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Intermittent Sleep

Posted by @ladybugmg, Sat, Sep 22 1:47pm

Intermittent sleep has become a problem for me during the last fews months. I sleep for about two hours and then stay awake until I drink a cup of Tension Tamer Tea and go on the Internet and that helps me get back to sleep for about three hours. The doctor prescribed Tizanidine and although I filled the prescription I have not taken it Any suggestions from those dealing with this situation.

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Have you tried sleep hypnosis? Try googling sleep app. Paul McKenna does one, but there are others. You could try googling his name. I use one of his CDs on a personal CD player in bed sometimes, but I’m not sure they are available any more. Also a cool dark bedroom helps a lot, and a pillow between my knees.

Thank you for replying to my message. I appreciate your suggestions and will start experimenting with them tonight.

@ladybirder

Have you tried sleep hypnosis? Try googling sleep app. Paul McKenna does one, but there are others. You could try googling his name. I use one of his CDs on a personal CD player in bed sometimes, but I’m not sure they are available any more. Also a cool dark bedroom helps a lot, and a pillow between my knees.

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@ladybirder I use a pillow also. I started using one after my knee replacement in October but continue now, it really does help. I couldn't use it much in the summer, it made me feel hot, but now that we are back to cooler temperatures I am back with it.
JK

Hi, @ladybugmg – you'd mentioned a few weeks back that you were having challenges with intermittent sleep. Are you still experiencing this? Did you end up taking the tizanidine?

@ladybirder – how is the sleep hypnosis going?

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I use to have the same issue but now have been taking Tizanidine for a year now and it does the trick for me. I hope it works for you!

@franle

I use to have the same issue but now have been taking Tizanidine for a year now and it does the trick for me. I hope it works for you!

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@franle hmmm, maybe I should ask my PCP about this. He would probably say no though.
JK

@lisalucier

Hi, @ladybugmg – you'd mentioned a few weeks back that you were having challenges with intermittent sleep. Are you still experiencing this? Did you end up taking the tizanidine?

@ladybirder – how is the sleep hypnosis going?

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@Lisa lucier, I still have the personal CD player in my bed but don’t use it so much any more. I still get up to go to the bathroom, usually twice, sometimes more or less. There have been some times I’ve slept right through the night . For a long time I’ve been getting enough sleep, usually 7 to 8 hours, even if it’s broken up a bit by bathroom visits. A couple of nights ago, I awoke feeling a bit hungry, so I got up for a snack. Occasionally lately, I’ve looked at my iPad with the brightness turned down in the dark, when I couldn’t get back to sleep. There have been a few times when I listened to the sleep hypnosis more than once or twice. I love lying there, looking at the total darkness in my room. I keep a small flashlight by my pillow for when I get up. I don't turn on the bathroom light during the night or to brush my teeth before going to bed. One way or another I drop off to sleep, even though it sometimes takes a while. It just so happened that last night after getting up and not sleeping, I put the earbud in my ear. Didn’t even listen to it (McKenna says you dont need to listen) and I was fast asleep almost immediately. I’m lucky in that I’m retired and don’t have to be up by a certain time. For some time, I’ve been in a cycle of waking around 5 am and going to bed around 9:30 pm, very tired and quickly fall asleep. But that’s Okay. It doesn’t bother me any more because, one way or another, I know I will get enough sleep. I have never taken Melatonin or other medication for sleep. The sleep hypnosis was very helpful in the beginning but I don’t use it so much lately. I hope my experience will help others.

@ladybirder

@Lisa lucier, I still have the personal CD player in my bed but don’t use it so much any more. I still get up to go to the bathroom, usually twice, sometimes more or less. There have been some times I’ve slept right through the night . For a long time I’ve been getting enough sleep, usually 7 to 8 hours, even if it’s broken up a bit by bathroom visits. A couple of nights ago, I awoke feeling a bit hungry, so I got up for a snack. Occasionally lately, I’ve looked at my iPad with the brightness turned down in the dark, when I couldn’t get back to sleep. There have been a few times when I listened to the sleep hypnosis more than once or twice. I love lying there, looking at the total darkness in my room. I keep a small flashlight by my pillow for when I get up. I don't turn on the bathroom light during the night or to brush my teeth before going to bed. One way or another I drop off to sleep, even though it sometimes takes a while. It just so happened that last night after getting up and not sleeping, I put the earbud in my ear. Didn’t even listen to it (McKenna says you dont need to listen) and I was fast asleep almost immediately. I’m lucky in that I’m retired and don’t have to be up by a certain time. For some time, I’ve been in a cycle of waking around 5 am and going to bed around 9:30 pm, very tired and quickly fall asleep. But that’s Okay. It doesn’t bother me any more because, one way or another, I know I will get enough sleep. I have never taken Melatonin or other medication for sleep. The sleep hypnosis was very helpful in the beginning but I don’t use it so much lately. I hope my experience will help others.

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@ladybirder and others with sleep problems. There is always talk about using electronic devices prior to going to bed will keep you awake (it rarely keeps me awake though). I was on Amazon to purchase some new reading glasses and came across some that block the blue light that is said to cause the problem! They were less than $10 so I ordered a pair along with a few other things. As I said, I generally do not find that being on the computer prevents me from falling asleep, but they are also supposed to help with eyestrain, and I know I do get that.
JK

I have solved the problem by eating a salt free rice cake smeared with cream cheese or cottage cheese about a hour before bedtime. I have been sleeping 6-8 hours a night and only get up once to go to the bathroom. When I am stressed out from something that happened during the day and wake up during the night I drink a cup of Tension Tamer Tea and usually get back to sleep in about half an hour. I hope this helps someone dealing with this problem.

@contentandwell

@ladybirder and others with sleep problems. There is always talk about using electronic devices prior to going to bed will keep you awake (it rarely keeps me awake though). I was on Amazon to purchase some new reading glasses and came across some that block the blue light that is said to cause the problem! They were less than $10 so I ordered a pair along with a few other things. As I said, I generally do not find that being on the computer prevents me from falling asleep, but they are also supposed to help with eyestrain, and I know I do get that.
JK

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My new laptop computer's display site allows me to change the lighting on the computer screen to nighttime vision that seems to make a difference. I have scarring on my left eye after having laser treatment which causes glare problems (from bright light) and found that the yellow lens glasses I use while driving helps with the bright light from the computer.

@ladybugmg. Glad to hear you’ve solved your problem and are sleeping better!

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@ladybugmg

I have solved the problem by eating a salt free rice cake smeared with cream cheese or cottage cheese about a hour before bedtime. I have been sleeping 6-8 hours a night and only get up once to go to the bathroom. When I am stressed out from something that happened during the day and wake up during the night I drink a cup of Tension Tamer Tea and usually get back to sleep in about half an hour. I hope this helps someone dealing with this problem.

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Hi, @ladybugmg – that is good news that you're sleeping 6-8 hours a night now. Wondering if you'd share a bit more about the salt-free rice cake with cream cheese or cottage cheese? How did you happen upon this solution?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @ladybugmg – that is good news that you're sleeping 6-8 hours a night now. Wondering if you'd share a bit more about the salt-free rice cake with cream cheese or cottage cheese? How did you happen upon this solution?

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It was in an article about foods that contain something that helps with falling asleep.

I just saw an interesting article on MPR News on the power of sleep that I thought I would share.

A neuroscientist explains the power of sleep
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/12/13/why_sleep_matters

John

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