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    Dec 28, 2011 7:42 AM GMT
    Just curious if anyone else on here has had issues with insomnia and how they have dealt with it?

    My issue is that right now I'm lucky enough to have a job where I don't usually have to go in until later in the day, like 1pm at the earliest- so most of the time I have no problem sleeping, falling asleep at night, and I usually wake up without an alarm clock around 9am. However, on the random days where I have to be up early and have to set an alarm clock to wake up, I have extreme difficulty falling asleep. I just lay there in bed. I've tried breathing exercises, melatonin, lots of other stuff- nothing really works. And if I have to be up early 2 or more days in a row, well I'm just fucked. At the moment I'm running off 4 hours of sleep in the past 2 days combined and looking at early days tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday. I think I'm going to be delirious by the weekend icon_neutral.gif

    This isn't my first issue with insomnia, it's just been a recent flare-up that seems to be getting worse. Last time I was having serious trouble was a little over a year ago and I eventually got it under control with weed. I don't have access to any at the moment and don't like depending on that to sleep.

    Sorry for the length, needed to vent. Any thoughts/advice?

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    Dec 28, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    If you know you're going to be waking up earlier than usual for more than few days, I would recommend setting progressively earlier alarms for a few days before the day you need to wake up early. Say you normally wake up at 9am, but you have to be up at 6am for a couple of weeks. For the week prior, try setting your alarm a half hour earlier each day, even on the weekend. If you're a couple of days into it and still have trouble falling asleep, do a ton of cardio - it will be easier to sleep if you're physically exhausted.

    Of course, Ambien or Lunesta is way easier. See a doctor and tell them you've been having trouble falling asleep for the past few weeks and they'll prescribe you a few.
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    Dec 29, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Take a baby aspirin. Never fails for me.
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    Dec 29, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    I get it occasionally... go a few nights without sleeping at all. It's rough.

    How I deal with it? Well, I am as of yet unable to "cure" it, so I just end up suffering it. A day or two of it and then I sleep again.
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    Dec 29, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    There are many things you can try - too many to list here. Do you have a doctor who can help? There are OTC (over-the-counter) medications you can try. Some of these are no more than an antihistamine that will make you drowsy.

    Just off the top of my head, it sounds like you are used to a different sleep schedule. Your body isn't going to adapt that quickly if your work schedule changes. My advice would be to gradually change your schedule to one that works if you have to get up early. On the days when you don't have to work until later, you still need to wake up at the same time.

    I've had insomnia for years, but nothing works on me. There are a bunch of prescriptions you can try, but they work differently for different people. The first thing to try is to manage your sleep schedule without medication. Look up the phrase "sleep hygiene" and see if those suggestions might help.

    Good luck.