I'll never sleep through the night ever again! Please help me!
October 20, 2009 12:19 PM Subscribe
Please help me fall asleep when I want to fall asleep.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith to Health & Fitness (41 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I have had sleep problems for as long as I can remember. I am a 25-year-old female. I've never been diagnosed with depression or any sleep disorders of any kind.
Most nights, I go to bed at least tired or sometimes even exhausted, only to lay awake tossing and turning for at least two hours. My husband falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. This NEVER happens to me, and god, do I wish for it every night. When I finally do fall asleep (sometimes with the help of Advil - sort of a placebo effect which I have been using since high school - not every night, but 1-2 times a week), it's usually a very light sleep where I hear every sound and am completely aware of the fact that I am sleeping (if that even makes sense). I use Advil to either "trick" me into sleep, or because my right knee is hurting, which again, is not every night. When I wake up in the morning, my shoulders, elbows, and wrists are usually tight and sore. It has always been like this and I have no idea why.
I cannot afford a sleep specialist since I am grad student and my school has bottom-rung health insurance, but I am going to schedule an appointment with a doctor at my school's health clinic. Until then, what are some things that you might recommend to help me sleep? Currently, my husband and I share a queen-sized platform Malm bed from Ikea with a decent Serta mattress. I've never used a body pillow, but if you have had similar problems, did a body pillow help you? Any tips and anecdotes would be extremely helpful. Thanks!