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Guest McLeodLot65
Various things - sometimes a glass of wine, sometimes listen to music. Sometimes just sit up and read, so the bed doesn't become associated with being anxious. It can be frustrating.
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I find that depending on how I feel (the reason I don't fall asleep) different things seem to work best.

 

If I have certain thoughts in my head: get them out of my system by writing stuff down or reading something or whatever seems like a good step.

 

If I feel anxious: do something to calm down. I've even taken a bath in the middle of the night on one occasion but meditating or listening to music or watching a familiar movie often gets me closer to sleep.

 

If I'm simply bursting with energy for some paradox reason: clean something. Doing the dishes might be too noisy depending on the living circumstances but scrubbing the bathtub and washbasin is a very quiet activity that is very likely to burn up all that energy (as far as my experience goes). Sometimes just thinking about it is enough to feel that I'm really already exhausted. ;)

 

But often I can't really figure out why sleep doesn't come. I'm tired, my head feels empty and it is just difficult. I might complain to someone or something about it and see if any solution magically pops up. Audiobooks often work better for me than music or movies in that state. Snuggling up and feeling like someone tells me a good night story. ^_^

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I suffer from insomnia so badly that if i dont take my special medicine i will not go to sleep. If i kept forgetting i would litratly die of sleep deprivation.

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For me it really depends on the context and what I have to do the next day. If I have to work/study/do something that requires me to wake up early and in a fairly good condition, that means I'll have to sleep soon. Then I try to relax myself, if need be take a warm shower, drink some tea or hot chocolate, maybe watch something funny. If it has been a stressfull day I might have a drink a bit stronger, but I avoid using it as a regular crutch. And if nothing else work, I will take a sleeping pill.

 

On the other hand, because I am more of a night owl than an early bird, if I don't have to wake up early and I can enjoy myself, then I would do anything really like watching a movie, reading, cooking, playing with my cat if he's awake and around, play video games, or just chill and think about stuff.

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Im having insomnia for years, its a slow poison.

Itry to get rid of it but somehow i cant..  

What i do is when its realy worse i just get out of bed and be online , here on the forums , work etc . I know its not a solution but a escape.

But when i get tired from it i finaly can go to sleep , sometimes its taking a hour sometimes hours.

but i do get out of bed each day same time , 8 in the morning no matter how short i slept ..

Dont let your day/night rythm change in the wrong direction.

By this i managed to get the sleepless night already cut down in half

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Guest LittleHG

I also have really bad insomnia and have to take medicine everynight, but the medicine isn't enough on its own. I make sure I don't consume and caffeine atleast 5 hours before bedtime and I try not to eat sugar 2 hours before bedtime.

I have to make sure there are no lights, I wear eyemasks and I also wear earplugs.

You could try doing some yoga stretches to help your body relax.

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