Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:03 AM
Kidding. Of course. Insomnia is a problem that comes and goes for me...the irony being that it doesn't seem to come and go w/ stress. It just seems to come and go whenever it feels like it. ???
I don't have anything that I've found that has really done much good, though there are a few things that help me somewhat...and I'm probably going to repeat some of what you said, Lis.
*Drinking something hot and caffeine-free, like herbal tea.
*Taking a hot bath
*Reading in bed
*Listening to quiet music (Tori's album "Scarlet's Walk" works like a dream for me for some reason)
*I have tried Valerian root and it has worked, but I have used it very rarely, b/c I have this adversity to taking anything...even herbs.
*I have also taken various OTC drugs for sleep when I had to. Some work well (ironically, the cheap-o Equate brand from Wal-Mart worked best for me) but I do get that slightly groggy feeling the next day. I did notice that the groggy feeling wore off after the first few times I took them, but again (as noted above), I have a general adversity to taking pills, so I use these only when I get desperate.
*Concentrating on something - anything - mundane helps me a lot...Kind of like the chanting Lou mentioned.
*Perhaps the biggest thing is I've learned to try not to go to bed with unresolved issues. If I'm angry or hurt or upset, I need to get as much of it out as I can before I have even a remote chance of sleeping. And if I need to get something crucial done, I'm better off just doing it. Otherwise, it WILL keep me up - guaranteed.
*Another thing to note is too try to keep your sleep pattern somewhat regular -- for instance, if you were to not sleep tonight, you're better off NOT sleeping during the day tomorrow if you get the urge. You should actually wait until tomorrow night...That's what the doc says, anyway. Who the hell knows? My mom suffers from insomnia, too, and she says it helps not to sleep during the day (unless you are *extremely* tired), but it doesn't make as much of a difference to me (though it does help). *shrug*