The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



Layla's picture Layla

I often have trouble getting to sleep -- or staying asleep -- and I'm not quite sure what causes it. But I never turn on a light to read or get out of bed. I just do PMR (progressive muscle relaxation) or try one of the meditation techniques I've learned. Sometimes it works and I fall asleep. But even when it doesn't, I feel that I've at least had some sort of rest!

Meghan's picture Meghan

Even if I am completely exhausted, I sometimes have trouble sleeping and I think it may have to do with too much stimulation. I find that having some winding down time helps me sleep so much better. If I am running around making lunches, doing laundry, and cleaning the house right before I hop in bed (which is the norm for me), it's tough to fall asleep, no matter how tired I am.

teachingmom's picture teachingmom

I have suffered with insomnia since I was about 18. Sadly it is a family affliction, that my Grandfather had, several of my aunts and uncles, and my father as well. For me, falling asleep is no issue, staying asleep is practically impossible. I use drugs when it gets really bad, and stress certainly makes it worse, but it is ALWAYS there!!

stina's picture stina

hello there! i am 18 years old and oddly two weeks after i turned 18 i started having insomnia out of no where! i had also got kicked out of my house at the time it started but that wasnt the case, i went to my doc. exactly a week later and she couldnt really diagnose me with anything so she gave me doxepin (anti-depressant) 25 mg take every night befor bed time, appraently a lot of ppl take anti depressaants as a sleeping aid , how ever the pill def. helped with my mood like being irretable and having no energy or functioning right during the day, BUT it did not help with my insomnia at all. I took it for three weeks had a reaction to it so ive been off of it for a week and sleep is slowly coming back but i feel like [filtered word] , ive had insomnia for a month now so its considered chronic, I would avoid pills so that you dont become dependent on them and plus a lot of them have severe side affects , theres herbs that can also help like vallerian or pot i havent tried any yet but im going to , good luck!

mikejsmsn's picture mikejsmsn

Making a few small changes is an excellent way to treat insomnia. For an inactive person, beginning an exercise routine of 20 - 30 minutes a few times a week can greatly aid in helping you gain the sleep your desperately need. In addition, make sure you are drinking purified water each day of at least eight to 10 glass so that you muscles and body are well hydrated when you go to bed.

Cutting down on alcohol will also help you fall asleep faster and get a more restful night of sleep. Try drinking some calming herbal teas like chamomile and hops about an hour before you are ready to go to sleep as a natural way to treat insomnia. Alcohol, while not stimulating, can effect your body's natural rhythms and therefore, disrupt your sleep.