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#1 joemoe003

 
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Posted 26 August 2004 - 09:11 AM

for a while now i havent been able to sleep good at all some people tell me i go to bed to early thats y i cant sleep yeah i go to bed round 9 only cuz when i get up at 6 every morn im tired and dont wanna get up. it takes me from 2-6 hours to fall asleep. so whats my problem does ne one know?
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Posted 26 August 2004 - 09:55 AM

Julianne, I don't know what your problem is but sometimes I can't go to sleep for two or more hours but it was because of my thyrhoid was out of whack. So maybe you need to get yours checked.

Good Luck!!

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 09:58 AM

Julianne, maybe you need your thyrhoid checked

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 11:41 AM

whats are thyrhoid's? do i have to get a blood test to get it tested?
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Posted 26 August 2004 - 11:45 AM

and if there are problems with my thyroids what do i do to fix em?
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Posted 26 August 2004 - 03:57 PM

Your tyroid is a gland in your throat area that produces certain hormones. Hormones that have to do with metobolism, and other stuff I know nothing about...lol. Yes, it is a blood test, and they correct it with a medicine. Your thyroid can be low or high. Low, you are usually sleepy among other things, and high you are hyper and it is harder to sleep. However, I am hypothyroid and when I went on the gluten-free diet I had trouble sleeping for whatever weird reason. I also found out after going gluten-free that my medicine wasn't the right dose, but I was still not producing enough. Sooooo...the change in the diet had something to do with it all. Talk to you doctor about it. :)

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Posted 27 August 2004 - 03:55 AM

ok thank you for all your help everyone. i did notice that a few months after goin on the diet i started not sleepin very well so yeah. i guess i better talk to my mom and convince her to let me go get my thyroids tested. who knows if she will let me. but if she does let me and i have ta take pills i will have some problems cuz i can swallow them i know sounds stupid but its the truth lol

i could still use your guy's help
thanks
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Posted 28 August 2004 - 06:54 PM

Hi everyone,

I am also having a problem with sleep. My thyroids are OK.
I used to take Ambien until I found out that it contains
wheat starch. If I take tylenol PM then I stay awake all
night. I tried to take calcium and magnesium but it made
my stomach upset. Medications have always been a
problem for me. I have tried herbal tea it does make me
drowsy but I don't go to sleep. I usually end up taking an ativan
about 3 or 4 in the morning, then I sleep most of the morning.
I feel like I"m in a rut. I would appreciate any suggestions
about how to get to sleep or how to get more Calcium and
Magnesium naturally. Thanks to all of you..
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Posted 28 August 2004 - 08:13 PM

well, part of the reason may be that you're going to bed too early. I know, I know, you mention you don't want to get up, but one of the signs that you're going to bed too early for your body is that it takes a long time to go to sleep. if you're having sleep problems, one of the first recommendations is to NOT STAY IN BED if you're taking longer than half an hour to fall asleep. you get out of bed and do something (not too active) for half an hour, then try to sleep again. just staying in bed trying to sleep sets your body up for a pattern of doing that whenever you get in bed.

additionally, you may need to get more exericse (vigorous exercise) during the day (I don't know how much you currently get) as that can greatly improve sleep patterns. adjusting your eating habits to whatever helps your body best (often the suggestion is not eating too soon before bed) may help. and setting up a regular bedtime routine (perhaps a cup of tea, a chapter in a book (on the couch, NOT IN BED), the brushing/flossing, and then getting into bed) may help cue your body to get ready for sleep. additionally, if you're under stress, the exercise along with some variety of stress management technique (I like yoga) may be important to help quiet your brain before sleeping.
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Posted 29 August 2004 - 02:02 AM

Those are great suggestions, Tiffany. Your suggestion of not spending more than half an hour in bed trying to fall asleep is a good one. I find that on those nights that I can't fall asleep, I get more and more agitated lying there and watching the clock than I would if I got up, posted for half an hour :D and went back to bed.....although I think forty-five minutes trying to fall asleep before getting up would be a better time for me; sometimes I fall asleep in 30 min. Oh, I have tried this once before, too........couldn't fall asleep by 12:00.........got up, watched comedies for an hour, and got to sleep. Of course, this is during the summer.....I wouldn't go to bed at 1 AM during the school year...... :D

As for stress management, this may sound crazy, but I have these tapes by......Paul Overman.......I think they're called 10 min. to relax...........anyway, I find that they're good with dealing with stress, but also notice that when I listen to one, I get really sleepy :P ....so I guess that might be a good technique.

Anyway, I don't really have sleep problems, but I read this thread and I will put some of these suggestions into practice when I have one of those nights where it just takes forever to fall asleep. Thanks.
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Posted 29 August 2004 - 07:08 AM

lol... I remember the days of staying up until 1am - or 2am - in school, either doing school work or avoiding doing school work... ;-)

that tape sounds like it works great for you! and in such a short time. either the guy is a genius, or the most boring man on the planet? ;-) do you find they help you relax as well as get sleepy? (I mean, do you still feel relaxed in the morning when you wake up?) speaking of tapes, when I was younger, and even today when I'm feeling restless trying to sleep, I often listen to music (if my husband hasn't come to bed yet) as well - usually one of my yoga celiac disease's or Enya. something very calming that I can practice mindful breathing with.

I'm glad the thread came up too, as I've been fighting sleep a bit recently. (I'm 25, but turn into a 5 year old - fighting sleep - sometimes. It's weird. "I just don't wanna go to bed!!!" :-P) I should put some of these into practice a bit more frequently as well.
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Posted 02 September 2004 - 10:20 AM

I recently started seeing an allergist that is very understanding, but I don't know how knowledgeable he really is about Celiacís. He did prescribe me Doxepin 10mg which is an antidepressant. (It is only used as an antidepressent in dosages of 75mg or higher.) He prescribed it to me for anxiety and itching. I was also having a lot of problems sleeping. He thought that it might help with my chronic exhaustion. I have been sleeping a lot better, but I still wake up tired sometimes. I have also found that exercise on a regular basis does help a lot, but do be careful of over doing it. Thanks for reading Rebecca
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Posted 02 September 2004 - 07:44 PM

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I used to take Ambien until I found out that it contains
wheat starch.
I usually end up taking an ativan
about 3 or 4 in the morning, then I sleep most of the morning.

Judy, Are you sure that Ambien contains wheat starch? I take it also and just checked the Medication List on Site Index here and it is listed as gluten-free. This really concerns me because I am still having some diarrhea problems and am looking for the reason. Also, you mentioned a medication called Ativan. Is it a prescription or OTC? Thanks for your help, granny
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Posted 21 September 2004 - 08:14 PM

Granny,

I just found your post tonight. the info about Ambien came from
clan thompson.com. Maybe they have changed ingredients, I will try to
find out. Ativan is a prescrition medication similar to Xanax which is
usually given to people who suffer from panic attacks or are agitated
it calms you down making it possible to sleep.
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Posted 23 September 2004 - 03:56 PM

I have the same problem with sleep. I tried Melatonin and sometimes that works(health food store). The rest of the time I take 1/3 of an Imovane tablet (sleeping pill). It can be taken for 4 days in a row.For exercise I take karate and if I take it earlier in the day I'm ok but when I take it later it makes me even more revved.Also I go for walks. I take Tai Chi one night a week and that helps a bit. Slow deep breathing from the diaphram is supposed to help. I think its because of having all that abdominal bloating for months and then trying to sleep...and now not having so much bloating but my body is used to going to bed at 12am and then I need to wake up at 7am but only sleep till 6 ish. Why are you taking an antidepressant? Some antidepressants have a side effect of restlessness and insomnia. Check it out on internet.
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