Camomile tea as a sleep aid

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Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wanting to get of of my Ativan as a sleep aid, does anyone have any info about the effectiveness of camomile tea as a sleep aid?
Carlo


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   Posted 12/22/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
First off talk with your doctor first before trying to stop the Ativan. It can have some side effects and you must withdraw slowly and with a doctors guidance. Camomile tea works nicely to relax me, but I am not sure how well it would work as a sleep aid. It does chill me out nicely though.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good advice as per the norm Nanners'I drink HOT milk
It has a natural ingredient in it that is activated when heated and puts the warmth and sleepies right thru you

BUT do talk to doc about the ativan
'WE cannot give you professional advice about meds..........
I do think coming off cold turkey would definitely cause issues that the tea / or milk would not handle

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Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on my way to see my physician right now. I was wondering about the camomile, and I've read that warm milk is not very effective.
Carlo


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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning

As a past user of Ativan, please do not go off Ativan cold turkey, talk with your physician.

I take Trazadone 100 mg and that works very well for me.

I love the ideas posted by the others too. 

Keep us posted on how your doing.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Warm milk is used for babies to help them calm down and sleep even in the breastmilk

I have used it for numerous years and it sure works for me and some have given it a shot and they to have found it helps

Keep us posted

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Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I'm back from the physician. He cut my Ativan dose in half, and said that I could cut that in half in a couple of weeks. Then after a month, I could drop it, and I'll be seeing him again in the meantime. He also cut my Dilantin dose down from 300MG to 200MG, and that is a bonus, I think. The neurologist doesn't know about that cut yet, but my physician will talk to him. Naturally, I will keep a close eye on myself during all of this, but it looks like I'll be able to get off both drugs, and that makes me happy. We didn't discuss how long it would take to get completely off of the Dilantin, but at least we're working on it, and the neurologist hasn't weighed in yet due to his office being closed for the holidays.
Carlo


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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink Chamomile all day long. It's relaxing as are the other decaf teas. I would try the warm milk as others mentioned. Also, take it slow off of the Ativan. That's the best idea. Ask your doc how to do this properly. I had a terrible experience going off of Xanax. (Only because my doc didn't do it correctly.)

Carlo, good luck on the decrease in dosage. Maybe the higher dosages are what were causing your leg issues in the middle of the night.

Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Almost forgot, the hot milk and camomile as a sleep aid appear to be something that works for some, but not all. The same for a back rub, a warm bath, etc. This according to my physician. I'm certainly not one to knock what works for anyone.
Carlo


Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
The physician thinks that the leg issues are more akin to a slightly high thyroid.
Carlo


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   Posted 12/22/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My grandmother was huge on hot milk and chamomile when we were younger for restlessness. . . And big on rubbing a tub of Vicks all over our chests and neck for colds (and me all the time for asthma :)

I hope all works out well with your docs and cutting back on your meds Carlo. . . I've been slowly working on this myself for the past few years and slowly introducing supplements.
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Carlo
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   Posted 12/22/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I went through the Vicks routines as a kid too. The hot, or even warm milk is a definite turnoff for me. Yuk.

Thanks for the well wishes. The Doc cut my meds down today, so tonight I will take lower doses. Together, we are working to get me completely off of the drugs.
Carlo


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   Posted 12/22/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Mazfire said...
you can get herbal teas from health food stores that are specifically for insomnia- normally the active ingredients are Valerian and St Johns Wort, totally natural, and no caffeine at all. fractured sleep is horrible- i hope you find a way through this.

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i m always leary of these natural remedies.just because its "natural doesn't mean it cant harm you. i heard and it could be wrong that st johns wart is not a good thing to mix with antidepresents. i would check with your Dr. 1st.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Twistedmentality said...

i m always leary of these natural remedies.just because its "natural doesn't mean it cant harm you. i heard and it could be wrong that st johns wart is not a good thing to mix with antidepresents. i would check with your Dr. 1st.
 
twisted i totally agree- i have already told Carlo in another thread on the same topic that i would never use a herbal remedy without first consulting a doctor.
 
To post otherwise would be irresponsible of me. I covered that base. and you are right about st johns wort- it didnt work for me, however i dont know that it wont work for others.
 
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to chime in about the chamomile. I agree that it's as effective as any other non caffinated herbal tea. It relaxes me, but doesn't make me sleepy. I do like sleepytime tea and tension tamer tea made by celestial tea. Warm milk and honey work for me, but I know a lot of people are grossed out by the thought.

Carlo
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Twistedmentality said...
Mazfire said...
you can get herbal teas from health food stores that are specifically for insomnia- normally the active ingredients are Valerian and St Johns Wort, totally natural, and no caffeine at all. fractured sleep is horrible- i hope you find a way through this.

Maz [img]/community/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


i'm always leary of these natural remedies.just because its "natural doesn't mean it cant harm you. i heard and it could be wrong that st johns wart is not a good thing to mix with antidepresents. i would check with your Dr. 1st.


I find that whole idea of "natural" to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, in most cases. Many of these supplements are manufactured with a combination of ingredients, and are anything but "natural". Of course there are exceptions, like Aloe Vera leaves, for example. Further, supplements are very often lacking solid scientific studies to back their claims. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, we must still be on guard against "snake oil". I can well appreciate that some people support some supplements, it's their call, but anecdotal evidence isn't a strong enough recommendation for me to take them.
Carlo


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   Posted 12/23/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Carlo said...
 


I find that whole idea of "natural" to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, in most cases. Many of these supplements are manufactured with a combination of ingredients, and are anything but "natural". Of course there are exceptions, like Aloe Vera leaves, for example. Further, supplements are very often lacking solid scientific studies to back their claims. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, we must still be on guard against "snake oil". I can well appreciate that some people support some supplements, it's their call, but anecdotal evidence isn't a strong enough recommendation for me to take them.

Im sorry, but how is Chamomile tea any different? it is a herbal, natural remedy- nothing i suggested for you was a 'supplement'. i offered advice on a different form of herbal tea, which is what you were enquiring about.
I hope you are able to find some relief and get a solid nights sleep, i know how hard that can be. but please also understand that i never suggested a supplement, or any such potion. Just tea- thats all.
Maz
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   Posted 12/23/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i second the tension tamer and sleepytime teas by Celestial. They're not strong or anything, it just gives you a nice warm feeling.

Shia
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   Posted 12/23/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard Valerian root is good for anxiety and for sleeping aid

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   Posted 12/23/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I just put on my witches hat and get out my cauldran and pour a bit of this and a bit of that.  I invite my friends over and by midnight we are all worn out from stirring the cauldran...........

Maz, save me, I have gone round the bend,  I think I am on the carpet again.

You know I still crack me up.  It was the eggnog.

Luv yas

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Carlo
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   Posted 12/23/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Mazfire said...
Carlo said...



I find that whole idea of "natural" to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, in most cases. Many of these supplements are manufactured with a combination of ingredients, and are anything but "natural". Of course there are exceptions, like Aloe Vera leaves, for example. Further, supplements are very often lacking solid scientific studies to back their claims. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, we must still be on guard against "snake oil". I can well appreciate that some people support some supplements, it's their call, but anecdotal evidence isn't a strong enough recommendation for me to take them.


Im sorry, but how is Chamomile tea any different? it is a herbal, natural remedy- nothing i suggested for you was a 'supplement'. i offered advice on a different form of herbal tea, which is what you were enquiring about.
I hope you are able to find some relief and get a solid nights sleep, i know how hard that can be. but please also understand that i never suggested a supplement, or any such potion. Just tea- thats all.

Maz


I was agreeing with you about checking with your physician before using any herbal remedies, and or supplements. You mentioned Valerian and St. John's Wort to me in another thread. As for the Camomile tea, my physician said whatever works for you, but he knew of no solid evidence showing that it works for everyone. Vendors often refer to things as natural, it's good for sales. Whether or not they are is of little consequence when it comes to whether or not they will work as advertised.

Camomile tea is no different in this respect, I was asking if anyone knew if it was effective. That was prior to talking with my physician about it. :o)
Carlo

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