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There are few things worse than dealing with the irritability, stomach upset and anxiety of marijuana withdrawal symptoms all day – and then getting no respite at night, as you lay in your bed with a mind that’s racing and unable to turn off for a few hours of much needed rest! Insomnia is a common part of marijuana withdrawal symptoms, and it’s never pleasant. Here are a few home-remedy style tips and tricks for getting a good night’s rest at any time – and which may be especially helpful during sleep-difficult periods, such as during the first week or two of a marijuana abstinence attempt.

10 Tips for Falling Asleep:

1. Cut out the coffee and other caffeine containing drinks. If you definitely need your daily coffee fix, make sure to avoid having any in the late afternoon or evening.

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2. Exercise! Making sure to get physically tired out by day is a good way to increase the odds of a restful sleep; just make sure to avoid strenuous exercise in the hours leading up to bedtime, as exercise can energize you away from that sleepy state you’ll need to fall under 

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3. Avoid napping in the day. Although cat naps can feel necessary during periods of intermittent night time sleep, day time sleeping only exacerbates the problems you’ll have come bedtime. 

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4. Try to eat at regular intervals throughout the day and make sure to avoid having a big meal within a couple of hours of going to bed (although while going through marijuana withdrawal you probably won’t feel very hungry).

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5. Don’t lounge around in bed, watching TV or reading, for example. Sleep experts advise that you use your bed only for sleeping and sex. 

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6. Make sure your sleeping area is comfortable and inviting. Change the sheets and plump the pillows! 

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7. Try to relax during the half hour before hitting the bed – take a bath or do some light reading. 

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8. Don’t worry excessively about your inability to fall asleep, as sleep anxiety will only make things worse. Try to stay positive and believe that sleep will come in time, and if you can’t stay positive, try to distract yourself from worrying about your insomnia. 

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9. Don’t watch the clock! Sleep experts recommend turning the alarm clock away from the bed during periods of insomnia! 

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10. If you can’t fall asleep after about half an hour of trying, get up and leave the bedroom and engage in a relaxing activity, such as reading, in another room until you feel sleepy enough to try laying down again (since using the computer or even watching TV can be stimulating, experts don’t advise these activities when trying to get sleepy enough to fall to sleep).

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By ensuring that you get into good sleeping habits while going through marijuana detox you maximize your chances of getting a better night’s rest during this difficult period. If you find that insomnia remains a problem despite your best efforts, remember that for most people marijuana withdrawal symptoms (including insomnia) decline greatly in severity within about a week.

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