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I need to sleep- but dont want to take sleeping pills, anyone have any alternative remedies?

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gateacre1 Fri 24-Jun-11 14:29:57

I have insomnia
I sleep with ear plugs and eye mask but the slightest sounds wake me
dd1 wakes, then an hour or two later dd2 wakes and gurgles ( in our room as only 6 months)
its torture
I try to meditate but it is not working
I have rescue rememdy night spray ( works occaisionally)
I try to concentrate on breathing/relaxation

I am awake usually from 2/3 am and it takes hours to fall back asleep

I usually fall back to sleep about 630 am and then at 7 the kids get up

I dont want to take sleeping pills as I dont like the idea of being 'dependant' on any pills

any ideas ?????

PukeyRag Fri 24-Jun-11 15:35:08

I've always heard that lettuce helps with insomnia so I googled it just to be sure and I came across this website:

Hope that helps smile

sedgiebaby Fri 24-Jun-11 16:28:32

5-htp Totally changed my life, worth a google....

Winetimeisfinetime Fri 24-Jun-11 16:43:12

After seeing it recommended on here, I tried a dose of Medised and it worked a treat for me. I now occasionally use Sleep Right ( I think that's what it is called) from Tesco, which has the same antihistamine in it as Medised and that works really well too. Usually only need a half dose.

Dreemagurl Fri 24-Jun-11 16:44:25

Don't know if your not taking sleeping pills includes herbal, but I've found Kalms Sleep tablets very helpful.

Jaspants Fri 24-Jun-11 16:44:33

Few drops of lavendar essential oil on a tissue?

Jaspants Fri 24-Jun-11 16:45:47

Actually, have you got a Spotify account? There are a load of self help tracks on there - you can try different sleep ones to see if one works - I've been listening to a weight loss one and it always sends me to sleep -haven't lost weight yet though hmm

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