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  • #16
    Is it a racing mind that keeps you up at night? You are probably stressing yourself out and would benefit from trying some relaxation techniques and meditations. No tv/computer screens after sun down would help. I recommend reading I Can Make You Sleep by Paul McKenna.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Suse View Post
      Interesting jennf. I often have no problem getting to sleep but wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake, restless, cant get back to sleep for several hours! Could my cortisol levels suddenly decide to elevate in the middle of the night I wonder.
      It's very possible. Your cortisol levels should drop in the evening, preparing for sleep. Towards early morning they rise again, preparing your body to wake up and face the day. If your cortisol rises to early, or by too much, it can cause problems with sleep. To give you an idea, when I had my 8am cortisol tested, the high end of the normal range was 19.1 for that lab. My level came in at 44.3! Obviously, way too much am cortisol.

      It's certainly worth getting tested.

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      • #18
        i was wondering if anyone has trouble waking up when they sleep with a sleeping mask on? i know that as the time changes or if it's unusually dark in the morning time i have a harder time waking up. i want to try a sleep mask but am worried that it would be impossible for me to roll out of the bed in the morning!
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        • #19
          Originally posted by jennf View Post
          You may want to get your cortisol levels checked to see if that's a problem. My cortisol levels are low during the day, but rise up way too high in the early morning hours - so I have been waking up most nights around 2am and unable to get back to sleep. I've just started taking a supplement called Seriphos to help level out my cortisol and help me sleep.
          Thanks for the tip. I will look into it. I generally don't have trouble sleeping anymore but when I do these various remedies mentioned above do nothing for me. When I am wired and have to get some sleep, I take prescription Rozerem. (Yes, I read about the side effects. Never had them.) But if my cortisol levels are too high, I would rather address that.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by jennf View Post
            It's very possible. Your cortisol levels should drop in the evening, preparing for sleep. Towards early morning they rise again, preparing your body to wake up and face the day. If your cortisol rises to early, or by too much, it can cause problems with sleep. To give you an idea, when I had my 8am cortisol tested, the high end of the normal range was 19.1 for that lab. My level came in at 44.3! Obviously, way too much am cortisol.

            It's certainly worth getting tested.
            How would they test my cortisol in the middle of the night though.... or are you saying it is the early morning test that provides the evidence of high cortisol levels?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Suse View Post
              How would they test my cortisol in the middle of the night though.... or are you saying it is the early morning test that provides the evidence of high cortisol levels?
              You can do a home saliva test that measures four times in a day, including at night, although I can't remember the exact times off the top of my head. Your levels should be highest around 8am, but if they're too high it's indicative of a problem. I haven't done the home saliva test - my Dr. felt that my super-high 8am cortisol level, plus other symptoms of cortisol issues, were enough to try a supplement. I'm sure there would be further testing involved before he would prescribe a steroid or other medication.

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              • #22
                magnesium has helped me along with valerien root. sweet dreams!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by kermie View Post
                  Is it a racing mind that keeps you up at night? You are probably stressing yourself out and would benefit from trying some relaxation techniques and meditations. No tv/computer screens after sun down would help. I recommend reading I Can Make You Sleep by Paul McKenna.
                  I don't personally feel at all stressed but maybe poor self-awareness can mask that. It's just that at night I start feeling like a bunny rabbit and very energized. Going to sleep is usually the least though on my head. Then again In the morning I feel like a zombie. Could be a problem with circadian rhythm but I try to make my room pitch dark couple of hours before i plan to go to sleep.

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                  • #24
                    Try a long walk about an hour before bed. My wife and I have been walking much more lately, and I sleep so much better since doing so.

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