Alpha Intrusions/Years of unrefreshing sleep

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   Posted 9/2/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read how a lot of us have had sleep studies and have found alpha intrusions preventing us from getting deep sleep. My question is--is there anything but Xyrem that will make you refreshed in the am? I HIGHLY doubt my insurance will cover it, as they have denied me other things in the past that my Dr. told them I needed.

What else makes you get into that deep sleep? There has to be somethng. I have a prescription for Ambien I have yet to fill-will that do it? I also tried Trazodone, but only one night at half dose because I was tired until 2 pm the next day.



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   Posted 9/2/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Julie,

I take ambien and it works well for me. I believe it is considered a hypnotic. Not positive about that though. I would give it a try.

Have you ever tried melatonin? It works good for me for a few days, but then it doesn't work. But sometimes I take it to get a med holiday from the ambien.

I hope you get some restful sleep.

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   Posted 9/2/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Clonazepam helps me. It is addicting, but it beats no sleep. And it's cheap.

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   Posted 9/3/2011 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who is headed for her THIRD sleep study.  She gets there and cannot sleep due to the wires, mask and external noise going on around her.  Anyway, her doctor will not allow her to take anything to sleep after her asking for Ambien...her insurance will not cover another study after this one.  He told her these drugs will put you to sleep but it's not natural sleep...non restorative and the REM mode people go into is not normal so the test is useless.  That's why these drugs are not prescribed for more than two least they shouldn't be if you read the warning on the labels.
I took valium at night for several years.  I woke up in more pain, if that's possible.  Now I have had to wean off and it's been a nightmare.
I wish I knew what the answer many of us still struggle even after trying meds.  They come with a price.  Meditation, getting into a regular sleep caffeine after dinner...Personally I put on a boring, mindless movie and find I can drift off after awhile.
Good luck!

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   Posted 9/3/2011 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor prescribed zopiclone for sleeping it works very well. I go into such a deep sleep that nothing wakes me up. It is addictive and sometimes I take a half tablet when the grandchildren are here just so I will wake up if they need something.

Good luck
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   Posted 9/3/2011 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a sleep study and had slept the best I had in ages. I fell right to sleep and slept all night until they woke me up at 6 am. I usually don't have much of a problem sleeping anyway, I had the test because I wake up unrefreshed.

It turns out, I have alpha intrusion, they thought I was awake for most of the night. Sleep meds and supplements may help you to actually sleep but they don't fix the alpha intrusion problem. The meds help some people to feel better because any sleep is better than no sleep.

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   Posted 9/9/2011 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all--I'm planning to fill the ambien and try it tonight. I read that you aren't supposed to take it for more than a couple of weeks? My Dr. did not mention this.

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   Posted 9/9/2011 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to take ambien for sleep, but I had to stop it. I found out they are very addictive to some people. What made me concern was I tried to stop them and I didn't go to sleep for 4 days. Thank heaven I don't work. My Dr. called it rebound insomnia. I thought I would die, I just wanted to go to sleep. Now I have a routine for sleep. I have many nights that the pain keeps me up and I just sleep in the morning hrs. I don't work so everybody is gone in the morning. I think ambien is a good sleep aid, but not for people that have a addictive personality. They are considered a barbituate. Spelling might be off. Lol. They say not to take it every night, but my body gets so dependent for them. So the best thing was to stop them.

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   Posted 9/9/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard back from doctor about my sleep study. It showed mild sleep apnea & said I don't need a CPAP yet but that I should lose weight (no duh lol) & I asked the rheumy if it showed brain waves like the alpha/delta, & she said it did not. She sounded surprised that I should ask about that. I think I am going to ask to see it at my next visit. They act like my own medical records are top secret from me & I'm starting to doubt my rhmy's expertise. I've gotten more helpful advice & information online than I've gotten from my doctor! I am somewhat frustrated right now.
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