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Old 07-11-2019, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I take 2 Tylenol PM's (without the Acetamaphine) plus 5 mg. of Melatonin, and once a week I throw in a Flexeril. I generally sleep 8-9 hours.

I believe it! I believe it! Sleep is very healing to the body!

And how I wish I could sleep 10 hours a day!
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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You can not sleep as your mind is “racing” going over the problems you are having right now.
You could try sort of like self-hypnosis: tell your mind, that you are aware of the problems, right down 2-3 major points regarding your problems on a piece of paper and say that you will not think about it tonight- but will start thinking about it in the morning, after you take your shower, coffee, on the way to work- etc.

Then do what other people suggested: go to sleep at the same time, hopefully around 9-10, exclude all lights, make sure the room is cool, remove all electronics, esp phone from your bedroom. Count sheep, or say a short prayer repeatedly.
If you still can not fall asleep- get up, walk out of your bedroom- have a small light carbohydrates snack, possibly with a small glass of warm milk and honey, read a few pages.
Repeat to yourself again, that you won’t think of your problems as you will do that after the shower in the morning.
Try to go to bed again.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:40 AM
 
Location: West Coast
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I hope that the OP is sleeping now, but just in case he's not, here's my sleep remedy - a TV show or a lecture on at a very low volume. It has to be something that's interesting but not so exciting that it will keep me up - and I'm generally asleep within 15-20 minutes - sometimes faster. I find geology lectures are great for this, as long as the lecturer is interesting.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:48 AM
 
Location: PA
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Thanks for the advice guys and gals. I totally forgot about benadryl. That stuff kicks my butt! However, i sat down to do paperwork last night when i got home and woke up at daylight still sitting at the desk, almost 12 hours sleep in the books. Thank god. Going to hit the benadryl tonight and try for another 8hrs.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yes, I use benadryl and sleep like a baby. Turning down the lights and relaxing an hour before bed helps as well, as does comfortable weather.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:01 PM
 
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There has been some concern about using antihistamines like benadryl---they are associated with Alzheimers/dementia, although it hasn't been proven that they cause it. Makes me feel groggy the next morning, especially if I take it too late. Benadryl can make you feel drowsy but doesn't provide deep sleep. Only your sleep drive can actually make you sleep.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I talked to my doctor about insomnia today.
She suggested experimenting with melatonin, chamomile, and valerian.

I used to use benadryl, but stopped when I read about the link to dementia.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:56 PM
 
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I used to take ambien for many years. Even though it was a very low dose -- like around 3 mg after cutting the pills, it was still too much for my system. I could feel the damage in daytime fatigue and if I ever took more than 5 mg I had horrible night eating episodes. I asked my doctor for something less harmful and he prescribed Trazadone, 50 to 100 mg. I don't know if it would work for everyone, but it's been a godsend because it got me off the ambien, which I was psychologically addicted to for years.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:15 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I used to take ambien for many years. Even though it was a very low dose -- like around 3 mg after cutting the pills, it was still too much for my system. I could feel the damage in daytime fatigue and if I ever took more than 5 mg I had horrible night eating episodes. I asked my doctor for something less harmful and he prescribed Trazadone, 50 to 100 mg. I don't know if it would work for everyone, but it's been a godsend because it got me off the ambien, which I was psychologically addicted to for years.
I found Lunesta to be much gentler than Ambien, yet still effective.

Trazodone is a Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Great, if it works for you. I'm not able to use SRI's.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice guys and gals. I totally forgot about benadryl. That stuff kicks my butt! However, i sat down to do paperwork last night when i got home and woke up at daylight still sitting at the desk, almost 12 hours sleep in the books. Thank god. Going to hit the benadryl tonight and try for another 8hrs.
Glad you got some sleep.

When I have problems turning off my racing mind, I give it something else to focus on.

Boring podcasts often work.

Youtube videos of waves crashing against the shore.

Oprah and Chopra have some meditation tapes that do it every time. Never make it to the end.
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