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    Any insomniacs in here? I'm looking for some natural sleep remedies to help cure/alleviate my insomnia. I really don't want to take any drugs unless absolutely necessary.

    So far I have tried melatonin and valerian root. I guess melatonin gives me a bit sleepy feeling but nowhere enough to put me te sleep. The max dose I have tried is 6mg. Valerian root doesn't have any effect on me though I haven't really tried taking it over a longer period (which supposedly is needed for its full potential). Some also say magnesium helps to calm down but I don't notice anything.

    So what else could I try? Does anyone have any experience on tryptophan? Or St. John's wort? I guess everything is worth a shot because this lack of sleep is really draining me down. Strict primal diet doesn't help much if you only have couple of hours to restore your body :/

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    i was taught in my bio psych class in college to never take melatonin as a supplement because it screws with your body's natural melatonin levels and get your sleep cycle more messed up than it was before you started taking it.
    what i like doing lately is soaking in a hot bath with epsom salt, dr. bronner's lavendar castille soap and then bathing with the lavendar bar soap and having a cup of chammomile sleepy time tea after.
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    • #3
      Have you eliminated all caffeine? I had one espresso or tea in the early morning for years thinking it didn't affect me, but turns out it did. Went totally decaf a few months ago and sleep improved tremendously. Other than that, make sure to sleep in a totally dark room. The herbs can help some but in my experience dropping the caffeine was far more important.

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      • #4
        You might try Natural Calm magnesium supplement. I'm not an insomniac, so don't have that sort of anecdotal, but since I've started taking it each night, my sleep quality has improved and I feel more rested.
        Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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        • #5
          Yeah I only drink caffeine in the morning but I guess it's worth a try to stop completely for a few days. Will be a pain the ass tho

          Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
          You might try Natural Calm magnesium supplement. I'm not an insomniac, so don't have that sort of anecdotal, but since I've started taking it each night, my sleep quality has improved and I feel more rested.
          As I said I have tried magnesium supplement, magnesium citrate to be exact (like Natural Calm brand seems to be).

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          • #6
            do not take melatonin!! it will mess up your hormones

            dont watch tv at least an hr before going to sleep
            try not to consume caffeine 6 hrs before bed (even soft drink...which you shouldnt be drinking anyways if your on the primal blueprint and in this forum)
            make sure your room is pitch black. i mean you shouldnt even see your hand in front of your face pitch black. if your alarm clock is facing you try turn it away or put it some place where you cant see it unless you need to get up and turn your head around to look.
            try sprinkle a little lavender essential oil into the rinse cycle of your sheets/pillow cases. lavender is supposed to be a pretty relaxing smell according to aromatherapy.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by damnregistering View Post
              As I said I have tried magnesium supplement, magnesium citrate to be exact (like Natural Calm brand seems to be).
              Sorry 'bout that. Guess that's what I get for scanning rather than reading.
              Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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              • #8
                OK, a little update. I have now been trying St John's wort and tryptophan for about a month with no success. Also I have been taking niacin which should give a relaxing effect but it really doesn't. I also bought curtains especially designed for darkening the room so it's pretty pitch black now at nights. Doesn't help though. Giving up caffeine didn't help either.

                Any other suggestions or is time for me to become a slave to the big Pharma?

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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    Someone I know had the worst time sleeping until she bought a mask.

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      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.

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                      • #12
                        If you're waking up between 1-3 am, that's classic liver imbalance in Chinese Medicine. I had a major insomniac bout a few years ago and acupuncture/Chinese herbs helped me tremendously, as did a sleep mask. I had results within about 3 weeks of starting acupuncture. It treats insomnia very individually.
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                        • #13
                          I have trouble with insomnia, I have tried pretty much everything, atm I am drinking a tea called nighty night. it does help a bit, I am going to try a sleep mask as well, hopefully it will help

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                          • #14
                            I've had good luck with Calms Forte. It was recommened by a friend and I usually take 3 at night. I think it works. I was honestly surprised it did. I've read good and bad reviews for it, though.

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                            • #15
                              I have trouble falling asleep sometimes and what helps me is a little lavender oil. I put it on my temples and the smell relaxes me enough to pass out. I need it absolutely dark in the room too. No annoying lights from a DVR, alarm clock, Laptop, nothin.
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