any other night owls? how do you make yourself go to sleep?

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24 May 2008, 6:09 pm

bedtime about 1 AM

3 mg melatonin
25 mg generic diphenhydramine
1 capsule valerian root powder

about 6.5 hours



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20 Aug 2014, 12:48 am

Sleep just comes to me...very late at night.



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20 Aug 2014, 1:08 am

I was up all night last night, and I've alternated between being awake and being asleep for most of the day. It sucks because I have work tomorrow morning, and I just got up from a particularly long nap. Also, it's 12:08am.



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20 Aug 2014, 6:32 am

Sleeping pills. I also find a large fatty meal helpful as it makes me quite tired.


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20 Aug 2014, 8:03 am

I always work in the evening and nights, and have been for 8 years now.
My Standard sleep pattern for evening shifts is waking up at 1430 and i go to bed at 0500, this makes switching to the nightshifts alot easier, since there is only a few hours difference. I never had sleeping issues ever since i started following this schedule



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20 Aug 2014, 10:35 am

Sometimes I take rivotril but doesn't work the way I want, my head is always 1000km/h :cry:



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21 Aug 2014, 2:00 pm

MsBehaviour wrote:
Melatonin for me. It's magic.


Me too! But, I only started taking it after my doctor recommended it which if the OP is interested I suggest they contact their doctor too.


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22 Aug 2014, 3:17 am

I rock.
In bed.
Literally.
Works every time.
Sometimes I fall asleep sitting up.
Not sure what others think of the creaky bed noises while I'm doing this :wink:


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22 Aug 2014, 5:28 pm

Raleigh wrote:
Not sure what others think of the creaky bed noises while I'm doing this :wink:


:lol:

My sleep schedule has always been screwy since I was a little kid. Always a tendency to stay up all night, go to bed around 4 or 5 a.m., not fall asleep till sometimes 6 or 7, and sleep till 3 p.m. No matter how I try to set my alarm earlier each day, it doesn't help me fall asleep any earlier, then eventually I get overtired and say the heck with it and don't set the alarm, and I revert back to the way it was.

That's the schedule I'm on right now.

In the summer it's not too bad as there's still daylight left but in the winter it ain't gonna work to wake up at 3 p.m. when the sun goes down at 4:30 :?

ETA: My naturopath says there's about 10% of people for whom valerian does *not* work! I am one of those. I used to buy the most potent valerian extract I could find and take it in hopes it would help me back up my sleep schedule and/or fall asleep faster as I tend to toss & turn. I always felt that it didn't help me, but kept taking it as I read so many times that valerian helps insomnia. I remember one night I had to work early the next day and was getting desperate for sleep that I just kept taking dropperfulls ( 8O ) of valerian and I felt like I was getting jumpier & more wired. I told this to my naturopath and he explained that yes, for roughly 10% valerian makes them more wired and edgy. When he said that the shoe dropped for me and I never touched the stuff since!

Just thought I'd add my little story in case someone else has tried valerian to no avail!


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22 Aug 2014, 5:54 pm

Can anyone tell me what I can do to make my sleep less screwy and not be a sloth all day?



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25 Aug 2014, 11:18 am

K_Kelly wrote:
Can anyone tell me what I can do to make my sleep less screwy and not be a sloth all day?


Yes, I would like some suggestions for this as well.


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25 Aug 2014, 11:28 am

I exercise until my body is tired enough to ignore my brain and go to sleep, or watch a TV show with a really convoluted plot to confuse my mind long enough to fall asleep. most of the time my mind is at fault for keeping me awake and I basically have to trick it or become physically exhausted in such a way that my brain has no control over if I sleep. I used to take sleeping pills but I'm trying to stay natural.



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25 Aug 2014, 11:37 am

A cup of tea and a custard cream biscuit works a treat.


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