I'm sorry to hear you're having insomnia! I have really bad chronic insomnia (which I'm starting to suspect is caused by anxiety), and I've probably tried about everything. OTC sleeping pills make me feel icky, but they do work. I prefer to use something gentler like valerian or melatonin. Journaling or meditating before bed can help slow your mind down so you can relax. Don't eat late, I avoid eating four hours before bed. Make sure your bedroom is very dark and quiet. Pull curtains over the windows, close the door to block out light from another part of the house. If you absolutely can't get to sleep get out of bed and so something else. Read, draw, listen to music, something relaxing. TV and the internet are too stimulating for me when I'm having a bad night.
The only thing that has given me long term relief from insomnia is acupuncture. If you have chronic insomnia see a doctor or someone to get it checked out!!
Thank for the input you guys. i will try these tips. i just graduated college a month ago, and that's when my insomnia hit me. i feel stressed out (why, i do not know) and can't go to sleep till 3, 4, 5, and sometimes 6!!!! I am such a spaz, i wait till the time of my life where i should be the most care free, and instead i'm the opposite. also, i have irrational fears like something bad is going to happen lately. i swear i'm not crazy, just stressin out.
Hey guys, I'm new here but wanted to add my 2 cents. I found that if I work out right before bed then its hard for me to sleep. Also, I would highly recommend an herbal remedy like Melatonin. Maybe it's all in my head but I swear, if I take this before bed then I sleep great! Good luck!
Originally Posted by jennyb what's melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain, that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of melatonin are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement, though it has no known nutritional value.
What does natural melatonin do in the body?
Your body has its own internal clock that helps regulate your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours (or circadian rhythm) in part by controlling the production of melatonin. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then decline in the early morning hours.
Natural melatonin production is partly affected by light. During the shorter days of the winter months, melatonin production may start earlier or, more often, later. This change can lead to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression.<sup class="Reference">1</sup>
Natural melatonin levels decline gradually with age. Some older adults produce very small amounts of melatonin or none at all.