(Closed) Any Bees on Sleep Medication?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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1563 posts
Bumble bee

Sometimes it’s hard to “turn everything off” when it’s time for bed. We often think about things while we are trying to fall asleep and it can be hard to settle down. I have taken a sleeping pill on and off. I have a mood disorder for which I take medication, so that is a completely different story because other things I take already make me feel sedated and I sleep through the night. I do have a prescription for sleeping pills, and I try to take them only when needed, for example, if I go away for the weekend and am not in my own bed. Sometimes the next day they can make you feel a bit tired. The best thing to do would be to talk with your doctor, there are different doses, and they can answer any concerns you may have…..Definetely don’t be afraid though….

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ambien and medications like that are, in my experience, very dangerous.  They are one of the meds that killed DHs ex, he became incredibly depressed because of them and even attempted suicide twice because of them, once, he was very close to succeeding .  DHs new doc said his story was more common than the public is aware of that is why he will not prescribe them. 

I highly suggest a sleep clinic.  They can help you pinpoint the issue that is not allowing you to sleep and help you overcome it.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@soyjoy222:  I don’t think you need a referral, but you should call your insurance company just to make sure.  You might also call any research facilities in your area to see if they are doing any, the large research hospital here does several a year.   I also have dealt with sleeping issues for many years, but now since I am Stay-At-Home Wife, it doesn’t affect my life as much because I can sleep when I can sleep.  I know that most insurance companies will cover the clinics as not sleeping properly can cause alot of health problems.  I can tell you that I was with Darling Husband on the second time he was on the sleeping meds, and the difference between now and then is like night and day.  He does occasionally take a PM type of sinus med that just knocks him out or an allergy med that knocks him out like benedryl, but he also has sinus and allergy issues.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

The doctor may not recommend it because you may develop a dependancy…. Or you might be ok with a very low dose, it really depends….. But see what your doctor says…. They may be very helpful…..

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Dependency is an issue with those medications, but definitely talk to the doctor about it! Maybe he can start you with a low dose and go from there. 

If lack of sleep is a problem for me, I sometimes take a couple benadryl before bed. It would only work it if makes you drowsy, and I’m not sure about long term.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used to have a lot of sleep problems (just couldn’t fall asleep) so I tried Ambien, which just made me hallucinate big time. I went to a naturopath about it because I didn’t want to try a pill again and he gave me this stuff:http://www.healthbeyondhype.com/melatoninnd-5-oz-p-223.html. I take 5 drops under my tongue before bed and it is the only thing I have ever tried that actually puts me to sleep and keeps me from being tired the next day. My Fiance has suffered from insomnia for years and this stuff works for him too. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I actually got a fast-acting but shorter-lasting sleeping pill to help me fall asleep, because that is usually what I had issues with.  I usually only take it the night before an important exam or something, because you can get dependent on sleeping pills if you use it continuously for many nights in a row.  It is called Sonata (brand name) or Zaleplon (generic name).  It has been kind of a life saver, because when I am stressed out is usually when I can’t fall asleep.  I know I will at least get a solid 4 hours with it.  I have had a bottle of 30 and it has lasted me a really really long time, possibly something to do with the fact that I don’t get to freaked out about falling asleep any longer because I know if I can’t, I can just take one.  It doesn’t leave me feeling groggy in the morning (Tylenol PM was terrible in that aspect), but if I don’t fall asleep right away, I do tend to get a little loopy.  If I don’t have anything important the next day & I am feeling wound up, I just sip on a glass of wine before bed, & I think that works even better than the sleeping pill! Haha…plus a glass of red wine a day is supposed to be really good for your heart!  Good luck 🙂

Post # 11
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Newbee

Talk to your Doctor about a Melatonin suppliment. Melatondin is a chemical naturally made in the brain that makes your brain react to day changing into night. It tells your brain to make your body sleepy. You can buy it over the counter and it may help you when you have insomnia. It is not habit forming.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

Ambien worked for me, but if I didn’t go immediately to sleep, I’d have crazy hallucinations. I’ve been on Amitriptyline for a few weeks, and it’s working great–no side effects, but I sleep deeply all through the night. 🙂

Good luck!

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