Somebody! Anybody! Sleep suggestions!

  1. I am so tired of not being able to sleep.
    I am also tired on sleeping through the alarm clock and waking up to find that I have 5-15 minutes to get ready for work. Lately I havnt been able to sleep until I see the sun rise for some reason. I am tired, and I have been trying to sleep, but I just lay there. I just cant do it!

    What makes you fall asleep and makes you feel refreshed when you wake up?
    Please! Any suggestions are welcome.
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   tattooednursie
    hmmm The warm milk wouldnt work for me, because I think milk is YUCKY.

    I used to watch tv all the time when I went to bed but I only have 1 tv now, and thats in my living room, and it hurts my back to sleep in the recliner.

    Reading sometimes does help. I forgot I had books. I'll try that in a little while.
  4. by   Spaniel gal
    Not being able to sleep is horrible, for me I have to unwind no matter how tired I am. Little bit of TV/ ironing/tidying (all boring!!) lol
    I too have trouble sleeping I find this helps. As I speak (type) I'm on nights, its 11.20am here in the UK and I got in at 9.30. I'm so,so tired but I know I won't sleep, but by 12 I'll be tired so I'll shower and go to bed. I find this helps rather than going to bed and then getting cross with myself for not being able to sleep.
    Otherwise I sometimes use nightol (over the counter sleeping tablet)

    But I think the main thing is to relax and unwind.

    If essays are making you worry and making you lose sleep. Make a plan before you go to bed, with realistic goals of complication. So you are not stressing/worrying about course work, while trying to sleep. Or if its other things write lists/make plans so you do not carry stress/worry to bed. This comes from a big worrier!

    Help this gives you idea's and makes sense!! Lol

  5. by   nursedawn67
    as far as not waking up to the alarm...they do sell (I found mine at walmart) a SUPER loud alarm clock. I bought it for my kids, and it does seem to wake them up, I know it wakes me up...cause I hear it from the other room! Good luck!
  6. by   tattooednursie
    Thank you all for your suggestions.

    The loud alarm clock is a must. I have one that doesnt ring very loud, and it only rings for a few seconds. Occasionally I wake up and hear it, but its all over as soon as I hear it, so I tell myself "5 more minutes" that usually turns into another 2 hours. I need one I could put in the other room, that rings for a long time so that I get UP to turn it off.
    Thanks again.
  7. by   PennyLane
    I also have trouble with insomnia from time-to-time. Things that are supposed to help:

    - Don't use your bed for anything other than sleeping (hee hee, after you get your mind out of the gutter, they mean don't study, read, watch tv in bed, etc)

    - Wait a few hours after exercising before you go to bed.

    I've noticed that the times in my life when I've had the most trouble sleeping are when I'm particularly stressed or anxious. I have anxiety problems that are very well treated now with medication. Of course I'm not saying you need medication, but if you have a tendency to stay up worrying, or your mind is in overdrive, you may want to try some relaxation techniques. Concentrate on your breathing, listen to New Age music, picture your entire body encircled with white light, etc.

    The worst thing you can do when it's 3 am and you're still awake is worry about how tired you're going to be the next day. Sometimes after I've been lying in bed awake for hours I'll get up and clean the bathroom or something. Read my book, or pet my dog or cat. Get your mind off the fact that you're not sleeping and then try again in 30 minutes.
  8. by   MelRN13
    Taking a warm bath always helps me fall asleep. I used to have a problem sleeping through the alarm clock, so I started setting three, one right next to the bed, one across the room for 5 minutes later, and one in the hallway outside my room for 8 minutes later.
  9. by   CashewLPN
    um... getting a vibrating alarm clock.... it does wonders...

    (I have some hearing loss, and its hard to actually hear the alarm on my clock... the one I have literally shakes the crud out of my pillow... its great...)

    to sleep.... try to get into a rhythm that you want... like re-training...
    its hard, but doable
  10. by   LauraF, RN
    The warm bath works for me. You also might want to check out your caffeine consumption. Remember its not just in soda and coffee. I have to quit drinking soda at about 4pm to get to bed at 11p. Good luck! BTW....with the bath. Use very dim lighting. The bright lights can cause to not to be able to relax.
  11. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I like a warm bath with lavender and chamomile bath salts or bubble bath with vanilla scented candles and a nice pot of herbal (chamomile or Celestial Season's Sleepytime) tea. Soak and sip.....and some relaxation music like Native American flute music or some other music for relaxation. I would also suggest limiting caffeine after 7pm at night. Remember, hot cocoa also contains caffeine as well as tea and be cautious with yo ur beverage of choice. You might want to investigate the use of melatonin or valerian root to help with your sleep but check with your doc before taking herbal suppliments, especially if you are taking other medications to prevent any adverse reactions. Or you can discuss with your doc about using a prescription medication like Ambien for a short period of time (usually not more than 7-10 days) until you get on a schedule again. Also like Barbara said, get on a schedule (a retraining program) take the bath, drink the tes, use the medication, listen to the music and go to bed at the same time every night. I hope things work out for you and that you are soon sleeping like a baby in no time.

  12. by   canoehead
    I would get a blindfold, a fan, dark curtains, and a clock radio (doesn't turn off after only 30sec of ringing). Remember too that the pressure to sleep makes you anxious. Just decide that you will lie there quietly and let you mind drift a little. I had sleep problems at one point- would only get 1-2h a night before work because I was so nervous. But just lying there with my eyes closed was the next best thing to sleep. I felt much better doing that than reading,etc.
  13. by   BadBird
    Could you change your shift so you work nights instead, I love night shift and I never have trouble sleeping during the day, I slept through a hurricaine when I lived in FL. I slept through new siding being installed on my house. My hubby nick named me "dolly baby" I lay down and my eyes close. My sister said I fall asleep in mid sentence, once I lay down I am out. Sorry I can't help more, hope you get really sleepy tonight.
  14. by   kimmicoobug
    I take some Benadryl when I am desperate for sleep. Knocks me out!