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Old 04-17-2014, 07:42 AM
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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It sounds like you are overly stressed due to work and your worries are interfering with your sleep. My sleep problems years ago were due to anxiety and stressors I felt were out of my control (at the time). Try doing some research on CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy); there are even books out there you can probably find at your local library on how to correct insomnia. Pills (including melatonin) lose their effectiveness over time, and can be a real problem if you have to go without them at some point.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:52 AM
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May I suggest you look into a sleep study? There are many causes for sleep problems that cannot be diagnosed any other way. One, for example, is restless leg syndrome, which for me only showed up on the study. I didnt know I had it, but it was interfering with my sleep. Another common cause is sleep apnea. The brain wants to wake you up when you are having apnea symptoms (stop breathing). Its like your brain knows there is something wrong and wakes you up. I also have sleep apnea and use a Cpap now. I used to wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep for a long time. I did not snore.

Talk to your doctor about it.
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by savoytruffle View Post
What do you do before you attempt to sleep? If you're on the computer or watching TV, then your brain will have more problems shutting off. It takes me a long time to sleep too, but it always helps when I read. That makes me pretty tired. I would recommend just doing relaxing things that aren't really stimulating your brain before you sleep.

To all discussing melatonin, the OP (from a year ago) and this recent poster said it doesn't work for them. So I don't know why people keep discussing it and suggesting it.
Well the past few nights have been better. I've been closing down the computer and TV about an hour before bed.
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:42 AM
Location: SC
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That is the general condition I experience on and off for years.

And I Love how everyone wants to prescribe for you based on two sentences. "I wake at 2AM... I can't get back to sleep for hours..."

Please ignore all the drug advice for now. There are already too many real doctors over-prescribing medications. You don't need half-baked prescriptions from non-doctors.

Instead, if you do not already have all these details, I would create a day log, In it, I would list:
  • how old are you, what is your life situation, does it improve and decline or is it steady?
  • all the things I eat or drink during the day
  • When you go to sleep, when you wake up.
  • If you do fall asleep again, how long do you think you were awake/asleep
  • anything that stressed you during the day
  • what it is that you think about most during the day and when you can't sleep
  • what you typically dream about
  • do you fall asleep at any time during the day
  • how much exercise are you getting
  • etc...
Using this information, try to determine if there is a definite pattern and what it is. And if you cannot figure it out, at least if you then go to a doctor, you will have some real details to give them to help you.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:32 AM
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Personally, I find it easier to get to sleep, or back to sleep, if I'm listening to nice soft music as I'm lying down. While listening to it I just tend to drift off into sleep. There are also relaxation videos on YouTube which can be listened to while wanting to sleep. I originally said 'while ''trying'' to sleep, but you shouldn't 'try'. Just let it happen. And for me at least, listening to music or relaxation sounds just lets me drift away into sleep.

For instance, the sound of gentle rain.

One Hour Candle Meditation with Gentle Rain Sounds - YouTube

Just type in 'relaxation' on YouTube, and you'll find all kinds of relaxation videos with sounds that will help you fall asleep.
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