How come it takes me so long to fall asleep?
Topic: How come it takes me so long to fall asleep?
September 19, 2019 / By Antoinette Question:
I'm 15 and for a while now it's been taking me 2-3 hours to fall asleep, no matter how active I've been during the day. Now I kind of just gave up. I used to go to bed at 11 or 12 (at the beginning of the summer not during the school year), but I've just given up and stay up to 1 or 2 (the time I would have fallen asleep going to bed at 11 or 12 anyway) on my computer or something until I get tired enough to fall asleep. So I guess I'm asking what is the average time that people take to fall asleep? and is this normal for someone my age?
Best Answers: How come it takes me so long to fall asleep?
Zachery | 9 days ago
Sleeping pills can give you bad side effects such as headaches and drowsiness during the day so you are better off without them.
To sleep better just relax and switch off, if you can.
If you are having trouble switching off at bedtime some light exercise (for example, push ups or sit ups) at bedtime often helps you to relax, unwind and switch off and that often improves your sleep. Strenuous exercise at bedtime is likely to ruin your sleep.
Common OTC sleep aids include Chamomile tea, 5-HTP, Melatonin and Valerian Root.
Sleep enhancing foods include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22s...
You can see further tips in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22h... which tells you "how to fall asleep and stay asleep".
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Originally Answered: Why can't I fall asleep?
Common sleep aids include warm milk, Chamomile tea, 5-HTP, Melatonin and Valerian.
If you are having trouble switching off at bedtime some light exercise at bedtime often helps you to relax, unwind and switch off and that often improves your sleep. Strenuous exercise at bedtime is likely to ruin your sleep.
This always seems to help me sleep. Lie down and close your eyes, and stay completely still. Picture an empty beach with the tide coming in and out over the sand. As the tide goes out, visualize the number 1 appearing in the sand, and think "one" in your head. Then visualize the tide coming in and washing away the 1. When the tide goes back out, visualize the number 2 appearing in the sand and think "two". Then visualize the tide coming back in and washing away the 2.
Keep going through numbers like this; I rarely get into the 20's before I fall asleep. Make sure that you always visualize the numbers in the sand as vividly as possible; it doesn't work if you just count in your head.
If it works, let me know the last number you remember visualizing before you fell asleep! :)
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For a person to fall asleep his mind must go blank for a whole 7 seconds so your not allowed to be thinking of anything. Your probably just playing scenarios in your head or something as you try going to sleep.
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Don't drink caffeine after 3pm, don't use your computer, phone, tablet after 9pm. Use the supplement Melatonin, take it about 9pm.
You have to try different tips and see if they work. but caffeine and computers are the biggest problems in getting to sleep.
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Originally Answered: I cant fall asleep!?
Some of the natural things we take are:
Valerian (very very good to relax you and actually does promote sleep (smells funny but take it anyway!)
Take this right before you go to bed. This strong herb actually promotes sleep and you will feel sleepy. You can also buy sleep combinations with Valerian, Hops, Cami meal.
My other half swears by drinking a cup of Camel tea right before bed. He also takes Melatonin. (I get better results from the Valerian personally)
Leaving the herbs, my doctor said it is fine to take Excedrin PM (and this also helps). She told me it is not addictive and I have taken it for years myself. If you are NOT in pain, you can go to Costco and purchase 800 Dyenhydramine, which is actually Benadryl WITHOUT the acetaminophen and the cost is ridiculously low compared to anywhere else. (I don't like to take the Acetaminophen that is combined with the Dyphenhydramine because I am already taking this in pain medication. My doctor assured me years ago that this is not addictive.
Leaving the OTC meds, if you do seek RX help (such as Ambien) I would try NOT to take the whole thing (I brake my in quarters!) Do be very very careful and very frugal with RX sleep medications. It is better not to get too dependent on them and definitely DO NOT take them late in the night before bed ---take them early if you must.