Hello !

I am writing to you about my lack of sleep. Every night I have such a hard time falling asleep. I will lay in my bed for hours thinking about the day. Worrying, getting excited about things in my life and sometimes I could just be relaxing and trying to fall asleep and I have trouble doing that. Most nights I don’t fall asleep until 2 am then wake up 5 am. Then the next day I have no energy and am sluggish and sleepy. I don’t want to resort to medicines, with all the side affects it’s scary. If you or anyone know any natural ways for me to get some Zzzz’s, like home remedies or anything. Any suggestions! Or an exercise ?? I am open to try anything! Thanks in advance!

Dear Missy,

I am also one of those people who can’t sleep. I don’t think I have ever slept longer than 5 hours. My Mother actually said I slept with my eyes slightly open as a child. When I wake up everyday at 5:40, I am up. But the truth is I am rarely tired during the day. I have also had 2 sleep studies done on me and I’m told I don’t stay in deep sleep very long. The doctors think maybe that is normal for me. I have searched for many ways to naturally get some zzzz’s but have not found anything that works better than a prescription medicine that I tried and now refuse to take because I felt like my memory was suffering.

The only thing that works well for me is to read in bed. I actually browse through magazines. I never watch TV or do anything to stimulate my brain before bed. A few of my friends like herbal supplements like tryptophan and melatonin but they didn’t work for me. I don’t suggest you take any thing herbal or other wise without first consulting your doctor. I have also heard if you eat peanut butter on toast, drink warm milk, eat rice or turkey it helps but I didn’t see a difference.

Missy if you’ve had this problem most of your life like me, maybe you should have a sleep study done. If not speak to your doctor about herbal supplements and natural remedies. I hope you find something that works because lying awake all night can be maddening.

Good Luck & Huge Muther Hugs,

One Tough Muther

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