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Sleep troubles - August 2nd 2012, 12:39 PM

I wasn't sure where to post this, so feel free to move it if it's in the wrong forum.

Basically, my sleeping pattern is a bit ruined, what with it being the summer and everything now. This week I've been going to bed at about 12, and not being able to sleep until half 2 in the morning, and it's getting later and later every night that this goes on. I've tried going to bed earlier, but I still can't sleep for a long while. I'm hoping I'll be able to get up a bit earlier and then be more tired, but the thing is, when I go to bed, I AM tired, I just can't sleep.

So my question is, what can I do before bed/in bed to try and help me sleep a bit better? Like, is there anything I can do to tire myself out more or give me a better chance of sleeping easier? I'm not sure how much help anyone can be, but anything that I can try would be awesome.

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Re: Sleep troubles - August 2nd 2012, 02:13 PM

Try to avoid being on the computer or watching TV at least 30 minutes before bed. I suggest reading. It makes you sleepier, while giving you a break from the lights. I sometimes drink tea when I can't sleep, specifically chamomile. It's also really soothing, and it relaxes me. There are a bunch of random tricks.


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Re: Sleep troubles - August 2nd 2012, 07:47 PM

Hi Hollie

Sorry to hear you're having problems sleeping. I can relate to how distressing that can be. I have a few ideas/suggestions for you so I'm going to bulletpoint them all to make it easy (and less boring ) to read.
  • Set yourself a routine; go to bed at the same time each night (at a 'good' time and wake up at the same time every morning (not too late)
  • Avoid caffeine later on in the day
  • Reading before bedtime - You can try this. It might help you. I know some people find it helps them to nod of but others it wakes them up because its making their brains active.
  • Listening to music - Again, like with the reading, this is trial and error. Some people find it relaxing, others find music with lyrics to active. Try and not to listen to anything which causes you negative feelings (sad songs) and get yourself in a state before bad.
  • Do exersise in the day to tire yourself out
  • Have the light off or have it dimmed
  • Have relaxing colours in your room (not bright orange )
  • Avoid nicotine
  • Dont spend all day in your room; unconciously, our brains can then stop associating bedrooms with bedtime and sleep.
  • Dont have a lot of noise in your room (hamsters )
  • Avoid going on your computer/laptop late at night - the light on them can cause the brain to think its artificla daylight making your brain think its not nighttime (or so I have been told)
  • Try taking a bath or doing something like yoga at night
  • Before going to bed, if you have something on your mind, write it all down and get it out.
  • Keep a notpad at the side of your bed so if you wake up thinking about something or worrying, you can write it down and make it external instead of internal.

Now. If you carry on having problems it might be useful to see your doctor. They might be able to prescribe you medication such as melotonin or zoplicone which could help you. Anyway, hope this some what helps. Sorry if I got boring

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Re: Sleep troubles - August 2nd 2012, 08:37 PM

My counsellor told me that some light exercise such as walking like 3 hours before bed time can help. I use something at night called 'Pukka night time tea' It's a mixture of herbs and the herbs are supposed to help you to sleep, they work for me so maybe you could try this, they're caffeine free too. I also got told that listening to classical music can also help as classical music is relaxing, also make sure your room is nice and dark as if it isn't light from outside can get in and trick your body and mind into thinking it's day time. Try using lavender oil on a piece of tissue and putting that under your pillow the smell lavender is also meant to help people to fall asleep. Try not to worry about it to much as the more you worry about it the more likely it is you will get stressed about it and then not get enough sleep due to stressing over how much sleep your getting (hope that bit made sense). You could also try drinking a warm milky drink before bed (such as a mug of warm milk). Make sure your room is not too cold or hot as this can stop you from sleeping too



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Re: Sleep troubles - August 3rd 2012, 10:42 AM

Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely give some of these a go.


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Re: Sleep troubles - August 3rd 2012, 10:56 AM

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Re: Sleep troubles - August 15th 2012, 10:45 PM

i had the same thing and the doctor noticed i had huge tonsils at the back of my throat, and he asked me how long this had be going on i said since xmas 2011 which was about 8 months so i had a extremely bad case of tonsillitis for over half a year it took 7 doctor appointments and more and more days off school

i should be getting them out in the next few months, woowoo
   
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