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What do you do to help you sleep?

Feb 27, 2017 1:52 AM

It's so frustrating when you spend the whole day exhausted and longing for your bed then night time comes and you can't sleep a wink. I've gone so long without sleep, I'm starting to feel like a zombie. I've tried all the common suggestions and I'm hoping someone here has an idea that I can try. Here's hoping today is a good one for us all 💐

Feb 27, 2017 2:22 AM

I know how you feel. My doctor finally has given me a sleep med after waiting 2 years.

Feb 27, 2017 4:17 AM

I use relaxation music with delta waves/binaural beats, supposed to make you sleep. I often find if I'm in pain I'm not sleeping so lots if hot water bottles, meds and ibuprofen gel oh and self massage really helps. If you have a bedsit or flat share and only have a bedroom make sure during the day the bed is made up and you sit at the opposite end that you sleep on so it feels different. You want to train your brain to think that in bed under the covers is for sleep and sexy time. Also heard bananas help and having dinner and a hot shower about an hour or so before you wana sleep. Good luck

Feb 27, 2017 5:47 AM

I suffered with insomnia for 12 years. Hot water shower or bath, hot pack or bottle in bed, relaxing music and sleeping pills are good. But really tired condition, not easy to sleep. I just read boring book just like King of ring. Sometimes read bible(especially 5 books of Moses) or listen a summoning from pastor surely make me sleep. (It's secret because he must be hurt)
Please don't duty to sleep. Sometimes you just accept your condition and enjoy it. Don't try hard to sleep. Relax your body and do something. Sometimes you can't sleep anymore and go to work. Work hard and you can sleep.
In case of severe insomnia, psychology Dr. can help you with medicine. It's not always working but mostly very helpful for good sleep.
I pray for your good night today. Sweet dream tonight.

Feb 27, 2017 10:34 AM

I have to be totally physically and mentally spent to get more than three hours at a time. Often I have my digital recorder with me, so I can ramble on.

I try to write on my blog series or stories to drain my mind. I can't stand medication for sleeping and get more than a bit frustrated when it comes down to it

Feb 27, 2017 6:45 PM

I use amnbein, melatonin ,and nortriptylin . The nortriptylin I use nightly for pain and sleep. Most days depending on my activities it's not enough so I use Ambien and or melatonin.

Mar 02, 2017 8:58 PM

Melatonin and 100 mg amytripiline

Mar 02, 2017 9:45 PM

melatonin, tryptophan, 2 extra strength tylenol, baclofen and a mattress pad heater help. When it gets really bad, a massage or going floating a few hours before my bedtime routine really help!

Mar 02, 2017 10:04 PM

Try to keep a normal schedule whether I have slept or not. If I cannot fall back to sleep after 30 minutes or so I just get up.

Mar 02, 2017 11:30 PM

Medical cannibus works really well. I have no problem falling asleep when I use it. Thank god I live in a state where it's available.

Mar 03, 2017 10:29 AM

I think I'm going to be giving up on sleep here shortly and just start getting up for the day after the 2 or 3 hours I've been getting.

Mar 03, 2017 10:39 AM

I use a muscle relaxer. But also do a relaxation where I focus on each body part to get it to relax. Some days it works... Others, not so much. Especially if i am stressed. If you can't relax your mind it's near impossible to relax your body.

I also keep a journal. Sometimes I find that if I can write my stressors down its easier to let them go when I am sleeping.

If I can't fall asleep right away I don't try to force it. Will get up and do something. Read, color etc. Something calming. Then as I start to feel tired I lie back down.

If you are like me.. Not one thing works all the time So I try to.keep calm. I refuse to take sleeping pills as I am.my parents caregiver..I need to be able to hear if they need me. So taking 2mg of Tizanidine at bedtime helps me relax and sleep but it doesn't knock me out and I don't feel hung over the next day.

Mar 03, 2017 2:44 PM

Mimikay you've just hit the nail on the head to how I'm feeling after starting this new med for my vertigo....it knocks me out to begin with but I'm still waking up thro the night - either many many times or just once but can't go back to sleep!
I've been trying to find the right word for how I've been feeling and you just hit the nail on the head for me!!!

I have no problem with going to sleep initially but after about an hour or two or if I'm lucky maybe 3 hours, I wake up then I struggle to go back to sleep.
No point in taking sleeping tablets because they don't help me stay asleep and it's the staying asleep I have the problem with (plus I've already tried the sleeping tablets and it is as I said above!).

Mar 03, 2017 2:53 PM

I've resorted to taking Ambien. I hope it works keeping me asleep through the night. I get to sleep eventually but I don't stay asleep. I'm hoping this helps.

Mar 03, 2017 3:11 PM

What is Ambien? I'm struggling soo much with staying asleep that I'll try anything at the moment!

Mar 03, 2017 3:40 PM

I believe ambien is a prescription sleeping pill

Mar 03, 2017 3:42 PM

I cant stay asleep either. Getting to sleep initially is no problem. No muscle relaxant 2-3 hours of sleep, muscle relaxants 3-4 hours of sleep.
My naturopath was concerned that i was over sedating taking the muscle relaxant and new antidepressant together. I had to laugh at her because my sleep hasn't changed at all adding the new med

Mar 03, 2017 4:15 PM

Thank you for letting me know

Mar 03, 2017 5:07 PM

Ambien is a prescription sedative that really worked for me. But if I took it & didn't go straight to bed I would start hallucinating & it scared my poor daughter to death so she made me promise to stop taking them. So I don't take them anymore.

Mar 03, 2017 5:26 PM

The last time I took Ambien I got up in the middle of the night and did things that I didn't have any memory of. I stopped taking it because I was afraid I would drive somewhere. But I don't drive anymore. I knew I was up because all the lights would be on when I got up.

Mar 03, 2017 5:40 PM

I just stopped taking Ambien. I was getting up multiple times at night and walking around. My husband and I were concerned that I didn't remember it in the morning. It works well for some people. Just not me.

Mar 03, 2017 11:35 PM

I do take ambien and have for years but have been cutting it back because I have always sleep walked and sleep eaten on it.

Also was told and have proven that melatonin helps my cluster headache occurances be fewer in number. So melatonin is one.

And a small fose of tizanidine is another. I was also taking some benedryl as well until I discovered that it has been heavily linked to the early onset of dementia.

Tizanidine and melatonin in combination can give hallucinations so you have to be super careful of the dosages. I also take flexeril for fibro and effexor for an antidepressant with it. The flexeril can depress breathing in combination and so I cut in half if I don't need the whole. Just like I keep down the amount of tizanidine to just what's necessary. Take aleve as well, since I'm a migraneur and that is the only NSAID cleared for long term use and no rebound.

Opioids will interfere with letting you het REM sleep or drop into deeper sleep so be aware of that if you are taking long acting pain pills. I do hot soaks, lidocaine patches, TENS pack. And I meditate to sleep every night. Also wear earplugs! LOL

Hope this helps.

Mar 13, 2017 9:30 AM

Thanks guys, I've tried most of these options with no luck. I guess I'll just go on surviving on 2 hours or less daily 😓

Mar 13, 2017 6:06 PM

Hi Nixie. I normally drink a cup of hot tea before going to bed . And I am out cold . 😊

Mar 13, 2017 6:10 PM

I used to work night shift.. It was so hard to get to sleep once I was home. I just remembered I would warm up some milk and add honey to it. Or chamomile tea and add milk and honey.

Mar 13, 2017 6:27 PM

I use a big rubber mallet. I kid... I kid.... I use fans and rain sounds. I can't have sleep meds because they give me hallucination.

May 30, 2017 12:30 AM

I have a bedtime routine which includes:
-Wearing Soft pjs in my favorite colors because I have very sensitive skin.
-Taking my meds: gabapentin 300mg, and Cymbalta 60mg. Blue Emu cream has been quite helpful to massage into painful trigger points. I also use a tens unit for pain management.
-My bed covers are soft, pillows medium density. Because I am riddled with FMS trigger points, I surround myself with pillows which give me the most comfort. I use a CPAP for sleep apnea which has helped tremendously to get good Quality sleep. My bedroom is like a cocoon: cool, dark and quiet. Sprowett's idea to meditate and focus on your breathing really works especially when my Pain level is above 7. I love this photo and so I'm sharing it with you my dear friends. The motif is the emblem we know quite well. Hope this was helpful and you can get the restorative sleep you need!😴🌟

May 30, 2017 6:43 AM

I have a hot cup of tea with a little honey, take a Benadryl and for the next 30-60 minutes read, turn off all electronics. Hope you get some sleep. Gentle hugs your way.

Jun 02, 2017 11:16 PM

Gave up amitryptiline years ago 'cause I hated feeling hung over the next day. Worked with my doctors for many years to come up with my current regime. I take bio-identical sustained release Progesterone, Magnesium Plus from Pro-Health, Cymbalta (fibromyalgia, depression) every night; warm milk if needed. I keep a Himalayan salt lamp in my bedroom and I do aromatherapy and yoga as well. If all else fails I will take a Peace Bath (epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil), lavender oil to my toes, temples. Biofreeze calms aching muscles to promote sleep.

Jun 03, 2017 12:00 PM

Soft music amytriptiline,melatonin,Tylenol,heating pad and ,tens unit

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