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 I can't sleep. Any adivce?
Latly i've been tired but i can't sleep. Last night I stayed up till 6am and sleep till 10am. Right now im tired but I can't sleep....

 What's better: eat more at lunch or dinner?
explain pls....

 I'm 19 can i still grow any taller than i already am?
I'm 5'8 what else could i do besides drinking milk, streching, proper nutrition, and more sleep to become taller??...

 I'm super tired during the day What's happening?
I've noticed I have less energy in the day by the time I get home from work I'm exhausted, (I usually get close to 5-6 hours of sleep a night). I also noticed I have bizarre hot and cold ...

 A pencil lead is stuck in my palm since I was 5 years old. I'm now 48. Is this poisonous?.?
There's no pain. But sometimes intimidating....

 I can't wake up in the morning and my alarm clock is loud. Is there a louder one out there?
I can't wake up in the moring. I have missed the bus many times, and my alarm clock is very loud but does not work for me. Is there an alarm clock that any one knows about that will wake up even ...

 can anybody please tell me what's good for migraine headaches?
she's taking presciption pills already but it not helping. this prescription is not the first they (doctors) have given ...

 I'm soooo tired, what is the best way to keep me awake?

 quitting smoking. feel horrible. help?
it has been a few days since i started to quit smoking. i have the gum and it seems to work okay but i still feel like a truck has run over me (even when i use the gum). I have also tried the patches ...

 how long would you live if all your veins burst at once?
lets say all your veins burst at once and your body fills with blood...or would it? lemme know....

I go into my bad about 10:00 im only 13 years old. And i turn of all the lights i close at the wall then close my eyes. And i never fall asleep im just thinking about things and stuff. Maybe its ...

 cutting, normal or not???
i was wondering if i cut more than normal at one time. i dont cut that often, maybe once a week but when i do i do what i feel like its a lot.
(these are on my leg)

 Mommy is taking me for a Blood Test. I'm scared, and don't want it. PLEASE HELP ME I'm 13.?
I'm 13. Mommy is taking me for a blood test - to test for something.

I'm really scared of needles - so don't want to go

She can't make me go - can she ?

 Hypochondriac's Delight - What do you think you are dying from?
So, like many hypochondriac's, I wake up in the morning and before I even get a cup of coffee I start worrying why I am so tired and what I must be dying of. Then all day long I find myself ...

 What's the best way not to think about smoking when trying to give up?
Gave up 5 minutes ago and really want to do it this time....

 Does chapstick have an expiration date?
I got thinking,and does chapstick have an expiration date?...

 Dizzy for over a week?
I have been dizzy for over a week and my doctor ordered me to get my thyroid checked but it was ok. I saw him again today and he said that one of my ears looks pale(?) and I may have an ear infection....

 Was this the right thing for me to do?
I was flying to Canada BC, and there was a kid who sat beside me the whole time. He was 14 years old, we talked for about 1 hour together. He seemed extremely sad, almost like he was going to cry. A...

 after i've been out drinking...?
i've been sick bringing up black stuff!!! should i be worried about this???...

 What's the purpose of a belly button?

ACK!! Why can't I sleep?
It's 5am EDT, and I CANNOT fall asleep. I lie down for half an hour or so, and when I am still fully awake after that I get up and read, or take a bath, burn some chamomile incense, etc. Tried a hot drink...nothing. Any suggestions? I'm not interested in taking drugs to make me sleep, by the way...please help!

John Doe
I am seriously not trying to sound perverted in any way shape or form but statistically speaking they say the release of endorphines after having an orgasm is 10 stronger than some of the worlds strongest sleep aids. It also gives you a general sense of well being which has also been shown to help mild depression as well. It might help cleans your mind and allow you to put whatever is working your mind to ease. Also they actually have sleep hygene information on the net. Like no violent video games before bed, and dont read in bed or watch tv in bed, leave your bed for sleeping and reading for another room in the house. Also dont lay in bed for more than 30 minutes. It seems you have that covered though. If your mind is just busy try writing on a piece of paper "Things to think about tomorrow." It helped me when i went through a bout of insomnia. Either way good luck and i hope your find your way to the dream world....

It's insomnia. To understand more about it, please read below.

*What are the types of insomnia?

Types of insomnia are differentiated by how long insomnia lasts (duration) and whether it is caused by an underlying condition.

Transient insomnia is short-term and may last one night, a few nights, or a few weeks. Transient insomnia (sometimes called acute insomnia) is usually linked to an emotionally exciting or stressful event such as a homecoming or an argument. Sometimes a change in time zone (“jet lag”) or sleep schedule can bring on a bout of transient insomnia.

Chronic insomnia is long-term and may last a month, several months, or years. Chronic insomnia (also called constant insomnia) occurs on some or most nights, so it is considered ongoing. Chronic insomnia may be caused by either a medical problem, a psychiatric problem, a sleep disorder, or poor sleep hygiene. Self-help may solve the poor sleep habits, but professional help may be necessary for sleep disorders or for underlying medical or psychiatric problems.

Primary insomnia has no known underlying condition (insomnia is the problem). Primary insomnia is the most common type of insomnia and is usually caused by learned maladaptive sleep patterns.

Secondary insomnia is a symptom of another underlying (preexisting) condition problem that causes the insomnia. When you receive effective treatment for the underlying condition, the insomnia usually goes away.

*What causes transient insomnia?

Transient insomnia lasting a few days is usually caused by:

Stress – A temporary stress (conflict or environmental change) such as starting a new job; an upcoming test at school; a family or marriage problem; financial difficulties; a death in the family; or moving to a new house or city can be a cause of insomnia. Such a stress causes a positive or negative change in mental state: the person may feel anxious, excited, worried, angry, griefstricken, euphoric, afraid, sad, hopeful, or apathetic.

Change in your environment or work schedule – Working a late or early shift or travel across time zones disrupts your body’s circadian rhythms making you unable to get to sleep when you want to .

Transient insomnia lasting more than a few days, but less than a month, is usually caused by a more enduring unsettling life event or stressor, such as a divorce, job loss, move to a new location, or death in the family.

*What causes primary chronic insomnia?

Insomnia brought on by poor sleep habits, a disruptive sleep environment, or an inability to get enough sleep is called primary insomnia because insomnia is the condition to be treated. Some of the reasons for primary insomnia include (see Tips for a Good Night's Sleep for a more complete list):

Caffeine. Drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, cola) or eating chocolate in the afternoon or evening. Caffeine can delay sleep and wake you up from sleeping. More than four caffeine drinks per day interferes with sleep.

Alchohol. Drinking alcohol in the afternoon or evening. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it disrupts the second half of your night’s sleep.

Nicotine. Smoking cigarettes in the six hours before bedtime. Nicotine is a stimulant.

Naps. Excessive napping in the afternoon or evening. More than two naps late in the day will interfere with sleep.

Exercising within three hours of bedtime. Exercise stimulates the body by raising the heart rate and metabolism. Exercise late in the day interferes with sleep, but exercise earlier in the day helps you sleep well at night.

Excessive liquids. Liquids increase the need to get up and urinate during the night.

Mentally intense activities at bedtime (such as computer work).
Eating too much too late in the evening. Having a light snack before bedtime is OK, but eating too much may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down, making it difficult to get to sleep. Eating heavy, spicy, or high-sugar foods at night may cause indigestion

Trying too hard to fall asleep. Can occur when you worry excessively about not being able to sleep well and try too hard to fall asleep. Most people with this condition sleep better when they're away from their usual sleep environment or when they don't try to sleep, such as when they're watching TV or reading.

Noise. Too much noise in the environment (even if you fall back asleep) can prevent you from sleeping well or cause frequent awakening.

Light. Light affects your brain’s production of the hormones that regulate sleep rhythms. Too much light in the bedroom can keep your body from deep sleep.

Room temperature. You will be restless if you are too hot or cold; a comfortable room temperature is best.

Uncomfortable or too small bed.

Sleep partner or other family members. A sleep partner who snores, has sleep apnea, is very restless, gets up frequently, or has difficulty sleeping will affect your ability to sleep. Interruptions from other family members, such as a toddler or new baby, can also keep you up.

*What causes secondary chronic insomnia?

Pain and depression are the two most common underlying conditions for chronic insomnia. The underlying conditions can be physical medical conditions or psychiatric conditions. This type of insomnia is often called secondary insomnia because the insomnia is a symptom of the underlying condition. Some conditions or situations that commonly lead to insomnia include:

Depression. You may either sleep too much or have trouble sleeping if you're depressed. This may be due to chemical imbalances in your brain or because worries that accompany depression may keep you from relaxing enough to fall asleep when you want to.

Pain. Medical conditions that cause pain often cause insomnia as well. For example, acid reflux (return of stomach contents into the esophagus),fibromyalgia or other chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, and arthritis, along with countless other conditions often cause sleeplessness.

Stress. Concerns about work, school, health or family can keep your mind too active, making you unable to relax. Excessive boredom, such as after retirement or during a long illness, may occur and also can create stress and keep you awake.

Anxiety. Everyday anxieties as well as severe anxiety disorders may keep your mind too alert to fall asleep.

Menopause. Between 30% and 40% of menopausal women experience insomnia; this may be due to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, and/or fluctuations in hormones.

Menstruation. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can cause insomnia; sleep tends to improve mid-cycle with ovulation.

Growing older. Changes associated with aging include changes in sleep patterns (more time in Stages 1 & 2, less time in stages 3 & 4); becoming less physically and socially active; hormonal changes, and health problems which cause more chronic pain.

Long-term use of sleep medications. Sleeping pills often become less effective over time. If a person suddenly stops taking or becomes tolerant of a long-term prescription medication,
insomnia may result. If you need sleep medications for longer than a few weeks, take them no more than two to four times a week, so they don't become habit-forming.

Medication side effects. Prescription drugs, including some antidepressant, high blood pressure and corticosteroid medications, can cause sleeping difficulties as a side effect .

Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including some pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products, contain caffeine and other stimulants. Antihistamines may initially make you groggy, but they can worsen urinary problems, causing you to get up more during the night.

Caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs and smoking. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking can cause restlessness and smoking cessation may also result in temporary insomnia. If you use alcohol to help you fall asleep, you may have insomnia when you do not use it. Alcohol in any amount negatively affects sleep quality and duration.

Other medical conditions. Other causes of secondary insomnia include sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, circadian rhythm disorder, arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, Parkinson's disease and hyperthyroidism.

all that relaxation crap is just to speed the process of emptying and calming your mind, so you're mind is ready to go to sleep faster, but if you know that wont be for hours/days/years and isn't easily achievable, you need to actually make yourself physically tired,and your mind will follow soon after. the best thing i know of is to stretch your whole body, have a jog around the block or something along those lines, whatever strenuous activity you can fit in at such an early hour. a good stretching though is very effective, especially when coupled with dim lights and no tv or other mind exciting things. get tired enough so you your mind doesn't play any role in whether you'd like to go to sleep or not.

ive asked this 3 times! i tried everything they suggested excpet taking a long hot bath. i dont have time and i only have showers no bath tub. omg i know i have 2 wake up EARLY in the morning 2morrow to drive 3 hours away so i can go to a camp. ugh!

i'm sorry you cant sleep, the only thing that i can suggest is probubly read a book for at least 20 minutes and see if this helps at all. but don't watch t.v. because this will actually keep you up

Something like that happened to me last year. My friend doc offered me to go for a walk every day (long distances), stay outside in the fresh air and... get tired. Then you will fall asleep very easy. Know what - it helps!

You seem to have too much on your mind, I too suffered from this when I was young. I overcame it by turning on the stereo very quietly and listening to music. It helped me stop thinking and I dozed off and the stereo turned itself off. I hope this works for you

I"m the same way. I think perhaps we get it from our families. Mine were night owls and so am I. Try not getting up. Just lay there even if you're awake. I sometimes turn the fan on and the noise puts me to sleep after a bit.

lay down longer than a 1/2 an hour.. dont keep watching the clock. relax..... when you finally get tired u will sleep

you think too much and drank too much coffee and coke

ill come over there and cuddy up w/ you. lights out in 30 mins or less or its free. it works for me every time.

You need a coat of arms

Check out (http://www.reducingstress.net ) there are a lot of great articles and information on how stress levels can affect sleep and how to fix the problem.

Good luck.

Den k
Insomnia – Beat it with Sleep

Insomnia - Treatment

10 Tips to Sleep Well

There are a few things that work for me. And they are completely outside of the work I actually do for for a living.

1. How does the transmission box in a modern Destroyer turn 3 propellors from two turbines.

2. How does the differential gear in your backwheel drive vehicle work.

3. How does an automatic transmission work

4, How did those steam engines work without (it appears) any means to lubricate the bearings and cylinder walls.

Just some stuff to think of

Sweet dreams,

I'll tell you what works for me. I just rub one off before bed and I'm out like a light. Sometimes it's twice depending on my stress level that day.

Get an appointment to see a sleep specialist. They can help you better than anyone on here......

It's 4 am and I up because I can't sleep

Try not to worry about being awake. The anxiety this causes will just keep your mind busy. Just enjoy lying there! Isn't your bed lovely and cosy and warm?

The best trick I ever heard was to slow down your breathing. Count to 5 when you're breathing in, count to 3 when you're breathing out (or 10 in 6 out, it depends how big your lungs are!). Visualise the numbers in front of you.

It sounds really corny, but concentrate on your breathing - just listen to the noise of the air going in and out, and think about the oxygen zooming around your body with each breath. Clear your mind of anything else.

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