Sleeping problems?

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    Jun 20, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    buy a little 'white noise' machine... or use a fan. and drug store melatonin works too...
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    i have this problem sometimes too.

    some nights when i have tons to do that night, tons to do the next day, and i need to sleep, i'm so wired from stress that i just don't sleep at all. i did that last night. made a bunch of coffee and studied til sunrise. it was peaceful. but then i felt cracked out til after class when i got to nap.
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    Jun 20, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    I know everyone says the TV is bad but honestly, when I used to be stressed out the TV allowed me to zone out and let my mind go to jelly. When I laid there in the dark and silence my mind would wander to a million what ifs. Obviously removing stress is the best answer, but if you can't, distraction isn't always the worst option.
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    Jun 22, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    Reading has been working for me.
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    Jun 22, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    I use my ipad and an app called "white noise", it's free. Love the thunder and rain, crickets, and airplane loops.
  • metta

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    Jun 22, 2012 7:12 AM GMT
    - rest your mind before bed. try and stay off the computer/phone a couple hours prior to going to bed.
    - a little insight meditation can help your mind rest

    http://www.tricycle.com/dharma-talk/basic-insight-meditation-instructions



    - do not drink anything with caffeine
    - minimize your sugar intake
    - masturbate before going to bed
    - sleep in things that are natural that breathe: pj's, bedding, mattress, etc.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 22, 2012 7:21 AM GMT
    I think Metta (above) has some great suggestions! I would also encourage you NOT to take issues to bed with you and think about them. I tend to have that problem. In other words, don't lay there and analyze an issue, just relax and enjoy your night!

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    Jun 22, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    I've had chronic sleep problems since my 30s and have tried many different avenues but honestly you're only 18 and I wouldn't advise anything but one. That is to learn how to deal with your anxiety. Not sure what your issues are but we all have periods in our lives where things get out of hand. Everyone who lives long enough will eventually face, a death of a love one, financial stress, social anxiety to name a few. You might want to visit a therapist. What you need is cognitive therapy to be specific. You need to train your mind to truly and honestly believe that whatever rough patch you are going through will end and that you will come through even stronger than when you entered. Problem is, it is hard to reach this point if you are not sleeping well.

    TURN THE TV OFF! The reason you want it running is so you will not obsess over your problems but all that distraction doesn't allow you to achieve your ultimate goal of believing so strongly that this period will pass that you will stop obsessing.