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Kate21
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Re: Insomnia

Think we’re all different and what works for one, doesn’t always for another! Definitely blue light and also dimming lights right down before bed. Did the getting up and found sleeping on the sofa worked better than going back to bed! Yes to hot water or herbal tea but green tea would have the opposite effect on me, have to drink that in the mornings! Think it’s about trying things and finding what works for you...no blue light, dim lighting, a bath, magnesium spray to my feet and Inulin work for me, although not necessarily all every night! I also take Ashwagandha early evening which I believe helps but that isn’t why I started taking it. I used Chamomilla when I was waking up at 3-4am and I really think it helped to break the cycle, but at the moment thankfully sleeping well. Kx

Anniej
Community Champion

Re: Insomnia

Absolutely with the I pad and tv. It’s a big no no as the blue light unquiets the brain. Maggies is my safe haven. I’m like a homing bird . We have a great SBC group that meet monthly and the girls there are my inspiration and my solace. Hope you find your Maggies as supportive and loving as mine. My psychologist told me to get up if I’d lain awake a while . Bed is for 😴. So go and make some herbal or green tea, read a book or tunein to your mindfulness down loads, and when ready go back to bed. Might turn everything a bit tipsy turvy for a while but it does help. Exercise is a big help for me too. I always sleep better after going to the gym, or aqua or swimming. Good luck.🍀

Ri
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Re: Insomnia

Thanks everyone for the tips.

I’m starting a mindfulness class at Maggies in January so hopefully things can only get better sleep wise.🛏🤞

Kate21
Member

Re: Insomnia

 

I tried some of these techniques and I’m sure they helped, but my problem wasn’t getting off to sleep it was waking up, and found I’d still be counting an hour or two later! I really don’t stress much about things other than at results time, I was just wide awake. I also found adding Inulin to a drink really helped, which is a prebiotic food not a supplement if anyone’s concerned, this was recommended by Michael Moseley in the programme he did on insomnia. One thing I’d forgotten about that I believe made a difference for me was I now don’t use my iPad for a couple of hours before going to sleep,..definitely worth giving that a try! Kate x

Anniej
Community Champion

Re: Insomnia

Hi Ri, the minds a bugger, isn’t it? I found chemicals didn’t work for me, so accessed psychological services after not sleeping through for nearly a month. I was taught a few tricks which have helped greatly, and, according to my fit bit, I now have a fair nights sleep. Works for me! 🙃

Try...a warm bath each night to relax you.

Try...a hot drink at bed time to soothe you.

Try...deep breathing exercises in bed. Arms at side, eyes closed, legs not crossed. Breathe in , then out for longer. This disturbs the cycling brain patterns.

Try.....counting. Backwards, forwards , in twos, threes, whatever. Again, it disturbs that rocketing brain.

Try...alphabetising your favourite thing. Flowers, trees, cars, countries, whatever floats your boat. Never reached Z for zinnia more than once.😱

Try...meditation. You can get programmes for your I pad to start you off, or join a group to teach you.😴

Unfortunately our mind is reacting to the awful thing that has happened to us, and it is important to recognise when this is beginning so that we can distract the mental turmoil with something repetitive and slow the racing mind. Relaxing the body also helps relax the brain. Or so I was told. I do use all these techniques....just not all at the same time! 🤣 I do sleep quite well now, but that is also because I have accepted my disease and work hard to manage my life around it. The acceptance part was also reached through my sessions with psychological services. My heart does go out to you as I know how awful it can be. Wishing you well in your search for some peace . 🍀

 

Kate21
Member

Re: Insomnia

Just to add Ri, I found when a I took them if I did wake up I managed to get off to sleep again. Hope they help, Kx

Ri
Member

Re: Insomnia

Thanks, will try that.

Kate21
Member

Re: Insomnia

Hi Ri, 

 

I went through spells of not sleeping well and now take a couple of supplements to help but if you’re concerned about taking those Weleda do a natural product called Chamomilla which is worth a try. It can be given to newborns so nothing nasty in it! They do granules for newborns, then drops for older babies/toddlers and tablets for adults. Some Holland & Barrett’s sell them, or can get on line. If you decide to try, don’t swallow whole, you need to chew them! Kate x

Ri
Member

Insomnia

So tired but can’t sleep.

Is everyone like this? I hate the nighttime, can cope in the day but dread the nights, seem to feel sick every night and the pain is bad in my hip so can’t get comfortable.

Its 3.15am and feeling sorry for myself , sorry.