Any tips on how to clear your mind to get back to sleep?

Recently I keep waking up during the night, sometimes several times, thinking and worrying about various work and family issues. It then generally takes me a while to get back to sleep and means I'm tired the following day.

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Does anyone have any tips on getting back to sleep quickly? How do you clear your mind? What do you do………?

i strongly suggest valerian root. it's great at relieving stress and tension! you can get it over the counter and it's a great sleep aid! if you have one of those “racing minds” or “i can't turn my head off no matter how tired i am” then this will definitely help. you can find at your local grocery store in the pharmacy or herbal remedy section. start off taking 500-1000mgs, 30-45 minutes before you go to bed. now you can get this stuff in capsule form and it's 100% safe (my whole family has been taking it for years and our family doctor actually recommended it) however the only downside is that the more potent the brand your taking the stronger the smell. and this stuff smells AWFUL! but it's worth it. within 5-7 days you should notice a definite change in your sleep.

WARNING! i strongly do not suggest that you take Tylenol PM and booze, in any form or combination. the main ingredient in Tylenol PM and Advil pm, or benadryl for that matter is diphenhydramine. here's what happens when you take it:

You can walk into a drugstore and choose from an array of sleep aids, offered without prescription. The main ingredient of over-the-counter sleeping pills is an antihistamine. Antihistamines are generally taken for allergies, but also make you feel very sleepy. Common over-the-counter sleep medications are Sleep-Eze, Sominex, Nytol, and Unison; they contain antihistamines such as:

diphenhydramine hydrochloride,

diphenhydramine citrate, or

doxylamine succinate.

In general, over-the-counter sleep medications are not a good choice because they:

Are not intended for long-term use.

Interfere with mental alertness during the day, so you should avoid driving and other similar tasks. You may also be at risk for falling asleep

Reduce the quality of your sleep by reducing time you spend in deep sleep.

Use over-the-counter sleep medications only for transient or short-term insomnia and in conjunction with changes to your sleeping habits. Be sure to pay attention to your body’s physical response to these sleep medications.

also look at the links on the website i've listed they have some good alternate remedies! maybe what you need is just some good ol' breathing techniques or someone to talk to (ei. a trusted friend or therapist).

I hope this helps!