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*Living~By~Faith*
Sep 10th 2008, 09:41 PM
I have trouble falling asleep and sometimes will wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep for a couple of hours. I sometimes take Tylenol PM to help me fall asleep especially if I'm needing to get up early the next morning like on Sundays. I have ran out of those pills and don't want to buy any more because I know that long term use can cause health issues. Someone told me about something that is a natural sleeping aid and isn't harmful to the body, but I can't remember what she said it was called. Does anyone know what this is and where it can be purchased?

Bethany67
Sep 10th 2008, 09:49 PM
There's melatonin as a supplement which is available in the US; it's not available here in the UK. You could also try eating bananas for the tryptophan, which increases seratonin. There are also various over-the-counter herbal remedies containing valerian, skullcap, chamomile, lavender, hops, passionflower. Personally I find the best thing is exercise and keeping to a set bedtime even at the weekends; when I'm regularly walking several miles a day and weight-training, I'm knocked-out and it's good quality sleep.

Cloudwalker
Sep 11th 2008, 02:37 AM
I would suggest you consult a sleep specialist. If this is an ongoing problem and not one that is just going on for the period it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

*Living~By~Faith*
Sep 11th 2008, 02:49 AM
I forgot to mention in my first post that I usually don't try going to sleep until the middle of the night. That's why I take something to help me fall asleep when I need to go to bed earlier. I believe that if I got up at a certain time every day, then I probably could get into a routine of going to sleep at a certain time without any problems. So I guess my real problem is setting a certain time to get up and sticking with it, but I just don't like getting up early. I've tried setting my alarm clock for a certain time, but usually turn it off or change the time that it's supposed to go off. I also have a problem with having a strange (sometimes a bit scary) dream, waking up from it only to fall back asleep and have another awful dream. I'm really not getting a good rest when this is happening.

cnw
Sep 11th 2008, 03:59 AM
I found that sleeping in the morning later will cause me to dream bad dreams. try praying during those awake times. Pray for everyone you can think of and pray a hedge of protection around your home. Also I believe there are things we bring into our homes that cause demonic attacks. Maybe you need a "home cleaning" :pp
Quoting Scripture is good too.

historyb
Sep 11th 2008, 04:11 AM
I have trouble falling asleep and sometimes will wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep for a couple of hours. I sometimes take Tylenol PM to help me fall asleep especially if I'm needing to get up early the next morning like on Sundays. I have ran out of those pills and don't want to buy any more because I know that long term use can cause health issues. Someone told me about something that is a natural sleeping aid and isn't harmful to the body, but I can't remember what she said it was called. Does anyone know what this is and where it can be purchased?

Sounds like what your talking about is Calm Forte, I use it when that happens to me. I bought it at Longs or GNC even health food store may have it.

ilovemetal
Sep 11th 2008, 05:15 AM
yeah 100% i always wake up for hours in the middle of the night.

it's been said, but i either pray, or think about sweet plots for the books i write. either or works. but i also ask God to help me fall asleep. and it mostly works. straight up. God is amazing, and not to be underestimated...:D

graceforme
Sep 11th 2008, 10:35 AM
I forgot to mention in my first post that I usually don't try going to sleep until the middle of the night. That's why I take something to help me fall asleep when I need to go to bed earlier. I believe that if I got up at a certain time every day, then I probably could get into a routine of going to sleep at a certain time without any problems. So I guess my real problem is setting a certain time to get up and sticking with it, but I just don't like getting up early. I've tried setting my alarm clock for a certain time, but usually turn it off or change the time that it's supposed to go off. I also have a problem with having a strange (sometimes a bit scary) dream, waking up from it only to fall back asleep and have another awful dream. I'm really not getting a good rest when this is happening.


Are you taking any medications? Several years ago my doctor prescribed Zyrtec for me. After a period of time, I started having horrible dreams. They were so scary that I was afraid to go to sleep at night. I wouldn't even tell my husband what they were about. Indepth investigation of Zyrtec revealed that this could be a possible side effect. I discontinued them and started using Claritin instead - problem solved.

I know what you mean about sleep problems, though. I use melatonin (3 mg. tablets) from time to time. It helps you relax, and you can even take another if you wake up in the middle of the night. Any kind of PM or sleeping aid that I took left me like a zombie the next day. Melatonin doesn't do that. I found the ones that just dissolve under my tongue and they act very quickly. Long term use of any sleep aid is not recommended, but melatonin is much safer than regular sleep aids because it's herbal., and you can use it more often.

Please know that you are not alone in this struggle. There are many of us out here who have the same experiences. We have so much on our minds and our lives are so busy that sometimes it's really hard to just "turn off" everything that is going on.

God Bless.

*Living~By~Faith*
Sep 11th 2008, 02:34 PM
Yes, I believe melatonin is what I was thinking about. I know that my main problem is not being able to clear my mind from everything in order to fall asleep. I've tried focusing on one thing such as listening to quiet music, but that doesn't help much. There have been times in the past where I'd even get up and write down my thoughts if something is bothering me.

It's only 9:30 which is very early for me to be up. But hopefully, I'm up for the day today.

Timshel
Sep 11th 2008, 09:10 PM
My brother is in nursing school, he did tell me that one of the easy remedies for patients is for them to take hot baths or be sponged with such, apparently it makes one sleepy.:)
I tried it it works for me.

cdo
Sep 13th 2008, 02:57 AM
I also have trouble with my sleeping.My mind will not slow down,
it's flying.It even gets on my last nerve. Then during the day time I have to take a nap which is not good and could be a small portion of my sleep.I'm Physically Disabled so I don't get the exercise I need,so I don't have a regular sleep schedule which still makes it worse..I don't have any type of meds to sleep But, I do drink a glass of milk right before I go to bed and then I read.Milk is the drink for me to sleep.If you can try it .......it might help.,Darlene

Godslittleangel
Sep 14th 2008, 03:51 AM
I sometimes have trouble sleeping. I can't have too much caffeine if I"m going to wake up early the next morning, I need to set a regular bedtime and wake time (not omthing normal for me but needs ot happen soon now with my job about to start in a week) or napping too long. One time I couldn't keep my ees closed, I tried to tape them shut, it didn't work well. Maybe I should look into duct tape next time:hmm:

*Living~By~Faith*
Sep 19th 2008, 08:23 PM
I bought some melatonin on Wednesday and took it that night and last night. The first night I still couldn't get to sleep. I think it was about three hours after taking it before I fell asleep. But I think the problem may have been that I had caffeine too close to bedtime. So I'm making it a point not to have caffeine or sugar within a couple of hours of bedtime. The second night I fell aslepp pretty quickly, but woke up about three hours later and it took a long time to fall back asleep after that.

It doesn't say on the bottles. How often can I take the melatonin pills? I heard from somewhere that you are supposed to devote eight hours of sleep when taking these pills. So I guess that means I can't take another if I wake up during the night.