trouble sleeping

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    Mar 26, 2009 8:24 AM GMT
    i fall asleep sporadically throughout the day and for the life of me cannot go to sleep at nite on a regular schedule. Are there any prescriptions that I could get to help? Does Valium help ? any other household remedies that i can take (or prescription) on a daily basis?
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    Mar 26, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    Been there.
    Was in dull meeting w/ a bunch of stuffed shirts and I was so beat - I could imagine myself crawling under the table and using some guy's wingtips for a pillow.
    Then later at home I stared at the ceiling for hours...wide awake.
    "Too tired to sleep" is what I call it.

    Knock-out drugs put me to sleep initially, but I awaken in about 2-3 hours and I'm fidgety....that's worse than insomnia.
    Could try a natural supplement like melatonin.
    Here's what the Mayo Clinic says about side effects:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin-side-effects/AN01717
    But simple white noise works better for me than anything else I've tried.
    And sometimes I just have to take a day off work, sleep-in, and hope it breaks the cycle.
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    Mar 26, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    i've found that small doses of very mild anti-anxiety drugs, like atevan, do the trick. for people who don't respond at all to ambien and other "sleep" drugs, sometimes the anti-anxieties are the best. they don't make you fall asleep, per se, but they make you calm enough so that you can. believe me, i've tried everything, never having slept eight hours in a row in my entire life. just ask your doc about it.
  • Ritournelle

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    Mar 26, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    This topic is scarily pertinent, I'm battling this now! I haven't had more four hours of sleep a night for the last three months. I finally got put on Ambien (not CR) last friday, but the problem is, I never had a problem falling asleep, it's that I wake up really early (terminal insomnia). So my trick now is to take an Ambien really early, like at 10pm, and then I wake up at 3am, and pop another Ambien. This is pretty horrible to do, so I'm desperate to get my hands on long-lasting Lunesta.
  • UStriathlete

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    Mar 28, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    Deep Sleep by www.herbsetc.com available at whole foods
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    Mar 28, 2009 3:42 AM GMT

    You may have sleep apnea (although I hope not). If you combine that with sleeping pills, it can be fatal. Best to go through a sleep study.

    Try acupunture or chinese herbal medicine. It will give some relief.

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    Mar 28, 2009 4:11 AM GMT
    I take a couple shots of whiskey when it is bad. If not, I go the spiritual yoga route of relaxing from feet up to the head envisioning my all the tension leaving my body. As a grad student we get a lot of freak out moments so I tend to do this often.

    My old Greek and Latin prof from undergrad used to tell me to either star at a white wall or a piece of paper. If you mind is running so fast, once it sees such a mundane object it slows down to the point where you can focus on rest.
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    Mar 28, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    You can count sheep or fantasize about other men. Both work for me, like a charm.
  • nhnelson

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    Mar 28, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    Yeah dude, it could be sleep apnea. That's not to be taken lightly. You could try naming all of the states in alphabetical order. That works for me every time.
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    Mar 29, 2009 8:24 AM GMT
    thanks for the tips, I guess my main concern was convincing a doctor that I need Ambien and Lunesta. Would it be a problem getting such prescriptions? a lot of my sleep habits are triggered by stress, and Ive tried exercise before bed and reading books, and counting whatever the fuck it is that pops in my head.

    Is Lunesta effective for anyone? thanks for the tips btw, but i think medicinal inspiration is my only solution.
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    Mar 29, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    I take a low dose of Trazadone one hour before bedtime, and sleep 8 hours most nights. Otherwise my mind races and I'm lucky to get one hour of sleep. Trazadone is an old antidepressant that never got used because a therapeutic dose leaves the patient asleep all day.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 31, 2009 6:32 PM GMT
    I vote for regular exercise and trying to get on a sleep schedule- even on the week ends. Naps are not the solution. There is no such thing as catching up on sleep. Luckily I can go on 5 hours of sleep.

    People always jump to pills. There are alot of other resourcesicon_idea.gif
  • Webster666

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    Apr 03, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    First, figure out what's knocking you out during the day, and change that.
    At night, an hour before bed time, take a Unisom(or Walgreens brand Wal-som), and a Valerian Root capsule. The Unisom is an over-the-counter sleeping aid. The Valerian Root is in the vitamin section of your drug store.
    Drink a cup of Sleepytime tea (made by Celestial Seasonings). It's with the rest of the tea in the grocery store.

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  • Sparkycat

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    Apr 03, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    Ambien is a good med. It's by prescription. Works well, no hangover effect in the morning, and not addictive. There's also a cheap generic version.
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    Apr 03, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    milk will naturally help, and oddly masturbating while on your back has been proven to work too, from personal experience, and i also read that in some study in menshealth i believe.

    sometimes if i can't seem to fall asleep.. i look at my clock, tell myself if i can't fall asleep in 30 min, i'm playing with myself.. hahaha.. it works.
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    Apr 03, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said
    MikemikeMike saidI vote for regular exercise and trying to get on a sleep schedule- even on the week ends. Naps are not the solution. There is no such thing as catching up on sleep. Luckily I can go on 5 hours of sleep.

    People always jump to pills. There are alot of other resourcesicon_idea.gif



    Perhaps a "steak and blowjob" day is what the OP needs to relieve the stress from his day and to get a good night's sleep.

    I always sleep like a baby after I 'rub one out.' icon_twisted.gif


    Well said.....icon_lol.gif
  • cbrett

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    Apr 11, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    try turning the tv off,and removing it from the bedroom only have as little stuff in your bedroom as u can ie just the bed and the bedroom needs to be used only for sleeping (and of course sex lol) so if you read before u go to sleep u need to do this in another room, also no alchol 1 hour before u go to bed and also no food aleast 1 hour before bed too, im the worst sleeper but im slowly getting better very slowly
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 15, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    I have been experiencing difficulty falling asleep and getting a good nights rest. It appears to be a combination of insomnia and anxiety for me. Sometimes I am always nerved up with so many different thoughts racing through my mind during the night hours.
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    Apr 15, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    You should bring the subject up with your doc or NPicon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif, not here! And no, Valium (Diazepam hydrochlorid) is not a sleeping pill, used mostly for anxiety.
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    Apr 15, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    it is not a good idea to go for drugs as the first line. Look at your life style -eating habits, exercise schedule. Look at your stress levels and relationships. Try absolutely not to sleep during the day. Go to bed when you are tired with a warm milky drink

    One of the best ways is to have a lovely guy in bed beside you so you can go to sleep in his arms!
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    Apr 17, 2009 9:49 AM GMT
    TomiR1 saidYou should bring the subject up with your doc or NPicon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif, not here! And no, Valium (Diazepam hydrochlorid) is not a sleeping pill, used mostly for anxiety.


    Actually Valium is prescribed to help patients sleep and withdraw from Alcohol addiction. The OP asked a question, you don't have to be a douche bag.
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    Apr 17, 2009 10:10 AM GMT
    I've heard cuddling works well
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Melatonin supplements. You can find them in the vitamin aisle at the drug store. Take it about an hour before you go to bed. I find it quite helpful. As I had someone break into my apartment at night, and occasionally late at night I'll get anxious. Especially if my dogs bark and wake me up.

    Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone which is related to the circadian rhythm.
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    Apr 30, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    I've tried all natural forms to no avail. I fall asleep but wake up several times during the night. It led to a minor case of depression at one point in my life. I now take Lunesta. It gives me about 5 or 6 solid hours of sleep before I wake up. I can usually fall back to sleep from there. I thought it was non-addictive but I find now if I don't take it I get nightmares and wake up frequently.
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    Apr 30, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    Go get some Zanax from your doctor. Only take about 1/4 tab (.5 gram). It'll help you get reset and rested.