Mental health disorders

Insomnia

About Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. If you have it, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. You may not feel refreshed when you wake up.

Symptoms of Insomnia
  • Lying awake for a long time before you fall asleep
  • Sleeping for only short periods
  • Being awake for much of the night
  • Feeling as if you haven't slept at all
  • Waking up too early

All Medications for Insomnia

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Insomnia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Take 3 teaspoons of tart pitted cherries canned in water just prior to going to bed.

  • Pimentos on crackers work better

  • No food or drinks after 7pm or at least 4 hours before going to bed

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Don't stress about all the ripple effects. One day at a time.

  • valerian root

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Oddly enough, everything they say not to do. I'm much better off watching TV from bed than almost anything else. If i put the sleep timer on, and watch something silly, i get to sleep quickly and sleep longer

  • I try not to go to bed too early. Makes it more likely that i'll wake up too soon and not be able to fall back asleep

  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon