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I have Problems Sleeping at night and Tried Lavendar. It set My Asthma off Big style And I landed in Hospital.My asthma has Nothing to do with it. My doctor Said It would go away But it is Really annoying.It affects My Concentration Levels and I am Always Tred. It is getting really annoying.I was advised Not to try sleeping tablets as They may set off asthma and leave you like a zombie the next day!! any tips??

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though inhaling lavender isnt a good idea, try some original source bath foam. I swear by it when i cant sleep.

also are you a worrier? if so you might find it a good idea to get a ""worry book"" this is a normal notebook where you write everything that is worrying you down before you go to sleep, then tackle the issues in the morning

Hope this helps cos the stress of not sleeping is probably doing you more harm than you realise


Het Wendy thought are family was the only one that had worry books!! we swear by em, for all thought worries and things to do, then you dont have stress of having to remember.

Cant touch any lavender though sets chest right off!! even week stuff!! which is pants when not sleeping at mo!!

Andrea xx


i like that idea of a worry book, i have a very worrying trait where i panic and worry about everything all the time especially silly things as well - i think i'll start one tonight!! x


Also a milky drink before bed and apparently bananas are good for helping to sleep.


I found this:

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant ""relax, everything's fine.""

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs ""time to sleep.""

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.


Get some chamomile, passionflower and hops put them in muslin and tie it under the tap running a warm but not boiling hot bath. All are sleep inducers but if you have an allergy to any of them obviously don't use them. Most people will be set of by what I call ""plastic"" lavender the only stuff I use is home done lavender water and the flower heads. Even brought lavender flowers will have been ""flavoured"" with some chemical to make it smell better!

Hot milk and brandy works everytime for me if I really can't sleep. I think the effort of breathing and trying to have a normal life shatters me so much it only takes 10 minutes of a DVD normally


edited to add: just a point of interest and I am not recommending you try it but passionflower tea used to be used in the treatment of asthma


like your ideas for making scented baths, someone recently told me Sodium L. S. or whatever it is they put in bubble bath, is a respiratory irritant. have started to avoid using the cleaning sprays at work, as think they were making things bad for me, to early to say if it was true.

also have bad reactions to milk.

I guess you could put lemon balm in the bath? as you can make t from it.

here's to a cosy evening folks,


actually i like to sleep with a full tummy as well, though wolfing down copious amoints of cheese is probably a bad idea, peanut butter is a fave on best of both bread


the other thing I find helpful is a sedating antihistamine like piriton - it can knock me out most of the time!


I seem to be OK with a little Lavender essential oil.

Owl - I agree - Piriton is a great knock out job!

I also, nearly every night have a cup of 'Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime herbal tea - it has Chamomile, mint and other nice herbs in .



I must be like an elephant to knock out then? still not sleeping!! arghhhhhhhhhhh

Kate where do i get that tea from? thats the only thing not tried yet?

Owl, i took three piriton the other night and didnt touch me? but i also have morphine which knocks some peeps out and breathing off but doesnt affect me?

would say got super liver but methotrexate put paid to that and liver function still not right? so dont know if for some reason i just dont absorb things aswell?

oh well off count sheep again!!!!#

Andrea xx

ps did i tell you all got names now have been counting them so long!!!


Wendy, just the thought of laying down with very full tum after copius amounts of peanut butter and bread makes me feel tight chested!

Andrea, I'm sure u have tried everything but I bought a cheap cd in m&s called Tranquility and it is great for calming my ever whizzing mind when im trying to sleep, Maybe worth a try??


Thamks julie as you can see from the time im still struggling to sleep!! am going to m and s at the weekend so will get ta

Andrea xxx


Andrea, it sounds like you might have to try the old sledge-hammer trick ... though it's not a sleep deprivation remedy that's side-effect free.


Andrea, reading your post at 7.45 where you say you are off to count sheep again maybe you need to get a better sleep pattern. The body does not produce the sleepy hormones (or whatever) until about 10 at night. I am guessing that once you get off to sleep in the wee small hours your are making up time by sleeping during the day. I pattern I got into a while back pre asthma. I had a dreadful couple of days where I had to be forced out of bed at 8am sleep deprived and grumpy but the knock on was that come 10 or 11 at night I was ready for my bed! I had to be really disaplined and not fall asleep by day and it was 2 days of hell but it did re-set my body clock.



No Bex im not sleeping in the day the only sleep im getting is between 5 and 8 am?


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