Sleep remedies & alternatives to prescription drugs

A discussion where members can share and inquire with other members into alternative sleep remedies, such as herbs, acupuncture, weighted blankets, and hypnotherapy.

Posted 3 Jan 2012 at 7:56 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks for the response. I got some 5TP as it was on offer in Holland and Barratt and haven't tried it yet, but am definitely thinking of giving it a go. I am a person who tends to remember dreams and I think I'd enjoy the vivid dreams like you do!

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    Let us know how you get on with it. Just to add that the solgar 5HTP that I use also has some valerian in it which I is supposed to help with sleep.

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    I took it for the first time last night (50mg) and I definitely know what you mean about the vivid dreams!!!
    I will definitely keep taking it as I do enjoy dreaming!

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    It’s good isn’t it!

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    Hi CupcakeEnchilada,

    I tried Go Tart Cherry tablets containing dried Montmerency cherry which I bought in New Zealand on holiday recently. Two tablets taken an hour before I go to bed have been helping. I have run out of that now, as it was only a small bottle and am trying Cherry Night powder, which contains Morello cherry powder and magnesium and one or two other natural herbs.

    I must admit, the dried Tart Cherry tablets seemed to work better than the Morello Cherry Night powder. I'm living in Scotland and bought the Cherry Night powder at Napiers Herbalist shop. It has helped a bit but everybody is different. It might be worth a try. Some things work for some people and doesn't for others.

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    Has anyone tried CBD for sleep?

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    I tried one with mixed results. I found it too hot in the summer despite using it without a duvet. (my bedroom temperature was about 18-19C) In the winter I used it on top of a duvet – felt very warm and cosy going to sleep, often found when I woke up that I had discarded it but still had duvet on so I wasn’t cold. Suspect I may have pushed it off as I got too hot. If you suffer from joint pain eg hip or knee, I wouldn’t recommend as weight may make night pain worse.

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    Keep a note book and pen handy and if you wake up and start to worry about something then just make a brief note. You can then leave it until the day to think or take action about. That means you can go back to sleep without worrying.

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    Jollyjules
    My son told me about Ashwagandha (can be bought through Amazon and is sold by Best Naturals). He sails and a girl from another boat said she found it very difficult to sleep on a boat but found Ashwagandha really helped her. It has also helped me to sleep and greatly relieved my anxiety!

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    One aunty. Several aunties. Carry carries, lorry lorries, curry curries, hurry hurries!

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    Hi everyone, I take a herbal valerian based mix from D. Atkinson called sweet sleeps. I think it contains licquorice as well as valerian. Another thing I fined helpful is a mix of valerian and ashwaganda made by Pukka and called “ nighttime”. I would like to phase these things out eventually, once I have made more progress with the sleepio programme, but fr now these are the things that help me to fall asleep.

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    Hi has anyone tried using a weighted blanket? I’ve just bought one but can return it if it doesn’t work. First night I got up and took it off, too hot! Last night better but not sure my sleep was.

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    I’ve been using cbd oil for over a year taking it an hour before bedtime and find most nights it allows me to go off to sleep within half an hour after getting into bed, but it doesn’t prevent broken sleep, I’m still wakening up many times during the whole night and therefore tired in the morning.

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    Melatonin – UK? – Does anyone know where I can buy Melatonin drops for UK delivery please? I think this might be useful to helping with my particular sleep problems.
    Thank you

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    Got some melatonin in the UK (arrived in 3 days). The only one I could get is 10mg… broke it and took a piece around 1/3-1/2 of it…. within the last half hour since taking it I feel bit more relaxed, so will be interesting to know how / if it helps… I'll update so anyone else interested can also consider should they need to. It's just after 1am – often don't fall asleep til 4am… fingers crossed :)

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    I eat around 16 cherries before bed which helps. I also take Omega 3 and a combination of Magnesium and Zinc.
    Natural sleeping aids like Kavinance Ultra Pm gave me natural sleep, however, it has been taken off the market to be reformulated. When I need to I take Sleep Select from Moss Nutrition which works better when you split the 2 capsules in juice.

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    So what seems to be the best sleep aid. I work a week of days 7am to 7pm then a week of nights 7pm to 7am. I usually stay up all day after my week of nights. And I still wont sleep. Tried all over the counter meds and nothing really helps. The best Ive found to fall asleep is midnights chewables.

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    I have just started the program last week. In the past I tried SR with no success. Presently I am taking one Adovan and a herbal sleep aid UDream. With the combination of two, I manage to get 5-6 hours of sleep. Without them I cannot fall asleep or stay asleep. I would like to start the SR schedule as soon as possible but I have no idea when this is going to happen? Am I missing something? Is there anything I should be reading or applying?

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    Hello Oya, you should start sleep restriction in week 3. The prof will tell you when to start, and how to do it. Sleep restriction and the various sleepio techniques should help you sleep well enough that you won’t need pills. Many of us have kicked the pill habit while doing sleepio. Best of luck to you.

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    Hi CrissyB, just wondering whether you kept the weighted blanket and how you got on with it? My friend Pat was very positive about hers. She goes to sleep fine but wakens several times in the night. She reckons the blanket ensures she can get back to sleep quickly. I have ordered up a koala blanket for me. It is supposed to have a summer mode and winter mode. I’m not sure how it does this as it hasn’t arrived yet. All the best.

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