I've had sleeping problems for most all my life (my Mom said I even had trouble when I was a baby). I have several things that can happen: Can't fall asleep, can't stay asleep, can't wake up, or sleep but don't feel like I've slept at all when I wake up 8-10 hrs. later... A sleep study had to be aborted because the eeg leads on my head caused severe pain in my head. But enough was recorded to note that I was constantly waking up because my oxygen level was dropping. This was while I was having Asthma triggered by going to bed (the act of laying back against my pile of pillows seemed to trigger the asthma attack). Since begining Singulair, the Asthma hasn't been an issue, but using nighttime oxygen (2L/min.) does help with the quality of my sleep once I am able to fall asleep. Unfortunately, I am in need of a good noise maker to hide the sound of the oxygen concentrator (it hisses, growls, and groans the entire time it is running...really loudly, too). So until I can find a suitable noisemaker, I can't use the oxygen machine...and it doesn't help with falling asleep, only with sleep quality.
Sleeping pills either do nothing or leave me unable to function the next day. Antidepressants cause intolerable side-effects, even at very low doses (i.e., 10mg). Benadryl does work, but slowly looses effectiveness and also halts my gut and also causes restless legs sensations. Melatonin worked once or twice, then quit working. Other herbs for sleep didn't do anything either. I'm allergic to oat straw and hops, so can't do many of the common herbal blends for sleep (Calms Forte, for example - tried it, and had a bad allergic reaction most likely to the oat straw).
The only two things that I have found successful for getting me to fall asleep are homeopathic Quietude and an essential oils/herbal combo called Progessence Plus (a wild yam topical supplement...for women only, LOL). Neither of these leave me feeling drugged in the morning.
I think part of my sleep trouble too is my deranged gut. It seems to hate laying down no matter when I try...even propped up on a bunch of pillows (a wedge-shapped pile), my stomach still seems to be a troublemaker... Another issue is my nose/sinuses...they insist on plugging up in the middle of the night (or sometimes right away as soon as I get in bed). I've tried all sorts of things for this and nothing seems to really do the trick that doesn't mess up the rest of me. So I just grin and bear these things as best as I can.
I have always also had a tendency to be a night owl and not a morning person. My whole family is like this. And of course, I married a morning person, LOL. But it has worked out pretty well for us - my ability to sleep through my husband's alarm clock baffles him...I have to set two extra-loud alarm clocks to wake up sometimes...LOL.
So yes, sleep is a huge, huge problem for me. I hope hope hope this Lyme thing is the cause so I can get better sleep once the Lyme is under control better. I think Lyme does play a role at the very least in my sleep issues...because the sleep problems have worstened significantly ever since I became aware of Lyme and started to go after it with herbs 2 years ago.
I once (in jr. high school) was unable to sleep for 3 weeks straight...never did figure out why or what was keeping me from sleeping. It went away as mysteriously as it came on.
So yeah, sleep is, has been, and probably always will be a struggle for me to some extent or another.
Funny thing is, I spend most days now fighting intense fatigue that has me nodding off in chairs for a few seconds...how come I can sleep so easily in the daytime? (don't have to answer that, it's rhetorical) Just amazes me...
Chronic Lyme Disease, Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN via PICC (trying again to wean off the TPN).
Meds: IV Cipro, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Singulair, Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver, probiotics, digestive enzymes, Milk Thistle & other liver support herbs, Magnesium, homeopathy.