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   Posted 11/24/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
and I'm not in the least bit sleepy.....exhausted yes, but sleep just won't come. I've taken my meds and its just not happening for me. I hate it when this happens.
What do you do to help you relax and eventually fall asleep??
Bipolar II
Lithium SR 600mg/pm
Celexa 20mg/pm
Clonazepam 0.5mg/pm
Ativan 2mg/as needed

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   Posted 11/24/2008 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   

i can't stand when its 3:oo am and everyone can sleep, but me. I listen to soft quit music and that helps, i would read but i can't becaus my head is all over the place. thats why i think music helps. 3:00 a.m. is a lonley time, and then we get our selves crazy in the head, i know my head gets busy and i tend to think of doom and gloom. try music hope it helps.
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

  I asked my doctor and got 5mg of ambien, enought to get me to sleep and out of the "danger" zone.

    Good luck.


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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I put on my headphones and listen to music. I also play around on the internet -- like you -- but that's dangerous because that can keep me awake for hours. Sometimes I put on a movie that's very familiar, that I've seen dozens of times (I like to call them comfort movies) and that'll put me to sleep.

Good luck tonight, poor thing.
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   Posted 11/24/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   


There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep!  I am a manic expert.  I have such high anxiety that I am on Xanax and since recently being put on mood stabilizer #9 (I think), I have been sleeping well.  When I could not sleep, I would take a warm bath, lights out, only a candle burning, add some epsom salt to my bath and soak for a long time.  This usually would relax my body enough to go to sleep.  Watching TV never worked for me because my body reacts to stimuli with such intensity that it just made me more fully awake.  I have been on ambien in the past but not with any other med at the time and it worked pretty well.  Before I would accept the fact that I was Bipolar and would not take meds, it would not be unusal for me to be mopping the kitchen floor at 4:00 a.m.  But after you live like that for so long, then you usually crash and burn from exhaustion. You can probably get away with that when your are 20, but when you are a "woman of a certain age" you do not bounce back.  I would tell your PDoc because I am always at my worse when I do not get enough sleep.

I hope you sleep well tonight.  I hope we all do.


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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you were able to eventually get some sleep.  For me I have not had much of a problem with waking up and not being able to fall asleep.  My problem time seems to be right when I get in bed.  I will feel so tired and think that I am going to fall right asleep, but will end up laying there watching tv for another hour.  Usually if I want to try and get sleepy I will sit at the computer and play solitare.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson

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