Please tell me how I can get a full nights sleep, there are no babies, I just don't

(8 Posts)
Moln Fri 23-Nov-12 06:27:18

I've now been awake since 3:30. I didn't get to sleep untill midnight (though I don't usually have problems falling to sleep)

i have to get up in a few mins and go to work, where I will be until 6 (unusally long day for me)

<weeps>

Aloha31 Fri 23-Nov-12 06:29:34

Same issue! No problem getting to sleep! But if I wake I can't get back. How long have you had this? I'm trying Paul McKenna's book!

Moln Fri 23-Nov-12 06:34:37

I've always been an early waker, but recently, last six months, it's been terrible.

Don't know about Paul McKenna's book, please tell me more!

I am tired, so very very tired.

Aloha31 Sat 24-Nov-12 08:58:10

Google it, called I can make you sleep!

Also helping me: no drinks after 9, bed no eaelier than half ten, no phone/tv etc in bedroom...

Messing Sun 25-Nov-12 21:44:26

Insomnia is grim, you have my full sympathy. I have had it a few times, for months at a time. Paul McKenna's book is ok but I didn't find the CD particularly helpful. What worked for me:
- no caffeine in the afternoon (never mind the evening!)
-Go to bed late - midnight is fine. Set your alarm for the same time every day, and actually get up then - don't linger in bed afetrwards, no matter what a crap night's sleep you've had.
-Eat well and exercise - get some fresh air daily if you can.
-Easier said then done I know but: don't get too worked up about it. When you are really exhausted, you WILL sleep - it is physically impossible to stay awake for more than a certain amount of time (without external stimulus). The bout of insomnia will NOT last forever, it's a phase.

Try an audio book. I have the Harry Potters and usually only last one or two chapters before zzzzzzz....

Moln Thu 29-Nov-12 21:58:53

No caffeine in the afternoon? - OK... even tea? <worried>

An audio books is a great idea - will get a few from the library

Aloha31 Mon 03-Dec-12 20:10:41

I don't touch any caffine at all, all day! No drinks after 9pm so needing the loo doesn't wake me.

I have a sip of this before bed helps, and the Paul Mkenna CD (comes with the book).

All seems to be working! I now wake close to 7, and can get back to sleep even if I do wake up!

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