Insomnia - Can't sleep!

I’m not using an alarm clock. I usually wake up after every dream too(I set my intention)

It has been hard to sleep the last few days. I have tried hot tea, a warm shower before sleep, foot baths, melatonin, taking walks in the day, blocking out light from the bedroom…and i just can’t sleep. I start drifting away and get those random thoughts that marks the beginning of sleep, then i have to move, and i am wide awake again! I have had 2-3 hours of sleep, in the late morning, for the last 4 days. It is getting annoying.

Could it be that it can be fixed with a change in eating habits? Maybe if i eat more carbohydrate rich food in the morning, and more protein rich food in the evening? It feels like my mind and body just refuses to shut down.

Ive noticed I have a very hard time to sleep these days :cry: I just feel that I want to be outside, even in nighttime. It felt like eternities before I fell asleep yesterday :angry:

Yes this happens to me. I’ll even just change positions on my bed and put my head where my feet normally would be. Don’t know why altering my usual sleeping position/location helps but it does… It’s also really easy for me to fall asleep on my desk at school …zzzzzzzzz

That’s right folks,the reason you aren’t getting sleep is because you are not exercising enough. Go for a 30 minute run, afterward’s stretch a lot, drink a shitton of water, go pee, do NOT watch any TV all day(very important). And go to sleep, however, have a night light on, otherwise you’ll be so deep in sleep you won’t wake up to record your dreams. Hope this helps all of you guys. Namaste

I am starting to wonder if my ego might have something to do with me not falling asleep easily anymore. Before I started Lucid Dreaming I never had trouble falling asleep! All it took was for my head to touch the pillow and I was gone! Now I make affirmations that I will be lucid and make plans about what is is I will do once I am lucid. I close my eyes,…and can’t sleep, am wide awake. I was actually up till 5:30 last night, so I had about 3 hours of sleep. So I was thinking maybe part of me doesn’t want to fall asleep and lucid dream, I have not a clue as to which part of me, seeing I really love and want to lucid dream as much as I can.

It sounds to me not like part of you doesn’t want to fall asleep/LD, but more like you’re too excited. Like a little kid trying to sleep the night before going to Disney World or something. I say little kid, but really I’d probably be up all night, too, thinking about Disney :tongue:

My advice: relax and let it come to you rather than chasing it down so hard. Maybe even try NOT doing so much preparation right before bed one night. Try not to think about it. Mind you, don’t NOT think about it so hard that you keep yourself up trying NOT to think about it :tongue:
After all, dreams are all in the subtle subconscious, not the over-active mind.

Lately everyone has problems with falling asleep, as far as I can see. Even myself. Last night I stayed awake untill 1 AM :bored: ! But I think I know what my problem is. The last week I didn’t go for a jog in the morning nor in the evening.

I have some tips for people who desperatly try to fall asleep, which may help you. I took them out of personal experiences :peek: .

What is the sleeping state ? - if interested, click the spoiler below, even thaught we all know that.

[spoiler]Characteristics of Sleep

We all know how sleep looks – when we see someone sleeping, we recognize the following characteristics:

•If possible, the person will lie down to go to sleep.
•The person’s eyes are closed.
•The person doesn’t hear anything unless it is a loud noise.
•The person breathes in a slow, rhythmic pattern.
•The person’s muscles are completely relaxed. If sitting up, the person may fall out of his or her chair as sleep deepens.
•During sleep, the person occasionally rolls over or rearranges his or her body. This happens approximately once or twice an hour. This may be the body’s way of making sure that no part of the body or skin has its circulation cut off for too long a period of time.In order to maximize your sleep time, there are four main considerations. You must:
•Begin your preparations for sleep during the day
•Schedule your sleep patterns deliberately
•Practice habits that help your body to relax before sleep
•Control your sleep environment

Prepare for Sleep All Day
From the moment you wake up in the morning, you have choices to make that can affect how well you sleep that night. Making wise choices throughout the day can help you sleep soundly at night and awaken with renewed energy.

One such choice is to get regular exercise. The next page explains when you should work out to sleep better at night.[/spoiler]

Sport or exhausting activites is the answer, to eliminate the toxins in your body through sweating and to “consume” the energy your body has.
Now, imagine a laptop with full battery. The laptop is on stand by. If you don’t open that laptop and use most of the battery power it has, it will never use that whole energy by itself. While on stand by it still uses some energy but veery little energy.

Now you are the laptop. If you want a good night sleep, eliminate the energy during the day. Sitting in your office and doing paper work means you are on stand by - you don’t use much energy. Now, go out, play some tennis, go for a jog or simply run amok in your garden, jump, klimb trees - do something :grin: .
You should feel tired. But don’t get fooled by that. The body recoveres really fast from such an activity. Rest 10 minutes and do that again. Rest another 10 minutes and do it again. Now you are really tired.

Now wait for night and go to sleep. IF that doesn’t work so well lay down on the hard floor for 15 minutes without moving. You’ll hurt yourself a bit, but once you are in bed, and with all the activities you have done during the day, you should have no probs with going to sleep.

This worked for me. Some relaxing music can’t hurt - just make sure it is quiet and peacefully. Remember - all bodies are different form each other - some eliminate this energy faster some do that slower.

You know why there is this advice to not eat before going to sleep ? Because food is energy. Your body needs food and water to produce energy. Like the laptop - if you used all energy and you are preparing to shut down - don’t plug it in, because if you do you consumed all the energy for nothing. :wink:

Have fun and I wish you a good night sleep :content: !

Unfortunately that doesn’t work for me, when I’m utterly worn out I literally sleep like a log with absolutely no dream recall whatsoever. My day is always busy, so I am physically tired when I go to bed. It’s not my body that can’t sleep, cause I do enter some sort of sleep paralysis, it’s my mind that doesn’t. I wished the dreaming state would come while laying there trying for my mind to fall asleep, but nope, nothing, not even images.

AAHHHH!! Another sleepless night! :sad: Was up until 4 AM, finally went into the living room and crashed on the couch. Half hour later the roosters started waking me up. I think I slept all of 2 hrs (interrupted). Kinda hard to become lucid this way :sad:

Mental fatigue isn’t a good thing. I had some problems with this. My body wasn’t tired but my mind was very tired and couldn’t go to sleep = sleepless nights. If you want to experience such “mental fatigue”, I suggest you to do more paperwork, browse the internet, read books, look at things and observe the details etc. Use your eyes for doing many reading and stuff like that. That will make your mind hurt a bit but you’ll sleep better. Try it out :wink:

I personally have too much mental fatigue, as my job requires much reading and typing and writing and mental concentration. So in my case, the body is the problem, and your case the mind is the problem :content: You need to exhaust them both :wink:

I haven’t been able to sleep well for the past three days. This usually happens to me in the summer because I can’t sleep when its to hot, but I’m losing recall from it now. (I end up lying in bed for 3-4 hours and lose any intentions I had to recall my dreams) :sad: I’ve been doing well up until now because I’ve got a little fan by my bed, but its broken now. The two days before this had wonderfully cold nights and I slept and had great, vivid dreams.

So my question is, does anyone know of any solutions to my not being able to sleep in the heat problem? As you can imagine, fall and winter are my favourite seasons, great sleep, lots of dreams, and, of course, snow. =P

for me it’s not the heat, it’s always hot here on Kauai.
I have been having a terrible time getting to sleep the last month. Last night I was so tired, mentally and physically that I fell asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow. Unfortunately the timer I have in my bedroom (for when I meditate or so), all of a sudden made two beeps, for no reason at all, and woke me up 18 minutes after having fallen asleep. Had to stay up for a while after that before I could go to sleep again.:sad:

Hey, this might sound crazy, but I read it somewhere. Put your pillow, sheet and blanket in the… fridge :tongue:. Not joking !! Put it somewhere where it can’t get wet. Then, before going to bed put them somewhere dry and let them there for 5 minutes or 10. Then put them on the bed and go to sleep.

I repeat: I read this somewhere about how to sleep well. So, this could do the trick :wink:

Well, the issue of it being too hot to sleep has long passed, in fact not falling asleep has become difficult to do when I lie in bed now. Well, up until the last couple days. The first night I finally got to sleep around 4:30 am and last night around 2:00 am. The only actual reason I got to sleep either time was because of a beta to theta binural beat slide which I have yet to be able to stay awake listening to.

I just feel like I cannot sleep whatsoever. I was terribly tired last night, having only gotten 4 and a half hours of sleep the night before, and no matter how close I got to sleeping I just felt like it wouldn’t come. Now I could blame it on a lack of Minecraft, but I’m not sure about that :tongue:. Either way, I’d like some opinions and whatnot on what might be causing it. I’ll see how sleeping goes tonight anyway, might’ve just been a fluke or something silly.

Edit: Never mind, seems that it went away. I think it might’ve been because I wasn’t really working my brain that much lately.

during the day exercise, that would take care of your physical restlessness. then also exercise your mind by drawing, playing music, math problems, anything like that- no videogames or tv… make your brain work for its right to shut down.

edit: oh, already said^ lol

Ive always had problems getting to sleep since I was a very little girl. I can remember being panic stricken if I heard my parents coming to bed because if they went to sleep I would be the only one in the house awake. Its been troublesome throughout my adult life and I think I have got into the habit of working at night and sleeping part of the day away so my body clock is terribly confused, has my day and night mixed up. I try to force myself to get up in the morning no matter how little sleep I have had, afrter a few days I find I sleep better at night and am able to catch up on the sleep I have missed. Cat napping in the day doesnt help either, iy totally messes my sleep up and if I accidently sleep over my alloted time in the morning I can be right back where I started in that it affects my sleep that night. I may not fall asleep until 5 or 6 so the temptation to sleep in is strong but if I do I am setting myself up for a good few sleepless nights. The only way I have found I can prevent this is if I make myself get up as I already said, even if I have only had an hour sleep I have to get up, its the only way to ensure I get some sleep that night. :ohno:

I’m using some hypnosis downloads to cure insomnia, Im hoping they will continue to work out well. I think when we get insomnia we forget some natural facts about sleep, for example how sleep always catches up. In other words, our body somehow adapts. I listened to a hypnosis download, and it tells me hypnotically all about how the body adapts back to the natural circadian rhythm. In other words, it reminds me of a normal sleep pattern.

Nice idea. I can’t fall asleep because of randoms thoughts that comes into my mind all the time. But this might help, at least I hope so…

When i was Young i also had a lot of troubles sleeping ! But now because of my “Lucid Dreams Fate” i can sleep in peace! It was very hard for me to sleep. THANKS LDs <3 lol