(Closed) It’s official…I’m an insomniac

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Here I am still awake too. And I have to work at 10am….sigh. I have been taking melatonin (3 mg) to help me sleep for the last few weeks (not tonight though…since we had friends over) and I have to say it is the only thing I have found that works. And it doesn’t make me feel all groggy in the morning like Tylenol PM does…..another thing that helps (when I have time) is a gentle hatha yoga class in the evening.
Try not to stress too much, I was laid off almost a year ago and just started working again last month…and I am so glad I was picky because I LOVE my new job so much…it was worth the time and effort and the wait. You’ll find the right job soon!!!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ah, I feel you.  I have many sleep problems, many (judging by similar family experiences) seem to be genetic.  Seeing a sleep doctor/specialist changed my life 🙂  If it persists too long don’t rule it out!  Luckily sleep health is seen as a medical problem nowadays so health care covers it!  Keep it in mind 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

They can be addictive. It depends on a lot of things, your personality, how often you need to take them, etc etc. 

Mr Moo has pretty bad insomnia sometimes, we try to get into a routine of having a hot drink at 10:30 and then turning in at 11. More often than not it works. Sitting at your computer waiting to get tired won’t help. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i keep a notepad by my bed and write down all my busy thoughts, that helps me get my head straight and to sleep. hahaha im writting this at 130 am so i guess im an insomniac tooo!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

AHH the torture of insomnia!  I WANT to sleep, I KNOW I should sleep, I HAVE to get my sleep, yet I CAN’T sleep…

Even though my body is tired, I can’t get my brain to shut off.  I keep thinking about things I need to do the next day, rehashing the events of the day, etc etc…

Is this normal?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

I’m sorry to hear that.  Its awful, isn’t it?

I have had insomnia almost 2 years now, and in March it got even worse- I can no longer sleep without prescription medication.  I’ve been using Ambien every night since June but it no longer works- I really don’t recommend taking it for more than a week or maybe a month, but at that point you’re dependent on it  My memory is awful now, especially my short term memory.  I previously had a fantastic memory and its ruined.  I hope its not permanent.

None of the natural sleep aids work for me, but give them a try, apparently they help some people.

I would actually recommend something for anxiety instead of sleeping pills.  That seems to be the issue for a lot of us insomniac Bees.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Rather than becoming “addicted” to it, you become dependant on it (you may become “addicted” to how you feel after a good’s night sleep, seriously, and that makes you not want to quit)  So if you quit abruptly, you will have “rebound insomnia” and have quite a hard time falling asleep.  I tried ambien but couldn’t use it because it made me crazy sleep walk (I’m a natural sleep walker anyway).  So I was on a benzo for about 6 months.  To wean off it, I just lowered the dose over about a month and it worked great. There weren’t any long term effects, and I did not have the memory side effects that arobb81 suffered from.

As arobbb81 suggested, there are other options to help you sleep–I think my sleep doctor told me that Ambien is the only sleeping pill actuall clinically tested for sleep–there are many other options, designed for other uses, which help insomniacs.  For example, many prescribe low-dose antidepressants–the dose is lower than would be presribed for depression, but it has a sedating effect when taking before bedtime.

And like littlemissmoo suggested, there a lot of tips and tricks and behavioral modifications that will help you sleep.  And a sleep therapist will help you make these changes as well.  Haha like all things though you have to want to change or it won’t work 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have had insomnia at a few different times in my life. I’ve written about this on my blog about healthy living. Before you try sleep meds, which can be very addicting (whether they say so or not), I highly recommend you try some natural remedies first. Here’s some things to try:

1. Peter Gillam’s Natural Calm -lemon-raspberry flavor. You put 1-3 tsp. in hot water and drink it like a tea. It’s a magnesium supplement that is very calming on your body & mind. When we stress out, we use up more minerals. This stuff tastes really good and works fast.

2. Brainsync’s Sound Sleep mp3- You can get it from the BrainSync website or download it from iTunes. It’s music that’s scientifically designed to produce brain waves you have during sleep. This is my favorite. Works like a charm and no pills or anything to take.

3. Source Naturals NutraSleep – a combination of minerals, herbs and vitamins that help induce sleep. You have to take them 30-60 min. before you want to sleep. These work really well, too.

4. Lower the temperature in your bedroom 2-3 degrees and make sure it’s dark.

On nights that I’m really worried I won’t sleep, I will do 2 or all of these because I know I won’t be groggy in the morning.

I hope you can get some rest soon. When you start worrying that you won’t sleep, that just makes it worse. You can PM me if you have any questions about any of these things.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Poor girl, I FEEL YOU!!

I am a light sleeper but didn’t have any problems until about two months ago when EVERYTHING in my life just seemed to be crumbling down. I was having severe stress reactions coupled with some intense anxiety, and when it all came together I started having fierce insomnia. It’s been going on about a month now, and thankfully, it’s getting better. However.. I made some changes. My doctor did prescribe me Ambien with instructions to use it sparingly. I only take half the dose and you have to make sure you have 8 hours available to sleep. I also don’t take it every night. I never take it on weekends when I’m not working and I am pleased to say I slept well both weekend nights without anything! My problem is: I get panicky on week nights when I can’t fall asleep and guess what? Worry is one of the biggest causes of insomnia!! I am working on soothing my anxiety right now and am taking a really low dose AD to help with the anxiety and to calm me down a little bit. There are many routes you can go here – I do advise speaking with your doctor because a lack of sleep can really fuel anxiety and depression and stress. PM me if you have any questions, there are quite a few of us anxious no-sleep bees on here! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One more thing: I’m doing this insomnia program online through Kaiser – and the biggest thing I’ve found that helps is SLEEP RESTRICTION (I can’t get into bed until 11:30 pm on weeknights), not sleeping in too much on your days off, and this one is HARD – but if you’re in bed for more than 30 minutes TRYING to sleep, get your ass up and do something soothing like read, work on a puzzle, etc. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have never had insomnia before, but the last few days have been rough. FH has a new job and he gets up at 2:30am to leave by 3:00, and I’m still awake. Then after he leaves, I have terrible anxiety about being home alone and its still dark out. I wish I could fall asleep before he leaves so I can sleep thru the night but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I want to sleep but I feel helpless.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

I’ve wanted to try sleep restriction but I’m worried about it getting in the way of work.  It’s the only “natural” insomnia cure I think is better than prescription drugs, I think the hype over natural remedies is misleading.  I had a very bad reaction to a natural sleep remedy I bought at the drugstore, it had melatonin and a ton of other herbal “natural” remedies for insomnia.  I followed the directions, and I don’t drink and (at the time) didn’t take any other medications or anything that could react to it.  I was dizzy and disoriented, my heart raced, and I didn’t get any sleep.  Keep in mind that natural remedies have their problems as well- let an actual medical doctor tell you what you should take.  I waited far too long to go to the doctor about it, if I could give any advice to anyone reading this thread- if you’ve had insomnia for more than a week or two, don’t wait to see if it will go away.  Sometimes I think if I had gone to the doctor back when this started it wouldn’t be so severe right now.

Has anyone here tried sleep restriction?  I’d love to hear some success stories.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@arobb81-I’m very sorry you had a bad reaction to the natural remedy you tried. However, please don’t bash all natural remedies as a whole from one bad experience.

I have been studying nutrition and natural remedies for 20 years and have helped dozens of people with insomnia. I had insomnia myself during three separate periods of my life. I have also had severe bad side effects from the “medicine” given to me by doctors.

I never take anything, natural or prescription, without doing a little research for myself.

 

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