posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 11:02 AM
Yep big insomniac here. Ive learned to live with it and do my tricks when I need to sleep. Most common problem I have is over active mind and
What I had to do was eventually learn to make do with whatever sleep I got, even if I sleep 4 hours, its a good 4 hours. I do not go to bed until I
am fully tired and just ready to crawl in and sleep. I make sure to have a TV on, loud enough to hear what they are saying (you dont want to be
thinking about what words they are saying, just hear them). It helps keep the mind quiet, focused on one thing....and its best not top be watching
the tv, just turn away and listen.
With my restless leg issue (it actually kinda hurts if i dont end up moving them) I try stretches (especially in the feet, and legs) and if it starts
in bed I bring my legs up to my chest, if it doesnt go away, I get out of bed. Reason being I don't want to start associating my bed with discomfort
and lack of sleep, it will only make things worse (can't remember where I read that but its very helpful). If you are tossing and turning, get out of
bed, and spend 10-20 minutes stretching. Oh and biggie for me is not to get anxious about time, you really need to change your perceptions on that.
I use to get very stressed out not being able to sleep by a certain time. "I have work in 3 hours" or "damnit, its almost 4 am". It causes some
anxiety doing that every night, worrying about how long you're sleeping only to prevent yourself from sleeping lol.
Ive stayed from sleeping meds, I do not get a restful sleep with those, I just fall asleep faster and thats useless to me in the end. I need to be
alert the next day, and ive adapted to live off very little to no sleep pretty effectively doing it this way and not relying on sleep meds (stay away
from Amitriptyline, awful med).
Good luck OP, I hope you adapt, and I hope you stay away from the sleeping meds, I just can't see any benefit to them in the long run, and it doesn't
give you restful sleep.
edit on 11-6-2011 by topherman420 because: silly typos