Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sleep remedies - anyone?


My brain feels a little like mush this morning. I've been battling with sleep once again, thanks to the peri-menopausal crazy hormone stuff. Gee, it's fun being a woman.... Daylight saving time changes haven't helped - I lie awake at night because my body thinks: it's not bed time yet. Stupid body clock, just get with the program, would you?

I overslept and missed my gym time this morning, which makes me a bit cranky. Training first thing always gives me an energy boost, and a sense of mental well-being. Not to mention the endorphins that often hang around almost till lunchtime.

Rather than try to cram in a session tonight when the gym is crowded, I'm calling a rest day instead and just pushing my training back a day for the rest of the week. That certainly takes some mental pressure off... Of course, this means that I MUST get up on time tomorrow and get moving. I have a few strategies in place to fix my sleep issues, but feel free to throw in any suggestions you may have. Here's my plan:

1. I'll be staying well away from coffee, apart from my morning boost. :(
2. I'm making a big effort to remember my magnesium after dinner. It does seem to help. Even if my dreams get extra-crazy. O_o
3. I'll be turning off the computer at 8:30pm and doing something that involves less brain activity for an hour.
4. I'm going hunting in the health food store at lunchtime today for a herbal tea, like the one Sara uses. Luckily I have no mad cats to raid my supplies.
5. Bed time is strictly 9:30pm this week. I can read for 30 minutes, but that's it.
6. If I'm still struggling to nod off, I may drag out my ipod and listen to Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Sleep. I've used it before and it's been effective.

Got any other brilliant ideas? Leave me a comment. Please.



Maryanne said...

Hi Kek,

I use Melatonin 6X when I can't sleep and it works a treat for me. It is available from most health food shops. You can take up to 6 tablets 30 mins before bed time and it combines with your bodies natural melatonin levels to drop you off in to a nice slumber. I find that I wake up feeling well rested but not with a sluggish feeling like some sleep aides tend to do. I hope this helps x

Kek said...

Thanks Maryanne, I'll have a look at the health food store while I'm there.

Shar said...

Have a few more babies, is that an option!!? I'm pretty exhausted most of the time so I can sleep anytime, anywhere, anyhow!!

But if I do need a hand magnesium works wonders for me.

Hope it gets better soon

The Stark's said...

While I was having acupuncture today I could hear the lady in the next room talking to Jiang (hey, the walls are thin, I wasn't eavesdropping). A 52 year old endurance athlete suffering hot flashes at night, menopausal, etc. She didn't have acupuncture but was prescribed Chinese herbs.

Kek said...

Shar, I think your remedy is a bit drastic. LOL. Not an option anyway, luckily...

Thanks Shelley - the original remedy I was using was a Chinese herbal thing, which worked for a while. I still have chinese medicine on my list of "maybes" to explore though.

I'm trying good old chamomile tea and some relaxation techniques tonight. Once I get off to sleep, I'm usually OK.

Annsterw said...

I LOVE my Melatonin!! Natural and it definitely works!!!!!!!! Happy slumbers!

neca said...

I also use Melatonin - I'm in the US so I'm sure my brand would be different, but it really helps me a lot!

Kek said...

Thanks, ladies! I'll definitely look into it.

The good news is: last night I fell asleep within 30 minutes, and slept like a log all night. :)

Debstar said...

Magnesium helps sleep? I didn't know that. I've been taking it for all my old person aches and pains. Maybe that's why I'm asleep before my head hits the pillow. I thought it was because there is nothing rattling around in my empty head to keep me awake.

I did wake at 4.30am though. Bloody birds!

The Stark's said...

Just read (Chinese dietics) and thought of you.

"Women during menopause, when the yin decreases rapidly and extensively, seaweed counteracts such unpleasant yin deficiencies as hot flashes and night sweats.

If you are hesitant to cook with seaweed, you can make a seaweed tea: Pour hot water over a tablespoon of hijiki or a 6 inch piece of wakame. Wait until the seaweed has soaked sufficiently, and then add some more hot water. Now drink the hot liquid and eat the seaweed, because it contains most of the minerals. Drink the tea three to four times a week in the afternoon or evening."

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