I have sleeping troubles on and off too, I think I suffer from sporadic insomnia.
Things people have recommended to help:
- warm milk or cammomile tea
- lavendar oil on the pillow (works quite well for me)
- herbal sleeping tablets are better than doctor prescribed I just use Sainsbury's own
- deep breathing exercise: breath in slowly for 7 counts, hold your breath for 7, and breath out slowly for 7 counts (my grandma swore by it)
- sex (assuming you're over 16)
- stay away from bed before bedtime (I have a habit of sitting in bed with my laptop!)
- keep active during the day (when I revise for an exam I used to find I wouldn't leave the house for the whole weekend before.. bad news cos you're body doesn't exert enough energy during the day so it's harder to sleep. Go for a walk/run in the afternoon)
- get plenty of fresh air and sunlight (vitamin D) is very good during the day for helping you sleep at night (seriously I know it sounds bat**** but if the sun is there, get in it.. study in the park or something.. it really helps)
- might be stating the obvious but don't have caffeine after 6.
Last edited by akemikat; 13-06-2012 at 20:29.
I suggest that you should have a big hot bubbly bath before bed. Calm yourself and chill in the bath for an hour plus. Studies have shown that the process of cooling down, such as from getting out of the bath, creates tiredness. It will make you feel clean, refreshed and happy before bed.
If not, get some help from your GP
EDIT: why the neg...
Last edited by Dobrzynski; 21-06-2012 at 14:42.
I'm awkward with sleeping too, lately I've been sleeping 7am-10am on normal days (study leave) and 5am-8am on exam days.
Not sure what you've tried, but for me doing exercise like 3 or 4 hours before I go to bed makes me drowsy. Every night I put some lavender oil on my pillow which helps with drifting off. Big bubbly bath a couple of hours before you sleep helps your body think you're going to sleep with the temperature change.
Do you have much tea or coffee? You're not supposed to have any after 6pm, but I'm sensitive to diet so having any at all (like early in the morning) stops me from sleeping properly for a couple of nights.
I'd see your GP, even if you're worried about sleeping pill addiction. You could try relaxation techniques too
Edit: like the above, try reading with the lights dimmed for an hour or two. I listen to music with the lights off for a few hours which helps me sleep, especially instrumental versions of pop songs.
Last edited by harufi; 13-06-2012 at 21:22.