressful work days (for me that means having to meet with people back to back all day and not getting silent work time) lead to slightly better sleep quality, but the only positive and significant activity this app tracks is working out. When I exercise in general, but especially in the evening, I sleep better!

    So, my advice is to use some method to really track your sleeping patterns so you can systematically understand what works and doesn't work for you. We're all different, as my husband can drink espresso right before he gets in bed and literally be asleep in 2 minutes. It's infuriating sometimes, but my body won't allow for that!

    Hope you find what helps!
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