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post #201 of 328
I once again stopped taking the honey, because I've gained 5 pounds out of nowhere, and I'm really, really cranky about it.

I don't sleep in total darkness, either, and don't really want to invest in blackout curtains, since we're renting. Then again... we'll be here at least another year, so maybe a year's worth of good sleep would be worth it?

For those who've read the book... is there any hope of getting the good recovery sleep without total darkness at night?
post #202 of 328
Invest in an eye mask.
post #203 of 328
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Originally Posted by gentlemango View Post
Invest in an eye mask.
I think, though, that just an eye mask wouldn't do the trick. Wasn't there a study where they were able to stop melatonin production just by shining a light behind the person's knee, even through covers?

Oh, give me a cave, my adrenals I'll save...
post #204 of 328
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Oh, give me a cave, my adrenals I'll save...
ROTF!!!

I'll live in that cave with ya! My adrenals need a lot of help.
post #205 of 328
Thread Starter 
Yeah, your whole body can "see" the light, but it only needs to be under 5 lux which is about the amount of light the full moon gives. I'd block out a street light or something, but I let the moon shine in.
post #206 of 328
Blackout shades are only like $15-20ish, custom cut to fit the width of the window. We got ours at Lowe's. A little light gets around the perimiter unless you have a perfect fit, but the curtains generally make that little bit negligible.
post #207 of 328
so I am guessing "natural honey" is out. like the honey bear ain't cutting it?
or does it matter what kind of honey...
post #208 of 328
I think raw honey is best.
For several reasons, but mainly for gut issues. I think raw honey at night keeps me from craving sweets the next day And keeps bad bacteria/yeasts in check.
post #209 of 328
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Blackout shades are only like $15-20ish, custom cut to fit the width of the window. We got ours at Lowe's. A little light gets around the perimiter unless you have a perfect fit, but the curtains generally make that little bit negligible.
I've never seen them that cheap, but I never thought to look for them at Lowe's. Instead of a window, our room has a patio door... so it's a wide expanse we have to cover. Right now we have supremely ugly drapes... would the blackout curtains replace the drapes or just line them, I wonder?
post #210 of 328
I used to have some thermal-lined drapes on a large sliding-door. They were thick and had an opaque white layer that goes on the window side. I don't think they were all that expensive.
post #211 of 328
subbing & will post my experience in a bit!
post #212 of 328
I'm still loving the honey. I don't do it every night but I do most nights and it helps with sleep, acid reflux and I seem to be down on the scale on the days I take it!

Can someone talk to me more about the sleeping in total darkness and going to bed with the sun? Would going to bed with the sun mean going to bed when the sun begins to go down, or when it's all the way down or what? That would be really hard for me because in the winter here it gets dark around 4 pm or so..lol.. also I have the HORRIBLE habit of sleeping with the tv on, although I do set it to turn off around 3 am...I usually go to bed around 1 or 2. Oh I know, terrible sleep habits but I'm a terrible insomniac and the only way I can fall asleep is with the lights and sounds of the tv. I really really need to stop it though but I can't seem to figure out how to fall asleep without it..my mind just races and I get scared and can't shut my brain off. So...any tips on that?
post #213 of 328
Thread Starter 
morganeldi,
I used to be just like you! I read Lights Out by T.S. Wiley and it really changed my life. It has a very hard writing style to ignore, but if you can get past that, the ideas and studies are really great. It is a very detailed book on all they why's of turning out the lights and what your doing to your body if you don't. I used to stay up all hours of the night with all the lights on using the computer or watching tv in bed and just couldn't shut off without it. After reading that book I felt VERY motivated to change. I feel like it has had a tremedous impact on my health to sleep like I'm supposed to. It was hard to transition though. We moved the tv out of the bedroom and I started laying in bed around the time the sun was setting and I would read until i couldn't see anymore and then lay down and fall asleep. It took a bit of getting used to but it did finally start feelign just right and I started to feel my body wanting more and more sleep and shuting off easier. I find that it really is a million times easier to shut off and go to bed early if you lay down and read like I described than to wait till an hour after it is dark and then lay down. Once I've spent some time with the electric lights on in the evening I totally get wired and can't even think of laying down for hours. I don't sleep in total darkness either. I leave the blinds open and let the moon shine in, but I would block that out if there were street lights outside.

HTH
post #214 of 328
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post #215 of 328
THANKS a lot!! I will check into that book for sure. Tonight I'll give it a go of trying to sleep earlier and without the tv on. We will see.. Another issue is that I can't go to bed until my ds does, which isn't until around 10 normally because he naps late...so the going to sleep with the sun issue could be a problem. One step at a time I guess.
post #216 of 328
I read through this thread the other day and was really intrigued, so I thought I'd give it a try. My mom and sister are doing it with me as well. We've been taking the honey for 3 nights now and here's our experiences:

Me: The first night I took about 3 Tbs, right before bed. I calmed right down and feel asleep immediatly. Still up quite a bit in the night - I have a six month old going through a growth spurt who seems to think that since she gets a bottle at daycare, she should make up for it by nursing all night long - but everytime I woke, I felt rested, rather than exhauted. In the morning I felt fantastic!

The next night I took the same amount, but split it in half - 1 spoonful an hour before bed, and one a half hour before. I read for that last half hour, laying down. Again, right to sleep and felt very well rested. Down about 1 lb in the morning.

The third night, I took all about a half hour before bed, then spent the half hour getting things settled for work/school the next day. Right to sleep again. Really vivid dreams. Woke feeling super rested. Down another 1 lb.

Sister: Took 1 Tbs all three nights right before bed. First night was very restless and had trouble fallins asleep. The other two nights went right to sleep with no problems. Down 3 lbs total and feels very rested and more energetic.

Mom: Same as sister, without the weight loss or restlessness on the first night.

So far, so good. We're going to continue doing this as long as it continues to feel good.
post #217 of 328
I'm interested in doing this and giving it to dd...how much would i give a 1yo? we're terrible sleepers, I mean like zero sleep between the 2 of us. so this might just save our lves BUT I'm not interested in losing weight.
post #218 of 328
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I'm interested in doing this and giving it to dd...how much would i give a 1yo? we're terrible sleepers, I mean like zero sleep between the 2 of us. so this might just save our lves BUT I'm not interested in losing weight.
I tried it briefly with both my dc's but found it to be difficult to get them enough to make a difference. I thought about trying it in something for dd, shes 15 mo. And ds (3 yrs) could take maybe 2 tsp with out too much problem,...he just thinks its going to taste bad or something, he shrinks away from the spoon, causing me to almost spill it!!! It IS kinda hard to take 2 heaping tblsps of honey, almost burning at some points!

I'd love to hear more experience with giving it to kids though, I'm somewhat desperate for some better sleep.
post #219 of 328
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Originally Posted by LandonsMom View Post
I tried it briefly with both my dc's but found it to be difficult to get them enough to make a difference. I thought about trying it in something for dd, shes 15 mo. And ds (3 yrs) could take maybe 2 tsp with out too much problem,...he just thinks its going to taste bad or something, he shrinks away from the spoon, causing me to almost spill it!!! It IS kinda hard to take 2 heaping tblsps of honey, almost burning at some points!

I'd love to hear more experience with giving it to kids though, I'm somewhat desperate for some better sleep.
mix it into warm tea?

this is how my kids like it- although they will eat it right off the spoon.
post #220 of 328
so if this hypothesis is correct, children shouldn't sleep with night lights? And if they do, they aren't getting a good night's rest?
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