Insomnia?

Serious sleeping troubles sometimes can result in what experts call chronic insomnia, which could have profound underpinnings, such as psychiatric disturbance, breathing problems, or unexplained leg movements during the middle of the night.

Finding Dreamland
These at-home remedies may help you get the sleep you really need.

Turn off your mind
Keep yourself from rehashing a stressful day of worries by focusing your thoughts on something peaceful and non-threatening, ….. Play some soft, soothing music as you drift off or some environmental noise, such as the sound of a waterfall, waves crashing on a beach, or the sound of rain in a jungle. The only rule: Be sure it’s not intrusive or distracting.

Here are a few herbs to try.

Valerian.
This is the best-studied herbal sleep aid. Research shows that extracts of the root not only help you fall asleep faster but also improve sleep quality.
Kava kava.
Chamomile.

Don’t waste your time in bed.
If you can’t fall asleep in 15 minutes or so, get up and do something pleasantly monotonous. Read a magazine article, not a book that may engross you. Knit, watch television, or do a puzzle.

Say no to a nightcap.
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, but it also disrupts sleep. In a few hours, usually during the middle of the night, its effects wear off, your body slides into withdrawal, and you’ll wake up.

Eat a light snack before bedtime.
Bread and fruit will do nicely an hour or two before you hit the hay

Learn and practice relaxation techniques.

Let me put it this way:
If you know that wretched feeling that accompanies insufficient sleep, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Some of us think..Heck, I can do with out it.
After all, surgeons, interns, military personnel, and even truck drivers often function on very little sleep. Well guess what? They are not typically happy about it and not surprisingly– accidents due to cognitive errors increase in frequency with decreasing sleep.

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep?

I heartell that women suffer from insomnia twice as often as men. Hmmmm.
Insomina may result in weight gain, depression, sugar cravings and even food addictions.
So, THAT’S why I hafta have chocolate eh?

Do you sleep too lightly, are you easily disrupted with multiple spontaneous awakenings, or early morning awakenings with that horrific inability to fall back asleep? Ugh.

Me? I am and have always been officially nocturnal. Most alive in the stillness of the night.
Ahhhhhhhhh.

Warm baths and massage can’t hurt, but have you heard that that a sliced onion in a jar near your bed induces sleep?
Hmmmmm, I haven’t tried that one yet. Ah. That aroma… Heh.

Here are some secret massage techniques for helping you get that dreamy sleep you ache for.

Try ‘em and let me know when you awake all refreshed how effective they were…and where and how much I can bill ya.

-Press and knead the center of the crown of the head. Do it at least 30 times.
-Thumb-knead the inner sides of the eyebrows. Do this 30 times.
-Rub your hands together to get them all warm and toasty, then put them over your weary, closed eyes for 30 seconds. Gently rub the eyeballs, at least 10 times or more.

You snoozin yet?

I hear warm milk with a bit of honey and cinnamon does the trick.

Thinking about a very stressful situation that you handled well and then reflecting on all the good things that have happened in your life………Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Do y’all know of any sleep inducing secrets?… oils or potions, a magic lotion scent perhaps?

Better yet..What are some things you do at night?
Care to share?

Bloggers awake at 2AM want to know. Heh.

P.S. Just for tonight…If all else fails.
Try watchin the presidential debate.

That oughta do the trick, right quick.

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21 Responses to “Insomnia?”

  1. MK says:

    I’m finding the older i get the less sleep i’m getting Angel. i prefer the monotonous activity, reading always puts me to sleep. Work too, but let’s not go there.. :)

  2. obob says:

    until my son stops climbing into bed and tap dancing on my head, sleep is overrated

  3. OMMAG says:

    OMMAG’s sure fire recipe for sleep:

    Work hard … play harder … keep clear conscience.

    Do this every day and you will sleep soundly.

  4. Layla says:

    It is true that as one gets older they sleep less. It is not a mystery – people change throughout their life and we all share some things. However, I still put in 8 zzzzzzzzzzz’s when I can get them. Less than 6 zzzzzzzzz’s makes me worthless. LOL! :)

  5. joe says:

    Try reading NOBAMA’s book. THAT WILL PUT YOU TO SLEEP! I have the full book on pdf so I was sitting at the computer last night, reading and trying to find more dirt about the supreme dirtbag. Next thing I knew the sun was out and it was time to go outside and finish painting the house. Have you ever slept all night upright in a computer chair. I NEED A MASSAGE!!! BIGTIME!!

  6. Z says:

    I don’t sleep. SOme of you will see my comments at 2:30 AM! six hours is a BIG night for Z! I woke up yesterday exhausted from arguing about what a (*&$(* Obama is. Seriously!
    That chicken cartoon is me exactly!
    HELP!

  7. Aurora says:

    After a night of blogging, you need all the sleep remedies you can get. Not much soothing, it’ll all be OK type news out there at the moment.
    I’m gonna have to try that onion one out though, even if out of curiosity.

  8. Jungle Mom says:

    Try watching the debate dubbed in Spanish!! I wondered if I was the only one who was sooooo bored…

  9. cube says:

    When I can’t sleep, I read. Eventually, I fall asleep.

  10. Defiant_Infidel says:

    I’m in the same ark as “Z”… Haven’t slept well for months now. Business, family, winter preparations, tenants, this nauseating economic “bail out” for the idiots… even the wish to write more (yet unavailable time to do so) has bothered me. Oh yeah, then we have this little ole’ election thingy…

    When I do manage to get six hours (rarely) or a bit less, it is so late at night… (morning?) that I wake up in a 5 hour westward time zone…

    Ugh! What a ride… hang on, Friends!

  11. In_spired says:

    I am the Queen of No Sleep! 4 hours max is what I get. No wonder I’m such a loony bird!!

    Can’t blame it on my age; I’ve NEVER been a good sleeper (as far as I can remember)

    But….I still function, somewhat sanely.

    Good information, Angel!!

  12. Joe Gringo says:

    When my head hits the pillow, it’s lights out in about 2 minutes, 5 hours later I’m up.

    For those who can’t sleep, eat a large leaf of lettuce every night before going to bed. It’s a Méxican remedy that the Mrs. and her family swear by.

  13. Amboy says:

    In order for me to sleep well I have to keep a consistent schedule. Naps, sleeping late, etc.. usually throw me off.

  14. Brooke says:

    So did the debate work for you, Angel?

    It could put anyone out!

  15. ThThThe Hermite HThe HermitermiteThe Hermit says:

    Sleeping has always been something of a problem. I’ll have to try some of these ideas out.

  16. frasypoo says:

    Hi Angel
    I returned to blogging on Friday.Had to come back,I had too much politics on my mind!!!!
    I am a pretty good sleeper esp if I take a catnap in the afternoons !

  17. KarL M says:

    Sleep!!!!
    what one does to fill the time between good meals….and enjoying time with their best friend……what about you Angel????

  18. Gayle says:

    I would sleep a lot better if Obama were out of the picture, Angel! *sigh*

  19. Randy says:

    You said “If you can’t fall asleep in 15 minutes or so, get up and do something pleasantly monotonous. Read a magazine article, not a book that may engross you. Knit, watch television, or do a puzzle.”

    That’s exactly why I’m catching up on blogs at 3am….

  20. Mikael says:

    Sleep is overrated.
    Unless you can’t get any!

  21. Angiea says:

    I am in the same crowd with Z. Lucky to get 5 or 6 hours…then I am bummed out until time to go to bed and suddenly I am alert. Yuk…I may try the onion! LOL!