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can't sleep again. i've been having less trouble with insomnia lately thanks to some advice about supplements from goddessirony, but there's a lot up in the air today/tonight/lately, and i find myself awake long after everyone else is abed, despite my busy day tomorrow.

So, i ask you, my friends, what do you do when you can't sleep?

Date: 2008-09-20 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Wake Stephen up.

Date: 2008-09-20 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, glad the Melatonin is helping even a little. What do I do when I can't sleep? I read using my little book light. I stay away from the computer, television, and try not to turn on lights--but that's because I have daytime/nighttime issues, as evidenced by the fact that Melatonin has been my salvation.

Date: 2008-09-20 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
0) Turn on TV, because late-at-night without sound is creepy.
1) See if any of you night-owls are online (this was easier when Benma worked nights).
2) Determine if it's the kind of insomnia that I'm steady on my feet (usually no). If it is, find something to clean (considerably easier when living alone, both because noise isn't an issue and because everything's one's own responsibility).
3) Read. This assumes that the thing you're picking up to read isn't responsible for the insomnia in the first place.

I'd like to hear the advice on supplements.

Date: 2008-09-22 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My insomnia left InsomniaLand when I stopped sleeping most of the night and wanted desperately to go to sleep from about 1-7pm every day. I wasn't sleeping at night and I was purposefully avoiding napping, but for about a year I slept around 4-5 hours a night (sporadically) and consistently wanted to sleep during the day.

I hit the Mayo Clinic website for solutions because I was looking into getting a sleep study--I was sick and desperate by the point. It mentioned circadian rhythm disorders--where the body doesn't recognize day and night cycles as it should. Melatonin is a chemical your body makes to say "Hey, it's nighttime!" It's not been studied long term, and it's really just to help jet lag, but I thought I'd try the supplements.

I've slept well for... three months now. The only bad nights I've had have been because of normal reactions to stress. I've probably only missed a good night's sleep three or four nights. At this point, I don't care if I end up growing a third arm in the middle of my forehead--I'm sold. The supplements are pretty much 3mg of Melatonin per evening, 30 minutes before I go to bed. This means I take the pill, lay down and read, and I'm out in twenty minutes. They cost me $7 for a three month supply, over-the-counter.

Not saying it'll work for everyone, but I would've paid a lot more than $7 for even a single good night's sleep. Worth the try.

Sorry to take over your journal, Rubylove. I'm rather passionate about sleep.

Date: 2008-09-22 05:09 am (UTC)
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Any time. Hell, if it helps anyone else half as much as it's helped me it's worth pages of praise rather than paragraphs. I'd dismissed the whole thing as hooey until you mentioned in your lj. Thanks to your good advice i sleep far, far better.


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