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Insomnia...

How many of you and to what extent do you have it? I literally can’t fall asleep until 2-3 a.m. And I only get a few hours. It’s terrible some nights.

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My experience with insomnia is extensive. I suffer from PTSD, have far too active a mind, and hate taking drugs to help me sleep.

I've found a blue light filter on my phone, coupled with a healthy diet (no caffeine after 4) and forcing myself to go to bed at a decent time helps.

Audiobooks, soft music, transcendental meditation, podcasts... are all preferable to looking at a lit screen. But generally I find white noise to work the best. A fan, generally.

SirJet Level 5 May 21, 2018
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Off and on.

Sticks48 Level 9 May 20, 2018
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I had insomnia when I only slept 20...25 hours per entire month
I thought I could use this extra time to be productive, but fatigue got me all over body after few months...
Frequent upset stomach, intolerant to urges, headaches and mind blur. You won’t be able to digest after 2 months of no sleep. PM meds helped for a while than dosage needs increase or different stronger meds. They all have terrible side effects

My steps taken:

  1. Went to public poker tournament and found pot head there to ask for drag and supply and take it prior half hour going to bed
  2. Caffeine must be near zero
  3. Last meal is no later than 8pm
  4. Zero to sugar and zero to sugar-free sweeteners
  5. Increase workout frequency and intensity to get tired ?
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I ma not a psychiatrist, but happen to know that insomnia is a symptom of anxiety and/or depression.

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Same here. I've started using ginseng in small amounts during the day which helps me to remain more productive and finding myself more tired at bedtime and more able to get a better night's rest.

uuberdude Level 7 May 20, 2018
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This is worth a try. Just be sure to turn off autoplay.

AmiSue Level 8 May 20, 2018
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Alprazolam, zopiclone, diazepam, temazepam, etc... Pick one, no need to suffer...

ABack Level 6 May 20, 2018
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Cannabis bath soaks are wonderful, and non psycho active. I feel badly for people that live in states that are still backwards about the prohibition. They are missing the science. CBDs and other Cannabanoids get rid of all pain, make on relax with no negative long term effects.

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I have had troubles with insomnia off and on since my teens. Currently it is job stress. I wake up reading chart notes or emails. Is something bothering you? Sometimes dealing with an issue will help. I have some herbal teas that help. Exercise during the days helps. A long soak in a hot bath with Epsom Salts will help me fall asleep. And if all that doesn't work, booze, benadryl, or just giving up.

I'll pop 3 Benadryl when it gets to 3am. I've always been wary of sleeping pills.

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I have ALWAYS had insomnia. Doctors tried medicating me as a kid, but it either didn't work or it worked too well. Then I just dealt with it in my teens where I once went nine days without sleep. I would have terrifying dreams when I did fall asleep. Then I self medicated for years and years. Now I am back to just dealing with it. I am used to it at this point. Nutrition and natural remedies are how I keep it at a reasonable level now. Exercise and stuff.

Jessipoo Level 4 May 20, 2018
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Oh man, welcome to my life. I have had chronic insomnia for so long I don't think I ever had good sleep patterns. I can share some of my solutions if you wish. They help me and after a while your body will fall into a rhythm and you don't need to use them as much.

@Aralt Some of the things that work for me are Magnesium (powder form taken at night), Skullcap and Passionflower (herbs that stops the mind from racing), a product called Calms Forte (homoeopathic, can be found in health stores and maybe CVS Riteaid) and my favorite is an adrenal balancer called Adrenal Health - Nightly Restore by a company called Gaia (also found in health food stores). If your up for a bit of research see what you can find out about them. I could go into detail here but it would take a while. Hope this is of some help.

@Aralt Oh my pleasure and I hope something works for you. If you have any questions I am more than pleased to help.

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I had severe sleep issues for years, until I participated in a sleep study at the Univ of FL.
I learned to change several pre-bed habits, and other mechanisms to help with falling
asleep, and more importantly, staying asleep. I did the study in 2011, and I've been sleeping better ever since.
If there are no sleep studies in your area, you could try searching online, perhaps google or youtube, for any information.

KKGator Level 9 May 20, 2018
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Hi. I sympathize completely. It seems to get worse all the time for me for no reason I can make out. I try reading, walking around, going to the kitchen for water and I have no solution so far. Tonight I'm watching television while I type and then off to bed. If I find something that seems to help consistently I will post it. In the meantime I do hope it gets better for you quickly - good luck!

Sandster Level 7 May 20, 2018
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Most nights for me. It happens so consistently, and for such a huge portion of my life, since early childhood, that I've come to the tentative conclusion that I must have some sort of circadian rhythm disorder. It can be very fatiguing for me to even hold to a lax schedule. And my current schedule is not lax.

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