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Just a quick one before I head off home!!! I seem to be having a lot of problems ...
8th January 2014, 04:50 PM #1
What do you do to help you go to sleep??
Just a quick one before I head off home!!! I seem to be having a lot of problems sleeping the last 2 nights now I have been trying to get to sleep but won't actually fall asleep until around 3 and I need to be up at 6.30am. Anyways on how to sleep easier I don't want to try drugs as I've heard they make you feel strange almost like drunk when you wake up in the morning! Normally I'll watch something on my computer with a cuppa and some biscuits. Then I'll have my ecig and go to bed!! But lately I have found I can't stop thinking about things and I'm tossing and turning all night! Anyone had a problem like this before if so what did you do!?
Would really appreciate any help! I understand you're not doctors but since this is the main forum I go on and the other one's a Honda Civic forum I thought it was probably better to ask here in the general chat!
8th January 2014, 04:54 PM #2
Go for a long run or some exercise which will really tire you out, straight after work. Say 6-7. Then get home shower eat and relax... then hopefully work + the run you'll be knackered and fall asleep! You want to run / exercise early as poss as the adrenaline could keep you up!
Sometimes we have late 5-a-side kick offs 9:30pm (once every 4 weeks) and i end up awake half the night!
8th January 2014, 05:01 PM #3
Strangely I find putting the radio on quite quiet helps me drift off most nights....
Are you drinking alcohol or coffee, tea etc in the evenings?
8th January 2014, 05:03 PM #4
Yes excercise helps earlier in the evening, even a walk for half an hour if you aren't sporty. Also the last half an hour to an hour before going to bed, turn all screens off, so no TV, computers, mobile etc. Listen to some calming music, read a book (as long as its not too exciting), have a bath, basically relax and try to take your mind off into a different zone so its not thinking about the troubles of the day. Make sure your bedroom is a calm and quiet zone as well, no computers/gadgets in there to distract you and if you have a clock then turn it away from you so you're not clock watching.
I'd also recommend getting off the ecigs, but that will make things worse short term.
Last edited by teejay; 8th January 2014 at 05:04 PM.
8th January 2014, 05:03 PM #5
First up stop watching your laptop before bedtime. The shortwave "blue light" that is emitted by screens is the most suppressive of our melatonin production. Melatonin is the hormone that controls our sleep\wake cycles.
The missus and I have stopped watching TV, using computers or phones and hour before bed and we have both slept much better.
Also stop drinking any drinks with caffeine as that will also keep you up. Have a relaxing bath before bed.
Last edited by sparkeh; 8th January 2014 at 05:05 PM.
8th January 2014, 05:03 PM #6
There's often an underlying cause for insomnia. Perhaps you are worried about something?
8th January 2014, 05:03 PM #7
Also keep a pen and notepad by your bed and if you feel something is bothering you just write down a quick action plan - bullet points, it might help your brain relax as you've got a plan for the next day
8th January 2014, 05:34 PM #8
+1 for the trouble sleeping. It may well be the weather. Lots of pressure changes, howling wind, and driving rain.
I'm finding sitting here with 1:50 to go is making my eyes droop...
8th January 2014, 05:40 PM #9
No electronic devices for an hour before bed. TV is OK, but the phone, computer, tablet and game consoles go off!
A good 30 minutes exercise during the day ideally.
Cut out caffeine after 12 noon... it can be done! Actually, I find I can tolerate tea in the afternoon, but not coffee.
To be honest, two nights where I have had difficulty getting off to sleep is neither here not here. Two weeks would be a problem.
8th January 2014, 05:45 PM #10
Play games. Watch tv. Lie on the sofa.
Suddenly its time to go to work
8th January 2014, 07:19 PM #11
Exercise during the day or early evening.
Cut out the e-cig before bed, nicotine is a stimulant.
If you are a bloke, sex leads to sleepiness.
I'd agree with the ever wise @elsiegee40, 2 days is nothing to worry about.
8th January 2014, 07:30 PM #12
Listen to radio 4 extra good old school comedies like steptow and son, dad's arm or the navel lark also Sherlock homes or lord peter are good.
8th January 2014, 09:21 PM #13
8th January 2014, 10:01 PM #14
Strange this topic has come up as I am having difficulty getting my sleep pattern right as well, same thing, was ok a week ago now go to bed and....nothing, taken to listening to a relaxation Cd I have (got it from flebay ages ago). Works for a while as I nod off part way through it, so relaxation may be the key. Funny how a few are having same issue.
8th January 2014, 11:11 PM #15
Open a window in the room you sleep in. That helps me as fresh air helps sleep.
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