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Cant Sleep

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:26 pm
by Gina2520
Hi All,

My boyfriend stoped smoking new years day and ever since he has not been able to sleep.

He wakes up about 6 times a night and feels tired all day.

Is they anything he could try to help him sleep, i dont want him to take sleeping tablets unless he has to.

I have suggested he cut down on his caffine intake and he has but still cant sleep.

Any sugguestions would be greatly appricated.


Re: Cant Sleep

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:51 am
by Bel Bel
You could tell him to try calms as they are a natural sleep aid.
It may well be his body adjusting and he will eventually get back to normal
Has he tried reading before bed? That helps some people

Re: Cant Sleep

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:34 am
by Aurelie
Hi Gina,

Firstly, well done to your boyfriend for quitting!

There are lots of suggestions:
- Aromatherapy - you can buy little sachets/pouches of oils to put on his pillow which will help him sleep, or products such as the 'Badger' range (all natural, organic) who have a temple rub for relaxing and sleeping (one of my friends has used the anti-anxiety one and says that they are really very effective). Also aromatherapy bath oils, a hot relaxing bath could well help, especially with some calming bath soak.

- A hot drink - i.e. horlicks, it's purpose is for a good nights sleep.

- Wearing himself out - lots of exercise in the day will improve the quality and need for sleep.

- Making sure he is really tired and relaxed before going to bed - sounds silly, but it is true that if someone goes to bed not tired or worked up (i.e. fretting that he won't sleep) then they won't sleep well - the suggestion of reading is a good one to relax before bed (unless he is into horror!)

- Go with it - this shouldn't last forever and will more than likely work itself out when the body has properly re-adjusted. Although it is difficult now, if he goes with it, it should calm down itself.

All the best,

Re: Cant Sleep

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:59 pm
by ToriL87
My ex-boyfriend had terrible nightmares when he gave up smoking (to be honest i thought it was just an excuse at the time) but this could be his bodys way of saying it wants to smoke. So good on him for keeping off the ciggies. I sometimes take kalms like Bel Bel suggested, they are natural and i think possibly mostly a psycological thing.

Boots used to make a pillow mist, was meant to aid a good nights sleep, it had nutmeg and something else in it, it was great-i always thought it helped me fall asleep expecially on nights when i had exams or was stressed out.
when i googled it i found a different one ... illow+mist

Apart from the usual suggestions of reducing caffine, hot drinks, baths etc. why not visit your local health food shop, as they might have some kind of alternative and natural remedy (they maybe make a pillow mist)

Re: Cant Sleep

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:38 pm
by Gina2520
Thanks for the repiles.

he seems to be sleeping better now and has kept up with not smoking.

Thanks again

Re: Cant Sleep

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:39 pm
by snail
That's brilliant, it must have been really hard and he should be immensely proud of it.