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I'm not sure if this is in the right section, but it seemed okay. I feel stupid for talking about this, but basically, I'm having trouble sleeping/being in a certain area and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions.
It's not so much the staying asleep, it's the getting to sleep...ever since I've come home from college I've had trouble adjusting to sleeping in my room. At school, I shared a room and slept by a window which faced a main street, and I got used to hearing cars go by/street noises at night. Now at home I sleep in my basement and, though it's 'fixed up' with 2 other rooms, it's still very quiet and cold-ish down here at night. I can't deal w/the extreme quiet and just the feeling of being down here at night sometimes gives me the creeps.
It's not helped by the fact that I have an overly active imagination, and even though I know my house is safe, it's become more difficult to be down here. I've begun sleeping upstairs on my couch even, but I'm getting sick of it. I thought about turning music on or something, but I'm not sure if that would help.

Any suggestions from people who've dealt with this or something similar?

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when i came back from college, i was pretty disoriented in my own house.

so you like a little noise when oyu sleep. so do i. here's an idea: slep with a detuned raio on. just get some white noise in the room, the sound of static. putting on a regular station or turning on the tv isn't as good of an idea because your brain tends to follow along to songs and dialogue, and that keeps it active, and all the activity is gonna keep you awake.

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Also, aromatherapy can be a viable way of encouraging sleepiness. Lavender essential oil is reasonably priced, and is very good for insomnia. Other oils, like frankincense and jasmine are good as well, but be careful, because many essential oils need to be diluted before applied to the skin, so read up on them carefully.

Alternately, many places like the body shop, Bath and Body Works and the like will sell lavender scented lotions and gels for that purpose.

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Maybe also a lavender spray may help. One that you can spray into your linen closet and into your room so that it settles on your bed clothes. I find it helps me settle after a stressful day. Also maybe putting on some music very quietly so thats its barely above a whisper might help with the problem of it being too quite. Make sure there are no lyrics as this can disturb you but some relaxing music can sometimes help too.
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i use a sound machine and take some tylenol PM
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Thanks for all of the comments! I didn't check back for a while so it was good to have some responses. I've since tried turning on the classical station when I go to bed, putting it very quietly, and it does help a lot.
Also, I just started working so usually I'm pretty tired & it's not so bad. thanks again!

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I don't know whether this reply is too late. But I also have had problems sleeping, at University and at home. I tried using Valerian root tablets, which are a naural herbal remedy, and although they made me a bit drowsy they didn't totally zonk me out. I then tried Nytol tablets, which you can just get from chemists without a prescription (in the UK at least), and they totally helped block out everything else so I could concentrate on getting to sleep.
Hope this helps

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What I do is put on my headphones and listen to some really soft and slow music. I'm not saying listen to classical or something you might not like, but make sure it's a cd or short playlist that you absolutely know by heart. You should literally be able to sing it in your sleep . . . your brain will remember the lyrics, melodies, and song order and will fall into a routine. Having something familiar and comfortable will help you relax ^^

My personal "nighttime music":
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
As quiet as my iPod can go
No repeat, no shuffle

*blushes* I can hardly get to Lonestar before I'm out ^^;

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