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cme1007
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Im so exhausted, im having so much trouble with sleeping. Ive tried all sorts of remedies, with no luck.
I go to bed same time everynight. When i feel sleepy i go to bed , usually will fall asleep, but cant stay asleep.
My mind is just racing, i get uncomfortable in bed, then toss and turn all night.
I can guarentee im wide awake at 3am every morning...arg....... annoying.
I wont sleep during the day, it makes it worse.
i cant remember the last time a had a full nights sleep. My doctors doesnt want to give me sleeping tablets either.
I can tell you this lack of sleep certainley doesnt help my anxiety and depression .
Any suggestions?
 
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Mazfire
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   Posted 6/26/2009 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there.

Im wondering did your doctors give you any reasons as to why they wont prescribe sleeping tablets or similar sleep aids? is there an underlying issue that would prevent you from taking sleeping pills? I know that a lack of sleep, or restless and fractured sleep is awful in regards to anxiety and depression. I can only sleep thanks to the meds I am on- although many people have found natural alternatives- i hope someone can shed some light on some of those for you?  And even though I take prescription sedatives, my sleep is still very disturbed and i wake exhausted.

I hope you find some relief soon,

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   Posted 6/26/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and I have been in your place where I could not sleep.  I could not fall asleep and would toss, turn and yes cry as I had to get up at 5:30 AM. 

What worked best for me is Trazodone 100mg.  I know Seroquel is another choice if your physician does not want to give your a sleeping medication.

I would certainly rediscuss your problem with your Doctor.

Take care

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   Posted 6/26/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
if you can get seroquel you will sleep eventually, but not too long providing the dose is right. jamie, on seroquel for sleep, as alike you i will not sleep if i do not take it, yeah regardless of how tired. understand, and even with it i too sometimes struggle, more to do with rapid cycling sequences, will explain in a topical post. all the best, jamie

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   Posted 6/26/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If the doctor wont give you any sleep aids, what about trying meditation? that helps me when I can't get to sleep. Though it doesn't always keep me sleeping, but it helps me to fall back to sleep again. It helps with a wandering mind a lot.

I hope that you find what works for you.

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Steelcody36
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I think people rely on medicine too much. Unless you are DESPERATELY unable to sleep for long periods of time I would suggest a couple of things.

- Don't eat within 3 hours of laying down.
- listen to music softly, close your eyes and force yourself to leave them shut!
-don't watch TV in your bedroom, I do this and when I do I'm up ALL night.

When I do these things I sleep 6-8 hrs a night.

Michael - SA/TX
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly how you're feeling.

Once upon a time, a few years ago; I could compete with the most drugged up lab rats on the face of the planet. I was on so much medication that there wasn't much that had anything on me; but that wasn't the answer...at the time I was so high it FELT like it was the answer; but depression became worse, and so did every other problem I was facing.

NOW, I'm off much of the medication, and sleep seems to be something of the past; anxiety runs through my veins; and pain is my best friend...well not really a best friend, more like that friend you can't ever shake...the one that uses you...

Due to my medication - the new doctors for my PM&R are limited on what I can take. Methadone has been a blessing b/c my pain is under control, but many of the other meds I was on were cut off; making insomnia a concern.

One thing that I've found out is that ear plugs seem to help me sleep. They cut down on the noise in my room...snoring, computers, outside noise, etc. and actually make me focus on my heartbeat and breathing - which at times are quite soothing.


Drugs aren't the answer, that much I can tell you is true - but then again, I don't know WHAT the answer is at the moment. I would recommend trying the ear plug idea - I use a kind called "Bio Ears" which are actually synthetic silicon ear plugs...they fit inside the ear canal very easily - and are lightweight; you don't actually even feel like they're in your ears.

It's one thing I would try!
Michael, just helping out on this forum and not trying to bother you, but could you please edit your signature to 10 lines or less per the rules? It saves bandwidth for everyone. Thanks.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
This might sound strange, but often when I can't sleep, I force myself to hold my eyes open and eventually I find myself shutting them and falling asleep. Kind of a reverse psychology.

I also use meditation to sleep.

Best wishes,

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cme1007
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, for your thoughts xoxo
Didnt sleep well again last night !!
My doctor, wont prescribe sleeping meds, mainly because he doesnt want me to become addicted to them, and he believes most of them can work for a while, but are limited in their effectiveness.
Ive tried meditation, but my concentration is crap, so it doesnt really work for me.
Yes i always listen to music, it tends to sooth the mind for a while, yet again only for a short time.
When i go back to my doc, im just going to beg him to help me, cause i cant stand it for much longer !!!!

cme xx

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   Posted 6/28/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
then hopefully the doc will understand your plight. hope you get some eyes closed stuff soon, i am off soon, jamie.

enWayen
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Heeja CME,

I also have a lot of problems with sleeping. I don't know whether it is the same as yours, but my problem is that my mind keeps racing on with ideas and other thoughts. My doctor advised me to take melatonine, and it does work pretty good. It won't make you fall asleep, but it will make you feel sleepy. And the best part is that melatonine is body natural, and not addictive. So maybe it is worth a try, if you haven't tried it already.

Take care CME!

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cme1007
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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erik,
I will talk to my doctor about melatonine, thankyou for that.
xx
cme

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   Posted 6/28/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
good one erik. it is the healing stuff we need-when asleep for the body to do it's healing. forgot, thx 4 that. jamie. smilewinkgrin

lonewolf1976dh
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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
yes melatonin works well, I would just say to use the smallest dose possible (300mcg) not 3 mg it really does work and i never had any carry over the next day

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   Posted 7/1/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a bit weird but I learned it in nursing school and it never fails me. Relax your tongue so that it's not touching your teeth or roof of your mouth. It's usually the last thing I remember before morning. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body and once you get it relaxed your whole body is usually relaxed.

I also take generic tylenol pm for pain at night. The sleep additive is generic benedryl and helps you become drowsy without addiction. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
some good insight jeannie143. will give it a go. thx. jamie. smilewinkgrin
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