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Slip into a Steady Slumber

Tips for Curing Insomnia


  • I have struggled with sleep issues for years.
    Coasted along, from my 20's to my 50's, on 4 to 5 hours sleep being my norm, and thinking that was a good nights sleep.
    Health issues have made me aware I NEED TO GET MORE SLEEP !
    So this is a priority to me now! - 9/15/2015 12:36:48 PM
  • I like the idea of trying the lavender oil. I think I will try it as my mind tends to race at night then I have difficulty sleeping - 5/2/2015 10:21:47 AM
  • Staying asleep is my problem too. I have been writing in a journal before I go to sleep, and that may be helping a bit more. I am able to track things that made me happy and things that I am working on wig mini-goals to move me forward in the direction I need with certain tasks. I don't stress about the lack of sleep, and I do use sleep apps to help me fall back asleep if it seems to be taking longer than usual to catch zzzs. - 1/8/2015 7:59:53 AM
  • good article with good ideas. I suffer with this some. Melatonin helps me usually and when that doesn't I take a sleeping pill which isn't very often. With having PTSD doesn't help with sleep. I do get on my tablet and play cards until I get tired...I also chat with Jesus when I am not able to sleep. - 11/22/2014 11:04:01 PM
  • I can't drink hot milk but soup works for me

    - 11/22/2014 6:05:15 AM
  • I enjoyed the idea of writing a letter before you go to bed. It sounds so quaint and romantic! - 1/7/2014 5:27:59 AM
  • I would add one other longer-term item to help with sleep: make sure the mattress is in good shape. Especially when we've been carrying excess weight, what started as supportive and comfortable can become worn down and be all sorts of awkward to sleep on. Not to mention the difference in what is comfortable once we have less of the padding on our body. (I know this last one ... an extra firm mattress can end up feeling TOO firm.) - 11/12/2012 12:36:09 PM
    I've had insomnia since my 2nd son was born 28 years ago and have gone to a sleep center and they didn't have any answers. I've tried meditation and breathing excercises and they help me fall asleep but doesn't keep me asleep, I still wake up 2 hrs. later. I don't drink caffeine and I don't eat or drink after 7:00 pm. I always wake up like something is wrong and can't get back to sleep. - 7/18/2012 6:36:09 AM
  • Some good ideas but some just don't work for me. Lack of sleep has been common after hitting menopause. No HRT for me so that doesn't. Increased exercise has helped me some and a little melatonin. I do some light reading before I turn off the light. It takes my mind off of the day's concerns and helps me sleep better - 10/29/2011 10:24:06 PM
  • I have had insomnia all my life. It has been a tough thing to deal with. But when I increased my daily activities, I rarely have it any more. - 7/30/2011 9:36:55 AM
  • When I was young I multiplied 2x2x2x2... until I fell asleep. Only works for someone who loves numbers.
    Now that I'm a grandmother, I thank God for each blessing, his or her parents, a house they like to visit, things I do with them, etc. Anything that generates pleasant feelings works very well for relaxation.

    One time, I read, 'Try forcing your eyes to stay open.' Think about trying to watch a movie in the dark. You want to watch but your eyes keep closing. It's supposed to trick your mind into falling asleep. Too 'boring' for me. - 6/21/2011 12:10:35 AM
  • This article has some good ideas. I also count sometimes to help me fall asleep at times. I count from one to 100 sometimes eight or nine times. It does work most times. I find that not being able to fall asleep and stay sleeping is so stressful but I am going to try some of these ideas, who knows they may help! Thanks!! - 3/10/2011 5:12:21 PM
  • I have always had a hard time winding down and getting a good nights sleep. I have finally mastered the skill and everything I do is in this article! Your body loves routine and the more you do these things the quicker and better you will sleep. Take it from someone who knows! - 3/10/2011 2:47:20 PM
  • LLXX411 - that is a really fab attitude, I had never thought of looking at a broken night's sleep like that. Most impressed! Going to start changing my thoughts about it from tonight onwards! - 3/10/2011 1:44:30 PM
  • Hey June. Two thoughts--one, it's time for you to get a prescription for an overactive bladder. It's totally common and you could talk to your doctor about seeing if you can limit it's use to nighttime only.

    Secondly, I have two kids under 4 and my sleep is interrupted frequently and has been through the first pregnancy. Yes--much of that was peeing! So--for four years, I've had very different sleep than most folks. I have found something that really works for me--NEVER BEING ANGRY ABOUT IT.

    Example thoughts:
    1) Yay! It's not time to work yet--I get to have the joy now of falling asleep again in a bed that's already warmed up! My body is already fully relaxed too from already sleeping.
    2) Wow--my body is awesome! My liver cleaned out this fluid and while I let it go, I'm going to think of all the negative things in my life I choose to let go of too.
    3) Woh! I'm so glad I have a safe warm place to relax and sleep when so many in the world do not.
    4) Tomorrow, when I wake, I'll get to remember this wonderful night where I kept getting to go back to bed!
    5) Yay, I get to take a quiet moment to see my kids (pet? spounse? street?) sleeping--when they look most angelic.

    Good luck June! Don't let anything keep you down girl! - 3/10/2011 1:38:31 PM

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