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Old Yesterday, 08:39 PM
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I have been an insomniac since i was in high school. Don't know why but I am, it certainly isn't something I choose to be! I'm so tired of uniformed and all knowing people telling me i should drink warm milk, exercise more, get a more routine schedule, put up black-out curtains, wear an eye mask and ear plugs or take a warm bath....you name it! Do people really think that an insomniac is so lame that they haven't tried everything already to remedy the issue. I have tried everything under the moon to helm minimize this horrible nightly experience. Its not like all the above suggestions are new or so brilliant that we insomniacs have't thought of them before the suggestions are made with ease by everyone and their brother. I simply just don't go to sleep.....i can't turn my brain off regardless of how long i lay in bed waiting, waiting, waiting to go to sleep. I was in the Army for 3 years and still couldn't sleep, i was exhausted every day and would eventually just crash physically by the end of the week. I would get sick often, had a hard time focusing and was just exhausted all the time 24/7! Never any reprieve.
My general practitioner prescribed me Ambien a few years back when i was 50 years old...what an amazing change in quality of life. Sadly the doctor retired and I had to find another doctor. Now, my new general says she won't prescribe sleep aids and I went to a sleep specialist and all he would do was send me to a sleep study for sleep apnea. I do have a "minor" case of sleep apnea which a CPAP will resolve but it is NOT the cause of a lifelong chronic and serious case of insomnia. Insomnia is not a mild or irregular problem for me....it is a nightly problem i have had for 350 days a year for almost 40 years now.

I have never felt addicted to Ambien. I can take it or not take it when i have a reason. When i have an extra early morning for an event or to catch a flight, i don't take a pill. I don't have any reaction or behavior issues or my husband would have definitely brought it up to me. Of course i don't sleep the night that i don't take the pill but at least I can drive safely to the airport or event without risk of causing an accident as a result of not having enough time to sleep after taking it. I only take Ambien when i know i have about 7 hours to sleep so i don't wake up drowsy. I have never had a problem with feeling poorly after taking Ambien, in fact, the exact opposite is the case or me. If I don't take it, i feel exhausted and worn out. After 2 days of not taking a pill, i feel like i'm about 80 years old and ready to walk through deaths door!

Not sleeping is torture.....is affects the quality of life and if i could fix it with a warm glass of milk i would buy a dairy farm and give the milk away to anyone who is an insomniac! I can't fix it anymore than you can tell a blind person to see. If i thought brain surgery would work i would try it. Not sleeping negatively affects every aspect of your life!

Old Today, 08:46 AM
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The meds are no solution. They will stop working.

I too suffer terribly from insomnia. This is what has worked for me:

Cut out all caffeine. Sleep alone.

Best to drone oneself to sleep with a boring book on tape. There is a free internet website called Librivox, has tons and tons of recorded books, free. You play it by the chapter, keep hitting for more chapters, until you're asleep. If you wake up, repeat.
Old Today, 09:10 AM
Location: Willamette valley, oregon
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I took Ambien for a while, but the side effects were horrible. More then a few times I was sleep walking at night doing strange things. One morning I found a bowl in the kitchen filled with wine, a piece of ham, and some grapes and raisins. I take Lorazepam now, and it works well to slow my mind down and helps me get about 6 hours a night. I would love to get more then 6 hours, but that allows me to function normally during the daytime. No more walking zombie!
Old Today, 12:27 PM
Location: Fairfield County CT
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I feel so sorry for people that can't sleep. I am kind of the opposite. As soon as my head hits the pillow I fall asleep. My friend has terrible insomnia and I keep sending her all kinds of solutions.

I do have suggestion. Get a checkup by a very good endocrinologist. I have had high sugar and cholesterol for many years and my local CT doctors keep telling me I was not working hard enough to change my diet even though I was. I am not over weight either. I went to a very good endocrinologist at Mount Sinai in NYC and he diagnosed me with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Disease) and treated me with Metformin. My sugar and cholesterol levels are now normal.

You never know what another very good doctor might find.
Old Today, 01:47 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Sorry but this thread has gone off topic to the Connecticut forum so I am closing it down. IF you want to discuss this topic further, please go over to the Health and Wellness forum. JayCT, Moderator
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