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cinc3100
July 2nd, 2003, 12:45 AM
You, know that I live in Arizona and the heat is bothering me. I'm tired of the air-conditioner,its effecting my ears and on my days off I get up around 5:25 A.M. to swim and sometimes it takes me awhile to fall asleep. Anyone else with this problem.

exrunner
July 2nd, 2003, 03:16 PM
I'm not a physician, so I couldn't say whether your difficulty sleeping is anything out of the ordinary. Anyway, if it's routine insomnia, I have a little trick for getting to sleep, and I swear it never fails.

You have to lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your legs straight down uncrossed. You breathe deeply and slowly using your tummy (diaphragm, actually), keeping your shoulders still. Each time you breathe out your body relaxes a bit more. The idea is to build on this. You mentally take an inventory of your muscular body parts, starting with your feet, legs, torso, etc., and focus on making each one go completely limp. It may take several seconds on each part. Spend extra time working on the jaw, facial muscles, forehead, and scalp. Repeat if necessary. You should fall asleep somewhere in this process.

Furthermore, it gets easier and easier with practice. Nowadays, I usually doze off before I get past shoulders.

This is also an excellent way to relax, if you are feeling tense during the day -- but do it sitting up if you don't want to drift into slumber.

I hope this helps.

cinc3100
July 4th, 2003, 01:11 AM
Well, thanks

swimr4life
July 5th, 2003, 03:24 PM
I had trouble with insomnia for about 3 months until I read an article in a Prevention magazine. It said that a Calcium,Magnesium and/or B12 shortage could cause insomnia. It also listed some herbs that you can take to help. I started taking extra Calcium (500mg), Magnesium (250mg), B12 (1500mcg) and Valerian Root at night before I went to bed. IT HELPED!!! I was able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep! Sometimes you get into a vicious cycle where you can't get sleep, get exhausted and then you worry about not being able to sleep so....you can't sleep! These vitamins and herbs helped me break the cycle. I don't take the Valerian Root every night now. I only take it when I need it. I'm still taking the vitamins though! Try it! I used to be skeptical of herbal remedies but, I swear this one worked for me! Good luck! ;)