Problems falling asleep

I have been having problems falling asleep for a while now, I’ve tried things like reading before bed and not watching tv using the computer etc. but nothing seems to work. By the time i get to sleep (usually an hour or two after i turned out the lights) basically only my alarm can wake me up (I slept right through hurricane Ike). Does anyone have any tips to fall asleep faster?

Are you eating any food or drinks with caffeine in the late afternoon? You should avoid things like pop and chocolate after 3 PM.

Are you working out near bed time? If you are, it races your heart making it harder to fall asleep.

What time do you go to sleep on the weekends? If you are staying up late on the weekends, it will be harder to go to bed early on the weekdays.

Are you working out or doing anything to get your heartrate up before you sleep? This could be the problem.

Depending on your age, and if no other issues are at work here, it’s just probably a growing up thing. Alot of youngsters experience this during their mid teen years 13 - 17.

Your body is changing chemically and in other ways that some youngsters find difficult to adjust to. Some youngster actually have growing pains while their trying to get to sleep, others experience wake-up spells during the night, and still others have leg cramps in the middle of the night.

I’d suggest to let it pass and don’t be too concerned, unless this condition wears on constantly and changes your diet, attention span, concentration at school, and so on. Also, keep a daily record of your weight by weighing yourself on your bathroom scale. If you notice rapid drops in body weight - tell your folks ASAP.

Coach B.

This is a dangerous question to ask a bunch of baseball fanatics. If it gets to be a big concern you might want to consult a doctor or sleep clinic.

Caffeine was mentioned…that’s a big culprit.
Stress is another…

Good Luck…I could send you a copy of “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. It seems to put my kid to sleep within five minutes guarenteed.

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Increasing testosterone in the teen years can really keep you awake. Sometimes I lie in bed just wired, sometimes when I don’t work out for a longer period of time it can happen. Its hard sometimes but you just have to fight through it.

Sometimes I try and figure out all the prime numbers haha, I usually don’t make it past the 20’s. :lol: :lol:

Are you stressed out? What’s your diet like? You may respond well to magnesium supplementation…

It’s involved in over 300 biochemical processes and the rda is 400 mgs… Taken pre-bed, it may help you fall asleep and possibly stay asleep…

Just an fyi, haha…

[quote]Night owls are more creative
Jennifer Viegas
Discovery News

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Late-night gig
Prefer to stay up late? It’s your inner creativity speaking (Image: iStockphoto)
Do your best work at night? Take solace as new research suggests that night owls are more likely to be creative thinkers.

Scientists can’t yet fully explain why evening types appear to be more creative, but they suggest it could be an adaptation to living outside the norm.

“Being in a situation which diverges from conventional habit, nocturnal types often experience this situation, may encourage the development of a non-conventional spirit and of the ability to find alternative and original solutions,” says Professor Marina Giampietro, lead author of a study to be published in the February 2007 issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

The Italian researchers, from the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, studied 120 men and women of varying ages.

A self-report questionnaire evaluated degrees of morning and evening dispositions. In fact, true morning and evening-oriented people are actually rare, since most of us fall somewhere in between.

Once the subjects were categorised into either morning, evening or intermediate types, they underwent three tests designed to measure creative thinking.

During the first activity, test subjects were asked to draw and title a picture based on an image shown by the researchers.

For the second activity, called incomplete shapes, test subjects added lines to create pictures out of straight and curved lines. They then were asked to give their pictures a title.

The final test was similar, only this time the individuals were presented with 30 pairs of vertical lines.

Scientists scored each completed activity on originality, elaboration, fluidity and flexibility factors.

Evening types aced each test based on these criteria, while morning and intermediate type people struggled to get scores over 50.

The researchers also discovered that age didn’t curtail creativity.

“Our study supports the notion that creative characteristics persist in aged people,” the scientists write.

Night owl? Blame your brain

Hans Van Dongen, associate research professor at the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University, helped to discover the biological explanation behind morning and evening types.

He and his colleagues found that a small group of brain cells, called suprachiasmatic nuclei, emit signals to the body that synchronise the time of day.

This biological clock runs two hours ahead in morning types and two hours later in evening types.

Morning and evening-oriented people may follow other schedules, due to work, school and other demands, but their preferred schedule is more in sync with this internal clock, which may be partly determined by genetics.

Van Dongen says that the finding about creativity and evening types is “certainly novel, and one I would not have expected on biological grounds”.

He suggests that the observed differences in creativity might have to do with the fact that evening people also tend to be more extroverted than morning and intermediate types.

“One could reasonably envision a link between the personality trait of extroversion and the finding of creativity,” Van Dongen says.[/quote]

for teenagers it is difficult to get enough sleep. teens natural body clock allows them to go to sleep at around ten or eleven due to a rise in the chemical hormone melatonin. adults natural body clock allows them to go to sleep at around nine. plus teens have to get up at around six for school! what you can do however is set a specific time to go to bed every night and wake up at the same time everyday. try not eating within three hours of bed because digestion uses energy and it also keeps you awake. everything else that needs to be said is in the other posts. good luck