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JONELLA'S PERSONAL TRIED & TRUE REMEDIES

If I can't sleep - or can't get back to sleep in the middle of the night - or early in the morning - for whatever reason - and I've tossed and turned and watched tv and tried all the simple things I can think of - and I've GOT to get my sleep, I've got important things to do in the morning, so I'm anxious about not falling asleep - here is what I take to help:

THE "TRIED & TRUE TRIPLE"

1. I take a combination valerian/passion flower concentrated herbal capsule (you can get these at various health food stores and pharmacies.) If you can't get the combo pill, take just a valerian. I find them quite effective - and very gentle.

2. I might also take one over-the-counter sleep remedy pill (antihistamine - diphenhydramine - 25 mg) - (I use a generic brand - costs like $1.50 for 24 pills at certain Dollars Stores.)

3. Then I make a banana shake. Yes - in the middle of the night or at 5 in the morning my New York City neighbors can hear my blender churning away as I froth up a small banana, some milk (I use 2%) and maybe a peach (peeled and pitted, of course) or a couple of strawberries - or maybe some fruit yogurt. I find this delicious concoction practically a "magic potion" - because it tastes good, feels good in the tummy and it really works. And, in addition, it's got lots of vitamins and nutrients - and, on top of that, is not too fattening.

 

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The TRIED & TRUE TRIPLE usually does the trick. The hard part sometimes is deciding whether to go to the TRIPLE if I have to get up early the next morning - because I hate falling into a deep slumber only to be crash-awakened by the alarm. Or should I just wait it out and maybe I'll drop (back) to sleep? - 'cause sometimes that happens, too.

I also regularly take a bunch of vitamins and calcium with breakfast and another calcium tablet before bed every night.

On most nights I go through the "Threesies" ritual - i.e., I think of three blessings I received that day; (Of course, I've usually received many, many more than three and sometimes I fall asleep while still listing them.) Then I review three things I accomplished that day. That helps to make me feel good.  And then I think of three things I plan to accomplish the next day.  As I say, I'm often asleep before I finish this ritual.

If I'm upset or anxious I go to the computer and write down what's going on with me - what's on my mind - what's happening with my life. I find it really helps to get this stuff OUT of my system.  And in doing that, I gain a better perspective of the situation - which helps to calm me down and allow me to relax. And I make a plan to help resolve whatever issue is upsetting me. That truly helps, also. (I've been a major Journal-keeper at various times in my life. Definitely helped me get my act together.)

Sometimes I do work for a while, after which I can get back into bed feeling better because I accomplished something.  Or I watch tv (I love old movies) - or read a book.  And sometimes I just lie there and eventually drift back to sleep.

MY HISTORY WITH INSOMNIA

I've had trouble with insomnia since I came to New York City as a "young lady" - back in the '60's - to go to design school - the fall that President Kennedy was assassinated. (Yes - I do remember where I was when the news hit - in Macy's buying a winter coat (for $32, I think). I still have the coat (which I wore for about ten years) - put away in storage, marked with this 'historic' bit of information.)

I now realize that I had trouble sleeping then because I was thrown by the experience of coming to a great big, sophisticated, fast-moving city where I knew only one single human being besides myself.  And, for the first time in my life, I didn't make friends right away in school. So I felt dreadfully lonely - a new feeling for me that was certainly upsetting. In addition, I had very little money to live on, which made me feel very constrained.  As the school I went to didn't have a dormitory at that time, I had to find a place to live. Most of the places I found were dingy and depressing - and some came with difficult roomates.  Eventually, though, I did make friends and I did find an apartment - in the West Village - where I still live today. I also entered therapy, which was supportive and comforting for me. So my life got stabilized - and that made a huge difference. And my sleep problems disappeared - for several years.  When I eventually underwent psycholanalysis, I came to understand the forces operating on me that were upsetting and unsettling to me.  And over the years I was able to resolve most of those - to a reasonable extent. (It's an on-going process, of course...)

But then I went into the film industry and worked freelance - which is a great way to NOT have stability!  And then I got a notion to become a filmmaker - and even though I loved that work greatly - and won many awards and honors - it was just about impossible to raise money for film projects. Therefore it was actually a most de-stabilizing and totally non-restful experience!

I still have plenty of sleepless nights - because life can be tough - and there can be many upsets - and upsetting people and events.  And the process of aging adds complications, too.

I have learned that the following elements are most important - fundamental, really - at least for me - for getting good sleep:

1. Having stability in my life - a sense that things are "ok" with me - good things are happening or about to happen or are set up for happening eventually; there's enough money in the bank - or on the way - and there are friends who are compatible and responsive around and about in my life.

2. My personal issues are reasonably resolved and a sense of inner well-being and strength prevails. I didn't have this when I was young but I believe I've got more of it as I've matured - and it helps, for sure. (I don't believe you can fake this, by the way. While it might help temporarily to tell yourself that things are "great" I am a big believer in working things out so that you resolve the troublesome problems. And that means with a good therapist.)

3. Plenty of exercise. I can be pretty sure, on a day when I don't get adequate exercise, that I'm going to have trouble falling asleep - or falling back asleep.

4. Good social interaction. I find I sleep best on nights when I've had a great time with friends - either a good, meaty conversation or a lovely evening out.

5. A sense that I accomplished important things that day - or took steps to get important things accomplished.

6. I have become significantly more religious over the years and now attend synagogue regularly, study Torah and Talmud and am more observant than I used to be - and I find this to be stabilizing, calming and extremely enjoyable, comforting and a pleasureable part of my life. Getting more involved with my own religion helps me to understand other people's committment to their religions - and is one reason why I'm very gung-ho on religion in general. I think it helps people in many, many ways - as I have found through my own personal experience.

7. Having someone to love - something warm to hold or touch - something loveable and sweet in my life. For me this usually means a cat. I L-O-V-E cats! I love having them in my life - in my apartment - woven into the fabric of my life. They are so gorgeous to look at - so graceful - and soft to touch - and funny! - and altogether dear. They give me tremendous comfort. As I say, I adore cats. And I recommend them to anyone so disposed. And having such a dear, warm, lovely creature about definitely helps me to sleep.

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HOME PAGE Welcome Insomniac  |  VISIT OUR SLEEPLESS BOUTIQUE FOR ALL KINDS OF GOODIES!  |  BASIC INFORMATION  |  BASIC PREVENTIVE MEASURES  |  CAUTION! INSOMNIA CAN BE DANGEROUS!  |  PHYSICAL FACTORS & REMEDIES  |  ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS & REMEDIES  |  EDIBLE & DRINKABLE REMEDIES  |  MISCELLANEOUS & QUIRKY REMEDIES  |  COPING ACTIVITIES  |  TRAVEL BAG REMEDIES  |  JONELLA'S PERSONAL TRIED & TRUE REMEDIES  |  YOUR NOTES & SUGGESTIONS  |  GENERAL INFO ABOUT MENTAL/ EMOTIONAL ISSUES  |  DEALING WITH WORRIES, TROUBLES & UPSETS  |  DEALING WITH DARK THOUGHTS & NEGATIVE THINKING  |  STRESSSED?!?  |  MONEY/BUSINESS PROBLEMS?  |  UNEMPLOYED? FREELANCE? SHIFTWORK?  |  DISCOURAGED? FEEL LIKE A FAILURE?  |  SAD? PERHAPS DEPRESSED?  |  HEARTBROKEN?  |  LONELY?  |  OVERWEIGHT?  |  HOLIDAY BLUES?  |  SEETHING WITH ANGER?  |  PANIC/ANXIETY ATTACKS  |  THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE?  |  HELP WITH GRIEF AND MOURNING  |  THE AGING FACTOR  |  SLEEP PROBLEMS IN BABIES & CHILDREN  |  SIMPLE RELAXATION BREATHING (GOOD WAY TO START)  |  A VISUALIZATION TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP  |  AFFIRMATIONS TO HELP YOU CALM DOWN AND GO TO SLEEP  |  SIX-STEP SLEEPYHEAD RELAXATION PROCESS  |  CALMING BEDTIME RITUALS  |  INSTANT DE-STRESSORS!  |  USING PRAYER TO HELP [Non-denominational]  |  DISSOLVE YOUR TENSION HEADACHE IN TEN STEPS  |  SUPPORT FROM YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL  |  COPING WITH FEELING WRETCHED FROM SLEEP DEPRIVATION  |  ABOUT SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP  |  BEDTIME STORIES FOR INSOMNIACS  |  POEMS & RHYMES  |  THREE PRETTY LULLABIES  |  ABOUT iSleepless.Com / CONTACT US  |  LINKS OF INTEREST  |  ARE YOU JEWISH?...



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