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My dh has been having a horrible time staying asleep at night for the last couple of months. He sleeps fine when he has time off but as soon as he goes back to work the sleeping problems come back. Since retiring isn't an option, I was wondering if there was anything he could do or take to help him sleep. He has cut back on coffee, just a cup or two in the a.m., although after a couple of days with little sleep he needs more. Falling asleep isn't a problem. He starts waking up around 1, then wakes again about every hour after that until his wake up time.<br><br>
any staying asleep tips would be greatly appreciated<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Valerian Root Tea in the evening....<br>
Does he do any kind of exercise to de-stress after work, so that his mind is better able to "shut off"<br><br>
Also instead of more coffee to stay alert, how about ginko biloba? (Said to increase mental alertness.)<br>
Or Yerba Mate?<br>
I have just recently discovered Yerba Mate. It is a tea from South America. It has a little bit of natural occurring caffeine, and LOTS of other nutrients. (Vitamins A,C,E,B1,B2,B3,B5,B Complex. Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Silicon, Phosphorous, 15 Amino Acids, Fatty Acid, and more) The brand that I buy is Guayaki. It comes in Traditional flavor as well as others. Orange is my favorite. You can check out their website. <a href="http://www.guayaki.com" target="_blank">www.guayaki.com</a>
 

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Some people get hyper on Valerian, about 1/5 of the population does not have the enzyme to digest it properly. So, if that doesn't work for him, Catnip infusion had the same effect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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thanks for the replies<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I found some chamomile/valerian root tea for him to try and if that doesn't work I will try the blend with catnip (I saw both in the store)<br><br>
As far as I know, is routine is come back from work, eat, shower, draw in his book then go to bed. Sometimes he watches tv... He is working out of town right now and I wont see him for another 9 days so I am not sure exactly his routine. I know at home he spends his time before bed "puttering" around in his shop.<br><br>
I think when he goes to bed he is so tired that he falls asleep but when he wakes up his body has had a bit of rest so it isn't so tired and then his mind starts racing with things he has to do or say and things that were said to him. Hopefully the tea will keep him asleep<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have the same problem. What really works for me is skullcap.
 

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cathe, is the skullcap a tea or a vitamin? (or something else?? :LOL) Thanks!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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sorry - should have been more specific. Skullcap is an herb - you can take it in a tea, capsule or tincture. Personnally, I like the tincture the best. If he wakes in the night, he can take a dropperfull of tincture and it works quickly.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Thanks, I'll check that out!
 

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Could also be a calcium deficiency. I think this is what causes my occasional sleep problems so I take calcium supplements. I have the same problem: go to sleep fine but wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep. I really don't like valerian. It makes me feel weird, like my subconcious mind is sleepy but my concious mind is wide awake saying "What's going on?!!!!! This is weird!!!!!" Don't like melatonin either.
 

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He loves his job. It is always changing though, duties and location. He had a month off this summer and slept very well. It does happen on weekends too, when he has worked during the week. He tells me everything and hasn't mentioned that anything has been bothering him. He is running his first project but he had this sleeping problem before, even when doing work in the office...<br><br>
Calcium def could be a problem too as he is lactose intolerant but he does eat and do okay with yogurt. I guess a supplement couldn't hurt though. I know he took them a long time ago.<br><br>
He tried melatonin (that works for my mom) but it did nothing for him. Everyone is so different I guess he will have to try different things and see what works for him<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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insomnia is also a symptom of many other underlying problems. definitely give the doc a visit. Of course he will probably prescribe something crazy....but the blood testing would be helpful for you guys to know what's really keeping him up at night.
 

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skullcap works great, i've used it with success. if he'd be open to homeopathy, coffea cruda works very well, esp when it involves too much mental activity. when i started it, it took a few days to take effect. also, there is a tea called rooibos (there's a thread here somewhere about it) which is also from south america.. it has MANY benefits, including help for insomnia. taking it really does impart a peaceful, balanced feeling..<br><br>
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So, since it only occurs when he is working, that must mean working is making him depressed... sort of a vicious cycle then... at least he gets some time off when he finishes to catch up on sleep. I doubt I could talk him into seeing a doctor, I will suggest it but I can't see it happening.<br><br>
Mamabeard, I had coffea cruda in my hand yesterday at the store but didn't buy it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> There is definitely too much mental activity going on at night! I'll keep my eye out for the tea too, thanks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have a little running list going beside the computer :LOL
 
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