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freshman insomnia - how to make a dorm bed comfy?

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  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,792 Senior Member
    It's hard to believe that no one has suggested this in 3+ pages of thread, and it does run somewhat counter to paying3tuitions' well-thought-through advice, but . . . . If the mattress toppers, musical choices, and morning exercise aren't working well enough, he might try a girlfriend.
  • calv1ncalv1n Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    oy vey...I'll stay out of that part of his life and only interfere by buying and sending stuff!
  • umdclassof80umdclassof80 Registered User Posts: 372 Member
    Did your S ever experience sleep problems BEFORE going to college? I have never been what you would call a "good sleeper." When I went to college, it just got much worse. Too much noise, stress, etc. I can remember tossing and turning for hours before finally falling asleep. Fast forward 32 years and it's still rare for me to get a good night's sleep. Now my problem isn't falling asleep, it's staying asleep. When I wake up during the night, I can't fall back to sleep (sometimes for hours). I occasionally take a Benadryl pill at bedtime which almost always helps me fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • calv1ncalv1n Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    Oh Happy day! DS called today to say hi and how much he loves his college and the town and oh, by the way, no sleep problems for the last three or four nights, so it's okay Mom, no need to rush on sending the mattress topper... when you get around to it that'll be cool!

    So was it the lavender, the sleep tea, the naturopathic sleep meds? I am actually doubting that he used any of that stuff I sent priority mail. He just took his sweet time to settle in and is now anxiety free (wait for midterms...) and can sleep! I will still have a mattress topper shipped to him up there. Am so relieved that I have gained back the weight I lost when he was not happy for the first two weeks! Ah, the joys of parenthood. Thanks for all your fabulous support. The parents of CC are amazing.
  • ellemenopeellemenope Registered User Posts: 11,380 Senior Member
    I think the key phrase here is "switch off that endless loop of anxiety".

    This is my biggest problem when I can't sleep. I found that counting backwards from 300 by 3s really helps. It makes me concentrate enough to get my mind off of whatever thoughts were giving me anxiety and keeping me awake, yet it isn't too stimulating.
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