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LINDALL1125's Photo LINDALL1125 Posts: 21
7/2/10 11:13 A

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Have you tried some white noise in the background? If my husband is up watching TV in the living room, I turn the fan on in the bathroom - just enough to drown out the sound. My therapist said that white noise helps induce a deeper sleep.

Good luck - I am really struggling with this also!

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6/13/10 4:02 P

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It is a once in a blue moon night when I sleep all the way through the night. I am a mom of 4 and so for years my body was used to waking up constantly for feedings, glasses of water, coughs or bad dreams. Now that my kids mostly sleep through the night (there is still the odd glass of water or bad dream) I still wake up. I am trying to reprogram my body for sleep....and suggestions?

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6/10/10 10:32 P

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I have no trouble falling asleep..but, I wake up due to pain in my thighs & hips. Trying to figure out what is causing it and hopefully will get it taken care of.

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6/8/10 2:49 P

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This is my problem also. I'm always tired so I never have any trouble falling asleep. My problem is staying asleep. A typical night for me is to go to be between 10:00 and 11:00 and then wake up at 1:00 or 2:00 and then I wake up just about every hour from then until my alarm goes off. Very frustrating!
Like other people here, I don't want a prescription drug that will cause me to have weird side effects or feel dopey the next morning. I've tried Melatonin, which works, but it messes with your seratonin levels which I definitely don't need.
So out of desperation and on the advice of my "natural" friend, I went to our local Teavana store in the mall. They recommended their herbal tea called Tranquil Dream. I have to tell you, I slept until about 5:00 the next morning. And everytime I drink it before bedtime, I get the same results. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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CATHERINE2H Posts: 1
6/5/10 5:12 P

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I can't remember a time when my sleep schedule was normal. When I was a child I would get up so early in the morning that my parents had to convince me the sun would be jealous if I got up before "he" did. In high-school I would fall asleep in the middle of class, no matter how hard I tried to keep my eyes open. They ended up putting me on some anti-narcoleptic medication for a few years, but I never liked taking it and felt they were over medicating me... When I was 18 I decided I wanted to stay clear of any drugs of any form, that included things like Tylenol and caffeine. So I gave up the heavy meds. I have bouts of insomnia followed by times of extreme fatigue. It seems to be cyclical and I'm wondering if it at all has anything to do with my menstrual cycle. About a week ago I was so desperate for sleep...and for staying asleep, I just about went mad. It would take me several hours to fall asleep and then something would wake me up...whether it be my call of nature or my cats or my phone vibrating or my sister getting up in the morning or a tree branch brushing against the window of my bedroom...w/e the cause...once I woke up I couldn't get back to sleep. I was having various nights of 3hrs of sleep and not a single one of them restful. I completely understand the feeling that even after falling asleep, sometimes for a full 7hrs, it sometimes feels like you never slept at all. I've gotten to the point where I hate sleep...I generally feel worse in the morning/more fatigued than when I went to sleep at night. I have tried so many different methods for falling asleep/staying asleep...but even with the methods that do seem to help to a certain extent, it is only temporary the effectiveness wears off.

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6/5/10 4:00 P

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I noticed that my sleep problems go back 4 years. Not being able to stay asleep is the problem for me. Plus I have digestion problems and stress as well. I know that can play a role in how I sleep especially at night. So I refrain from taking naps during the day. I also meditate as well. But sometimes I feel like even though I know I went to sleep, it feels like I didn't. I don't know what's going on, but I will find out and soon. emoticon

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CINDYLOU58 Posts: 4,385
5/30/10 3:41 P

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I don't get to go to bed early as I talk to my hubby after ten when he comes on the IM . He is over in Afghanistan and that is his time to talk to me in his morning. Sometimes I fall asleep fast and sometimes I am restless and wake up at all the wrong times. If I nap in the day time it's even worst. So I just hope for the best.

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5/27/10 2:14 P

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Hi, I'm new to the group also. It seems most people either can't fall asleep or have trouble staying asleep. With me it depends. Some nights I'm so tired I fall asleep no problem but then wake up an hour or two later. Other nights it takes me hours to fall asleep at all. I try to avoid sleeping pills because they make me nauseous, especially the next day. I've tried melatonin and found it worked the first couple of times but not after that. I would prefer to use natural methods.

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5/27/10 3:29 A

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Howdy - Im new here. I have sleep apnea and use a C-pap. I work 0700 - 1900 2x a week and 2300-0700 2x. I have been prescibed trazodone to stay asleep. It works if I take 2 and life doesn't wake me up.

I was wondering if the 7 hours of sleep per day team goal was 7 in a row or 7 in a 24 hour period.

ELF000's Photo ELF000 Posts: 14
5/25/10 1:16 P

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I agree! Fresh air and exercise do help for sure. I don't think exercise hurts unless you do it close to bedtime.

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5/25/10 1:08 P

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In the past I used to take a walk after dinner. I know they say don't exercise in the evening because it will keep you up, but actually it has the opposite effect on me. I would guess it's the fresh air, the opportunity to unwind and the physical exercise. I noticed with my kids too that they sleep much easier and longer when they spend time outdoors.

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ANN7667's Photo ANN7667 Posts: 114
5/24/10 9:37 A

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I've just joined your group. Boy there are lots of us! I do not have trouble staying asleep. I've slept through a hurricane and an earthquake that cracked our bathroom floor. But getting to sleep is my problem. I feel like sometimes there is a window within which I can fall asleep and when I get sleepy at night . . . I need to go to bed. Sometimes I'm still awake at 2am, 3am and 4am. It's torture. Sometimes I'm still awake at 4 and just get up. I'm going to learn from you all and focus now on getting more rest. I'm glad you are here.

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CD7422304 Posts: 252
5/23/10 12:38 P

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I don't like ear plugs either. I think since having kids I've become a very light sleeper. My oldest had some health concerns for her first several years that required me to be awake frequently during the night. I think sometimes moms just get reprogramed to be light sleepers. But now that my kids sleep just fine - I haven't adjusted back to my pre-kid days of sleeping good throughout the night.

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5/20/10 7:01 A

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My problem isn't restless leg it's just waking up easily. Any little noise brings me straight awake. My dog shakes, a bird chirps (and yes the bird is outside and I have the window closed), a door creeks...any little thing wakes me up. I dream all the time and remember a lot of my dreams, which leads me to believe that I don't ever go into a deep sleep. I've tried earplugs but they just hurt my ears.

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5/20/10 2:29 A

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This is my issue too.. I wake up more tired that I was when I went to bed. Restless legs SUCK! but I am finding out so many people have this too. I wake up numerous times at night that there is not rest when sleeping?
I too am looking for advice on how to stay asleep and get some good rest.

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5/18/10 9:15 P

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I have the same issue - getting to sleep isn't a problem but staying asleep is. I wake up alot. I've tried limiting my caffine but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I really like coffee in the morning to help me get going - I wake up SO tired.

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5/18/10 12:50 P

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Hi,

If cutting back on the caffeine doesn't work, it may be something else that is waking you up. In my case, it was restless legs that kept waking me until I was close to the point where I could have fallen asleep at the wheel.. Sometimes, there are other medical reasons as well. If cutting out caffeine doesn't work, it might be worth having a talk with your doctor.

Have a great day,
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ELF000's Photo ELF000 Posts: 14
5/18/10 7:47 A

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Thanks for the suggestion Neat. I've done pretty much the same thing with my coffee. One cup in the morning and none in the afternoon unless it's a Friday and I plan on being up later.

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5/17/10 7:23 P

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Hello,

I have cut down on caffeine to 1 cup of tea in the morning, and water the rest of the day and that seems to help. Before I was drinking tea all day and was waking up and unable to get back to sleep.

Welcome to the group. I hope this helps.

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ELF000's Photo ELF000 Posts: 14
5/17/10 7:12 A

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I usually don't have too much problem falling asleep. I'm so tired I fall asleep sitting up watching tv in the evenings. My problem is staying asleep. I wake up 10 to 20 (or sometimes more) times per night. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get myself into a deeper sleep?

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