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lakewinds
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   Posted 3/14/2008 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am at my wits end.  I wake up 2x a night and then I wake up at three am and cannot get back to sleep.  So I have coffee and cigeretts till 6am. Just two mugs but about 5 smokes.
 
I have tried to tell all my doctors and I am in a group therepy that meets 5 days a week from 9 to noon.I talk about it everyday in group at check in  and now finnally after not being depressed, I am in the morning.
 #1 I hate being home It makes me depressed.
#2 I am board in the morning 
#3 I hate to I have to be quiet.
#4 I don't like to read anymore or knitor watch TV (except for movies
#5 It is getting unbearable
 
I could go on and on but I am sure the problem is the 2 first sentences.  I just do not know what to do anymore. Yesterday I went to the dog park and walked around for 1/2 hour.I got fentanal and versed because I had my annual EDG.I take trazadone,klonipin at night. I cannot take seraquill because then I stay asleep during the day. the other sleep meds they show on TV for sleeping do not work either.
 
I have to go to bed early because otherwize I would sleep during the day. I have tried going to bed late but I still wake up at 3 am for good.  Whats wrong with me?n I heard it is a common thing when people get older.  I am 52 now.  I saw Dustin Hoffeman on a talk show and he said that is when he gets up too and does practicly the same thing.  Well I guess some people can just accept it.  But I cannot. does this happen to anybody else ?
 
My hubby says im acting bipolor.  No kidding.  But I think I have insomnea (sp?) am bi-polar.
 
If anybody has any suggestions, could you please help me ?  I know this doesn't seem lie a very big problem but beleive me it is for me.  Thank you for reading this.
 
Signed,
Connie

serafena
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   Posted 3/14/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie:

You still sound depressed to me. Everything you describe, from the night sleeplessness to losing interest in things you used to love (like knitting) sounds like classic depression symptoms. If your docs think you're not depressed anymore, tell them about this list of 5 symptoms you printed here, because it's pretty telling. I don't think it's just insomnia. This is probably tied to your depression.

Are you supposed to be taking the seroquel but you're not? One thing you can try is taking the medicine earlier in the evening (earlier than you're ready to go to bed, like 8) and that will help keep you from sleeping so long the next morning. You have to use trial and error to see how long a pill makes you sleep.

Hope this is helpful,
serafena
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lakewinds
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   Posted 3/14/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have recovered from depression and i have not been perscribed seroquel either. I take all the meds I'm supposed to when I'm supposed to with food.

Do you have any thoughts about that Serafena?I just am having a hard time accepting my insomneia by getting up at 3 am.and i get board in the house I simply want to go to bed and get 8 hrs, then wake up at six.

Thanks again,
Connie

serafena
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   Posted 3/15/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I'm stumped. I wish I had an answer, it sounds very frustrating for you.

take care,
serafena
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luvsunshine
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   Posted 3/15/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie
I am new and just wanted to comment on your post. I know that insomnia like what you describe can also be associated with perimenopause or menopause along with many other symptoms such as terrible anxiety. With your age being 52, I wonder if that could be contributing.

I know I went thru a period of a year of terrible insomnia that, now that I look back, I am almost sure was due to perimenopause- I later had a hysterectomy at age 39 (I'm now 44). The med. that finally helped me with the insomnia was zyprexa- I sleep all night now. I know that everyone is different as far as medication though.

Insomnia is really a difficult thing to deal with. I don't think you ever get used to it and it certainly can mess you up mentally. I do think that there is relief with the right medication. Good luck and don't give up looking for help with your insomnia.

Post Edited (luvsunshine) : 3/15/2008 8:13:55 PM (GMT-6)


serafena
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luvsunshine,

Welcome to HealingWell. That's a good angle to consider. Thank you.

Why not take a moment to introduce yourself to everyone. Click on the "New Topic" button and give us a quick few sentences about yourself and maybe why you're hear. We eat that up. Especially from such a wise woman. We always need more wise women.

Thanks,
serafena.
Serafena
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sukay
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   Posted 3/17/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi Knitwit,
 
I know you said you can fall asleep no problem but just can't stay asleep. I thought that maybe some of the sleep hygeine sites I listed below might give you some new ideas on how to try to fall back to sleep.
 
 
 
 

luvsunshine
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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena,

Thank you for the welcome and kind words. A "wise woman" - who wouldn't love to hear that. I will introduce myself. I have been lurking for some time, but had to comment on this post.

Anyway, thanks again - you all are great here!

Joxster1970
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   Posted 3/19/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, all... I am a newbie...

to Knitwit/Connie

Have you tried seroquel 50 mg extended release??
It's a lower dose and might not make you sleepy... I myself had the same problem, and din't realize, how poorly i slept until my Doc. put me on seroquel.. I take a very high dose without side effects 1000mg at night.
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