How do you get a better nights sleep?

By Maggie Latest Reply 2012-03-20 04:26:31 -0500
Started 2011-02-22 00:39:13 -0600

Have been only able to sleep for up to 4 hours of sleep a night for years now and am TRuly getting very tired of it…It makes it difficult to stay awake during the day when I have to babysit my 3 1/2 yr old grand daughter…My doctors have tried a number of meds on me to try to get more rest than I am, but nothing is working…I've even tried Warm Milk, and Sleepy TIme teas to help get more rest…BUT, nothing is working and I am starting to get sleep deprived…ANY HELP I'll try!!! Maggie

53 replies

Bamberg 2012-03-19 00:32:20 -0500 Report

I agree with the possibility that you could have a underlying pain. In Victorian times people would take a powdered form of opium in a drink just before bed. That's where the term "Take a powder", meaning get lost comes from. If your problem isn't pain then perhaps you could try reading yourself to sleep. The only downside is that the book might be really good and you'll read all night. Every night I read until my eyes start to close and then I put the book down and go to sleep. I have never used a sleep aid.

Caroltoo 2012-03-19 00:36:16 -0500 Report

I read at bedtime also. Occasionally, I awaken myself dropping the book off the bed or, having successfully dropped it onto the bed, I awaken around 2A to find my bedroom light still on. Have done the overnighter with a really good book, too.

Bamberg 2012-03-19 01:10:55 -0500 Report

Plus when you're reading you aren't worrying about falling asleep. It would be hard for me to exagerate how much books have done for me in my life. Usind them as a sleep aid is just one thing. It was books that allowed me to survive a bad neighborhood and a wildly disfunctional family when I was a kid. No matter how shabby your surroundings are you can pick up a book and be transported to another world.

Caroltoo 2012-03-19 01:41:10 -0500 Report

They really are a magic carpet. I have a whole wall of bookshelves filled to overflowing with well read volumns. Every now and then, someone new comes to my home and, when they see all the books, will ask if I have read them.

Bamberg 2012-03-19 01:53:07 -0500 Report

In the last few years I've been giving my books away. I hope someone else finds something worthwhile in them. Besides, I've seen what happens to books after someone dies. Books that have meant so much to the person who owned them are treated like rubbish.

Caroltoo 2012-03-19 01:56:05 -0500 Report

Sad. I'm thinking about moving, so have been giving some serious thought to reducing my library, but haven't figured out how to do so. I had a few volumes out when I did a garage sale recently and didn't sell even a 25 cent paperback. Amazed me.

Bamberg 2012-03-19 02:23:27 -0500 Report

The ones I don't give to friends I give to my church for their sales. The local VA hospital is always looking for books as well.

Okiedude 2012-02-12 05:24:13 -0600 Report

You may have an underlying "pain" that have lived with for so long that you don't even notice it anymore. It could be preventing your body to shut down for the night. I used to take Advil PM until I found out that it is co-indicated for someone on Coumadin. Then switched to Tylenol PM until I found out I was allergic to Acetaminophen. These days I take Oxycodone about a half hour before I go to bed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (like now since I woke up at 3:00 am to pee and can't get back to sleep). Hope it works out for you.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-07-20 23:46:53 -0500 Report

I'm sorry I'm sure many of you have sleep apnea but it's also clear to me that sleep apnea is just so over diagnosed. I'm sorry but there is no wag I will wear on of those masks because sleep apnea is the diagnosis of the day!
Okay, let the yelling begin!

lmkilday 2011-07-21 01:22:40 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor to see if your diabetes medications could be causing your insomnia. If not, you will need to see a sleep specialist. Sleep apnea is only one condition they treat. They also treat insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking, etc. Doing nothing will only cause you to lose more sleep.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-07-21 01:48:36 -0500 Report

Oh I guess I should have said this earlier. I've been dealing with insomnia for about 20 years. I was diagnosed with diabetes just a little over 2 years ago.

Big dadda
Big dadda 2011-04-24 05:25:27 -0500 Report

I also have a problem with sleeping and finally talked with my doctor, he sent me to a sleep test and found out I had sleep apnea. I was put on a machine to help me sleep better, now I still only get maybe 4 to 5 hours sleep but it's better sleep than I was getting before. You might want to talk to your doctor and see if there might be the same problem. Good luck.

nana2005 2011-04-24 03:55:01 -0500 Report

I understand what you are going thought I have the samething going on to but I have two of mine Grandsons living with me and that is very hard to get any rest. so my Dr put me on sleeping pills and at this time it is not helping me out. so I don't know what I can do eather but I just wish I had an Idea to do the same.
and I do know that when I don't get the right amount of sleep I get very moody even though I don't mean to so I keep saying I am sorry to my Grandsons. see they are 7 and 6 so it is very hard .
but try to do house work or any kind of jod it make thing very hard to do . so I am very sorry I wish I could help you out but i am in the same boat as you. if you come up with something plaese let me know I will be willing to try anything on this to.

well lol I wish you all the best on this. you have a good day.

Hugs to you

Gimpalong 2011-04-23 22:33:25 -0500 Report

Maggie, I was tired during the day and I fell asleep. I was also tired at bedtime. The doctors found that I had sleep apnea (confirmed with three test). I also have a very lazy thyroid, diabetes, and also my body didn't make enough dopamine. When I was put on a CPAP machine at night, Anitripaline, Cymbalta, Levethroxin 375mg, Metformin and Insulin, I am now awake during the day and sleeping at night. By getting my body chemistry where it should be, was able to lead a fairly useful life again. This worked for me, but it may be something different for you. If the doctors haven't tested you, then you should maybe ask your doctor if he thinks that the tests could find the answers for you. I hope you find the answers. God Bless,

Bubbelove 2011-04-23 15:14:20 -0500 Report

I had sleep apnea and used to fall asleep anywhere during the day. I worked at a college and had to go to the faculty room to have a little sleep. Also fell asleep driving - not good to do!!! I would insist that I have a sleep test. At least you can start there. The sleep doctor told me that you always have sleep apnea. My husband came with me after the second sleep test, and guess what? I no longer have sleep apnea. Doctor was wrong. Another thing is I had been so tired (no sleep apnea) that I could not see straight. It's a different kind of tired. Had a parathyroid removed and the results were amazing. So there can be many reasons for lack of sleep. If your doctor doesn't suggest these tests, tell him/her that you want to be tested to rule out the above. And any other tests that could help solve the problem. Doctors are not Gods, so don't stick to one opinion. If you are not satisfied, move on to another doctor.

edvel54 2011-04-23 12:50:59 -0500 Report

like many of the others, I would recommend a sleep test. For years I would only sleep 2 hours at a time..I did a sleep test..I don't have sleep apnea, but I do have sleep assicated hypoxia (which is low oxygen in the blood. I was put on oxygen during the night..I now sleep 4-6 hours a night..might not seem like alot, but to me it is a big improvement

MewElla 2011-04-23 12:50:19 -0500 Report

I recently bought and use nightly a humidifier and now would not be without it. What a difference it has made for me getting and staying asleep…

Incmeister 2011-03-08 00:39:37 -0600 Report

My brother was having the same problem until he went for a sleep test. He has sleep apnea. Did you try sleeping in a recliner? That was a clue for him, plus snoring is a clue… I hope you find rest soon!

whitetigress 2011-03-07 10:44:23 -0600 Report

I have found that the nights I use my humidifier I get a better nights sleep than the nights that I do not. Humidifiers have been found to be fantastic and a must have for people diagnosed with diabetes.

kittenpurr1 2011-03-07 09:56:38 -0600 Report

Have you been tested for Sleep Apnea, it sometimes goes along with diabetes, well really, I think Diabetes can make one get a lot of things going on. Just a thought, you might want to ask someone in your family if you snore, there's other signs, that go with it, but you may want to discuss this with your doctor. Sleep (not enough of it) can make blood pressure rise, make your oxygen level drop during your sleep; which can make you very tired the next day.

Jameesa 2011-03-07 08:41:01 -0600 Report

I really enjoyed the video about natural supplements for diabetics. I really prefer natural supplements over prescription meds and so does my Dr.

tabby9146 2011-02-24 11:14:53 -0600 Report

I hope you find something and it works. i really feel for you. I had this problem of and on for years. Once my blood sugar was stabilized, after diagnosis, I noticed that helped, and exercising helped too for a time, then I started having problems again. Not every night. I would take an OTC sleep aid, helped me get to sleep but not stay asleep. I know you have tried stronger things, sounds like prescription meds. So I don't know what to tell you. I just try to make sure I'm not online too close to bed time, I have no lights in the room, I soak in a warm bath, keep the temp, a little cool, running a fan for some noise helps and my hormone levels were mostly to blame, my OBGYN helped with that. Wish I'd have had the hormones checked years ago. I know that mid-nite helped me get back to sleep fast. It is a little pricey though. Not exercising too close to bedtime helps, I try to exercise late in afternoon. Sure hope something does the trick. I know it is miserable.

nana2005 2011-02-24 05:35:07 -0600 Report

I am truely sorry, but I know how you feel on that do to I only get abut the same or lest some time and I know that it is not good for you , but what can you do if you have kids in the house, and you have someone that wants you to do everything whlie they sit on their butt, well I try to tell them that I need sleep to just not you and it is still very hard to do , because by time you get to bed I am right awacke and the all I do is talss and trune so I do understand, I wish I can help you but I am in the same boat.
I do wish you all the best. and good luck and try to get some sleep.
lost of hugs

Tigereyze209 2011-02-22 23:43:42 -0600 Report

Every body is different, but when I can't get to sleep, one thing I stumbled across is sleeping on a warm heating pad. Granted, I wake up in a pretty good sweat, but I seem to get some of my most deepest and restful sleeps, and very vivid dreams. I am NOT suggesting allowing yourself to get over heated.. just enough to raise and keep your core temperature warm. Oh, make sure you drink plenty of water first… you will need it.
I have tried taking long walks and other stuff to wear me out, but often, I just get over tired and restless and when I do finally fall asleep, it is more like passing out than real rest.
Of course, the old classic sleep aid is a glass of warm milk just before bedtime. Every 'expert' I have talked to says, the best thing is to lay down at the same time every day, and try to keep it dark comfortable and quiet.
The last resort I have heard of is sleeping pills. Mind you, most physicians will only give you enough to last about a week, in the hopes that you can use them to help you form a sleeping 'routine'.
My two cents worth.

GabbyPA 2011-02-23 08:52:38 -0600 Report

Oh you reminded me about an article I read that said to eliminate any glowing light from your bedroom. Many of us have computers or TV's in our rooms. Make sure the glow from those appliances are not on. Remove night lights if you can. And like Tigereyze said, going to bed at the same time really helps. My hubby and I are almost always in bed by 10:00 pm and we just relax with some late nite weather report and kind of plan our next day together and by 10:30 we are usually counting sheep.

GabbyPA 2011-02-22 20:06:42 -0600 Report

The hard day's work is what helps me most. I work in my garden and get all my muscles tired out and I can sleep like a baby. I have a hard time getting much more than 6 on average, but that helps me a lot. Plus I take Melatonin sometimes when my mind is racing.

MewElla 2011-02-22 08:09:34 -0600 Report

I used to have major sleep problems, hard to go to sleep, up so many times, few hours of sleep at night and I was just exhausted. Now, I get out and walk a lot every morning and stay busy during the rest of my day. At night I start relaxing, reading, writing, low key things, drinking water all day long to stay hydrated and try to go to sleep the same time each time each night and when I get at the same time each morning, I feel totally rested and relaxed. For me, it's exercise and hydration. Good Luck to you.

Hops 2011-02-22 07:20:21 -0600 Report

Meditating on mindfulness is a great help. I picture myself swimming with family and friends in the Indian Ocean off of Mahabbali Purum. Thinking of water relaxes me and I love swimming.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-22 07:11:09 -0600 Report

I sleep more restfully when I drink the daily recommended amount of water each day as well as when I take two tablespoons of diatomecous earth, I do get up at night to pee sometimes but even with that my sleep seems to do me more good than on nights when I have forgotten to drink my water and eat my dirt, yeah that still feels weird to say. And I keep myself on a strict schedule, at first it didn't work very well but once my body got used to being up at 8am and in bed by 11:30pm I started sleeping better and feeling less tired during the day.

I've also heard that a bit o exercise right before bed can do wonders for your sleeping.

jayabee52 2011-02-22 16:10:01 -0600 Report

What is D.E. (your "dirt") supposed to do, if I may ask?

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-23 09:32:15 -0600 Report

From what I've read it helps lower blood pressure, LDL cholestrol, help hair and nail growth, helps your body absorb nutrients better, helps prevent parasites, it acts as a detoxifier, colon cleasner as well.

Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge, wherein it is believed by some that food grade diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.

Natural food grade diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron, phosphorous, selenium, etc. It also contains high amounts of silica.

* Silica lowers bad cholesterol and raises good
* Silica fades age spots
* Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels
* Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
* Silica supplementation helps repair and maintain vital lung tissues and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissues, silica reduces inflammation in bronchitis.
* It acts as a cough decreasing agent. Silica tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.
* Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side-effects of menopause
* Silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.
* Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.
* The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica can prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.
* Silica will help normalize hemorrhoidal tissues.
* In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica has a pleasant side effect; it can alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.
* Silica proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).
* The intake of silica acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. Because of the beneficial effectiveness on the lymphatic system, silica can be used for swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat.
* Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects.
* Silica can normalize circulation and regulate high blood pressure (hypertension).
* Silica can decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.
* Silica can help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.
* Silica can help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart's key blood vessel, thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.
* Silica can help prevent Tuberculosis.
* By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica helps rheumatism.
* Silica has inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.
* Silica can help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimer's disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-23 13:39:26 -0600 Report

I ordered mine off of eBay because it seemed to be the cheapest place, just be sure to buy food grade because other grades are not fit to consume.

GabbyPA 2011-02-24 05:14:08 -0600 Report

I have only heard of this in the garden...I didn't know you could consume it. How interesting.

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