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   Posted 7/13/2010 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Lately I go to sleep around 10 and up at 12:30 and can't fall asleep.  I am not in pain but  very achy.  I flip from side to side but cannot get comfortable.  My hips ache and I just want to go to sleep.  I never had a hard time falling alseep until recently.  I am just so frustrated.  I cannot be tired.  I have three kids that I need to chase tomorrow!  Sorry to complain.  Just need to vent!  Any suggestions as to help fall asleep?  Any advice?

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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish I had a tried and true suggestion for you, but as you can see, I'm awake and it is 1:20 AM for me. I'm awake nearly every night until the tired overtakes the pain or anxiety - whichever is keeping me awake. Tonight, it's pain. I hope someone is able to come up with some working suggestions for you! I've had insomnia for too long to have any useful suggestions for anyone.
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   Posted 7/13/2010 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
The ole' iron skillet ought to do the trick. Ok, I'm joking. I'm having the same issue hon. I get to chase a 6 yr old and a 81 year old with dementia and do a doctor appointment. I am getting sleepy, to where I will pass out. I made me a big cup of "Sleepy Time" tea and drank it while reading a book and checking on one of my facebook games
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   Posted 7/13/2010 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Been awake since 3:30 however my allergies have hit over drive, couldn't get comfortable any where.

I have a meeting with MIL rehab place today.....um that's gonna be comical.

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   Posted 7/13/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice everyone! Finally fell asleep around 3:30 and up at 7.

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   Posted 7/13/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, when I can't sleep I will get out of bed, nuke my bedbuddy, either make a cup
of peppermint tea or warm some milk. I will read, watch tv, meditate or play solitaire
on the computer or come here and read posts. I'm up usually every night for an hour
or so. The only way I know to break the cycle is to take a muscle relaxer before bed
and I don't want to do that on a nightly basis. I'm afraid if I do that, they won't be as
effective for flares.

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Livenlaugh,

One of the 'tools' I've found that works for me, especially when my legs decide they're at the end of someone else's puppet strings, is to place a standard sized, firm pillow between my knees while hugging a softer one; I tend to fall asleep on my right side. When that fails, I simply realize that instead of fighting myself, I talk a quiet stroll throughout the house (I've got night-lights in all the right places) and remind myself, today is done; there's nothing I can do about it now.

Breathe in, breathe out...repeat
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   Posted 7/13/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been struggling too, went to bed at 2:30 and woke up at 5:30. I just stay awake til I almost pass out so when I go to bed I will fall asleep no matter the pain.
Fibromyalgia,arthritis,raynauds syndrome,gastroparesis,IBS,depression,severe costochondritis, generalized anxiety disorder
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
IMO, see your PCP and request a hypnotic. I had another DR suggest Melatonin which is OTC but it can be RX'd and some Insurances will cover. As well I've also had a DR. bring up the AD (TCAs, TeCA's etc) route as well. Long-Acting benzos like Klonopin/Valium are also an option for short-term sleeping issues but really not the best option imo + they can leave you feeling hungover rather than refreshed the next day.
Personally, I find a hypnotic best.
To each his/her own!

Believe me, it is better than being up until 5AM, then before you know it the sun is rising and the day is the starting. The trick is or maybe I should say hard part is telling yourself to take something before it gets to late and the night drags on wondering if you'll ever get tired.

Feel better.
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