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Insomnia When Young?

I am only 14 years old, but I have really bad insomnia. I can never fall asleep at night and usually find myself lying awake for hours. I am only getting around 2 hours of sleep a night. I am usually ok because I am used to not sleeping. It's easy to stay awake during the day, but I tend to get sick after 5 or more nights of no sleep.

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I don't want to take any drugs or prescriptions because I don't even like taking aspirin when I'm sore. I can't even think about taking medicine every night just to sleep. Any suggestions?

By Triss

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February 12, 20140 found this helpful
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You may want to talk to a doctor about this as it can be the sign of all kinds of issues. That being saidn there dozens of "good sleep hygiene" lists online that teach you ways to program yourself to sleep.
Cutting out caffeine after 2pm
Always going to bed and waking up at same time
Not having any lights on or sounds..including phones and movies or music
Simple ear plugs can help as you cut out all sounds but your own heart and beathing.
Making sure to do only relaxing things two to three hours before bed

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Meditation

There are natural non habit forming pills to help you sleep. Melatonin is the main natural chemical your brain releases for sleep it doesn't drug you or keep you from waking up in the morning its available in an over the counter pill but isnt a drug (no prescription ... you can find it anywhere you find herbs at stores) .

Also there is "calms forte" another natural sleep aid also non habit forming just lets you natually relax and sleep both have no side effects what so ever. It has several things like melatonin and chamomile

Also write or keep a journal by your bed with bed times, wake times and write down anything that may be stressing you out into insomnia.
There are many "bed time" teas that have natural herbs to help you sleep like chamomile and many other things like that.

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I have had sleep issues most of my life starting at twelve. I am now much much older and found out I have suffered from a condition called sleep apnea. You actually stop breathing for one reason or another when sleeping which causes you to wake up often. I don't have to have drugs but a machine hooked to my face, that keeps me breathing at night. I am not saying you have this but sleep issues start to ruin your whole life. You remain tired confused, bad memory, loss of interest, depression, and get sick a lot.

Sometimes it can be as easy as an adrenal gland issue. A naturalpathic doc could help you if nothing else above does. There are many alternatives to having to take pills or see what is called a "western meds doctor". Which is what we are all used too in the USA. Eastern medicine like accupuncture and herbal meds work more with your body instead of against it. They dont use harmful addictiing medicine to treat patients.

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Good luck!

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Do you drink any coffee, sodas or drinks containing caffeine? If you do I would avoid drinking any caffeinated drinks after noon. Hope this helps.

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I taught myself how to "self hypnotize" myself when I can't get to sleep. I don't know how to teach somebody to do it, I think it is something a person has to develop for themselves. I do know the first thing is to make yourself completely relax and put everything but sleep out of your mind.

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