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How can you have good sleep hygiene with fibromyalgia when your pain levels are always so high?

How can you have good sleep hygiene with fibromyalgia when your pain levels are always so high?

Treat the cause: It looks like you are on meds that may help symptoms but do nothing to address the cause of fibromyalgia. See http://www.Endfatigue.Com/ and dr. Teitelbaum's books. A supplement called fibronol is proven to significantly help sleep in patients with fibromyalgia. See http://www.Fibronol.Com/clinical_test.Html magnesium taurate or glycinate and glycine are among other supplements that help sleep. ...Read more

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Sleep hygiene is a topic that includes methods of getting the best and most sleep. Sleep hygiene recommendations include avoiding caffeine, having a cooler room temperature, reducing stress (especially in the evenings), keeping the room dark and quiet, and waking up at the ...Read more


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Practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep. Any suggestions?

Practice good sleep hygiene.  Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep.  Any suggestions?

Insomnia: Some quick tips. Look up healthy sleep habits online. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read more

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Need solution for chronic insomnia. I practice good sleep hygiene. ?

Need solution for chronic insomnia.   I practice good sleep hygiene. ?

Insomnia: It's challenging! there are tons of different ways to deal with it but it may take you a while to find yours. There are some natural ways of dealing with it by using certain supplements such as valerian root, melatonin, etc. Those are often inadequate to induce restorative sleep. A number of medications exists but this needs to be discussed with a doctor who feels comfortable to prescribe those. ...Read more

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What are all of the causes of insomnia (both mental & physical)? Also, how can one treat insomnia if good sleep hygiene has failed to help?

What are all of the causes of insomnia (both mental & physical)? Also, how can one treat insomnia if good sleep hygiene has failed to help?

Many things: Could cause insomnia Speak to a physician to rule out medical issues if they do not find medical cause, it may be connected to stress. You may want to consider working with a psychologist to reduce stress. Also learning self hypnosis is a highly successful way to cure stress related insomnia. ...Read more

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How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

Magnesium,Relaxation: Magnesium deficiency is common & causes insomnia.Supplementing with mag. glycinate or taurate or a warm bath with epsom salts before bed can help.See http://bit.ly/1dpAi09. Relaxation techniques can be helpful- see http://bit.ly/1w73BeJ & http://bit.ly/1jGRrm3.Search "sleep relaxation" on youtube for guided meditations & music. Many sleep better if they turn off wi-fi! See http://bit.ly/1igRs4g ...Read more

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Nightmares for 18mths, being treated with ssri but no help for nightmares any ideas? Good sleep hygiene already.

Nightmares for 18mths, being treated with ssri but no help for nightmares any ideas? Good sleep hygiene already.

See below: Keep a diary by your bedside and when have a chance record your dreams, or if you can't remember your dreams the feelings that you woke up with. There're most likely will be patterns. Keep a diary of things that happen to you during the day. Your dreams might correlate with the events in your life. Address it with a professional to tackle your nightmares along with medications for best results. ...Read more

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I have tried to follow good sleep hygiene and i still can't sleep.i also take sleeping pills and they don't work.Should i see sleep specialist?

I have tried to follow good sleep hygiene and i still can't sleep.i also take sleeping pills and they don't work.Should i see sleep specialist?

When people say they: can't sleep, they usu mean they can't sleep at night or they're not sleeping as much as they like or think they should. My guess is u do sleep at some time during a 24-hour cycle. If not, ur writing well for someone so sleep-deprived. Ur on a lot of sedative meds-this can have a boomerang effect-you fall asleep for 1,5-3 hrs then ur brain wakes up. C ur doc about reducing the # of meds ur on. ...Read more

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An adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, who already practices good sleep hygiene, what's safe to take nightly?

An adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, who already practices good sleep hygiene, what's safe to take nightly?

Melatonin: alerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep ...Read more

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Need advice on how to sleep better. Good sleep hygiene and diet. Possible thryoid or anxiety issues. Any herbal's? Don't want controlled sub's.

Sleep suggestions: Regular sleep schedule, especially time to get up. Minimize light before sleep period, including tv & computer. Don't go to bed hungry or right after a big meal. Avoid or minimize caffeine & alcohol. Exercise regularly, but not within 3-4 hrs before bedtime. Use relaxing pre-sleep routine (warm bath, light snack, reading). Bedroom temp at 60-68f. Learn relaxation skills. Find sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Why can't i sleep w/o meds? My anxiety seems to be under control mostly & depression, good sleep hygiene, can't sleep on my own. I've tried everything.

Why can't i sleep w/o meds?  My anxiety seems to be under control mostly & depression,  good sleep hygiene, can't sleep on my own. I've tried everything.

Hard to say: Sleep hygiene is important as is exercise early in the day. Perhaps depression or anxiety symptoms are not totally resolved. Excess caffeine or other stimulants like nicotine can be involved. Drug use such as alcohol at be involved. For an answer specific to you work with your healthcare team closely. Meditation and relaxation exercises can be important too. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Get : Get yourself an appointment with a sleep medicine specialist in your area. It may take some work/time, but there is help available and you can lead a normal life with proper management. Yes, chances are that you may have to manage this condition from now on. It may be best to look at the management of insomnia as a hobby rather than a project, much like the management of diabetes. ...Read more

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Is there any sleep aid you can recommend during the first trimester of pregnancy for severe insomnia that doesn't respond to good sleep hygiene?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Please check with your OB physician, but Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is generally considered safe. It appears you may already be taking this. Your doctor may want to check further into the possible causes of your "severe insomnia" also. Consultation with a psychiatrist or sleep medicine physician could be in order. ...Read more

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Why is it when I take magnesium with my calcium at night I don't get that relaxation effect they say everyone should? I practice good sleep hygine.

Why is it when I take magnesium with my calcium at night I don't get that relaxation effect they say everyone should? I practice good sleep hygine.

Sleep: i do not think the calcium is effecting the magnesium. You should not expose yourself to light from devices for a couple of hours before going to sleep ( ie. Computer screen, cell phone, IPAD screen, television). No stimulants after 12 non (ie caffeine). Avoid alcohol within two hours of bedtime. Eat dinner at a couple of hours before bedtime. ...Read more

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What is 'poor sleep hygiene'?

What is 'poor sleep hygiene'?

Sleep Hygiene: Poor sleep hygiene includes exercising right before bed, reading and watching tv in bed, not following a sleep schedule (set wake time and sleep time), drinking alcohol before bed, laying in bed awake for greater than 10 minutes, going to bed anxious. These are just a few "bad habits" that contribute to poor sleep hygiene. ...Read more

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How can you improve sleep hygiene?

How can you improve sleep hygiene?

See below: Establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a "i'm sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don't use your bedroom as your office. Try to avoid afternoon naps, no caffeine after 3-4 pm. Use your bed for sleep and sex only. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...Read more

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What are important steps to improve sleep hygiene?

What are important steps to improve sleep hygiene?

Several: It is best to establish a sleep routine. Retire at the same time each night, always in a bed (not the sofa), avoid caffeine and alcohol 3-4 hrs prior to sleep, avoid eating and exercising close to bedtime. Establish a quiet setting, dark, cool room, etc. Make sure your mattress and pillow are comfortable too. These things will help. ...Read more

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Does sleep hygiene mean being clean before you go to bed?

Does sleep hygiene mean being clean before you go to bed?

NO: Sleep hygiene encompasses good habits, sleep environment that are conducive to sleep. For instance, keeping regular bedtimes and wake up times, using your bedroom only for sleep rather than tv watching, etc. It also means keeping healthy eating and drinking before bed such as avoiding caffeine or sugar right before bed. Remember to think of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more