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    Default Hit me with your insomnia remedies!

    Insomnia is breaking me ATM. No matter how tired I am (very), I cannot for the life of me switch my brain off. Even my tried and true method of pretending I'm on a game show and will win the million if I can name 100 actors who have appeared on Friends isn't working.

    I know everyone on here is tired, but I'm averaging three hours a night and I am over it.

    So, what's your secret trick?

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    Insomnia sucks!!!!

    I've really struggled and have to admit at times required medication. I tried up link you to an old thread with a few good ideas, hopefully that worked.

    Things that have helped me:

    White noise ( waterfalls, waves) playing
    Quiet time before bed, low lights and read.
    Get up after 30 minutes if I can't sleep.
    Get up at the same time each day regardless of what sleep you've had.
    No screens in bed.

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    You can give meditation a try. Dh used to suffer from insomnia, but since starting doing meditation at bed time, insomnia has gone

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    Also aromatherapy can be great. Maybe pop into a store and ask what they suggest.

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    I've found a great white noise app. It sends me to sleep in minutes.
    It's called sleep pillow

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    Default Hit me with your insomnia remedies!

    Google " 4 7 8 sleep technique"
    It's basically regulating your breathing so it helps slow your heart rate to help relax you enough to sleep. It's worked for me quite a few times but doesn't always (usually if I'm feeling anxious or it's too early)
    Other tips are don't go to sleep to early, no coffee after 5pm and at last resort half a Restavit tablet and I have the best nights sleep ever 👍

    Eta - I've never used white noise apps but i sleep much better in summer when the hum of the fan is going!

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    Have you tried reading "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep"? :-P

    I listen to audiobooks, or old tv shows on my laptop (screen off so there's no light). It has to be something I've listened to a hundred times before, so I'm not actually interested in what happens next, but it gives me enough to focus on so that the rest of my brain actually settles down.

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    Default Hit me with your insomnia remedies!

    Magnesium supplements, preferably transdermally (Epsom salt baths or magnesium oil from the chemist)

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    I do visualisation - usually a beach, because the waves calm me - but also waterfalls, and some beautiful places I've been on holidays. Another is to imagine that your body is filled with a coloured liquid, and as the water drains away through your feet, the water carries the tension with it, then refill your body with a different coloured liquid and as you fill, you are calm/sleepy (or any other feeling you care to substitute at any given time you do the exercise). Make sure it takes you about 5 min to complete at the very least.
    I've also started "writing" hundreds of different stories to relax. You just can't let the story go too far, because once something interesting starts to happen, that's it.
    I usually concentrate on slowing my breathing and then work on relaxing every muscle one group at a time from my head down to my toes, and then go back to focus on my breathing.

    I'm keeping watch for other suggestions, though. Anxiety is killing my ability to sleep.

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    Following! In the same boat as you harvs. One thing that's been known to help me is to stay off my phone a couple hours before I want to fall asleep as playing on it seems to overstimulate my brain for quite a while. Then I read in bed until hopefully drowsy.

    I have an insomnia hypnotherapy track that used to work wonders on me a few years ago, I'll PM you the details. I should give that a go again but I had reached a point before where I got too used to his voice and he just kept me up.

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