When I was a kid, my dad told me he didn’t sleep so well. I didn’t really know what he was talking about. Now I do. I’m up several times a night. My left sides hurts. I think about things. It never used to be this way. If you are in my generation, do you experience the same stuff? What do you do about it?

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  1. Tommy Costa Rica

    Lowell I sometimes can’t sleep and find my mind racing over things as I lay in bed at night. If you have a lifestyle where you can work your own hours or don’t need to get up early for work what I have found is that about after an hour or so of that and you realize that you’re just not getting there, then I get up and watch TV until I feel sleepy. Also a little medical m really helps! Hope that helps…… Sweet dreams

    August 4th, 2014 6:46 pm

  2. Jason

    Lagavulin is the best sleep aid I’ve found.

    August 4th, 2014 9:57 pm

  3. mendozaline

    Make sure that you don’t have sleep apnea. A CPAP machine can help if you do.

    August 4th, 2014 10:51 pm

  4. Dr. Feelgood

    Lowell, I have sympathy for your affliction
    Some sleep-aid ideas:

    -Drink MORE water. However much you drink now, increase it. Then, shut that off a few hours before bedtime.
    -Don’t drink caffeinated beverages. Ever. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, expect a headache before things turn better
    -Eat dinner earlier and avoid rich foods and excess alcohol. -Don’t overeat at the evening meal.
    -Avoid processed sugar in all forms.
    -Use Chamomile tea as a late night relaxant
    -If you don’t already, get some daily exercise
    Most of the above are life-style choices that you’ve heard before, but are easy to integrate into your routine and they work (I did NOT want to give up coffee). You will sleep much better
    -Don’t take any form of sleeping pills- that’s throwing in the towel. You’ll never get off of them.
    -The body’s production of melatonin (a natural chemical produced in the brain) decreases with age. Pick up 1mg tabs and a pill cutter at a health food or drug store. Cut in half and take one-half before bedtime. Don’t overdo it. And don’t rely on just the melatonin (see above). Don’t use this as a substitute for the holistic steps; just an addition.
    I hope this helps. It’s awful to wake up not rested.

    August 5th, 2014 12:20 am

  5. rkshanny

    1. Schiff brand “Melatonin Ultra”: has all natural stuff–melatonin, GABA, valerian root and chamomile herbs. Works really well.
    2. Marijuana vaporizer

    August 5th, 2014 6:34 am

  6. lee grayling

    Death. I ask God to be with me

    August 5th, 2014 7:06 am

  7. Steve the cat rescuer

    I’d rather lose sleep than follow Dr. Feelgood’s recommendations.

    August 5th, 2014 8:08 am

  8. Mark M

    I have some of these issues and it stinks. Nothing works as well as just rolling with it….grab a cup of tea and a good book. Don’t just lay there as that rarely works and gets frustrating. It usually takes an hour or a bit more to get back to sleep after some reading. This was my mother’s solution and it works almost every time.

    Not a fan of chemical solutions as it creates a dependency and puts me on a roller coaster with side effects. Although occasionally, I’ll pop a couple ibuprofen which helps nicely and isn’t addictive. Good luck!

    August 5th, 2014 9:25 am

  9. Bob In Portland

    If your mind is preoccupied, you might try some exercise during the day. Nothing that’s too strenuous or might put your joints and bones in more distress. Swimming is generally pretty good for that. Or a good walk.

    Another solution is a puff or three of marijuana before you go to bed. Not sure what the medical marijuana rules are in California, but in Oregon people are regularly issued medical marijuana cards for sleep and there are strains of pot created specifically as sleep aids.

    Luckily, I sleep like a log.

    August 5th, 2014 11:55 am

  10. Bob In Portland

    They don’t drug screen reporters, do they? I would hate to see you suspended by the NFL for trying to get a good night’s sleep.

    August 5th, 2014 11:58 am

  11. Dave T

    I hear ya. I have a very active mind that constantly goes over everything from a soccer game I have played, work items I need to do or just replaying the day that just elapsed. Fortunately, I do hit deep sleep quickly most of the time, so I can get away with only a few hours actual sleep, but those nights that I can’t get to that the next day or more are challenging. Hope you are able to get some rest.

    August 5th, 2014 4:54 pm

  12. Albert Park

    Nyquil works well. Or a glass of warm milk and a cookie! Or both!

    August 5th, 2014 5:23 pm

  13. Kathy M

    Lowell, I had severe insomnia for a few years, thought I would lose my marbles. Had a sleep study and learned that I needed to improve my sleep hygiene. That means, going to bed/getting up at the same time every day, cutting off all screen time 1 hour before bed (incl computer, ipad, phone), making sure my room was really dark (this helped incredibly), keeping the room cool, having a set routine in that one hour before bed, and reading fiction both before turning off the light and if I awoke and couldn’t go back to sleep right away. The specialist was very specific that it be fiction, not nonfiction, I am not sure why. Also I was supposed to leave the bedroom and read somewhere else if I couldn’t fall back asleep, I did that at first but not anymore.

    I was already doing the other things that Dr Feelgood mentioned, limiting/avoiding caffeine and alcohol, don’t overeat at dinner, exercise. My sleep quality is 10x better when I’m getting my regular workouts 4-5 days a week.

    The worst thing I was doing was turning on the weather channel to help me fall asleep again (it was so monotonous I thought it would make me drowsy and fall asleep. The pulsating light from TVs/computers/lit screens actually fires up the brain with chemical interactions that prepare the body to wake up/become alert. I also sometimes turned on my clock radio to KCBS but that also made my brain turn on, so reading fiction really works, although you may have a few nights of less sleep until these habits produce results.

    I must say, all these things helped me quite a lot and sleepless nights are rare now. The things that helped me most are the constant bedtime, the very dark room and reading before I go to sleep and not doing any screen time for that one hour.

    Good luck.
    PS I don’t take melatonin or any supplements because those are completely unregulated and so many studies have shown that many brands either don’t contain what’s on the label or not in the dosage specified, and those manufactured outside the US (which is most of them at this point) can have contaminants. I would not take any drug or medicine that’s unapproved so why would I for a supplement, or even worse a hormone, which is very powerful and has complex interactions within the body. Just my opinion, your mileage may vary. And you might benefit from the placebo effect even if you’re taking something that’s inert.

    August 5th, 2014 5:40 pm

  14. TC

    Ambien…. it worked for Tiger Woods.

    August 5th, 2014 6:00 pm

  15. Elknarps

    When I was a kid I asked my father about not sleeping well. He replied, “well if you have a clean conscious…”

    August 6th, 2014 5:42 pm

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    August 6th, 2014 5:43 pm

  17. Streetglide

    Yeah, that happens to me sometimes. I’ve found that wine wakes me up in the middle of the night. Two glasses max and cutoff time is at least an hour before bedtime. Otherwise, it’s tossing and turning.

    If I do wake up, I embrace it. I build things in my mind. It’s repetitive like counting sheep but more personalized. I build Harleys or VW buses. Sometimes I build a cabin. I concentrate on every small detail.

    “Okay, now I have to cut 38 2’X4’X10’. I need to set up the sawhorses. Next put a new blade into the worm-drive. The wrench is in the tool box on the top shelf and ZZZZZZZ….”

    Don’t take drugs, bad habit. And stay away from coffee after five.

    Last, I take a shower before bed every night. Getting clean before bed is something I learned in Japan. If I had a nice deep ofuro bathtub, believe me I’d be soaking in it every night.

    Good luck…

    August 7th, 2014 1:55 pm

  18. Nancy R

    At 2:30 am when I can’t sleep I jump in the car, drive over to the Waffle House, order soft scrambled eggs ‘n cheese with grits and raisin toast, (extra butter), coffee with cream (extra cream), talk to the early morning shift waitress and cook, drive back home, and fall asleep until mid morning.

    August 11th, 2014 12:29 pm

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