Well though my sleeping was from the pain meds but am not so sure anymore. I cut my pain meds in half at night for the last few weeks and still can't sleep. Something have's to give , not sleeping is starting to make me feel crazy , not won't to do anything. Dam , from all the pain and not sleeping . it's not good , does anybody have any suggestions.
The one time you should really have pain meds is at night so you sleep, sleep is healing to your whole body. There are ways to help sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night. No tv before bed. Make sure your room is completely dark. Keep it a good temp for you. Have a glass of milk before bed. It does not have to be warm. Watch what medication you take toward evening, some can keep you up. I also take a melatonin 10 mg extended release tab every night.
Hello Shane35801. I have struggled with insomnia on & off for many years. It sucks I know! Cut out any caffeine after 12pm, if you like to read maybe read in bed for 30 mins before lights out & just relax. Soak in a bath or take a warm shower prior to going to bed & avoid texting or playing on your cell phone once in bed bcuz the screen light stimulates the brain. If you have a significant other ask them to rub your back in a dim cool bedroom & lastly lve found that 50mg diphenhydramine (Benadryl) gel caps work well to help me fall asleep. I take 1-2 of them 30-45 mins before bed. Try not to eat anything an hour before or after taking them & make sure you'll be able to sleep atleast 6hrs to avoid feeling groggy the next day. I hope this helps. Good luck
kaismama gave you good advice, especially regarding Melatonin. But I am a therapist, and use Hypnosis with almost all of my patients. I have found a way to use self hypnosis to help induce sleep. All of my patients that I have taught this method to, have reported to me that it really works, and gets stronger with each use. So I am going to explain this method to you, it's easy and gets results.
First, get into bed, and lay on your back, get into a comfortable position with your legs together, and your arms at your side, palms down. Clear your mind, and make sure you have taken enough pain meds so you are as pain free as you can be, so that you are not distracted by the pain. Inhale a deep breath through your nose, hold your breath to the mental count of four, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this three more times.
As you are breathing, picture in your mind a staircase. It could be a real staircase, or one in your imagination. Use the first image that pops in your mind. Now imagine that there is a strong, Mahogany hand rail on the right side of the staircase. Imagine that the staircase has twenty steps. Now using your imagination, starting with your right foot, take your first step down your staircase, counting in your mind from twenty to zero as you descend down your staircase, with twenty being your first step, then nineteen on your second step, and so on, counting down with each step you make, and imagine that each step is relaxing you more and more, until you get to the bottom of your staircase, and you have counted down to zero.
By the time you get to zero, you will be relaxed enough to sleep.
Many of my patients have reported that they are asleep before they get to the bottom of their staircase. You will get the same results as you repeat this each night.
It's very important to take those four deep breaths the way I taught you, and remember to count down each step in your mind, until you reach the bottom, relaxing more and more with each step down.
This is a form of self-hypnosis, and will become easier and more effective, with each use. Use the same staircase each night.
I promise that with each use of this staircase, you will find that you are asleep before you get to zero.
This is a proven and reliable exercise, that I know will work. I use it myself when I have trouble falling asleep, and I never get to the bottom of my staircase before I am in a deep sleep. Using this form of self-hypnosis is safe and effective way of achieving sleep.
You must remember to count down with each imaginary step, and imagine that each step is bringing you closer and closer to sleep.
You may have noticed that I have repeated myself a bit, but there is a reason for that: It is a form of hypnosis that only your self conscious mind will recognize.
You must take this seriously, and repeat the exercise each night.
Let me know in a couple of days how this has helped you.
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