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Old 03-10-2011, 01:07 PM
Location: A Yankee in TN
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OTC doesn't work for me at all.
Ambien was too weird for me. I'm not sure if I was awake all night or just dreaming that I was awake and unable to move. In any event I awoke even more tired after taking it for a few days, so I stopped.
Have a script for Lunesta that I'm thinking about trying.
In the meantime I discovered that the muscle relaxer I have for my back does a pretty good job as a sleep aid. I'm waking up feeling more rested than I usually do, it's strange.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:22 PM
Location: Owasso, OK
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Originally Posted by suenjohn View Post
Which night night sleep medication works for you?

Tylenol PM?

Working with other people's kids all day does the trick.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:59 PM
Location: God's Country
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Only Ambien works for me, been taking it every night for years. Tylenol PM and Benadrly kept me awake all night. Any OTC medication that says may cause drowsiness makes me wide awake.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:11 AM
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I've just recently tried to the ol' milk before bed (not warm though ick) and I'm not sure yet but I think it might help.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:15 AM
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:08 PM
Location: not where you are
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Lavender oil, I'm swearing by it. I have not slept through the night in years, but I've recently started spritzing my sleeping area and using bath products infused with Lavender oil and seems this has helped tremendously. I practically fall asleep right as my head gets to the pillow. No constant wake-ups during the night.

If anyone tries it, just make sure you're using products with Lavender oils from the actual plant not some perfumed scented product. I was once skeptical about the aromatherapy benefits, plus, I used to detest the smell, reminded me of something old, but I have to say, as an insomniac, I'm now sold on lavender.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:16 PM
Location: Raleigh
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Calcium and a systemic digestive enzyme in the isotonix form. Look it up. I fall asleep on the way up the stairs.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:29 PM
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I had two extended family members attempt suicide while taking Ambien (one was 'successful') so I asked the doc for something different.

I take Lorazepam. Although not recommended, when it's more than just racing thoughts, I also take Tylenol PM and most of the time, can get 6-7 hours - though I wake up feeling a bit hung over.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:41 PM
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Ultimately what helped for me was Exercising after work for at least an hour, drinking chocolate milk afterwards, taking one Benadryl and then reading a chapter of a book. It helps me sleep so much better than any prescription. I had the issue of not turning of my to do list, and even battled with restless leg syndrome. But, becoming more active seemed to help a lot. I can also never take a nap during the day (unless I am sick) because that ruins my sleep patterns.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:44 AM
Location: the dirty south
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Elavil. It's an old school anti-depressent (amitriptyline) which happens to have the good side-effects of relieving never pain and preventing migraines.

I take it daily for nerve pain/eustachian tube disorder/migraines. I take a low dose of Elavil and have had NO weight gain from it.

I opted to NOT get tubes put in my ears at age 39 and cannot tolerate most migraine meds like Midrin. I sometimes take 1-2mg of Xanax with it if I'm having a bad day of ear discomfort - which is rare.

I have to take it at 5pm everyday, because by the time I hit the sack, it starts kicking in. I sleep like a baby.
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