Real good article. I like to have a whole grain Thomas' Muffin low fat toasted with natural peanut butter, or Skippy's 60% less sugar chocolate natural peanut butter with Smucker's No Sugar Boysenberry or Simply Fruit Strawberry jam as my "Nod Off" helper! :P
I watched an episode of the 'food hospital' on the cooking channel about a guy that used to wake up in the middle of the night and need to eat 'crisps' (chips), cakes and other high calorie foods- they called it 'night eating' or something. In the past, I used to eat at night to help me fall asleep and I have found that the same thing would happen- i'd wake up and want to eat to go back to sleep. BAD cycle! I think that cutting the lesser quality foods from my diet has really helped. I don't wake up in the middle of the night needing a banana, lol (which is usually what my night snack is)!
This article comes at a very good time for me. I have never had trouble sleeping in my life until the last few months. I am going to take steps outlined here to see if I can get back to a better sleep pattern.
At the suggestion of his doctor, I use melatonin to help my son with Autism wind down to sleep. It worked wonders at first, but we've had to increase to dose and it's not working as well now. My own biggest sleep challenge is just getting myself to stop what I'm doing and go to bed! I like my alone time after the kids are asleep, but I pay for it the next day and in general with slower weight loss and increased pain from my fibromyalgia.
5/28/2012 8:32:29 PM
Great article! Want to share a supplement that has worked wonders for me. Tranquilo was developed by a Neurologist specializing in sleep study, and there are no side affects. I found it at www.zzzallnight.com
11/6/2011 8:16:07 AM
We attended a camp for RAD kids--(reactive attachment disorder) and the director of the camp said that melatonin is produced naturally by the body, and if you take a supplemental dose, that interferes with the natural production of melatonin. Then the body will not produce it any longer. So her comment was basically--don't take melatonin.
Dried valarian root creates a degree of depression. The tincture does not do this.
8/9/2011 2:00:10 PM
I've taken melatonin and valerian at different times, and they are both somewhat helpful for people who have occasional trouble sleeping. It's important to note that none of these are as effective as a prescription sleep aid, but they can help you to relax enough to drift off if you're not too stressed.
I think I should mention that melatonin is NOT recommended for people who have clinical depression, as it may worsen your symptoms.
I am a horrible insomniac, to the point where I was having fainting spells during the day from being exhausted. Regular sleeping pills made me groggy and dysfunctional in the morning, melatonin gave me horrible nightmares and valerian made me nauseous. But I found this stuff called Alteril that is a mix of melatonin, valerian and tryptophan. It doesn't seem to affect me like the ingredients do individually and I sleep great now. You can get it at CVS, but it's cheaper at Walmart.
8/8/2011 11:05:00 AM
I recently read a study that said melatonin can be helpful for people with IBS, which is exacerbated by sleep disturbances. I take it sometimes, when I need just a little push into sleep. I don't think it would help with actual insomnia, though.
8/8/2011 9:58:50 AM
Melatonin and allergy meds give me nightmares. I take Menosense daily (2 morning, 2 night) and before bed take magnesium. It helps but I still have the nights where I wake up in the middle of the night for an hour or 2. Extra black cohosh that time of the month before bed helps so I don't have night sweats that wake me up. O the joys of aging, eh? :D
8/8/2011 8:54:29 AM
I can fall asleep and stay asleep, but I have rotten nightmares every night.
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