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6 Ways to Beat Insomnia

Take the Stress Out of Sleep
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer


2. The old wives tale works
Have a glass of warm milk. You thought this was just an old wives’ tale, but it actually works! Warm milk has a tranquilizing effect on the body that can calm you down and prepare you for sleep. The same amino acid (triptophane) that gives turkey its reputation for causing drowsiness is also found in milk, and it causes more serotonin to be released in the body. Can’t stand the idea of warm milk? Add a drop or two of vanilla extract. Still not sounding tempting? Try some chamomile tea. A number of people think an alcoholic drink right before bed does the trick. Although this might initially make you sleepy, it doesn’t prep you for sound sleep. Chances are, you’ll toss and turn during the night.

3. Find an activity
Do something relaxing out of the bed. Try reading (pass on the action thriller, though). Watch something a little boring on television at low volume (think the Learning or Home Shopping Channels). Don’t watch anything that will wind you back up. Looking for other ideas? Sew, scrapbook, or write a letter. This activity should be easy, nothing that will key your nervous system back up. Once your eyes get droopy again, hit the sack.

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Member Comments About this Article
"Note to Eastcoast217...I too am at 20 weeks and have been suffering those sleepless nights. I wouldn't call it insomnia but I wouldn't call it healthy sleep either. last weekend I was at a market and found a heat bag that had lavander & clove plant bits in it (it was created with pregnancy in mind) and my partner suggested that I lay it across the top of my pillow. I have found that the subtle fragrance emitted from this has helped my sleeping sooooo much. Lavander oil is too strong for me and a..." -- MELLYWELLY73
"I'm 28 weeks pregnant and was having a very hard time falling asleep,
so I decided to add more activity to my day, do a brisk walk twice a day
for at least 20 min, practiced yoga for better circulation, ate a snack and warm milk before going to bed and purchased 3 more nice comfortable
pillows and that helped a lot, I'm still waking up every 2 hrs to go to the restroom, but when I got back to bed I fall asleep quick. Hope this helps somebody." -- EVELYNQ
"I am at week 20 and have insomnia! I had it when I was a kid but grew out of it as an adult but now that I am having my own kid it is back with avengence. My mom used to make me warm milk with honey that seemed to help a little. I am going to try it tonight and see if it still does the trick. Otherwise it is another night of staring at the ceiling. I actually am looking foward to the long nights of my baby being awake every 2 hours...at least then I will have company and something to do. lo..." -- EASTCOAST217
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