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Thoughts On Sleep

First, I think I'm finally "caught up" on my sleep. I feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, ready to attack the day. I'm brewing up a big ol' cup of Irish Breakfast tea, which I'll enjoy with a spoonfull of locally produced honey. So that's good and everything.

Now I've got another thought on sleep that's been banging around in my head for a while. See, I really don't get enough sleep. I make do with what I get, and every now and then just kinda crash and catch back up with a normal(ish) schedule. Some nights, even when I go to bed, I can't get to sleep -- my mind is still racing, and just needs to calm down before it will let my body go to sleep.

It's times like that when I think about the possibility of looking into getting some sleep aids. There are several OTC options like Tylonol PM, Advil PM, or even just Benedryl. There's also a slew of prescription options, which I see advertised on television from time to time. But here's the thing that gets me when I see those advertisements -- they almost always include a disclaimer. "Before taking XXX, be sure that you have a full 8 hours to devote to sleep." Now, that's the problem -- I usually don't have 8 hours. What I want is something that will help me make the most of the 6 hours that I devote to a night's sleep. I simply don't want to give those other two hours up for sleeping. So, whenever I find myself contemplating sleep aids, I go back to the thought that if I followed their instructions and devoted 8 hours to sleep, I probably wouldn't need the aid.

*shrug* That's just how it is for me right now.


Jun. 1st, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
You might try a "Valerian and Hops" supplement. I use the Nutrilite brand because I get 'em wholesale. They smell very strong (all good supplements do) but they sure work and no 8 hour warning. Here's a blurb from an ad:

What's better (and better for you) than a good night's sleep? If you occasionally have trouble with sleeplessness, try NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops. Valerian and Hops is a safe, natural way to get the sleep you need. With clinically significant, standardized levels of valerian, it helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep – instead of counting sheep.
Trust NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops – it's a proprietary NUTRILITE blend of natural plants, including:

450 mg valerian extract standardized to 0.8% valerenic acid, which has been clinically proven to help promote sleep and improve sleep quality.
150 mg valerian whole root, which supports normal sleep while providing additional phytonutrient benefits.
100 mg hops extract helps support normal sleep and relaxation.
150 mg lemon balm extract for a mild calming effect.
100 mg Citrus Bioflavonoid Concentrate.

Just a suggestion.

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