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Takes me hours to get to sleep

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hey, new to this site, just wanting to see if anyone has recommendations for anything that helps with sleep that are non prescription. I go to bed so tired that I can not keep my eyes open but then once in bed I lay there for hours and can not sleep. I have been given this really good Sleep Tea by a organic company called Nude Tea, my friend bought it for me cause I am always complaining about this issue. I have had it the last few months which has helped a lot but just also wanting to see what other people do that have the same problem plse.
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replied August 27th, 2015
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You may have developed a conditioned negative response to your bed and bedroom. This typically results from lying in bed, unable to sleep, for hour after frustrating hour. Quite understandable.

There are several nondrug methods to counter this. Particularly helpful is the CBT method called stimulus control, wherein you don't allow yourself to lie in bed sleepless for more than about a half hour at a time. You get up and out of bed if/when that happens, and do something relaxing and not too stimulating. Then try sleep again when you feel drowsy. This tends to positively reinforce your bed as stimulus for good sound sleep.

There are a number of online resources about CBT sleep training methods. Try google searching something like cbt adult sleep training and you'll see many links for more info.
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replied February 28th, 2016
Interesting advice Hypnos. I often have trouble getting to sleep because of back pain. The longer I can't sleep the more stressed I become so I wonder if getting up and trying to relax elsewhere will help. I'll try it out anyway. Thanks!
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replied March 8th, 2016
I've used Stressnil quite successfully, it's a herbal supplement and doesn't cause dependency issues since they're only herbs. Made by Sewanti, I take when having a challenge and stop after I find my sleep groove again. Good luck getting some zzz's
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replied March 14th, 2016
I have issues falling asleep. I found an article by Insomnia Specialist Dr. Gregg Jacobs, and it really helped me. He preaches CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Little changes to your daily routine have a huge effect on your sleep patterns. I learned to only use my bed for sleep. Doing work in bed for example trains the brain to stay awake rather than fall asleep.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huff ington/gregg-jacobs-insomnia_b_6978110.htm l

It helped, but I soon fell into bad habits again. I recently found a 5 week program by Dr.Gregg Jacobs which really helped me. Having a program kept me disciplined, and it has so many great tips. I am sleeping much more regularly now. I would highly recommend it!
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