I have been a night owl my whole life. I think I might just be wired that way. I am not crazy about sleeping pills, although I have tried a variety of over the counter from time to time. Primarily, my methods are warm baths and reading. I would love to hear other suggestions as to how you lull yourself to sleep when you may be like me, and are more wired to be nocturnal...
I saw your post and although you are probably gone by now, you can read this later. Now this is going to sound alittle crazy but it has worked for me for years. When I was little I would go as close to the edge of the bed as to reach it with my feet, I would be on my belly side. Then I would use my feet to rock myself to sleep, crazy but it worked. Then I grew up as we all do and I use a variation of this technic. Wow I can't believe I am even talking about this top secret stuff! Haha Anyway now I am a side sleeper and use my hips to rock me very gently and slowly. Of course if you share your bed with other that might become an issue, but this workes for me!
I think all of us that hang out here have sleeping issues, strange! Maybe its just a sign of the times. Wishing you peacful nights of good sleep!darla♥
I also have issues sleeping at times which seems to be increasing with age. I'm convinced my hormones play a role as I even have cyclic insomnia. Hate it. What helps for me is to be very careful when I wake up not to 'dive into anything'. I keep the lights off, I don't read or watch tv and heaven forbid if I jump on the computer. Once I do any of these things, it is over and I become too alert to fall back to sleep for a while. There are nights where it does end up that way but for now, half the time the night time waking period is shortened for me in this way.
Some nights though . . . I'm just UP and those are miserable.
Yes, insomniacs unite for sure!! Hugs to all dying to get some rest.
Oh, and I totally agree that we are born wired a certain way. I'm a night owl as welll by nature. However, I need a pretty large amount of sleep to feel good. So, if I can't sleep in, I fall apart with staying up late. During the school year---- I am in bed pretty early because we all have to get up early for the day to begin/school. But as soon as there is a break from that . . . I can be up all hours as my body just goes there.
My husband is the same way and so are my boys. We stay on an early to bed schedule but given any chance to stay up, they do. I always wonder what a marriage would be like with someone who had a completely different internal clock--- if that caused conflict. ??
Interesting ---- the human mind and body.
Oh, and I've noticed that if I wake up to take the dog out for example that very quickly I wake at that exact same time every night after that. I wake at almost to the minute, the same time in the morning with no alarm clock. Weird.
hello and welcome adgal and specialmom....we are all newbies to this group but not to insomnia and I find it definitely does get worse with age especially if nocturnally wired as I once was too. thats why I switched my shifts for years and worked mainly nights.
I could probably still run my life on that schedule if the rest of the world did as well lol. But we are a daylight world and we nocturnal birds need to conform.
I prefer not to have to use sleeping aids anymore, besides they don't work so well if using on a permanent basis....
Since I no longer need to be off to work or up with kids a routine that works for me is to sleep in 3 or 4 hour increments...I wake usually at 3 or 4 a.m. rather than toss and turn for hours I get up...do some paperwork or computer work have my coffee and my breakfast than 'usually' by 7 or 8 a.m. I'm ready for another few hours of sleep.
However if for some reason I cannot get this additional few hours I'm a complete mess, I can't function that day.
The human mind and body is indeed interesting, and most frustrating at times :))
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