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MissVictoria
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What has helped you fall asleep at night when you're nervous about the next day?
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I totally understand & honestly this is the only thing that helps.

First, I allow myself to pray outlays to God, I really share my hopes, fears, needs, etc... Since I have a relationship with God, I feel better after praying because I know God always hears our prayers.

I you don’t believe in God, it still may help you to acknowledge (in private because this is a special time for your self) out loud, the burdens/ stresses you recognize weighing on your heart. Our culture encourages you to stay busy 24/7 but humans aren’t made for that. Truth is our brains do need some quiet time to think, decompress, understand & deal with the day.

So take some time for you. Relax. Breathe. Deal with today. Only then can you really think clearly about tomorrow.


Step 2: Sleep

Honestly, after I’ve completed step #1, then I use a sound machine to calm & quiet my mind so I can actually sleep.

I tried all kinds of stand alone plug-in type of sound machines & cell phone apps. My favorite by far are the cell phone apps. (And no, you don’t have to have your phone near your bed. Small speakers can play the sound from your phone across the room if you want.)

My fav sleep apps are:
“Pure Nature - 3D Soundscapes”
“Calm- Meditation & Sleep Stories”

***Important*** Set your chosen sound machine to play all night (8hrs or your expected sleep duration).

***Once the sound machine starts, you need to be all the way ready for bed. Get comfy, try to be still. Try not to toss, block intrusive thoughts of discomfort etc.

*** Listen for the primary rhythm of your chosen sound, say ocean waves, if you focus you can use the rhythm of the waves to really help slow your breathing & heart rate. This can reduce anxiety pretty fast if you have good memories to associate with the sound.

Hope that helps!

Take care [Smile]

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I suggest focusing on your breathing, like take 10 really deep breaths, focusing on how much air you can breathe in.

Then count a slow 4 intake, hold 4, breathe out 8 count. Keep doing it for a while.

Another thing I do is to imagine the most relaxing outcome possible, not the one I'm worried about. It changes my thinking and I can go to sleep.

Along with reimagining the outcome is telling myself it's going to be ok, it'll work out, I can handle it, repeating these phrases and similar ones like mantras.

Also, if there's any real action you can take to take to affect what you're nervous about, that's important too, to take action to change anything within your power to do.

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MissVictoria
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Thank you both <3
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I have taken lots of Valerian. like 6b capsules or so

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Melatonin - one gram

Magtein - 1,340 mgs.

A Lectrofan white noise machine.

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Do some research on Weighted Blankets that some folks are finding help them relax to get to sleep and sleeping throughout the night.

Pam

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MissVictoria
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Thanks everyone! [Smile]

On the particular night that I made this thread, I remembered that I have a supplement called Kavinace and I took one dose. It contains GABA, which helps with relaxation, and I was able to fall asleep. I highly recommend it

I'm still open to hearing more suggestions if you guys know of any more

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For me using a combination of square breathing and progressive muscle relaxation really relaxes me. I I always have a supply of books on tape to listen to, and put them on a player hooked up to a 15-minute countdown timer. I do the relaxation exercises to the beat of a metronome, which is also hooked up to the 15-minute timer.

As I fall asleep, and during the night if I wake up, I do the relaxtion exercises while listening to books on tape/disc to take my mind off things.

Square breathing and progressive muscle relaxation are simple. A google search will provide explanations for how to do them.

GVS

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quote:
Originally posted by MissVictoria:

On the particular night that I made this thread, I remembered that I have a supplement called Kavinace and I took one dose. It contains GABA, which helps with relaxation, and I was able to fall asleep. I highly recommend it

Kavinace Ultra PM is being reformulated, thanks to the FDA which sent the following letter to the manufacturer: https://www.fda.gov/inspections-compliance-enforcement-and-criminal-investigations/warning-letters/neuroscience-solutions-inc-dba-neuroscience-576310-04102019

I doubt that it will be any good at all anymore, which is a crying shame because that stuff really worked and without any hang-over the next morning.

I didn't use it very often, but it was fantastic for times when I was wound up late at night and couldn't relax to fall asleep. It was a bit slow to kick in -- maybe 45 min. or so, but then the next thing you know was that it was morning and you were wide awake and fully rested and able to bounce right out of bed.

You might try googling its main ingredient "phenibut" to see if you can find something equivalent, but I suspect that it was the combo of phenibut plus all of the other ingredients in Kavinace Ultra PM which made it so highly effective.

I have found than old-fashioned Unisom, the formula which contains "succinate" is pretty good, but you will be groggy the next morning unless you book a minimum of 8 hrs. of sleep -- nine hours is even better. That's the only way to prevent morning hang-over from taking it.

Unisom is an old-fashioned anthistamine. Newer antihistamines, such as Claritin and Zyrtec and Allegra don't make you groggy, so they don't help as sleep aides. Benadryl makes you groggy too, but it's not safe for longer-term usage, except I can't remember why there are warnings against its use on a regular basis.

For myself, just one milligram of sublingual Melatonin is sufficient most of the time, which is seldom to rare anyhow, which is why it's always so effective for me -- except that I do notice dry eyes the next morning for the first few hours.

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MissVictoria
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Thank you both!

Yes, I had a LLMD appointment a couple of days ago and she also told me that Kavinace isn't going to be made anymore

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