• I thought there would be more of us represented here. Did the question scroll too quickly? Was it missed?
  • Found your insomnia Q. Sleeping Commando helps in a cool room with a cozy comforter. It takes me 2 hours to fall asleep so I'm not the best one to give advice there. It takes that long, probably, because I have so much control over my dreams. That requires my brain be slightly more aware of my surroundings than most people. Then I also have a medical issue with my ear that sometimes keeps me awake even longer or wakes me after I do fall asleep. I've used sleeping pills from time to time. Benadryl makes me sleepy and helps me get to sleep faster sometimes.
    • Linda Joy
      I posted the link on the other comment only to find you had already found it! Oh well, it was another learning experience! Thank you! I've heard benadryl will help you get to sleep, but not stay asleep, trazodone didn't help me go to sleep but made me want to sleep half the next day, and the ambien type sleep meds were excellent! I was on them for several years before a Dr told me that if my CPAP machine ever quit working for any reason while taking them I probably would never wake back up! Yikes! That scared me enough to stop taking them.
    • Linda Joy
      I tried the counting thing one time and kept getting distracted. First I had to modify the area to trace because I couldn't follow the frame of the door so I moved it to a different object to trace around then like I said I kept getting distracted and couldn't get past 5 and then I finally made it to 17 and realized I was hungry so I got up and got something to eat. I can see this is going to take a lot of practice anyway I hope you get to feeling better and get your ear fixed and get some good sleep.
    • Anoname
      My mother was using a CPAP for the last year of her life. I would never have suggested sleeping pills had I known that. I agree with the doctor that it would be dangerous. You seem to be taking aquireing dream skills seriously. You've got the right idea. It doesn't have to be a door you follow with your eyes. I do suggest something with a squareish shape so you don't lose track. A picture frame or any object you can make out the shape of in a darkened room. That is the first and the hardest trick to learning to control your dreams. As I said that one took me a year. Since your really trying here's another trick: If you don't like the direction your dream is taking imagine a giant red X over the vision of your dream as soon as you begin not liking it. Then recall the part of the dream that was just before that scene. Keep imagining X's over the dream segments as you back it up to a point where the dream was still likeable. Then allow the dream to go forward again. The first few times you try this you might wake up but you'll quickly master this trick. After a few months you won't have to imagine red X's any more. You'll be able to go right to the point of the dream you still liked.
  • sometimes but i have allergies and take benadryl when i go to sleep so that gets me sleeping enough to sleep plus i take melatonin too
  • Sometimes, yes.
  • Not any more. Most cases of insomnia are self inflicted.
    • Anonymous
      Nah, disagree I toss & turn & sometimes feel tired at 6 am then can't go to work because I feel exhausted.
  • I do and have been prescribed sleeping tablets, my GP (doctor) coincidentally called me this evening to see how I was doing on the higher dosage of anti-depressants (yeah I'm on those too)
    • Linda Joy
      Isn't a GP a general practitioner? Antidepressants are usually prescribed by a psychiatrist. In any case I'm sorry you're going through these struggles and I wish you much improved health! Insomnia is often a symptom of depression. I have struggled with both, as well as the side effects of the medications. Let me know if I can be of any help to you.
    • Creamcrackered
      Yes, it is a general practitioner Linda, and yes they prescribed low dose antidepressants for lots of things in UK, I've had them before for pain, it doesn't surprise me to read that they prescribe for insomnia as it is often stress related.
  • Valerian root tea and lemon balm tea are the things that I use if I have insomnia. I sleep like a baby after a cup. Here is where I found about these teas I hope I helped! 😗
  • Yes, sometimes if I'm stressed. My routine every night is, massage self with old roller ball deodorant stick (works as a good massager for pain), use shiatsu pillow, make a cup of herbal tea containing valerian root, take paracetamol, lay jaw on heat pad, massage that, pray, go to bed with heat pad on. Heat is really good at sending you to sleep.
    • Linda Joy
      Apparently so is chemotherapy! I sleep a lot now!
  • I rarely get insomnia, and it happens to me 2 or 3 times each year
  • I'm usually out like a light as soon as my head hits the pillow. My strategy is to keep the two states of wakefulness and sleepiness as distinct as possible.
  • Insomnia, for people on c-pap machines, persons need to get to cleaning the small filter not that noticeable on the machine. I forgot to clean mine and that was a direct result.
  • Yes, turning a documentary on my phone and not moving at all helps. Avoid the urge to toss and turn or move your limbs at all. Exercise helps me feel a little sleepy too sometimes.

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