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Zzzquill to help fall asleep

SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
edited December 2016 in General 10779 karma
Hey everyone,

So I have been seriously considering some sort of sleep aid to help me form the habit of going to bed at an earlier time. The problem is I like to fight my sleep. Like I really fight sleep and I could be super tired.... So I have been thinking of trying out ZZZquill to see if that might help me just fall asleep faster. Have anyone of you tried it? Would love to know what you guys think.

Also, I want to give it up as soon as I feel like my habit of going to bed early has been formed. So I need it to be non-addictive. It says on the bottle it is but I do want to confirm that.

I want to go from this:

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To this:
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  • AlexAlex Alum Member
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    @Sami said:
    So I have been thinking of trying out ZZZquill to see if that might help me just fall asleep faster. Have anyone of you tried it? Would love to know what you guys think.

    Yeah, I found that it didn't help me all that much. I tried the liquid and the capsules. Then again, I have pretty bad insomnia, so I wouldn't count it out. :)
  • SprinklesSprinkles Alum Member
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    @"Alex Divine" said:
    I have pretty bad insomnia,
    you sure do lol.

    Sami, I personally don't have experience with any sleep aids but I've heard positive things about zquil. If I remember correctly, I believe @"Cant Get Right" has used it :)
  • Cant Get RightCant Get Right Yearly + Live Member Sage 🍌 7Sage Tutor
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    Yep that's what I used to get into my sleep rhythm. Took me maybe three weeks of using it before I no longer need it. The main thing for me was getting up in the morning even if I hadn't gotten much sleep. That was really problematic in the beginning, but that was really important to establishing a consistent cycle. Up at the same time, down at the same time. I just had to force it long enough for my internal clock to adapt. Then it was easy to maintain. Even the night before the test, mind racing, I pretty much went right to sleep. My body knew it was time to sleep, even if my mind didn't.
  • lawschoolstuff16lawschoolstuff16 Alum Member
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    I've used it before when my sleep schedule was a mess and it was nice to fall asleep to, but waking up I didn't feel refreshed at all. I liked using it full force for about one week (you can use it for longer depending on how much you really need it), and then after that I kind of kept using it sparingly for a week after. It was fine, I didn't experience any addictive symptoms and it helped me fix my sleep schedule without any serious consequences. I would recommend it.

    I was going to recommend melatonin pills because they're usually better for you, but you have to 'TRY' to sleep as you take them otherwise you can develop an immunity for them -- so based on your situation, I would not recommend these at all :)
  • lawschoolstuff16lawschoolstuff16 Alum Member
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    Oh, and I'm not sure if you're a caffeine junkie (like I am) but recently I've been having some pretty bad insomnia, so I've cut my caffeine sources after 4pm so that I can get to bed at a reasonable hour. That might also help.
  • AlexAlex Alum Member
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    @montaha.rizeq said:
    you sure do lol.
    Haha! *Up on discord at 4am* :)
  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
    edited December 2016 10779 karma
    @"Cant Get Right" said:
    Took me maybe three weeks of using it before I no longer need it.
    @Montaha.rizeq lol thank you for tagging @"Cant Get Right" but seriously he is like the worst person to ask for advice. ;) I did ask him previously. lol Josh had you told me, I would not have made this post at all. But thank you for the information, it was really helpful. I am happy to know that I can use it for as long as three weeks and still be okay. Thanks : )

    @lawschoolstuff16 That's really great to hear that they are not addictive and don't have any serious side-effects. So I am definitely leaning towards giving it a go. <3 As far as Melatonin is considered, yeah it probably wouldn't work since the problem is not that I am not tired, but I refuse to sleep. Why? I have no idea : ( But hopefully this helps. Also, I barely drink caffeine except during my mornings. : (

    Seriously thank you both @"Cant Get Right" and @"lawschoolstuff16". This was some great advice and knowledge.

    @"Alex Divine" lol I know dude. And part of the problem with my sleep is you <3 and Discord. I am thinking of getting rid of that app! <3 But I do love you <3
  • AlexAlex Alum Member
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    @Sami said:
    @"Alex Divine" lol I know dude. And part of the problem with my sleep is you <3 and Discord. I am thinking of getting rid of that app! <3 But I do love you <3
    :( I know, we've gotten pretty bad, haha. I won't blame you... (even though I know secretly you probably wont, lol) I love you too, even if you do get rid of it haha. There's always text and whatnot.

    I think @"Cant Get Right" has it pretty much down to a science. His method seems pretty legit and I know tons of others who have followed suit. My whole problem is my brain won't shut off. I have some prescription stuff that helps, but leaves you feeling groggy. No Bueno
  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
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    @"Alex Divine" said:
    There's always text and whatnot.
    Oh Lawd! Did not think of that! Welp! <3
  • MrSamIamMrSamIam Inactive ⭐
    edited December 2016 2086 karma
    Ugh, I'm the same way! During the day, my brain wants to go into hibernation...at night, it want's to study up on quantum physics.
    Anyhow, the ingredient in Zzzquil that causes sleep is diphenhydramine (an antihistamine, the same one found in Benadryl). Plenty of people use diphenhydramine as a sleep aid. But, one thing that you need to keep in mind is that it promotes sleep via sedation. What you should aim for, instead, is sleep promotion via sleep-pattern adjustment. In other words, your sleep-pattern is probably out of whack - I'm guessing you're either in college, or a recent grad. You need to readjust it so that your body naturally wants to sleep at a certain time. Melatonin tends to aid in the aforementioned task.
    Diphenhydramine works wonders if you're just not having a good night, and really need to knock out ASAP. But using it every night isn't going to correct your sleep pattern.
  • Ann MarieAnn Marie Alum Member
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    I tried few, but I gave up because of the side effect. One kind made me fatigue and dizzy in the morning, another one always brought me strange dreams. Now I meditate before bed, there are some meditation apps you could find,and they usually have sessions for sleep. Just listen to it before bed, that really helps.
  • Stevie CStevie C Alum Member
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    Unless you're getting the Alcohol Free version, keep in mind that ZZZquil is about 10% alcohol by volume. You might feel a tad groggy when you wake up -- but you'll probably still feel a lot better than if you hadn't slept. I'm going to use ZzzQuil before my next LSAT.
  • bjphillips5bjphillips5 Alum Member
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    Yay zzzzzzzzzquil
  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
    edited December 2016 10779 karma
    @MrSamIam @"Ann Marie" @"Stevie C" @sweetsecret
    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with me. I did take it into consideration and it was really helpful. Thanks! <3 <3

    @Lawschoolstuff16 @"Cant Get Right" @"Alex Divine". Once again thank you for all your help! I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me that all of you shared your experiences with me and tried to help me. So thank you! : ). And a special shout out to @bjphillips for checking up on me and making sure I had support <3 Seriously I did not expect for everyone to be so helpful towards my LSAT studies. So thank you all <3

    I guess a little update: At the end I did not end up taking Zzzquill. lol! I seriously intended to and I went and bought it yesterday evening and put it on my nightstand with a glass of water. But at first I decided to drink some Jasmine tea and do some meditation. @bjphillips5 You would be so proud, I finally bought a subscription to Headspace and I used the 10 minute sleep exercise. I wasn't sure it would work and in case it didn't I was ready to take Zzzquill and I remember tossing a bit but then suddenly I was out!

    I don't know how but I woke up by myself at 3:49 A.M! No Alarm! and surprisingly felt super refreshed; I worked out, ate breakfast, read a book and its only 6:40 A.M. but I am sitting on my desk ready to study LSAT.

    I hope this becomes a habit, and I am going to do something similar tonight too. But in case it doesn't there is always Zzzquill right there ready for me.

    Thank you everyone! You guys are great. <3

    How I feel right now:
    https://media.giphy.com/media/DYH297XiCS2Ck/giphy.gif
  • Cant Get RightCant Get Right Yearly + Live Member Sage 🍌 7Sage Tutor
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    @Sami said:
    @"Cant Get Right" but seriously he is like the worst person to ask for advice. ;) I did ask him previously. lol Josh had you told me, I would not have made this post at all.
    Had I told you, you would have done what I did, wouldn't have made this post, and would not have devised a better system for yourself:) I know what I'm doing here!
  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
    edited December 2016 10779 karma
    @"Cant Get Right" said:
    I know what I'm doing here!
    I see your point Dr. Ford from Westworld ;) I get it now, you were trying to make me suffer so I can get stronger and conquer LSAT aka my life ;)

    Thanks : )
  • Daniel2433Daniel2433 Alum Member
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    https://www.amazon.com/Kirkland-Signature-Nighttime-Sleep-25mg/dp/B000UIEIBY

    This is what I use to get back into a 11-6 sleep schedule when I fall out of it
  • KathrynKKathrynK Member
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    I have good luck with melatonin, a hot shower, and warm milk.
  • inactiveinactive Alum Member
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    I had some melatonin gummies that I used for years. Don't remember the brand now since my local pharmacy stopped selling them [:(!!!] but they worked well.
  • J_ClarksonJ_Clarkson Alum Member
    edited October 2019 585 karma
    I see it's been said before but I agree: melatonin, meditation, and some kind of nightly ritual.
  • Cant Get RightCant Get Right Yearly + Live Member Sage 🍌 7Sage Tutor
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    @McLovinLSAT said:
    some kind of nightly ritual.
    Yeah, this is a great addition to this topic. I've talked a lot about my routine, but it really did become more of a ritual--both my mornings and nights. Very good for going into test day when anxiety runs high.
  • Michael MaMichael Ma Alum Member
    edited October 2017 186 karma

    Have you tried going for a run a few hours before bed? I always sleep better after working out.

  • inactiveinactive Alum Member
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    Zzzquil worked for me, but only the melatonin gummies. For some reason the liquid form doesn't work as well.

  • yeshesviniyeshesvini Member
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    have u tied warm glass of milk with a pinch of turmeric before bed?? it is an age old natural remedy that will have u dozing away soon after...has to do with being a natural laxative and easing the digestive functions to trigger body into rest mode...

    also yoga helps naturalize regular sleep patterns....

    had to suggest the hippie way of doing it :)

  • RJmazo14RJmazo14 Alum Member
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    I think it’s very important to have a balanced study routine....this includes taking time to unwind. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, I’d highly recommend taking anywhere from 30-60 mins at the end of the night to unwind.

    Watching an episode or two of Netflix and drinking a glass or two of wine (I personally prefer whiskey) will help you get those sleepy eyes real quick. Plus anti-oxidants from the wine is an added bonus lol

  • LCMama2017LCMama2017 Alum Member
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    Lol - I'm reading this thread and its nearly a year old!

  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
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    @LCMama2017 said:
    Lol - I'm reading this thread and its nearly a year old!

    lol definitely very old. But probably still relevant.

    For anyone wanting to know progress on this I have found that an evening routine where I start with yoga at 8:30 pm, take a shower at 9 pm, and drink some warm tea in bed while reading a book to be immensely helpful in falling asleep. I also have my room set up with smart lights that start dimming at 9:30 all the way till 10 pm. This way I am basically asleep by the time lights go off naturally. I have also found that not having any more screen time after yoga to be helpful. I used to try to fall asleep by watching tv shows on my laptop. It just doesn't work. I think having the screen on, even cell phone, can interfere with sleep.

    @RJmazo14
    lol I don't know about alcohol. I have found alcohol to cause me headaches the next day and not worth it. :(

    @yeshesvini said:

    I love hippie stuff <3. For some things at least. lol
    Actually my mom is Indian and I remember she used to give me home made fresh keifer mixed with turmeric right before bed. She used to get fresh turmeric from Indian stores. I no longer live around those so I don't know where I would get them from. Walmart never seems to have them :(

    @"Michael Ma" said:
    Have you tried going for a run a few hours before bed? I always sleep better after working out.

    I run around 6 pm. I do think I sleep better on those days <3

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    Haha yes this thread is old but always relevant. I'm a terrible insomniac too! Just naturally a night owl, and then sometimes I get anxiety at night that just doesn't allow my brain to shut off. Sometimes I'll be SO tired but completely incapable of falling asleep; it's the worst.

    I take melatonin - I like 3mg of the Nature Made brand specifically. It's readily available and for some reason works better than others for me. I feel like it is faster acting so it makes me sleepy faster. (Beware with melatonin: per my naturopath, taking 3mg is safe but taking any more of it regularly can make your body stop producing as much melatonin on its own. So that should be max dose.)

    That said, I also recently started taking a magnesium supplement and it is magic!! It's called Natural Calm. You dissolve the powder in a glass of water and drink it before bed. That in combination with the melatonin has nearly cured that anxiety-ridden insomnia for me! It's definitely not cheap, but if you want to invest in it I think it's worth it. It's a natural de-stressor and anti-muscle cramping. Side benefit is that I've been sleeping sooooo much better. But those other uses also sound good for LSAT study haha.

  • tringo335tringo335 Alum Member
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    @"Leah M B" said:
    Haha yes this thread is old but always relevant. I'm a terrible insomniac too! Just naturally a night owl, and then sometimes I get anxiety at night that just doesn't allow my brain to shut off. Sometimes I'll be SO tired but completely incapable of falling asleep; it's the worst.

    I take melatonin - I like 3mg of the Nature Made brand specifically. It's readily available and for some reason works better than others for me. I feel like it is faster acting so it makes me sleepy faster. (Beware with melatonin: per my naturopath, taking 3mg is safe but taking any more of it regularly can make your body stop producing as much melatonin on its own. So that should be max dose.)

    That said, I also recently started taking a magnesium supplement and it is magic!! It's called Natural Calm. You dissolve the powder in a glass of water and drink it before bed. That in combination with the melatonin has nearly cured that anxiety-ridden insomnia for me! It's definitely not cheap, but if you want to invest in it I think it's worth it. It's a natural de-stressor and anti-muscle cramping. Side benefit is that I've been sleeping sooooo much better. But those other uses also sound good for LSAT study haha.

    Melatonin is my favorite too!

  • ChandymenChandymen Alum Member
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    10 mg maxiumum strength Melatonin do the trick for me.

  • studyingandrestudyingstudyingandrestudying Core Member
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    Yes, routines help; maybe a year ago, I listened to a podcast of "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" where she interviewed people with insomnia, and it was good and helpful to hear people's empathy for each other's struggles. I'm really glad to hear things have improved.

  • ppcoelho1ppcoelho1 Alum Member
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    hi, zzzquil is great, but i don't recommend taking it the night before a PT or the actual test unless you wake up 4-5 hours before the test. I'm usually really slow and groggy the morning after. I take it when i experience bad insomnia and it's worth feeling a bit groggy and get 8 hours of sleep over getting 2-3 hours a night for a long period of time.

  • albert L.albert L. Member
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    You can try melatonin pills instead of zzzquil. It helps me fall asleep.

  • kjsmith914kjsmith914 Alum Member
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    Y'ALL. I am very much a night owl. What has helped me for years in maintaining a regular sleep schedule is melatonin. It's naturally produced in the body and really powerful -- you only need about 10mg. Take 30 mins before falling asleep and you'll be out. It doesn't make you groggy the next day either.

  • Trust But VerifyTrust But Verify Alum Member
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  • tanes256tanes256 Alum Member
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    I haven't read this entire thread but the best thing for me was marjoram oil, not sweet marjoram. There's a difference. I tried all kinds of melatonin. Def brands and dosages and I got no results. I was abusing Benadryl but I need it because I'm allergic to a lot of crap so I figured I needed something else. I was taking Tylenol PM but eventually got a prescription for Ambien. It worked but I wasn't able to stay asleep and I also hallucinated. I saw a gorilla at the foot of my bed, there were chicks making out in my bed and the Grim Reaper was standing in a corner in my bedroom. I stuck with that for about a year but that wasn't for me. The oil was about $10 and I've never looked back. Highly recommended. You can put it in a diffuser and run it about an hour before bed, swipe a little under your nose, put a few drops on a cotton ball and put in your pillow case or inhale a few times sniffs in each nostril.

  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
    edited May 2018 10779 karma

    I have been wanting to give an update on this for a while now. It's always good to reflect and see what has worked and what didn't. So here are a few things I tried.

    Watching shows on Laptop: I think this is like our default strategy to fall asleep. It has never worked nor do I think it ever will. lol

    Zzzquill: I tried this and although it definitely put me to sleep, it also knocked me out to the point that I would feel tired well into the day. My brain would feel sluggish for a big part of the day and it required a lot of coffee to get myself to start being productive. It's not something I felt that was conducive to LSAT. Maybe it doesn't have the same effect on everyone but for me, I had to ditch it if I wanted to study.

    Meditation/Headspace: I felt like I didn't really get helped by this. I used the sleep session a lot and at the end you have to count down from 1000 very slowly. I remember I could keep doing this for a long time and just still not be able to sleep. Some days it would work, some days it wouldn't. I had to find something else that was consistent.

    So what did work....

    Funny enough, when I found a solution, I completely forgot that I solved my problem. It wasn't until recently that some events lead me to be without it and my old problem came back that I realized how effective they had been.

    So what did work was a combination of things. I have a hard and fast rule of not having any screen time after 9:30 pm. When I go to sleep, I keep my phone charger extremely far from my bed. This ensures that I don't stay on my phone lying in bed. This also means when the alarm goes off in the morning, I have to get up to snooze it and what's the point of snoozing if you are already out of the bed. Might as well now go and workout! lol Besides, once I am off the bed, my dog ensures that I don't get back into it. She gets super excited and jumpy because out of bed means its her walk time and later on we run together. But its not sufficient. I also started around the same time a bed time ritual. I brew a cup of herbal tea and take a fun book to bed. I have basically re-read all the the harry potter books and I am now reading the Casual Vacancy (any book suggestions are welcome :). A couple of weeks ago I ran out of my herbal tea and I ordered some online from Rishi tea. Little did I realize they take about a week and a half to arrive - I guess I am spoiled by amazon! Within two days, I could no longer fall asleep. I would just lay there or go annoy my boyfriend because he could stay up -he didn't find it funny. lol It suddenly occurred to me that I used to be like this a year ago but it hasn't been a problem for a while because I had found a solution! So the next day I went to Walmart and picked up their "fancy" tea i.e. Tazo. I quickly learned that not all tea's are created equal. I was so excited that night to fall asleep with my tea but as soon as I took a sip of it -the less said the better. Needless to say I had to ditch Tazo. But when my Rishi teas did arrive, I brewed one cup of it, took it to bed with my book and immediately feel asleep. Maybe its the floral aroma and smooth honey notes of my tea. Either way, it works!

    I think the biggest lesson is, none of them are sufficient but together they work wonders on me! They make me look forward to going to bed and having the phone away ensures that I don't get distracted from taking that time out for myself <3.

  • LindsMitchLindsMitch Alum Member
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    I haven't tried rishi teas! I drink yogi teas quite a bit and I like some of stash's caffeinated blends (like breakfast in Paris). I'll have to try!!

    Bedtime routine is super important. I think minimizing screen time is huge, I need to be better about that as well.

  • 439 karma

    My favorite bed time tea is mugwort tea, super aromatic and earthy. It can be kind of hard to find a reliable source for it though. My local hippie health food store often mistakes their mugwort for wormwood. Those fools! Artemisia vulgaris is not artemesia absynthium, but they are pretty easily mistake for each other. I tried buying my own seeds to grow the plant myself but I think I accidentally bought wormwood seeds x.x anyway you could just buy tea bags online, but I like loose leaf. If the tea is super bitter it's wormwood. If its super calming and earthy it's mugwort.

    Also I recommend Never let me go by Kazu Ishiguro

  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
    edited May 2018 10779 karma

    @"gerth.brooks" said:
    My favorite bed time tea is mugwort tea, super aromatic and earthy. It can be kind of hard to find a reliable source for it though. My local hippie health food store often mistakes their mugwort for wormwood. Those fools! Artemisia vulgaris is not artemesia absynthium, but they are pretty easily mistake for each other. I tried buying my own seeds to grow the plant myself but I think I accidentally bought wormwood seeds x.x anyway you could just buy tea bags online, but I like loose leaf. If the tea is super bitter it's wormwood. If its super calming and earthy it's mugwort.

    lol about the seeds!! I may give it a go since I love having a garden. Are they easy to grow?

    I have seen mugwort tea before in health food stores but the name is so weird that I couldn't muster the courage to try it! I'll give it a go and do my best to not mess up.

    Also I recommend Never let me go by Kazu Ishiguro

    Thank you for the book recommendation! It looks good and its in my amazon cart!

    @LindsMitch said:
    I haven't tried rishi teas! I drink yogi teas quite a bit and I like some of stash's caffeinated blends (like breakfast in Paris). I'll have to try!!

    I havn't tried Yogi teas but I might give it a go! I am just scarred from teas that Walmart store sells. But when I emotionally recover, lol, I'll actually get that to try.

    Yeah, do give Rishi teas a try!. They are just so delicious. My favorite one is Valerian Dreams. It has rose petals, cardamom, licorice, strawberries, and other good stuff. I also love their turmeric chai. There is no black tea in that one and its caffeine free. It's just spices like cinnamon, ginger, coconut, turmeric etc and once I mix it with coconut milk, its very dreamy and aromatic.

    I think Rishi teas look expensive, but the ones I got are not that expensive. I think by weight and how many servings I get out of them, I think it might be a better deal. I buy about 1/4 pound each and they last me more than a month.

    Bedtime routine is super important. I think minimizing screen time is huge, I need to be better about that as well.

    Yeah, even with tea if I have my phone on me, I end up staying awake. So its super helpful to make it a rule that as soon as I enter the bedroom at night, the phone goes on the charger by the door. Only then do I walk over to my bed.

  • Return On InferenceReturn On Inference Alum Member
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    I wouldn't advise anyone to use sleep aids like zzzquil to aid sleep when preparing for the LSAT.

    Most of these inexpensive OTC sleep aids use diphenhydramine as the main ingredient, which is a gen 1 antihistamine. It has a long half-life (up to 13 hours IIRC) and so the drowsiness can persist well into the 2nd day. Diphenhydramine is also pretty notorious for causing brain fog and cognitive decline on nootropic forums.

    A low dose of 300-600mcg of melatonin 30 minutes before bed coupled with blue light filters on electronics is a much better way to adapt to a new sleep schedule.

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    @Sami said:
    Are they easy to grow?

    Mine are all dead. But I think that speaks more to my nurturing capabilities than to how hardy they are.

  • SamiSami Live Member Sage 7Sage Tutor
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    @"Return On Inference" said:
    I wouldn't advise anyone to use sleep aids like zzzquil to aid sleep when preparing for the LSAT.

    Most of these inexpensive OTC sleep aids use diphenhydramine as the main ingredient, which is a gen 1 antihistamine. It has a long half-life (up to 13 hours IIRC) and so the drowsiness can persist well into the 2nd day. Diphenhydramine is also pretty notorious for causing brain fog and cognitive decline on nootropic forums.

    A low dose of 300-600mcg of melatonin 30 minutes before bed coupled with blue light filters on electronics is a much better way to adapt to a new sleep schedule.

    Thanks for the advice! That would explain why each time I felt so groggy for so long the next day. How do you know so much?

    @"gerth.brooks" said:

    @Sami said:
    Are they easy to grow?

    Mine are all dead. But I think that speaks more to my nurturing capabilities than to how hardy they are.

    Lol :joy: Fair enough!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    I like Trader Joe's sleepy time tea. It's a mint and chamomile blend, very soothing.

    I discovered a new thing that helps me though! It's maybe a little counterintuitive, but probably depends on why you have trouble sleeping. I now often fall asleep listening to the podcast "Sleep With Me". It's designed to put you to sleep! It's really weird but it does actually work for me.

    Part of my problem with sleeping is I get that brain-going-1000mph thing where I just can't shut it off. Random thoughts going through my head, replaying the day, thinking about the next day... lots of mind wandering. So when it's just quiet, my brain spins around and around in circles. Enter, Sleep With Me podcast! It's really odd, kind of surreal-ish nonsensical storytelling in a super droning voice. It's like it gives my brain just enough to focus on that I stop hearing all of my own thoughts. But it's not engrossing enough to make me stay awake listening to it. I also use the Sleep Cycle app to track my sleep as well the alarm functions, and it has white noise that will fade out once you fall asleep. So now when I am ready to go to sleep, I set my alarm on Sleep Cycle and start the white noise, then start up the Sleep With Me podcast with the sleep timer set so it turns off after 1 episode. They'll run simultaneously, so you get a nice white noise with the podcast over the top of it.

    It's not a cure-all, I take melatonin and my magnesium supplement, and still often have a hard time getting to sleep. But the podcast has helped a ton to cut down on the time that I'm just lying awake in bed and getting overrun with anxiety.

  • mjmonte17mjmonte17 Alum Member
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    Extra strength melatonin works for me and it's all natural. I have tried Zzzquill, but it doesn't seem to work as fast as melatonin. The only downside I have experienced with melatonin is the occasional feeling of grogginess when I wake up.

  • Return On InferenceReturn On Inference Alum Member
    edited May 2018 503 karma

    Would also like to add that for Melatonin, less is more, and you may not necessarily want to take huge doses. I see a lot of people on this thread advocating for 10mg doses, but IMO that's way too much. You only need 100-300mcg to get the full effect.

    Relevant research:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8127888

    We examined effects of very low doses of melatonin (0.1-10 mg, orally) or placebo, administered at 1145 h, on sleep latency and duration, mood, performance, oral temperature, and changes in serum melatonin levels in 20 healthy male volunteers. A repeated-measure double-blind Latin square design was used. Subjects completed a battery of tests designed to assess mood and performance between 0930 and 1730 h. The sedative-like effects of melatonin were assessed by a simple sleep test: at 1330 h subjects were asked to hold a positive pressure switch in each hand and to relax with eyes closed while reclining in a quiet darkened room. Latency and duration of switch release, indicators of sleep, were measured. Areas under the time-melatonin concentration curve varied in proportion to the different melatonin doses ingested, and the 0.1- and 0.3-mg doses generated peak serum melatonin levels that were within the normal range of nocturnal melatonin levels in untreated people. All melatonin doses tested significantly increased sleep duration, as well as self-reported sleepiness and fatigue, relative to placebo. Moreover, all of the doses significantly decreased sleep-onset latency, oral temperature, and the number of correct responses on the Wilkinson auditory vigilance task. These data indicate that orally administered melatonin can be a highly potent hypnotic agent; they also suggest that the physiological increase in serum melatonin levels, which occurs around 2100 h daily, may constitute a signal initiating normal sleep onset.

    This is relevant because Melatonin is a hormone, and overloading your body on it each night could cause down-regulation and other unintended effects. If you take 10mg (30-100x the effective dose) each night, you could affect your body's ability to react to your naturally produced melatonin.

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    @"Return On Inference" Agree in theory, but 100-300 mcg does absolutely nothing for me. That's such a tiny dose. But I've also discussed with my doctor (who is a naturopath) and she encouraged 3mg every night. More than that (on a regular basis) and you can affect your body's natural production. But I'm very happy with my 3mg dose.

  • lady macbethlady macbeth Alum Member
    edited May 2018 894 karma

    I haven't read all of the comments above so, sorry if I mention something someone has already suggested!!!!

    Anyways, I have had a history of chronic insomnia that I've sought out medical help for. Unfortunately my doctor says he doesn't prescribe Rx sleep aids to people who are my age range (I'm 22) and/or to those who have a history of depression. He told me I'd have to fend for myself with OTC sleep aids. Anyways, it's really hard for me to find anything cause not only do I have trouble falling asleep -- I have trouble staying asleep. Sometimes, I'll wait up at like 3am and won't be able to go back to sleep afterwards. I'm practically immune to melatonin and I've taken like 90mg at a time before just cause I CAN'T GET TO SLEEP!!!! And even when I do get to sleep sometimes, my sleep isn't of high quality. As in I don't spend a lot of time in the 'deep sleep' cycle lol.

    Anyways lol sorry for the rant --- but here are a few things that I have deduced are a great help to ~sleepytime~-

    1) The Vitamin Shoppe sells a tea made by Triple Leaf tea and it's the 'relaxing' one. It's gotten rave reviews and I find that it works more often than not for me. But most people say it's like a godsend to them. https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/triple-leaf-teas-relaxing-herbal-tea-20-bag/tf-1003?mr:trackingCode=E64C5D84-C9E0-E511-80ED-00505694403D&amp;mr:referralID=NA&amp;sourceType=sc&amp;source=SHOP&amp;acqsource=adlucent&amp;utm_source=Shopping&amp;utm_medium=CSE&amp;utm_campaign=Triple Leaf Teas&amp;utm_content=TF-1003&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjw_tTXBRBsEiwArqXyMvxmsz6GMbmtyvkJeTr-u5XRFKyV8dj029M-qC9BjTp27yjeiQ6jsRoCrnoQAvD_BwE

    2) Valerian root capsules. They are like vitamins and are the main ingredient in the tea I mentioned above! Sometimes I take one capsule and a cup of the tea.

    3) Benadryl. This is dicey but it gets the job done. Sometimes it could make me sleep for like 12 hours lol other times I can run a marathon at 2am.

    4) Unisom; an OTC sleep aid. This works but I built a tolerance to it. The standard serving/dosage is one tablet. But after ti stopped working on me, I started taking 2 tablets but then it made me sleep way too much, with groggyness upon waking and lethargy throughout the day. I didn't want that. But the one tablet works especially if your insomnia isn't so serious.

    I use some of the methods mentioned above when I have trouble sleeping cause Nyquil, zzquil, and melatonin don't work on me unfortunately. I hope it helps you choose your ideal sleep aid!!! #1 & #2 or a combo of both are typically my method of choice :smiley: But alas, all forms of sleep aid are prone to developing tolerances. So they should only really be used to help push you to improve your cycle on your own. I also find that waking up early, no matter how tired I am or not, grinding through the day and going to the gym -- puts me in a better position to sleep at night.

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