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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
HI all
The last few nites i have not been able to sleep i take 50mg of ami and if i think i realy need it 5mg of diazepam but this is just not working if im not having really vivid dreams im up to the loo if peeing was an olimpic spoprt i would win gold. and when i do get up i crave something sweet its a nitemare im so tired but just can not get a decent sleep i have even tried during the day and it just is not happening and the less sleep i get the worse i feel and my pain is ten times worse even though im glued to the sofa or my bed its just a visouc circle.
Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated
Love hunibee redface

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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, eliminate caffeine after 5 PM...that includes sodas, chocolate, the works!  Next, go to bed at the same time every night.  If you get yourself on a sleep schedule, your body will eventually respond.  I am in bed by 10 PM and get up between 6:30 and 7 AM.  That will give you enough sleep. 
I do not take naps because, if I do, I can't sleep at night.  I do get up 3-4 times a night to use the bathroom.  I think that's part of the irritable bladder that fibromites have.  But, I fall right back to sleep.  In the middle of the night if I'm in a lot of pain, I'll take a couple of extra strength Tylenol and that seems to take the edge off and I will sleep pretty good after that.  (I do not take any sleep aids at all.)
I hope this helps.
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   Posted 7/2/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a brand newbie here but I would like to recommend melatonin. It works really great. You can find them in many grocery stores in the vitamin supplement isle and in drug stores. My doc recommended them to me. Good luck!

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   Posted 7/2/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Try having a small sandwhich before bedtime. Also, if you are peri menopausal that can keep you up.


Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/2/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hunibee! I'm sorry you are having trouble getting the restorative sleep you need. There is a product I buy from Puritan Pride called 'Calm Tabs'. It has a wonderful combination of herbs that I find helpful. I like the site and their products, but I am not invested in the company in any way. It has no side effects for me, no icky taste and no ill effects in the morning. I hope you are able to get some good rest soon!
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   Posted 7/3/2009 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sera,
I can't sleep either. Come over and we will have hot chocolate (decaffienated of course) and watch infomercials on tv. I am going to go to bed now. Hope you have better luck tonight.

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   Posted 7/3/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Hunibee and everybody else !

I think all Fibromites are having sleep problems. I even believe that no or no restoring sleep is the beginning of an insetting Fibro. We're talking here about that famous phase 4 sleep which is literally impossible to reach for one suffering Fibro. During that phase a very important substance, a substance 'P,' a neuroptide, is released into the spiral code restoring our sensation of pain. If not reset a chronic pain sets in. In other words a Fibromyalgia.

To get some sleep, well, I easily can sleep 12 hrs and take naps at daytime (I'm also having a CFS), but I'm talking about recuperative sleep I have good experiences with Stilnox. I dont but take 5mg and it has no side effects. I easily can override its effects, if I decide to stay up longer but have taken the pill already. There is no drowsiness or any feeling of hangover like some sleeping pills give you.

Other than that I learnt to occupy myself if I cannot sleep. I don't panick or take it as a bad thing. Neither I try 'hard' to fall asleep, worse it gets ! Of course I live alone and can do whatever I want :-P . With a family it's probably more difficult. Perhaps you have a room where you can stay for yourself and just take a good book or do something you would do for leisure at daytime.

Wishing you better nights ! ;-)
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