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Sleeping over friends' houses. - July 4th 2010, 02:09 PM

I have pretty bad insomnia as it is but it gets worse when I'm not in my own bed. For some reason I'm okay if I sleep in a hotel but not in a friend's house :| I'm sleeping over my friend's house tonight and I cba to not be able to sleep at all ____ Last time I slept over there I couldn't sleep, give up at about 5am and just started reading all her "Girls in Love" books until she woke up (five hours later) :|

Why is it so different in a friend's house? and what could I do to make myself sleep easier?


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Re: Sleeping over friends' houses. - July 4th 2010, 03:54 PM

Im not sure why its so hard to sleep at friends' houses but I have the same problem. For me part of it is anxiety. Maybe that plays a role. I dont know. I dont really have any advice- Im sorry. Maybe bring a book and have a book light with you so you can read without disturbing your friend. And tell them in advance that you have trouble sleeping- maybe they will sleep somewhere where you can watch tv or movies to pass the time.


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Re: Sleeping over friends' houses. - July 4th 2010, 05:58 PM

I'm really awful sleeping at my friends houses but its more anxiety. Is it because you don't feel comfortable in that way?
When I'm sleeping round my friends houses I either try and get ridiculously drunk (at house parties) or just really tire myself out throughout the day.



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Re: Sleeping over friends' houses. - July 4th 2010, 09:58 PM

One thing I can recommend is would it be possible to bring something from home? Maybe a pillow, a favourite stuffed animal or even a blanket? I often find that having something that reminds me of home (smells like home, etc.) can be helpful in getting me to sleep, because I have insane difficulty sleeping anywhere but my own bed unless I'm curled up with someone, which, as you can imagine, isn't necessarily something I can do with anyone other than my boyfriend. Although I have the same available luxury when on holiday with my family...

Another thing is simply to do what Hannah suggested. Do something active during the day that can help wear you out, so you're more tired at night. Also stay away from drinking anything caffeinated 3 or 4+ hours before you plan on going to sleep. I believe I've heard somewhere that caffeine can cycle throughout your body for several hours after consumption, and it's one of the leading causes of insomnia and other sleep problems, especially in teenagers and young adults. Try having a warm glass of milk, or even a glass of cold milk, before bed. It should not only make you sleepy (although it doesn't tend to have this effect on me, so I s'pose everyone's different), but it's also really comforting and relaxing (for me, anyway).

The only other thing I can suggest is, just in general, set a routine. Set a bedtime. Set a time to wake-up in the morning. Don't do anything between those hours but lay in bed with your eyes closed. And don't take naps during the day. A regular exercise routine and a healthy diet would also help, as lack of exercise and lack of a proper diet can also factor in to problems with sleep. Avoiding the computer screen or TVs before bed is also important, as the light in each of these things is, in fact, a stimulant. You could try putting a dab of lavendar oil on your wrists, or take a bath with lavendar oil and epson salts. I also went to a local store that offers oils, insence, etc. and talked to one of the specialists about my sleep problems. She gave me this oil (I'm not sure of its ingredients) that really, really relaxes me and helps me sleep better than my medication ever did. If all else fails, you can talk to a psychiatrist about it, or even a doctor. My psychiatrist once had me take benadryl, as I'd been taking Tylenol PM which is harmful to take regularly because of the tylenol, but ended up prescribing me Trazodone. We also tried Neurontin, which works for a lot of people; wasn't my thing, but it might work for you.

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Re: Sleeping over friends' houses. - July 5th 2010, 10:05 AM

I actually slept quite well last night somehow I only woke up once in the night to go to the toilet too woohoo!

Thanks for the tips though I'll deff use them in future ^____^


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