exhausted but cant sleep

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   Posted 10/9/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever feel like that? Thats how I am 70% of the time! I take a sleeping aid,some night's it works and some nights it doesnt. When it doesnt work I am up until 3-4am and up at 7am with the kids...exhausted all day then do it again that night. It is insane to be tired but restless
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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Nicole,

Oh man, can I ever relate to this! I have to take ambien every night and it will knock me out initially, but I tend to wake up with leg spasticity, burning, overheated etc. and then once I’m up I spend the rest of the night tossing and turning or stretching, or writing random emails at 3 am. I have a lot of problems with daytime fatigue, and I know if I could just get quality sleep on a consistent basis it would help me be more functional during the day. It really is very strange to be so exhausted but unable to rest.

Have you discussed changing your sleep aid with your doc? Also, if there is something else that is keeping you awake, i.e. pain, worry etc. addressing these issues might help you be able to sleep better. For example, I stopped taking baclofen at night for most of this week (a recent addition to my nightly meds anyhow), and kept waking up around 2-3 am with my usual leg issues . I finally went back on the baclofen last night, and I didn’t wake up until 5 am and then was able to drift off and sleep some more.  

Another thought is to ask about a sleep study, as there might be other factors affecting your ability sleep and/or sleep quality that you aren’t even aware of (i.e. sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder etc). It really is amazing how much lack of sleep can affect us, and what a huge impact it can have on quality of life. There was this series on sleep that is pretty amazing. I’ll try and hunt around for the link to it and post it if I find it.


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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Here is the series on sleep (The Science of Sleep on 60 Minutes). I found the video to be the best way to view the info, but there is an article there as well.


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   Posted 10/10/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Nichole

Wow...what a schedule! I'm sorry...u must be so exhausted! I am sure, given that u are taking a sleeping aid, u've discussed this with u'r doc. I can't really offer any help other than to say if u'r not, at least try to lay down at bed time and stay there. That's REALLY hard if u'r restless, but it will at least give ur' body a break. With such small children and such an active lifestyle, u really need the rest when u can get it. There is one thing that may help. Have u ever tried Melatonin? It's a natural supplement that may be able to at least give u some more relaxation and maybe get u to that place of getting to sleep. Of course ask u'r doc about this before taking it. Take care friend and try to stop for rests when u can.
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