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Old 06-01-2018, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Okay thanks. Well I don't do sugar or caffienne much and don't even drink coffee ever. I think I need to try a solution that will put me to sleep NO MATTER WHAT emotional mood I am in. I could go back to melatonin or try what was recommended to me here:



However, having done melatonin before, it makes me super tired during the day, even if I slept like a baby because of it. So is that worse on the body, if you are supertired because of the medication?
Well, yeah. I resisted any type of sleep aid for years because I hated that groggy drugged feeling the next day. However, mine was intermittent and usually came on in the middle of the night, so it was hard to judge if I needed a sleep aid before bed. As I mentioned earlier, my not being able to go to sleep is a relatively new thing for me, so I tried the benadryl and so far it doesn't seem to affect me the next day. Melatonin doesn't in very small doses. Do you know what dosage you were taking that made you feel sleepy the next day? Another thing to consider is that you can eat foods that help your body produce melatonin naturally. Do a google search and you will find foods that boost your body's ability to produce melatonin, a far better solution than taking a pill.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Turn on late night TV in a comfortable chair. You'll be asleep in two minutes.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:45 AM
 
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When I started taking a statin, they said take it at night. They kept me awake so I started taking them in the a.m. instead.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:03 PM
 
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Okay thanks, The TV thing hasn't worked for me though. Usually, I only have trouble sleeping on nights where I work the next morning, but on weekend nights, when I am off, I can sleep fairly good then.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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Basically a lot of nights I can't sleep, and I wonder, is it even worth laying there trying, or should I just give up after an hour or two and just do something with my time, like clean, watch movies, or whatever. Is it worth keep on trying only to be really frustrated you wasted a whole night trying to sleep when you couldn't?
Im sorry this happens
to you also.....

Alot of times i cant sleep and just get up...... I figure its better than just laying there tossing and turning....
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Old 06-20-2018, 03:31 PM
 
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Yeah I think from now on, I am going to give myself half an hour to fall asleep and if it doesn't happen by then, then I will just get up for the rest of the night and find something to do. Just laying there and keep on trying, really makes me upset after a while, and that doesn't help either.
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:02 PM
 
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Use Amitriptyline and over the counter Alteril - works wonderfully.

you could also add over the counter Calms.

Amitriptyline is an old-fashioned anti-depressant which is no longer used for depression, but is instead prescribed by doctors for chronic insomnia. it is not addictive and has nothing in common with other prescription sleep medications - zero in common.

Plus Amitriptyline has no side effects like Ambien and Lunesta.

you could occasionally use Advil PM - but I prefer all of the above instead of Advil PM. In addition, Advil PM is not supposed to be used indefinitely nor nightly - while all of the above can be used every night indefinitely for years and years (never need to stop at any point)

Amitriptyline is similar to Trazodone, but I did not like Trazodone at all.
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:43 PM
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I'd try some tactics, such as:

- listen to quiet and meditative music with earbuds (with the music on repeat)
- have a fan running for a source of white noise (you can also focus on it; the endless repeating and cycling, which is boring too)
- take melatonin
- reduce caffeine and sugar intake during the day, as well as ending earlier
- make room darker by putting screening/shading in windows
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have terrible sleep issues but what SOMETIMES works for me is: don't turn on the lights, etc. - certainly don't do anything active. Lay in bed and start w/the alphabet and thing of 3 things that start w/that letter - start w/a category - i.e. - Animals or plants or fruit (whatever) - and go through in your head thinking of 3 things w/each letter in that category ....
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Old 06-20-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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Okay thanks. I've tried melatonin before but I didn't like it cause even though it would help me sleep, I would be more tired the next day, even though I actually slept. I mean I would be more tired the next day, compared to after a night of insomnia. So is it healthy to take melatonin if it's going to make me tired all day at work the next day? If it's still healthier, cause I get more sleep, then I could go back on it.
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