Cannot Fall Asleep, Tried Many Remedies

Posted By Tracey (Gahanna, OH) on 10/11/2022

54 female, body won?t let me fall asleep, tried the whole kitchen sink, $100 in supplements & teas, lights off, resolved issues, baths, etc awake at work over 36 hrs mirtazapine trazadone stopped working drinking water eating better going on 2 months even tried Tim?s remedies. still awake at night just quietly Listening to the sounds of silence thanks

Replied by Madelyn (Idaho ) on 10/11/2022

Tracey, have you tried bioidentical progesterone, also called natural micronized progesterone? It works for many women whose sleepless nights are caused by low progesterone. It?s common during menopause/ peri-menopause. I was reading some reviews posted on Amazon the other day for various topical progesterone creams, and there were numbers reviews praising its effectiveness for sleep. Also, check out Dr Lara Briden?s website for more information on this topic if you?re interested.
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Replied by Rob (Kentucky) on 10/11/2022

Have you tried

Cetirizine HCl (5-10 mg): Brand name: Zyrtec (Antihistamine) side effect can cause sleepiness


Diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg (Antihistamine)

I have a buddy that can sleep so he takes a Zyrtec as a sleep aid about 30 minutes before he plans on going to bed.

If those don?t work or you have already tried. Try smoking pot. Only side effects are hungry, happy and sleepy?. It?s an herb?.

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Replied by Moira (Co. Laois) on 10/12/2022

Try a massager for the neck and go down to kidney area as muscles tightens if every night as it goes back to tighten during the day as it is very good for it but you must go hard into the muscle to get relief. It should help alot as I had same problem and it works every time.
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Replied by Katzie (Calgary) on 10/13/2022

Marijuana is my go-to when I can't sleep, Indica specifically, but any will do. Worked rotating shiftwork for over two decades, and during that time I found out that for me, it was the closest thing I could find to "sleeping on demand, with the push of a button". Always put me to sleep within 1/2 hr. Hope you find relief soon!

Happy sleeping!
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Replied by jake (Chicago) on 10/15/2022

Tracy: I used to have sleeping issues. I cured myself and now am regularly soundly asleep within minutes after taking a third of a teaspoon of GABA powder. It is tasteless. I am 78 years old and have among other issues, prostate issues. When I awaken every 2,3 or 4 hours to go to the bathroom, I just take another dose. Of the many people I have turned on to GABA, I've heard many rave reviews and no failures. The same goes for the people turned on to it from those my friends and family forwarded the remedy. I take high doses of melatonin and other herbs for health reasons, but the GABA works like a charm by itself. My son btw takes it in a capsule, and it works as well for him - his comment the first night he tried it the the next morning was - it is intense -LOL. Try it - I think it will change your life, maybe dramatically.
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Replied by Junebug (East Earl, PA) on 10/16/2022

Tracey, try eating a cup of dried figs a day. It works for me. They are somewhat high in calories so you could eat them in place of a meal. The cheapest places I?ve found to buy them are Costco and Grocery Outlet. Just try it for a week and see if that helps. It doesn?t take long to see results. I was eating them just to help with sugar cravings and was shocked how my trouble sleeping went away when I did that. I then starting buying them for my mom, and she also found it improved her sleep. I searched the internet on figs and sleep after my experience and there are documented studies showing they help with sleep. I believe one study used 12 dried figs a day (that?s probably about a cup). Good luck!
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Replied by Greg (Florida) on 10/27/2022

CDB Oil works wonders.

Another suggesting is Grounding. --- Plug a ground cord in to the wall socket. Attach the bare metal ground wire to a copper tape or metal tape which should be placed under your bed sheet.


Replied by Maureen (Maryland) on 10/27/2022

Magnesium/Calcium Supplements before bed. Take an iron supplement during the day. Take a walk during the day. While you are lying awake breathe deeply in and out to the count of 100.

Replied by Jen (Australia) on 10/29/2022

Hello Maureen,

Over the years I have had success with my preferred natural solution and that is a tablete of the root herb Valerian.... but make sure it is a good brand, and has nothing else in it... mine from the NZ brand Thompsons are a Valerian 2000 which is good for reducing any stress that may be causing not being able to sleep. Have just tried in on my husband who has had great difficulty sleeping through the night, and was more up then asleep... and happy that it has worked... has slept through the night... so good luck..... being on EC I guess we all know that prescribed sleeping tabs are not what we would choose! Regards Jen

Replied by Fam (Tennessee) on 10/29/2022

I second Jake's suggestion that you use Gaba. It comes in lozenges and other forms and is used for anxiety, but is very helpful for sleep, as well. Have you tried Rescue Remedy Sleep? That seems to work for me along with Gaba on a bad night. It's true that micronized progesterone also helps with sleep, but it's important that hormones be tested and that the entire array of imbalance be addressed. Progesterone is just one part of it.
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Replied by Blessed333 (Edmond, OK) on 10/29/2022

Hormones need to be balanced - progesterone and estrogen especially, bone broth or collagen helps a lot, melatonin, or if you have stress issues, cortisol-reducing supplements. Lemon balm tea or holy basil - tulsi tea.
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Replied by Ron (USA) on 10/30/2022

Self-hypnosis is one of the most effective things I've found for sleep. But it takes a bit of time and effort. I find that requires initially two 40 minutes sessions a day. One in the morning and another in the evening to be effective, but I really think it does. The second session can be done will going to sleep so it's not as big of a time investment as it might seem.
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Replied by Thomas Lewis (Tucson, AZ) on 10/30/2022

Hi Tracy,

For decades with water I have taken a slightly rounded iced teaspoon of soy lecithin powder late afternoons or before bed for sleep. I also add a 1200 mg liquid soy lecithin softgel just for variety, although it is not necessary for results.

Lecithin has lots of phosphatidyl choline which relaxes the nervous system.

Eating chocolate can for two nights keep me from getting back to sleep in the night, but chocolate flavonols are good for the brain.

I buy lecithin powder by the pound at BulkFoods, but they have been out of stock for months. has it, though.

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Replied by Jo (UK) on 10/31/2022

Hi Tracey, I went through a terrible period of insomnia that lasted over 2 years. During that time I was taking Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 which I had taken for many years for other medical conditions. I tried numerous additional vitamins and supplements in addition to the two I've mentioned above to help with the insomnia but nothing helped. I wasn't falling asleep until between 5am and 8am most nights and then would wake again after a few hours. I felt mentally and physically broken. Nine months ago I started taking Zinc Picolinate 30 mg one a day and Vitamin B Complex capsules 82 mg one a day. From the very first day my sleeping went back to normal and has stayed normal to this day. I just make sure I take them religiously, usually early evening.

Hope this might be of some help to you.

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Replied by Tracey (Gahanna Ohio ) on 11/03/2022

Thanks to everyone who responded to my insomnia question. Again, I?ve tried the kitchen sink and several suggestions from this site including Ted?s, and I?m still not sleeping sadly to say. However I was given Ambien and will try that tonight as I?ve been taking Trazadone 100 mg a night going to give the new meds a try.

I had blood work and my results are Hypopituitarism level 21. Does anyone have a cure for this or know what I should do and if it causes insomnia?



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