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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:31 am

I really do. I didn't sleep last night just because I couldn't. Any tips on how to get to sleep?

It stuffs me up for work, I start in a few hours too. :(
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:35 am

LOL how about getting off the computer? it will keep your mind buzzing. how old are you tom?
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Postby Lolly » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:46 am

sounds stupid but a "bedtime routine" works marvelously

Make sure it stays relatively the same each night and does not include things that stimulate your mind - such as exercise or caffeine.
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:58 am

kate_turner2000 wrote:LOL how about getting off the computer? it will keep your mind buzzing. how old are you tom?


I was off the computer, I was laying in my bed trying to get to sleep for 3 hours. And I'm 18.

Lolly wrote:sounds stupid but a "bedtime routine" works marvelously

Make sure it stays relatively the same each night and does not include things that stimulate your mind - such as exercise or caffeine.


Work stuffs that up though, some nights I work till 1:30 in the morning.

I'm thinking of getting sleeping pills, but I heard they can be addictive. Are they a good idea?
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Postby Lolly » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:10 am

Reckless if you have a set routine you can do it at anytime of the day or night - it prepares your mind for sleep.

I usually, have a nice warm shower, a cold drink of water and 10 mins sitting quietly reading a book - in a comfy recliner we have - then I go to bed, and relax every muscle in my body, make myself comfy and am usually out like a light - except for this heat this past week :evil:
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Postby evilwomaniamshe » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:20 am

Hey reckless,
The way we do it here in the USA. We lay our head down on our pillow and close our eyes and then you drift off to sleep...
Giggle, giggle, ok I am sure you didn't mean it literally now did you? Sorry about the pun.....
As far as sleeping pills, I say no. But I do take tylenol PM when I need to sleep, and those babies will knock you out and you will sleep soundly, they do for me anyways. Of course you shouldn't take them daily now either.
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Postby Lolly » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:27 am

might sound a bit poofy for you Tom but try Lavender oil. Don't buy the cheapy one, get the better quality ones as they are not mixed with chemicals and other stuff to make it look bigger iykwim.

When all else fails, I put some in and oil burner and off to dreamland I go.

It does have relaxing properties that help you go to sleep - if my hubby is home, I use a carrier oil and put some lavender into it and get him to massage it into my back - works a charm :D
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Postby evilwomaniamshe » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:21 am

Hey Reckless,

I just found this and thought I'd pass it on to you. All of these are healthy for you too. So try noshing on one of these perhaps next time you can't doze off..


Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep
Posted Tue, Jan 23, 2007, 6:32 pm PST

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.

What if none of these foods help you get your zzz's? Check out your sleep habits with this quick RealAge test to find out what?s keeping you up at night. http://www.realage.com/health_guides/RLS/intro.aspx
For an extra treat, here's the ultimate sleep-inducing snack...

Lullaby Muffins

Makes 12 low-fat muffins
Between the bananas, the whole wheat, and the honeyed touch of sweetness, these muffins are practically an edible lullaby.
· 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 2 large, very ripe bananas
· 1/3 cup applesauce
· 1/4 cup honey
· 1/2 cup milk or soymilk
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the flour (make sure it's whole-wheat pastry flour or you'll produce golf balls, not muffins), salt, and baking powder. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the applesauce, honey, and milk. Blend well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups, pour in batter, and bake 30 minutes or until tops are lightly brown and slightly springy.
Nutrition Facts
Per serving: 119 calories; 1g fat; 2.5g protein; 27g carbohydrates; 10g sugars; 133mg sodium; 3g fiber; 35mg magnesium
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Postby CrimsonThunder » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:32 am

Thanks for that. I just got 30 mins sleep.... Woo. >_>
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Postby SarahC » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:43 pm

There's a lot of tips in there already. All I could really add to that is to avoid doing anything else in your bed apart from sleeping... ie, don't read/study/eat etc in bed. Make your bed a place for sleeping only, so when you go there and lie down, your body immediately thinks "sleep"! Also, camomile tea can be helpful. Or try some relaxation/meditation before bed to clear your mind so your mind is not churning and keeping you awake. It is hard when you work late (been there done that :( ) to wind down. Maybe watch some tv to get the events of the night out of your head?
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Postby Jisgone » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:39 pm

do you think your too hot to sleep? i find having my fan blowing right on me with some relaxing music puts me straight to sleep
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Postby Simmy » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:27 am

Some great tips here! As a person who suffers from insomnia there are some I might try. With the sleeping pills you can buy restavit over the counter at the pharmacy (although you will prob get asked a few qs) I find they work quite well. I have also taken stilnox (prescription) and it works well to. Stilnox doesn't give you a really bad groggy feeling the next day. I will only take a sleeping pill after a few days in a row with no sleep though.
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Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:27 pm

sounds like you are having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. I would advise talking to your GP, but you can try ensuring your bed is made and the sheets flat and without wrinkles. Getting rid of distractions from your bedroom, including TV, phone and PC. And taking a warm bath just before bed - the sudden temperature drop after you get out can trigger the sleep cycle.

Possibly also try learning some relaxation techniques to slow your mind before bed. If work mixes up your bed time, try to have a routine that you perform before going to be whatever the time - so you are telling yourself "Hey, it's time for bed now". Eg. Brush teeth, go to the loo, have a warm bath, put on PJ's (if you wear them..whatever, I don't need to know) get into bed, perform relaxation exercises (eg focussing on breathing and relaxing every muscle in your body). if you find you are tossing and turning and just don't feel like dropping off at all. Get up and do something quiet for a while NOT PC OR TV IT WILL KEEP YOU AWAKE LONGER. then go back to bed and do the last bbit again.
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Postby tiffanyp » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:24 am

When I cant sleep I lay flat on my back and tense all of my muscles, then slowlsy release my toes, feet, ankles, knees, legs, bottom, back, fingers, arms, shoulders, then neck. Then I take a really big deep breath, hold it for a few seconds and then let out the air slowly allowing myself to feel heavy and relaxed.
It works a treat!!!

Good luck on finding sleep Tom!

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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:39 pm

Pill linked to sleepers pigging out
February 1, 2007 - 2:02PM

Health authorities have alerted doctors to risks associated with the popular insomnia pill Stilnox after reports of drugged people eating uncontrollably while asleep.

In one report lodged with the Federal Government's drug reaction committee, a patient put on 23 kilograms over seven months while taking the powerful medication.

"It was only when she was discovered eating in front of an open refrigerator while asleep that the problem was resolved," the committee reported in its latest bulletin.

Another Stilnox user was discovered by a relative pulling food from the kitchen cupboards at night, explaining her mysterious weight gain.

The Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (ADRAC) has received 104 reports of hallucinations and 62 reports of amnesia since the drug, known generically as zolpidem, was released in 2000.

But of particular interest were 16 bizarre reports of sleep walking, described as "inappropriate or strange automatic behaviour while asleep".

One woman reported waking up with a paintbrush in her hand after having painted the front door while asleep, while a man reported walking around the house like a "mad man" while asleep.

Two reports suggested patients had driven while asleep, while two described binge-eating and subsequent weight gain.

The tales match another media report last year of a Sydney man who had taken two Stilnox tablets at home and later woke to find himself lying on a woman's couch wearing a dress.

On the strength of the reports, ADRAC today recommended prescribers be alert to the fact that zolpidem may be "associated with distressing neurological or psychiatric reactions".

"[They] should warn their patients about the possibility of these untoward effects, particularly if they are going to take zolpidem for the first time," the bulletin states.

Pharmacology specialist Rick Day, from the University of NSW, said it was impossible to know who would be most susceptible to such unusual reactions.

"It seems that in some people something happens to their consciousness controls and their sleep mechanisms," Professor Day said.

"With these hypnotic drugs the rule of thumb is to have a very good reason to use them, and not use them for long, because there will always be some kind of adverse affect."

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