Does anyone take Valerian Root for sleep?

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conorsmom
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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I've had problems sleeping in the last 18 months- once I get to sleep, I sleep well but it's getting to sleep that's the problem. I've tried Ambien, Ambien CR, Restoril, and Xanax. Xanax worked at 2mg but my doc wasn't thrilled with me taking that dose. Ambien works, but only if I take 20 mg instead of the usual 10mg.
I somehow came across Valerian Root as a sleep aid. I've taken it for about 3 weeks now, and if I take 1 Ambien and 1mg Xanax with it, it works great. But now I'm in a big flare and I wonder if it's the Valarian Root. I know that Melatonin is contraindicated for autoimmune patients but the Valerian Root had no warnings to that effect.
It's particularly hard because my husband leaves for work at 6am and my son doesn't get up for school til 7am and I have to keep a close eye on him in the morning or he's late for his bus. Last night, I didn't get to sleep til after 2am and woke up with a  nasty migraine on top of being so tired, but my son came through for me and got his breakfast, dressed and made it to the bus stop in time. But I'm so tired now I could sleep for another 2 hrs if I could. I don't know how much the fatigue is from the flare or the lack of sleep.
Any suggestions? Thanks! Sandy
Diagnosed with SLE 1994,Fibromyalgia 1994,Interstitial Cystitis 2000,lupus pneumonitis 2002,peripheral neuropathy 2002,cerebral anoxia 2007,
 
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alim0nkey
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   Posted 3/17/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I take this and I find it very effective. I find the best form is the liquid tincture, but it smells foul and doesn't taste that nice! If you like your natural remedies, I find a lavender bath followed by a cup of nettle tea and a couple of valerian guarantees a good night's sleep for me! Doesn't solve my fatigue problems totally but I do feel a little brighter on waking, which is more than I can say normally!

puccini914
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   Posted 3/17/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried valerian once, it smelled like dirty socks...uugghhh. never again. Luckily Ambien works well for me, but I also take flexeril at night. You would be suprised at how much it lessens the morning stiffness. Good luck to you.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


conorsmom
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   Posted 3/17/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice! I've been having problems with sleep since Sept of 2007 when I went to sleep one night and never woke up the next day. I spent 8 days in a coma, from (accidently) mixing OxyContin and NyQuil. My son tried to wake me up and got my husband. He called 911. I know alot of this is psychological but it's getting better. My son wanted to sleep with me after I came home and still hesitates if he comes home from school and I don't answer him right away.

Diagnosed with SLE 1994,Fibromyalgia 1994,Interstitial Cystitis 2000,lupus pneumonitis 2002,peripheral neuropathy 2002,cerebral anoxia 2007,
 
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alim0nkey
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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
lol @ dirty socks - yes I suppose it does. It has a sweaty cheesy feet kind of smell. Doesn't taste that nice either. But I find it very effective. Probably best taken in capsule form if you don't like the smell.
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