So depressed about my Insomnia

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   Posted 10/24/2011 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had insomnia for more than two years. Lately i can get to sleep but wake up iafter only a few hours in the middle of the night and then just "rest" the rest of the night.  It's just beyond me... I'm recently separated, and move out on my own... that was a very very good move, but my insomnia started about 1.5 years before i actually moved out.   I've always had depression (dsythimia) and have taken zoloft for 15 years.   Occasionally i'll get between 5-7 hours sleep, but not often enough.  Insomnia is ruling my life.   Meds don't help, but occasionally i'll take an herbal "valerian".  Melatonin makes me more depressed.  Just needed to vent here.  I'm so FRUSTRATED!!!

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   Posted 10/24/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I take ambien for sleep. It helps me. If you can get seven hours of sleep, you are doing pretty good. But five isn't nearly enough. Have you tried meditation to get yourself back to sleep? It can help. And it is free. The ambien helps me get a restful sleep which I didn't get before. Maybe it would help you.

Hope this helps a little.

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   Posted 10/24/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
keep talking with dr., there are effective treatments out there. jamie



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   Posted 10/24/2011 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that I sleep less when I have a lot on my mind, and that running all the thoughts through my head makes me too restless to sleep. Meditation might help if you have that same problem, to clear your mind and get back to sleep. I also take Ambien when needed, but it has to be on an empty stomach or I don't notice it.

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   Posted 10/24/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I can certainly understand your frustration and know all to well that the more tired you get the worse the frustration gets.

My best advice to you is to pull out all the stops and don't rely on any single "trick" to help with sleep.

1. Warm bath 1-2 hours before bed.
2. Learn relaxation and meditation techniques. Learn to clear you mind.
3. Herbal teas.
4. Remove all distractions from your sleeping area like TV's, radios, etc.
5. Avoid caffeine, especially in the last 6-8 hours before going to bed.
6. If you are easily woken up by outside noise try using a white noise machine, or even a fan.
7. Talk with your doctor, especially if you are taking medication. Many meds interfere with the sleep process. There may be more going on than "simple" insomnia and a sleep study might be needed and of use.
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