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Insomnia. I've got it and don't want it and don't know what to do.

November 12th, 2014 at 01:58 pm

Insomnia. It's mine. I don't want it. At my last appointment with the doc, I requested sleeping pills. He wouldn't do it. Said he doesn't prescribe them. Which sucks. For me.

In the past when I've been desperate to sleep, I've used Vicodin. Bad, I know. But the result was sleep. And I felt better. And I've bummed both Ambien and Lunesta from my best friend. Again, sleep was the result.

I've gone through a spurt of sleeping with Zzquil. But then when I switched to generic, that just made me nauseous and dizzy and rather sleepy. But I still wok up in the middle of the night and had to deal with not being able to sleep and feeling sick. Frown

I sleep in a room with all the lights turned off. No TV or clock. Window opened a crack. Decent pillow. Decent blanket coverage (nothing too heavy or too light).

And I'm not sleeping. Four nights in a row now and I think I'm gonna crash.

So I think I need to try melatonin or something else.

Wondering what has worked for you in the advance.

Anything at all is appreciated. Smile

Little did I know that Mr. Bean would come to epitomize my existence (toothpicks to keep eyes open!)

12 Responses to “Insomnia. I've got it and don't want it and don't know what to do.”

  1. doingitallwrong Says:

    I haven't been cursed with insomnia yet, but I have some friends who have. Many have found relief with melatonin, Benadryl, Tylenol PM, or Xanax (or some combination thereof, but check for interactions!). A couple have a very serious case and need heavy-duty help, but that involves sleep studies etc. before anything is suggested.

    I do have some old copies of the US Master Tax Guide I could send you -- heaven knows it's put me to sleep often enough! Wink

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Yep, melatonin has worked for me, but I wasn't specifically suffering from insomnia...just needed deeper sleep. One 3mg tablet about 30 minutes before bed. At least that is over the counter.

    Another thought is to baby yourself to sleep. Make warm tea, chamomile is mild and has no caffeine. Take a warm bath, turn the lights down, light a candle. Cozy up in warm pajamas, use some lavendar lotion. Snuggle into bed with a book/bible or something that will keep you calm. Read until sleepy and turn the light off.

    Otherwise, I'd highly suggest another doctor if you can't find some relief, since lack of sleep can become quite a problem. You might also address any stress or depression you may be feeling.


  3. Firstofmanysteps Says:

    Have you try sound? There are cds out there with music/soothing sounds at certain frequencies designed to knock you out. I had a coworker who was on sleeping pill and he decided to try it out. He told me later that it actually worked and he was able to get rid of the medicine. Best of all, he borrowed the cds at a library.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It's not the best solution, but something I've done before when I've had a bout ... is the drowsy making cold medicine - very small doses. Melatonin's never done anything for me.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, I'm so sorry! It must feel horrible!

    On the other side of the clock, are you getting plenty of sun in your eyes? It's said sun during the day helps set a body clock...I've never had trouble with sleep, but for years I've had to make sure I get some sun everyday. Last year I was so desperately groggy I bought one of those day light lamps to make sure I could always get "sun."

    Could you maybe fall asleep if someone rubbed your head or gave you a long massage?

    I'd consider hypnosis, too!

  6. Kiki Says:

    If the doctor won't prescribe so,etching ask for a sleep study. That will help determine a lot and may change his/her mind. Or you can take the results to another doctor.

    Also, so,entires internally we are "working" on something and don't realize it. Or stress, low level depression will also create insomnia. A couple sessions with a therapist or someone who does biofeedback may also help. Biofeedback can help train you,to reach a level of relaxation that may lead to sleep.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    My least favorite, but sometimes best remedy is more exercise. Once I get into the treadmill routine, my sleep gets much better. Wishing you sweet dreams.

  8. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    I sometimes take a homeopathic remedy, Calms Forte. It helps me relax. Sometimes it helps me sleep, and sometimes I just get deeply relaxed. I'll take either.

    I have regular periods of insomnia. I feel for you.

  9. Laura S. Says:

    My sister-in-law is a nurse and swears by Valerian root. It has a terrible smell, but is a capsule so no worries on taste. You can find in the vitamin area. I also suffer and have yet to find something that works regularly. I won't take a prescription. I can fall asleep with ZZQuil, but I dont' necessarily stay asleep. If you find something non-prescription that works, I would love to know. I hope you find a solution soon. It is tough to get through the day being groggy.

  10. CB in the City Says:

    I suffer terribly from insomnia. I've been given Ambien and maybe Lunesta by friends, and they didn't help. Melatonin -- nothing. Benadryl -- nothing. The only thing that works for me is just getting so tired I have to sleep, but sometimes that takes days. I don't have any answers for you -- I'm just commiserating!

    One simple thing that helped me -- I started taking Advil at night -- not Advil PM, which only raises expectations and does nothing. I am always dealing with pain and have gotten so used to it I didn't understand it was interfering with sleep. Getting rid of the pain helps. But that's probably not your problem, unfortunately -- or fortunately!

    My doctor does not want to prescribe sleep aids either, and I do respect his stance, as I truly do not want to become drug-dependent.

  11. creditcardfree Says:

    Laura, did you get any sleep last night?

  12. Carol Says:

    I also suggest sleep study.Good luck.

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