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    Benadryl (antihistamine) can help, but gradually your body can become accustomed to it so then it won't work unless you increase the dosage. However, increasing the dosage is likely to make it addictive, although certain people can become addicted to it at smaller dosages as well. My doctor recommended it to me because she said that it should work well, and I'm young enough that sleeping pills would be a last resort, because they have more side effects.
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    Melatonin. I OD'd on it when I was at dad's place (now parent's) where people kept waking me up every 30-60 minutes all night long before that. I slept hard.

    Schedules help a bit, but you need to get your body accustomed to it first and then stick to it... I don't know your situation, so I couldn't help beyond that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recluse View Post
    I am seeking a cure that doesn't require a trip to the doctor.
    I am a night owl with bad habits = insomnia. Insomnia in itself is not the problem, the problem is that the rest of the world doesn't run on night time schedule nor does work or school or friends and family smile fondly upon people who look like lazy ass mofos who are always late and groggy.

    I get tired around 6pm-10 pm and get my 2nd wind which pushes me to 6am bedtimes. I don't need as much sleep as when I was in my late teens/early 20s, but still not good for the mind or body.

    My tips?

    If you seriously don't want insomnia -- work out. A LOT.

    I lost 25 pounds this year (to be discussed in another forum) and when I was working out 2-3 hours a day and forcing myself not to nap during the day --

    1) I thougt I seriously was going to die the first few weeks.

    2) Eventually my body got on its own NORMAL rhythm and I went to bed by 10:30pm every night and woke up by 8am at the latest.

    For the first time in basically EVER I consistently had energy during the day and felt very awake and alive and WITH the rest of the world.

    It was wonderful.

    Now months later and it's 3am my time, I've gained back about 6 pounds, and my schedule and bad time managament skills push me back into insomnia.

    The truth is, as much as I like being witih the world and awake from 9am-5am, I love even more the familiarity of the night. I like how quiet and surreal it is and I can study/work/rant/play in peace. Especially since the weekends are meant for binging on drink/dance/parties/socializing till the break of dawn...

    So...I don't even pretend that I'm trying to NOT be an insomniac anymore.

    If you are what you are, just embrace it. Because fighting insomnia when you aren't serious is like constantly complaining about being fat and yo-yo dieting. You will waste the time you are awake complaining and focusing on a problem we both know you will not fix.

    But -- if you ARE serious, again -- take the plunge and work out. Force yourself not to nap. Make yourself wake up 10 minutes earlier every week until you are up when you are supposed to.

    Insomnia is like breaking any other bad habit and making a fundamental change in the way you live your life. It is HARD man and you have to commit and be disciplined. That is the ONLY way short of medication to fix it.

    Hope this rant helps.

    From one insomniac to another.

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    Damn it! I stayed up too late. I have insomnia.

    EDIT: Damn it! Have it again.
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    so I haven't been sleeping for the past couple of weeks, and been trying so hard to. Last night I took 3 OTC sleeping pills that had minimal affect on me, I took them between 5 & 8 as my room mate suggested since I have an 8:30 am class this morning. I was still up til 2:20 and still woke up at 6. I would go to the doctor but then my parents would find out and I don't want to worry them. I could try talking to someone, but I have nothing to really talk about. I just want sleep. I'd skip class today but unfortunatley I'm doing a project with someone and I need to be their to do my share of the work. Anyone have any ideas what to do, I've tried excersing (not right before bed) I don't know what to do. I can deal with this once or twice a week but 14 days of this really sucks. I really need sleep but nothing seems to work and last night I woke up about every hour.

    I'm trying to avoid medication as in the past prescription sleeping pills made me even more drowsy during the day then when I just stayed up all night.
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    If something is stressing you out, deal with it in some way.

    Otherwise, you could try to make the insomnia productive, at least. Trying to get something done while being unable to sleep, instead of just sitting around or watching T.V., may be enough to tire you out and help you go to sleep again.

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    My computer has insomnia (specifically insomniac syndrome). A lot of the times I set it to hibernate and it will shut off and boot right back up. It happens a lot when I use AIM.

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    But anyway, doesn't warm milk help put people out? If you don't like warm milk, I don't see why you can't use it in some Campbell's clam chowder soup. It's quick, easy, and it should put you out.

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    I go through periods of insomnia. Usually for a couple weeks I just can't get any good sleep. I don't understand it or what triggers it really. I assume it's anxiety but normally I can't trace the anxiety to anything in specific.

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    I feel for you. I've had Chronic Insomnia since I was a kid due to various reasons and one particular. At it's worst I'm up three days at a time, crash, repeat. That lasted overall years during HS. Since last week I've been up 'two days' with one 'three day' patch. Even when I 'crash' and sleep, I wake up randomly throughout the night lol Fall back asleep or...not.

    I know that meditation has worked in the past. You could try it. Just a few minutes or ten and build up each day until it lasts longer. You can take a hot bath before going to sleep. Cup of tea some time before. You can ask your room mate to give you a (full body or part) deep tissue massage, if you feel comfortable, and offer to give in return. And do it as long as you shall both live---together. Massage is wonderrrrful when done well. And massage yourself too, during your bath/shower and any time to 'prepare/accustom' your body to relax when you massage yourself before trying to sleep. As you didn't cite possible reasons as to why, I'm going to ask if you might have personal issues that might be a factor of your insomnia? Is it that you can't stop 'thinking' at night? Are you in a new enviornment? New people? New term?

    And yea, stick off the meds. They wreak havoc with your body. I went against my reasoning years ago to 'try' them at 15 or so. Nearly put me to sleep forever - k, that was for effect keke . It just didn't work and really mucked me over.

    Btw, why would your parents find out? Your doctor should treat everything confidential unless you're a minor deliberately harming yourself. It'd be illegal if otherwise (unless it's a different policy where you live).

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