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Sleep recipes please !

dianah > dianah Blog > Sleep recipes please !
26/06/2008 - 8:57 PM

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This is a new blog because once again the football is on but I have finished all school work, made my sandwiches for tomorrow, done the ironing and washed up !
Does anyone have a really good remedy for insomnia that doesn't involve taking tablets. I don't mean just difficulty in getting off to sleep but still being awake at 4 in the morning and knowing that in nearly three hours it will be time to get up again !
I have tried cammomile tea and herbal remedies. I can't manage counting sheep because other things always get in the way..I am desperate ! Well not quite desperate but if I could find a solution you would be on my Christmas card list for life ! Smile



Hot milk, warm bath and Quiet Life tablets when all else fails......I think Holland and Barrett do them, and also a book that you can enjoy getting some extra reading from rather than lie there getting screwed about it.
Its no fun though is it

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conrad  1110882 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 9:04 PM

Do you object to all tablets, or just pharmaceutical ones? For a while my wife found that she benefited a lot from taking Valerian, which is a herbal remedy - available under different names, for instance Valdispert.

Personally I find that clearing my mind works best - I do that by changing the subject I'm thinking of as soon as I notice I'm thinking of something in particular after having gone to bed. If I change subject often enough, I eventually fall asleep...

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 9:05 PM

Thanks Helen..it really is a nightmare, I feel permanently exhausted.
I have done the bath bit and tried the milk once or twice but never tried the tablets so I will give them a go.
I will let you know how I get on but I won't hold my breath ! Smile

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 9:08 PM

I don't mind taking herbal tablets and I have tried Valerian but after a couple of days it really upsets my insides !
I think that maybe you are stronger minded than me..things go around and around my head and I have the hugest difficulty changing subject.
Thank you so much for your ideas anyway Conrad.

26 Jun 2008 - 9:09 PM

Hi Di - just read the new James Bond book by Sebastian Faulkes - It's sent me to sleep every night I've tried to read it !! Smile

Seriously you'll feel more relaxed after the baby's born !!

What flavour sandwiches btw ??

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2008 - 9:19 PM

Hi Geoff,
I don't want a boring book ! Smile

I have to admit the impending baby is a worry until he or she is born but this is a long term problem that goes back far longer that that..years in fact !

Salmon and cucmber ! Smile

KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2008 - 7:33 AM

They say the older you get the less sleep you need! Wink

Only teasing..............I have had problems in the past. Like you, I hate taking pills and potions. I must admit reading usually does it for me - I have shelves and shelves of books (boxes of them in the attic too!). At least if you are relaxed in bed you are getting some rest, and reading a story takes your mind off your 'earthly' worries.

Last Modified By KarenFB at 27 Jun 2008 - 7:34 AM

Hi Diana

I expect that you are aware of this website. There may be something there for you.


dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2008 - 5:02 PM

I read for hours Karen..it is after I have read that I have the problems ! But I have to say that last night was just slightly better..I wonder if that was because I wrote about it in a blog ! Perhaps I had better write a blog every night ! Smile

Thank you Albert very much..I will look at the website this evening Smile


Well now Di I read on someone elses Blog that you are definitely needing to restrict your blogging time!!! Not too soon I hope as I'm looking forward to hearing all about this baby very soon

dianah  924474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2008 - 9:07 AM

Will tell you as soon as I know Helen..she is going into hospital this afternoon at 3.30 !
Whose blog were you reading that said that..sounds very intriguing. Smile
Have a lovely weekend Smile


It was Alwolf's blog Di
Well its past 8pm but first babys are not usually very quick, so I expect you will be pacing up and down for a bit longer yet!


As an aromatherapist, I can recommend pure lavender essential oil, a couple of drops on your pillow and as lavender oil is one of the few safe oils that can be used directly on the skin, one drop on each temple, breath deeply and inhale the aroma, it has a calming and sedative effect. You could also try taking warm lavender baths, 8 drops of lavender essential oil added to a warm bath, swish the water with your hand before getting in to disperse the oil, soak for 15 minutes inhaling deeply, breathing from the diaphragm, not the chest.

1 Jul 2008 - 6:18 PM

Hi Diana!
Just stumbled over your blog section - and read this. As I am the daughter of a beekeeper I swear on honey as a remedy for many things. Try following: heat a glass of good red wine and add a spoonful of honey. Stir till it disolves, then sip slowly. By the time you see the bottom of the glass you should feel the effect. It always worked with me!
If I cannot sleep I also try to shut off every thought that is troubling me. Imagine something beautiful - like Eden - try to find out what it would be like to lie there, in a deck chair, looking into a ceilling with palm trees and butterflies ... what ever beautiful thoughts you may evoke could help.
All the best

KKmoments  9 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2008 - 10:39 PM

Hi Diana
I've just stumbled across your blogs... how behind the times am i??

Sooo sleep... you will probably think i'm absolutely mad now BUT it does work... .lettuce!!! Yep apparently there's a 'chemica' in the lettuce that works to induce sleep I've put a link below... open up and scroll down to 'sedative' and all will be revealed....


My next 'remedy' and i can swear by this is .... a CD by Harold Glenn... i tried one of these CD's and have yet to hear the end of it!!!!!!!

Karen Smile

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