sleep, or the lack there of.

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AngMichelle
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I was up yet another 24 hrs yesterday, not being able to sleep. I can not sleep for days, then crash, then back to not sleeping.
I have tried Ambien(it makes me hyper), Lunesta, soma, chloral Hydrate, klonopin, remron, doxiphin(sp?), trazadone, melatonin, and more I can't even think of. I just can't fall asleep.
My doctor suggested I do a sleep study, but what would they test if i didn't sleep?
Its so frustrating.
I've been working on relaxation techniches and a CD with subliminal tones that sounds like rain, and it hasn't help yet either.
I'm so frustrate and lost about what to do.
 
Thanks,
Ang shocked                                                              
 

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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ang,

First of all, you might want to do the sleep study, they can tell a lot with them. Another thing, is are you taking your hydrocodone at night? That will definately keep you awake. If you have pain at night, maybe you could take something else ie tylenol, asprin, celebrex or something like that. Because vicodin will keep you awake at night, especially if you are sensitive to it.

I do meditation when I go to bed. That helps me sleep. Also I do this dumb thing that works. I make myself hold my eyes open as long as I can. Often I find myself dozing off. Kind of like a reverse psychology thing.

There are other things that help to. Like not eating too much before you go to bed. No soda or coffee. No exercising. They say not to watch tv in bed, but that usually puts me to sleep. Also reading. Though they don't recommend it. So there are options for you. But yes the sleep study will tell them what your brain is doing when you try to go to sleep at night. So try it. You could have sleep apnea and not know it. That will wake you up repeatedly at night.

Best wishes to you finding out what is going on. Keep us posted.

Hugs, Karen
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Korissa
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Ang, if you do a sleep study, they will give you something if you're not asleep in an hour. (I could have told them from the get gp that they would have to do that and just give it to me right away)

Then they will be able to tell from brain waves what your sleep problem is. I had almost no delta wave sleep and alpha wave intrusion which meant that pain was disturbing my sleep.

I was reassured by the MD after the study that to be on ambien long term was ok. Have you tried a lower dose than what they prescribe for you? I break my pills in half. Maybe you won't get the side effects that way.

I have been on ambien for a year straight and it bothers me that I can't fall asleep on my own. I've been thinking of seeing the sleep doctor again.

I'm thinking if I just went a few nights withoug sleep I'd get back to normal, but with a chronic illness that has fatigue as one of it's symptoms, I'm afraid to do that.

I've tried all sorts of natural things too and nothing helps.

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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
hey ang, understand, severe insomniac myself, can't get chloryl hydrate on script here, had it in a psych hosp once when i had been uo for 3 days. alike you tried them all, mogodon, serepax, stilnox, but what works for me is seroquel. yeah it is an anti-psychotic, and i am on a massive dose, otherwise i am watching the clock!! hoping you get the sleep study, many factors could be at play. my absolute compassion. cheers, me up myself, it is 5am. hoping i too sleep soon. jamie

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   Posted 9/29/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Jamie,

That is late. I could sleep just about any time. I have to take medications to keep me awake. Then I take ambien to sleep at night. Been on it for a few years now. It really helps me to get a restful sleep.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 9/30/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
thx karen, and sweet dreams. dentist in the morning. thurs. have a nice day. jamie
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