@ladybugmg. Glad to hear you’ve solved your problem and are sleeping better!
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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.
@eliana5 I go to the Mayo Clinics site for all medical questions. Good luck with all this!
@elania5 here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Melatonin: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-melatonin/art-20363071
@eliana5 your pharmacist or doctor. Could advise you about the dose of melatonin and frequency. Also should be on the bottle.
@eliana5 Ive never been prescribed any medication for sleep problems but I will share my experience and thoughts in the hope some of my comments will help. I have a friend who takes Melatonin and swears by it to help her sleep. Melatonin is produced naturally in the body. I don’t use it. Starting several years ago, after I retired, I too would wake around 2 during the night to go to the bathroom and be unable to go to sleep again. I would get out if bed and look at my iPad and also have a snack and a little milk. After an hour or so, I would start feeling sleepy and would go back to bed and fall asleep for a few more hours. Then I came across Paul McKenna’s Sleep CD in a portable CD player in bed with the earbuds in my ears. This helped a lot and I stopped getting out of bed. Some other suggestions are to keep the lights low before going to bed. Do not brush your teeth before bed with bright lights on. And don’t drink for an hour or more before going to bed. Keep your bedroom cool and as dark as possible. I read that you will always sleep if tired enough. If you dont have to go to work in the morning, dont worry about your lack of sleep. McKenna’s recommendation is to get up half an hour before you usually do and go to bed when you’re tired. You might find his book, I can make you sleep in your library. It includes the CD. Or you could probably get a used copy from Abebooks.com. Just make sure it includes the CD. Just google sleep hypnosis, there are several hypnosis apps. As I improved, I worried less about it and I sleep better. Dont take alcohol near bedtime. That starts as a sedative but turns into a stimulant later. Hope this helps.
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.