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    No matter what I do, I can never seem to get to bed at a decent hour. I limit my caffeine to the morning only mostly, sleep in a dark room, and exercise. But I've just laid down in my bed for two hours and nothing. I have to get up at 6, but I don't really feel tired until midnight. Can anybody give me some tips? This is a huge pain, because to feel my best I need around 9 hours of sleep. Any less than that and I feel sluggish and drowsy all day.
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    Hmmm, I had this issue prior to becoming primal and I have found that being primal has helped me and I do sleep much better. I also find I don't need as much sleep. Having said that I am going to try my first yoga class tonight. I think its all about calming the mind down to enjoy a better sleep. Maybe you could try a bit of yoga and see if that helps.
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    • #3
      Apart from downing a bottle of wine? That works but...

      Loads of exercise to exhaust you but you are exercising and I shouldnt push chronic cardio...

      I have very bad insomnia and haven't found anything else helps. I have just bought "Lights Out" so if I can come up with some tips I will come back and share. Its very frustrating, so I hope you get a decent sleep soon.

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      • #4
        Limiting to caffeine is not sufficient for me. I needed to eliminate it or keeping it super low (one half cup of decaf a few times a week). Some people are particularly sensitive to the sleep impairing effects of caffeine.

        Also - some people are sensitive to the stimulation of tv, computers, etc. You may want to try 30-90 minutes of electronics free time before bed.
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        • #5
          Thanks Jammies, that reminds me - if you can't stop yourself looking at computer at night, try f.lux - downloading the program eliminates the blue light from your computer and dims the screen in accordance with sunlight. There are a few threads about it worth reading (which probably explain it better) and I found it made a bit of a difference.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mog View Post
            Thanks Jammies, that reminds me - if you can't stop yourself looking at computer at night, try f.lux - downloading the program eliminates the blue light from your computer and dims the screen in accordance with sunlight. There are a few threads about it worth reading (which probably explain it better) and I found it made a bit of a difference.
            I second this. I find it works better under Snow Leopard than XP for some reason (I suspect its designer made it on a Mac).
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            • #7
              try some white noise...maybe a fan? What about making it cold in your house and getting under a big poofy comforter? Is your brain not turning off?

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              • #8
                I was reading up on insomnia a while ago and I found an article by a neurologist who said that he thinks insomnia is partially a result of your brain not being satisfied with the amount of mechanical activity you've given it for the day. I wish I could find that article again! >.<

                He recommended activities such as drawing, coloring, painting, assembling a model kit, assembling a puzzle, knitting, and crocheting as great nighttime activities. I have tried doing some of these before bedtime and I find they help quite a bit. Maybe they could help you too?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Adrianne View Post
                  I was reading up on insomnia a while ago and I found an article by a neurologist who said that he thinks insomnia is partially a result of your brain not being satisfied with the amount of mechanical activity you've given it for the day. I wish I could find that article again! >.<

                  He recommended activities such as drawing, coloring, painting, assembling a model kit, assembling a puzzle, knitting, and crocheting as great nighttime activities. I have tried doing some of these before bedtime and I find they help quite a bit. Maybe they could help you too?
                  This is really interesting. I have sometimes wondered why sudoku helps me sleep & tv doesn't.

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                  • #10
                    +1 on Jammies comment. CW says caffeine half life etc should be out of system by evening, but my sleep totally changed when I went completely decaf back in March 2010. I sleep solid almost every night, and issues (not falling asleep, waking up early, etc) are now the rare exception rather than an ongoing hassle. Haven't been tempted to go back at all. Not everyone is affected this way, but worth a try for a few weeks to see.

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                    • #11
                      Gotta love insomnia. My typical sleep cycle is now 7:00 am to 14-15. Wish I could help but unfortunately nothing seems to work

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                      • #12
                        I found that when I stopped eating massive amounts of calories (mostly carbs) I started getting tired at about the right time to get 10 hours of sleep. Maybe a cut in food, especially later in the evening, could help?

                        I also like to relive movies, games, or some other visual medium that I'd watched/played earlier in the day. It helps to relax me, since my brain can slowly shut down without having to create new information (which it would if I was thinking about plans for the next day).
                        "A man in this world without learning is as a beast of the field."

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                        • #13
                          Insomnia used to be a big problem for me--not any more!

                          What's changed for me:
                          8,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily.
                          I take a Calcium/Magnesium supplement about 1 hour before sleep.
                          I stop using my computer an hour before sleep.
                          I read a book (fiction only) in bed to relax my brain.
                          I wear an eyemask to bed to block out any extraneous light.
                          No electronic devices in the bedroom. Only a battery powered alarm clock.
                          We keep the bedroom at about 60 degrees with an open window.

                          Now I can sleep through the night 10 -7, except for maybe one bathroom trip, depending on my water intake!
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                          • #14
                            Reading in bed always knocks me out.
                            "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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