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sayyadina
Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 9:57pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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After my first 2 days back at college (studying nursing) I'm already having trouble waking up. I've been getting to be relatively early and sleeping well.

The thing is, I cannot tolerate even minute amounts of caffeine. Even a cup of white tea early in the morning will keep me up all night. Coffee, green tea, and soda containing caffeine give me feelings similar to a panic attack.

Any ideas?
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have fruit and vegetable juices instead.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 10:10pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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My position is that if you were healthy, and getting to bed relatively early and sleeping well as you said, you wouldn't need anything to wake you up in the morning.


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Hello sayyadina, nice to meet you

It could be that you're not getting enough restorative sleep at night. If not, you'll wake up in the morning feeling tired and unrefreshed. If possible, try to get some exercise during the day, and eliminate as many avoids from your diet as you can, particularly grains. I've found that eating wheat and corn causes poor sleep, and other symptoms like restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.

Also, if you can manage it, stop studying an hour or two before you go to bed. This gives your mind a chance to relax and unwind--something you need mentally as much as you need it physically.

Try eating protein in the mornings and for lunch, and save the carbohydrates for your evening meal. This might help you sleep better as well.

If you're looking for a caffeine-free drink in the mornings, try rooibos (redbush) tea. To me it's very much like black tea and tastes great hot or cold. I love it!

Hope this helps. Welcome to the board! I look forward to your posts.  


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Thanks for the tips!


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sayyadina
Thursday, September 6, 2007, 12:22am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I know I'm not getting enough sleep, since I'm used to sleeping much more. Usually 10-12 hours is how I function best. But if I sleep more, I'll loose time I need to study.

Unfortunately, I cannot change my schedule since all the courses I need to take start early in the morning. They aren't offered any other time.

So in order to complete my courses, I have to fight my normal, preferred sleep pattern.
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Have you ever tried Yerba Mate? It has what most consider a type of caffeine, though the effect of the caffeine is quite different IMO.  I don't really have trouble with caffeine in green tea, so I can't judge it for you, but to me, yerba mate helps me wake up and sharpens my mind and fights fatigue, without making me at all edgy or interfering with sleep.  I find it fights fatigue better than green tea, as I get a lot of fatigue this time of year, though they both equally sharpen my mind.

I don't particularly like the way it tastes, it has a very herbal flavor, like grass and mint or something, but I like the way it makes me feel.

It might be worth trying if you haven't, but start out gradually to make sure it won't give you any trouble.


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sayyadina, nice to meet you
It could be that you're not getting enough restorative sleep at night.
Also, if you can manage it, stop studying an hour or two before you go to bed.


sayyadina, wishing you a warm welcome to BTD and the forums.
how do you feel when you get 10-12 hours of sleep? rested or still tired?
it would also help not to be watching TV or at the computer an hour or so before bed.
I'm wondering if you have some adrenal issues, when you say you function best on 10-12 hours of sleep. would you mind posting what time you're getting to bed (now) and what time you're getting up? In the meantime, you might have a look at adrenal fatigue symptoms. There are 29 in this list.......adrenal fatigue can be quite debilitating if it's not caught early on.  http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_doc_format/adrenal_fatigue.cfm#2

this whole article is really wonderful........best if you can print it out in color and have some quiet time to yourself when reading. it is a long article, but well worth reading.
http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_doc_format/adrenal_fatigue.cfm



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Quoted from Melissa_J
Have you ever tried Yerba Mate?

I don't particularly like the way it tastes, it has a very herbal flavor, like grass and mint or something, but I like the way it makes me feel.

It might be worth trying if you haven't, but start out gradually to make sure it won't give you any trouble.

I really like the taste of Yerba Mate.

Yes, be careful with trying Yerba Mate because it is very stimulating and if you have trouble handling caffeine you might also have trouble clearing the similar compound in it too. I just don't know if the body uses the same detoxification pathway to clear both compounds.


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How compliant are you? Especially with protein amounts?

I have found that when I have too many carbs (especially grains) and little protein I need someone to pull me out of bed regardless of hours slept. If I have good amounts of protein and low amounts of grains after a few days of this behaviour I get up before the alarm  

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sayyadina
Thursday, September 6, 2007, 9:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I do feel rested when I get my usual amount of sleep. I also usually read for a while before going to sleep, which can sometimes result in me staying up much later than I'd like if the book is really good. I normally give myself an hour or so between studying and going to bed.

I'm a bit of a strange type O: I don't like meat or fish and neither agree with my stomach when I was eating them regularly. I've pretty much cut out meat and fish now, and I feel much better. I do eat nuts, eggs, beans and grain, tofu, cheese and yogurt. Even back when I was eating meat, I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I've never been a morning person.

And I really do feel much better without meat or fish. Even though my blood came back as O.
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- mate
- a very beneficial blood type O breakfast to start the day--emphasizing the protein
- vigourous exercise early in the morning to set the day

Alia


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just don t become a 'starchatarian'!

too much alkalinity is not recommended for your O system.


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Have you tried inhaling any essential oils known for waking you up?  How about working the ends of your thumbs with your finger nails.  I was taught this little trick years ago for stimulating the brain before a test or when you're tired from driving.  I'm not sure which oils would wake you up.  You may have to look it up and smell some samples to decide.


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How about working the ends of your thumbs with your finger nails.  I was taught this little trick years ago for stimulating the brain before a test or when you're tired from driving.


Hi Jill! Welcome back!

I'd love more detail on this trick, if you wouldn't mind.

p.s. no more bouts of Pernio this summer--yay!


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I love yerba mate's affect but not the taste. I found a good mix called "mate latte" with cocoa nibs and such, just brew as a tea. It is very good. But if green tea makes ya shaky.....welll...mate might too.
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Alia Vo
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I love yerba mate's affect but not the taste. I found a good mix called "mate latte" with cocoa nibs and such, just brew as a tea.


Thank you for sharing this alternative variety of mate with us.

Alia


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