Insomnia

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  • posted by ragavi
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    Although not considered a stimulant, sugar and refined carbohydrates can interfere with sleep. Eating a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrate and eating irregularly can cause a reaction in the body that triggers the “fight or flight” part of the nervous system, causing wakefulness. Eliminate alcohol.

  • posted by Krista77
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    Yes, I noticed that I became disposed to insomnia and sleep disorder now…

  • posted by Buttermeup
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    I didn’t know this until I found your post ragavi. I have suffered dreadful sleeping patterns for years, two weeks into the 800 plan and I have been sleeping like a baby. 🙂

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    Ok. I am going to chronicle my anti-insomnia measures and how they go on this thread.
    1. Find a battery for my alarm clock and take my iPad and phone out of the bedroom.
    2. Avoid alcohol most of the time
    3. 10,000 steps a day including some outside in daylight
    4. Use the headspace app. But not in bed.
    5. Sleep from 10pm to 6am even in weekends🙄.maybe.

    Last night was rubbish. I woke in the middle of the night and stayed awake listening to podcasts on my iPad for the rest of the night.

  • posted by bigeater
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    Hi, I also suffer from insomnia. It has started to improve since I was prescribed melatonin which is natural and non addictive. I have also started taking magnesium citrate which is supposed to help with both insomnia and constipation. I still have broken sleep but note that it is improving. Hope it continues to do so, lack of sleep interferes with weight loss which interferes with my health plans! Hope yours improves also.

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    Thanks bigeater (little eater?). I’ve had melatonin for jet lag before -fantastic stuff. I forgot to add

    6. No coffee after 2pm

  • posted by Michele62
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    One thing that I have tried that helps is listening to a talking book (preferably one that I have listened to previously). It stops me doing the “monkey mind” thing and helps me drift off.

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    Thanks Michele62. I was doing that every night but then I was finding I needed to do the same again when I woke at 3am and then It didn’t work so well. I’m finding I fall asleep when I go to bed fairly ok but generally wake about 3am. So that’s what I’m trying to train myself out of.

    Last night worked pretty well. I was probably awake in the night for about an hour but managed to bore myself back to sleep. I slept in by an hour though and was nearly late for work.

    I have just accidentally had coffee after dinner and only 5000 steps so far, so off for a walk in the dark. I never did go outside today. It was pouring with rain but I could have gone with a bit more forward planning.

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    2nd night went well too😇

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    Hmm slept in Saturday and Sunday mornings and still waking in the middle of the night but I am being disciplined, not reading or retrieving my iPad or phone, just boring myself back to sleep. My theory is that I only need a certain amount of sleep, so if I go to bed too early or sleep in, my body will keep on waking for an hour or two in the middle of the night.

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    Waking up at 6am hasn’t had an immediate effect. I still managed ?an hour or so awake in the middle of the night. But I need to give it a couple of weeks. NO exercise today and Super stressful day. I need to make sure I schedule the exercise every day.

  • posted by Californiagirl
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    I read an interesting thing about sleep — in the Middle Ages, there was a common folk-lore idea that you had “two sleeps” — a little sleep and a big sleep. The first one was the first three or four hours after you went to bed (I’m just assuming an early bedtime because they didn’t stay up late in the Middle Ages) — that was the little sleep. Supposedly they believed that the little sleep refreshed your, hmmm, batteries, and when you awoke around midnight or 1:00 am, that was the time to have sex because you were charged and fertile and your semen was at peak rested state (look I’m just reporting what I read).
    Then you fell asleep for your big sleep which continued through to morning.
    Often when I wake up in the middle of the night, I think of this and don’t fret about waking up because apparently it was super normal. I think we worry that we are awake and that makes it even harder to go back to sleep.
    Of course, I could wake up the OH…😜😜 but we don’t need any more children!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    But lucky you, having sex in the middle of the might!!!

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Hope I havent upset you California Girl, but you started it….. You are probably fast asleep in the US of A and not seen my comment. Sweet dreams.

  • posted by Californiagirl
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    Good Lord no, sunshine-girl — I laughed when I saw your post. I am always a bit afraid that I am too outspoken (it’s my personality and my family training) so as I posted my comment, I worried about it ever since — was afraid I might offend as I am not from UK and I don’t always “get” what’s funny!! Cultural differences and all that! But you UK folk rock — so incredibly educated and smart.

  • posted by sunshine-girl
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    Yep, that’s me 🙂

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    It’s an excellent idea. I bet I would fall asleep again really easily after waking my OH for sex every night. Last night I was back to reading my book. Couldn’t resist as it’s really good. The 12 lives of Samual Hawley. Highly recommended. Anyway I am still trying to keep away from ipad and phone during sleeping hours. But I will report if I ever sleep through a whole night😌

  • posted by Californiagirl
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    Maybe we would prefer if you report on whether you woke up the OH….haha!

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    I could probably charge good money for that kind of blog 😂

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    Yay! Slept through. So that took 11 days. Pretty good quality sleep the other nights too though. It still takes a conscious effort not to bring my iPad to bed. I do think I should try and have one day a week without the internet but so hard. There’s always something I want to look up.

  • posted by Falldown7times
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    It is still going well. Sleeping is the best thing ever⭐️

  • posted by Mixnmatch
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    I agree, sleeping well is the best thing ever, and I am glad you are experiencing it. 😀

  • posted by DorisStocker
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    Insomnia is a common problem for many people. Solving the problem of insomnia is easy by adopting certain steps. A person should not use electronics during his sleep hours. You need to sleep on a comfortable mattress like https://palmasleep.com/organic-mattress-palm-beach/ that provides a good quality sleep. It is also important to maintain a proper sleep routine to have a good sleep.

  • posted by Chismoso
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    The problem is, when I go to sleep earlier I don’t get that full eight or nine hours; I usually wake up at 5 or 6 AM so I’m still getting the same amount of sleep I would if I was closing my eyes at 1 or 2 AM.I am aware that sleeping regimens need time to kick in with the cycle, but it’s been months now and I have no reprieve. Should I see a doctor? Take medication? Should i try taking medicinal cannabis like this one https://www.bonzaseeds.com/blog/og-18/ ??
    Sucks, man. By like 3 or 4 PM I start dozing off again, and I come home and I just want to take a nap. Lack of energy, which impacts my gym regimen and general welfare. I don’t want to do chores, or work, or even play video games in my down time because staring at the screen tires me out.

  • posted by MerryMelba
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    Reported as perhaps this is not on topic?

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