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Never any trouble getting to sleep but sometimes trouble staying asleep.
I've noticed that as I get older, alcohol will help me fall asleep, but then I'll be wide awake during the night.
I try to limit my alcohol consumption to the weekends, but with Carnival coming up, I guess it'll be many sleepless nights.
Oh, and I never take sleep aids.
the herb keeps me wide awake!
i'm on the over-the-counter stuff- i tend to wake up too early. i used to just take it during the stressful parts of the semester in graduate school. but now i've been on it straight for the last 2-3 years. trying to wean myself off.
Yeah, best to ween yourself off the over the counter stuff, it is highly addictive...Other things that can help...a dose of Benedryl, or other antihystamines...
But half of the over-the-counter stuff IS made from antihystamines - diphenhydramine HCI - that's the kind I prefer.
The early morning wakefullness can be symptomatic of depression...
That's my problem, but don't consider myself depressed - annoyed but not depressed. The diphenhydramine helps me fall back to sleep easier if I wake up.
Red Wine before bed is the worst! It can really act as a stimulant.