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    Valerian to help with sleep

    Hi all again,

    I am a little worried about hubby using anything to help him sleep at night. He has suggested valerian, a natural remedy, and I wondered if anyone had any ideas? I donít feel happy about sleeping tablets, I guess they might put him in too deeper sleep?

    Thank you.

    Wailywoo xx

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    Hi Wailywoo. There's a sleep app with relaxing music that a guy with heart problems created with friends on his website. It's based in New Zealand and is free to download on their website, address below. It was featured in the Guardian and BBC News last year. It helped me for months, and then I listened to BBC World Service for a couple of months. Now I don't need anything to get to sleep. I've suffered from insomnia off and on for many years. I'm enjoying being able to drop off but still wake several times during the night. I drop back off easily after a change of position or taking some pain killers. Often in the past if I woke I couldn't get back to sleep all through the night. The sleep app and World Service helped distract and relax me so I could get back to sleep.
    www.sleepradio.co.nz

    I hope that this helps.

    Lynne
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    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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    Hi Wailywoo,

    My daughter took valerian and it worked OK-ish - no side effects, which is a bonus, but it took a few weeks to kick in fully.

    I think melatonin, another natural remedy, is a better option (my girl couldn't take it as she is only 15) so maybe look into that, then decide between valerian and melatonin?

    Love Ellie.
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    Eye gaze user - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    If hes over 55 he could be prescribed melatonin its a natural hormone it regulates sleeping and waking

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    Hi all,

    Thank you so much for your replies. We decided against valerian for now and have decided to go along the route of massaging foot spa with essential oils in the evening and pain killers just before bedtime and see how it goes for now. Also, the music sounds a good idea Lynne, so have passed on the link to hubby. Many thanks to Ellie and Streetwise for the info about melatonin.

    Sending love to you all,

    Wailywoo xx

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    Hi Wailywoo,

    I listen to talking books to get my brain away from thinking in bed, I soon drift off.

    I don't think there is any harm in taking a sleeping tablet from time to time.

    Love Terry

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