I've done a bit of research on this, Mogs, but others will have their ideas also that will be very helpful for you.
You're right about
melatonin; it's helpful for only three months. The next product recommended is often 5htp Tryptophan. It has the capacity to cross the blood-brain barrier and can help with getting sleep. It's useless to try just Tryptophan because that cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. (Rarely, there may be a reaction if one is
taking SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors) and the
patient should stop taking 5htp Tryptophan immediately if a rash occurs. It clears up overnight as soon as the tryptophan is removed.)
The third thing is to cut off your TV about 2 hours before going to bed. Also, shut down your computer because the light slows the natural secretion of melatonin from the Pineal gland in the brain, and your object is to get that flowing nicely for your sleep. Remember, it's the light that's troublesome for some. If you read, as I do, before going to sleep, try to keep the light across from your shoulder and use a low-watt bulb to keep the light at a minimum.
Then, there's always Clonazepam (or klonopin) which your psychiatrist might prescribe. That's a good sleep inducer. (But so is a good antihistamine, such as 10 mg Zyrtec.)
This is what I use: I drink a full glass of water and then put about 6 tiny pieces of Himalayan salt on my tongue and let it dissolve. It has a strong soporific effect and I'm asleep within 20 minutes. (Unrefined salt has about 80 trace minerals and the macro minerals which the body needs.)
Actually, refined salt is not healthy for us. The unrefined salt has the ability to remove acids from around brain cells and has a very calming effect. See http://www.Benefits of unrefined salt.com . There are lots of sites on the internet that will lead you to learning the value of giving up refined salt and using unrefined Himalayan or French unrefined salt. They are really good!
I had a sleep apnea test done in February and learned that I have
a moderate deficiency of rem (rapid eye movement) sleep and needed to take air through a mask at night (called CPAP mask or
continuous positive air pressure). I can't tell you how extremely valuable that has been. I sleep 8 hours EVERY night and wake
up bright-eyed and refreshed. It was worth it to have the test done, and it's all covered by insurance. Try asking your psychiatrist about it.
Rem sleep is the sleep that is stored in the brain and is drawn from the system as the brain needs it. If we don't get enough to store,
we have symptoms of strong fatigue, insomnia, and other unpleasant feelings.
With enough storage of rem sleep, our bodies stay energized and alert. In other words, rem sleep is our battery charger! (You know what a battery is like in a car when it gets weak!)
Take care; glad to see you posting again. I hope the problems will all be resolved with your hands. It very likely is related to the meds, Mogs. I know that is disturbing, but there are medications you can take that are better, in my view. I think Lamictal is one of the best if you can take it in smaller doses rather than giving it up, you might like it.
You've done so well with your diet controls that you could probably get by with about 25 to 50 mg. of Lamictal once daily. As you know, we're not doctors; we can tell you only that which has worked for us.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/28/2012 6:22:02 PM (GMT-6)