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Fibromyalgia and sleep

Nov 08, 2015 1:38 AM

Does anyone manage to get a good night's sleep without sleeping tablets? I don't want to stay on them but can't function properly the next day if I miss one

Nov 08, 2015 3:20 AM

Nope. I'm on trazodone and hydroxyzine to help me sleep. Before that I would go days without sleeping.

Nov 08, 2015 5:08 AM

I sleep although I dont fall asleep til between 2am and 5am then I sleep half the day away. I too have Trazadone but I dont like the dizzy feeling nor the dreams that trigger my PTSD

Nov 08, 2015 5:23 AM

Trazodone as well , helps me sleep for a few hours. I have found the Onnit supplement line help wonders with trying to get off of prescriptions

Nov 08, 2015 8:40 AM

No.. Unfortunately the problem is that with illness such as fibro and CRPS the body does not achieve the restorative REM sleep that helps us wake feeling rested. It is also the sleep that allows us to dream. I don't even rest well WITH the meds. I guess my body is so used to them that they help me fall asleep but not stay asleep. It's hard. I hope you can find a way to get more sleep. It's beneficial to us all but definitely hard to attain. Sending {{{Hugs}}} and best wishes that you get to sleep.🌻🙏🏻

Nov 08, 2015 10:31 PM

I am on ambein. I get 4 hours of sleep

Nov 08, 2015 10:54 PM

I take Lunesta, it helps alot. I get about 6 hours on a good night. I will take what I can get. I have to have sleep tablets to sleep.

Nov 09, 2015 12:48 AM

I take Trazadone also, as needed. I don't like the way it makes me feel. I fall asleep between 2am and 5am. My husband gets up for work around 3:30-4am and I wake up kids at 5:30 for morning workouts at school. By the time I get home (7:30) I'm exhausted and go to sleep.

Nov 09, 2015 5:43 PM

Lizardlace, I was on Ambien 9 years and kept having to increase my dose. I was weaned off last year using melatonin and increasing my antidepressant. After I was off it & melatonin my antidepressant was increased again. I always wake up twice every night to potty, regardless of meds. And I wake to change positions multiple times. I sleep fairly well 3-4 nights a week. But sometimes I still have to take Melatonin &/or anxiety meds, or sometimes muscle relaxers & Tramadol.

I don't have any caffeine after 2 pm, and I limit sugar intake to a 6 pm cut off. I rarely drink colas, as milk & water are my predominate drinks. I don't read or watch any drama or intense TV shows; I record them and watch in the daytime. All these suggestions were made by my doctor, and making these changes have helped me get better quality sleep. I feel blessed considering I have insomnia much less often than I use to on the Ambien. And I'm doubly blessed because apparently I sleep better than most of the community. 🙏🌼

Nov 09, 2015 6:36 PM

Trazadone here. Was on Ambien for YeARS and could not get off it. Not sure how i would do with out a sleeping med. Originally put on one because sleep sucked for me. I can now fall asleep pretty well but my starting at 5 am or earlier wakings suck. Flaps I like the advice you shared! It makes sense!!

Nov 10, 2015 1:40 PM

Jesswoo, I use to watch the intense dramas & murder shows at night then either couldn't sleep or had nightmares. My doc told me to try recording and watching them in the daytime so I did. His advice made a difference. I've always been extremely sensitive to sugar & caffeine (probably why I'm sensitive to meds too), and so is our oldest daughter. She use to keep us up because she'd had tea at supper then couldn't sleep all night. She'd be crying with her eyes wide. The other benefit to my TV changes is, now my hubby and I watch several shows together again. 🙏🌼

Nov 11, 2015 1:55 AM

Last night I tried nytol instead of my sleeping tablets from the doctor. I also did not watch TV for over an hour before bed but instead I did some colouring, light stretches and breathing exercises with calming music, I got to sleep pretty easily but it last 2 hours and that was it, spent the rest of the night attempting to get comfortable and trying to fall back to sleep. It was awful

Nov 11, 2015 3:21 AM

I take two valium, I don't sleep, but I don't care! Lol. Seriously though, I am absolutely miserable, I don't sleep and I hurt, I am pissed off all day long. Can't find the joy anymore, life is so hard! !!

Nov 11, 2015 3:23 AM

Life is very hard for me too, I call it surviving not living my life

Nov 11, 2015 9:24 AM

I hear what you're saying about surviving. You need to mourn the loss of what your life was or what you planned on it being and then make adjustments and a plan to live your "new normal" to the fullest extent and get joy and fun out of it. Chin up, you can do it. We are all here to help you through. {{{Hugs}}} and prayers coming your way. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Nov 11, 2015 9:45 AM

I was taking Melatonin started out with 3 mgs and slowly added more until I was taking 11 mg. I still would wake up once or twice a night to go potty and change my positions. I sometimes just cat nap and wake up every hour on the hour.

Nov 11, 2015 10:31 AM

I alternate between valerian for a week, and phenibut for a week. I can sleep about 1/2 the time now, much better than melatonin, which wakes me up.

Nov 17, 2015 10:21 AM

I am going to try melatonin, I have also been using a magnesium spray which has helped

Nov 17, 2015 2:17 PM

I so get where you atop are, not sleeping. That's where I was from 2007 - 2014. This year with antidepressant changes and other med changes, bedtime routine changes, diet changes & habits changed, I am sleeping much better than I thought I would, or you all are. II still wake to change positions and occasionally have 1-2 insomnia nights/month. But I'm no longer exhausted unless I flare, and I'm not staying grumpy. I so wish all of you could get better sleep! 🙏🌼

Nov 17, 2015 11:15 PM

I use a high dose of melatonin and only take a half trazadone. I am not so hung over in the morning.

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