Sleep Deprived!

  • newyorkcanon

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    Dec 01, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    This was the last straw!

    I only got 2 hours of sleep last night! And the following five hours were spent tossing and turning in my bed. I've tried dyphenhydramine pills (ingredient found in PM and most sleep medicines) to doxylamine (found in some Unisome pills) to 10mg's of melatonin. On several occasions I've popped up to 3 at once, and never do I get sleepy- just wired!

    None of the advice my physician gives me ever works, I've tried going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day. My issue is that I have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep. I'll doze off for two hours, wake up (sometimes to use the bathroom) and spend the next 2-4 hours trying to fall asleep!

    I only drink water and tea, and decaf or herbal tea later in the evening. I've also attempted cutting out carbs for the latter half of the day, drinking warm milk before hitting the sheets. I train in the morning too, and the issue also gets worse on leg days for whatever reason.

    I tried asking my previous doctor for Ambien in the past, but she denied it to me... I seriously get only 5 hours of sleep on average, and I feel my eyes swollen and tired, but I just won't get to sleep. I literally have bags under my eyes right now. Help, tips, ideas? I never figured I'd have a problem like this at my age, I'm only 21! icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Try magnesium and Zinc combo or an antihistamine like benedryll
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    Dec 02, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Chuckles777 saidTry magnesium and Zinc combo or an antihistamine like benedryll

    FYI, Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benedryl, so a lot of OTC sleeping pills are repackaged Benedryl.

    Sleep problems can be caused by a lot of different issues. They can be very hard to track down. Are you stressed or anxious about anything?

    Also, I'm not sure why you are cutting out carbs in the later hours. Carbs usually make people sleepy, once the initial sugar buzz wears off.
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    Dec 02, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Even if I follow your instructions, I would always be deprived of sleeping because I have night duties in random schedules. So sad icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    I'm having the same issues. A friend gave me some Ambien and I tell you I had the best sleep of my life. Felt well rested and woke up naturally at 11am. Loved it. My sleep issues have gotten worse since and now I wake up every morning around 5:30am. Weird. OTC/natural shit meds no longer work. Desperate for sleep. Now, that I start exercising sleep issues are now really bad. I just sleep on days off. Made Dr's appt Dec 11th & gonna beg for Ambien!!!
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Chuckles777 saidTry magnesium and Zinc combo or an antihistamine like benedryll

    FYI, Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benedryl, so a lot of OTC sleeping pills are repackaged Benedryl.

    Sleep problems can be caused by a lot of different issues. They can be very hard to track down. Are you stressed or anxious about anything?

    Also, I'm not sure why you are cutting out carbs in the later hours. Carbs usually make people sleepy, once the initial sugar buzz wears off.


    When I can't sleep I take 2 of these no name Benadryl. Knocks me out cold lol. You develop a tolerance quickly though...3 nights or so but luckily it resets quickly too!
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    I would say to count back from 100 to zero slowly. You can also imagine sheeps jumping over the fence. I usually fall at sleep before the second round. It works with me since I was 6.
  • newyorkcanon

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    Dec 12, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Thank you all for your suggestions. My problem has been resolved, thankfully and I wish to share how I finally rid myself of this issue.

    I started drinking Celestial Seasonings' Tension Tamer and Sleepytime Extra herbal teas. Also cut out caffeine after 3pm, I decided to cut out even decaf green tea after this time. I would also advise consuming ingredients with these ingredients: L-tryptophan, L-theanine, melatonin, GABA, kava kava, HOPS, valerian root, chamomile, lavender, passion flower, and lemon balm extracts. I've started taking herbal pill comprised of blends with most of these ingredients, and they've worked wonders for me.
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    Dec 12, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    1.5 years ago before I started going to therapy weekly (talk therapy, drugless), I had the same issues due to anxiety where I wouldn't be able to fall asleep for 3 nights a week. You should fix the issues on your mind by talking it out rather than putting all these chemicals into your body.
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    Dec 12, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Sounds like a classic case of overtraining.

    Take a week off, continue the herbs that currently work, then see how much sleep you get.
  • A_1991

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    Dec 12, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    take melantonin, its a natural sleep hormone which controls your sleep wake cycle. You can buy it at most drug stores or even wholes food. Dont drink tea before you sleep since the caffiene might make you stay up/