Hi Tina, I feel for you too! 3:00 AM is usually my time to be up too. Today, however, I forced myself to go and lay in the bed and somehow fell back asleep for an hour or so!! Otherwise, it's been 3:00 AM lately.
I take two ambien every night, so it does help me go to sleep, but sometimes I do stupid things if I can't drop off to sleep (like buy something on ebay or something like that).
I can only suggest melotonin. I don't take it (obviously) since I take the ambien, but a friend's grandchild doesn't sleep at all and the dr put her on it (it's OTC). She drops right off to sleep and it works like a charm. She's about 4 (I think), but my sister takes it too and she's grown.
You'd have to check with the PM to make sure there would be no interaction. I'm tempted to do the same thing to see if I can get off of some of the ambien. It seems such a waste to take sooooo many meds every day. I get sick of it!
I wish there were some way to get off of a few of them, but sadly there is not. I've tried with the pain meds.....can't do it...way, way too much pain!! and with the others....well, my bones and teeth would dissolve eventually. Of course, I could stop the shots, but then I couldn't remember even who I talked to earlier in the day or what I said at all.
It sounds insane....but I'm sure you understand.
Have you been having nightmares too??? Perhaps you are really stressed (gee, I wonder why .lol.) and that is what is causing this. It could also be that your body is so conditioned to getting up with the babies (and I assume they are sleeping more) that you are waking up anyway. It could also be that your bloodsugars are low and you need something to drink (juice) or a small piece of cheese to stabalize you. I ususally try to take my first dose of meds (they take an hour to kick in) and eat something light and then relax with an old movie in th den. Of course, I don't often go back to sleep anymore, but sometimes.......
I wish you rest, my friend!
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