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Old 02-01-2019, 06:16 AM
Location: NJ
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Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
Okay thanks.

Also, some nights I am able to fall asleep but only for a short time as I keep having nightmares whenever I fall asleep, and keep waking up on those nights.
My go to was melatonin and an OTC called midnite for when I woke up. You can try midnite to fall asleep too. If the midnite doesn't work you may need a prescription sleeping pill. Ambien doesn't work for us and isn't covered by my insurance. I take generic Lunesta which knocks me out. I'm able to get 8 hours of sleep and for the rare nights I wake up I still take midnite.

There are times when I run out of generic lunesta, I will take either tylenol PM or generic unisom soft gels work ok. Since they're soft gels they dissolve faster. I do find that I need 2to 3 hours for OTC's to knock me out verses generic lunesta working within 30 minutes.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:03 PM
Location: Maryland
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Originally Posted by juggar View Post
You would want to avoid this, if at all possible. heavy prescriptions drugs are hardly the answer for most, a lifestyle change (exercise, diet, habits) can often be just as effective or better.

Not to mention the heavy dependence that can results from such drugs.
blah, blah, blah. I have been taking Ambien/Zolpidem for 26 years with no problems. My primary care physician asked me if I was going to ever stop and I said no. She was fine with that.

Do what works. Ambien works for me. The reason I take Ambien is too long and TMI to post here.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:43 PM
Location: Southern California
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Memory issues? When I see this one with the drugs I run.

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Old 02-09-2019, 11:03 AM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Originally Posted by nobodysbusiness View Post
D3 and magnesium could help.

Do you have a smart watch or Beddit that measures your sleep?
Agreed! Start with magnesium daily (not oxide), and introduce vitamin D3 and take both daily in the morning. As your vitamin D levels increase you should see an improvement. I've been sleeping a lot better with this combination.
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Old Today, 04:56 PM
Location: Philadelphia
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Default Insomnia relief TCDS

I don't value feedback from people who have not lived through chronic insomnia. Their answers are typically overly simplistic. I have lived with intervals of 5 hours of sleep for years to the point of tears. My memory is awful. Every decision is judged by how much energy it will require.
I used 100mg Trazodone with 10 mg Zolpidem. Worked for maybe a year. Since retiring, I am cutting out Zolpidem. Like most people, I worry about the damaging physical effects these drugs can have. However, I also know, from years of experience, that the brain fog from lack of sleep is far worse than the brain fog from drug induced sleep. Before Traz&Zolp, I relied on allergy medicine, tylenol, cough medicine, vitamins. BTW I discovered 1 - 2 mg melatonin does not cause the awful nightmares triggered by 5mg of melatonin. I watch my sugar, diet, & do my best to exercise. They are not the solution.
Last year, after months of 4 hours of sleep, I tried transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). It was the major factor in snapping my brain out of that god awful,sleep deprived pattern. I know it is an iffy method but I was desperate & it worked. I do not use it often, maybe a couple of weeks, 2x year, because the research has some frightening implications but research on lack of sleep is equally terrifying.


Best of luck dealing with this awful burden.
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