I am suppose to be writing a journal says my therapist thinking that would help right now. I AM thinking right now, but sometimes I don't think I just lay there! What do I do. Do I just keep taking pills? I am on ambien and I'm still up again. Sometimes there is a lot on my mind like tonight. I like to talk not really write. Can someone help me?
What do I do about my insomnia?
Added 18 Feb 2011:
Hi you guys, up again yey. I was bareley asleep after talking on the phone with someone and then someone else called me and Ive been awake ever since...1 1 /2 hrs ago. Anyway I ordered a free trial of Somnapure...it has Valarian in it, Hops, Cammomile, Melentonin, Passion flower, Lemon Balm, and L-theanine I get it in 4 days then I have to cancel my free trial cause they'll charge me $55 a month :( So I will try that along with my ambien and klonopin and others. Do you think I'll sleep and also not wake up later on again with all this for at least 2 weeks...until I see my doctor?
10 Mar 2011
Ya know, I been thinking about this, & you sound like an "A" type personality. I am also, & you need something to shut your brain down. I'm not so sure talking or even writing in a journal is the right thing for you. Just my opinion! Maybe journaling before you go to bed, but not in bed. You want to quiet the brain, not rumble it all up with thoughts. You'll just keep thinking about things. Are you the one I suggested white noise too? It really helps me. I wish you all the best with your endeavor to get a good nites rest. I personally use Xanax, & it dulls your thinking enough to actually go to sleep. Hope this helps.
10 Mar 2011
I try to prepare to wind down if I don't I would be awake throughout the night, I am not sure that these themselves would harm you but I am a tad concerned about you using Ambien or any other sleep aid without you talking to your pharmacist and he just looks through the list which you can tell him the ingredients on the phone, either that or discuss it with the pharmacist, I don't watch television, I set the timer turn my face away and I think the noise puts me off to sleep, if you're awake then you must be thinking about something I think the therapist wants to get to the bottom of what you are thinking about, I had an episode of insomina about 2 months ago, my doctor prescribed Restoril and some of the others but you know I have never been drunk in my life but when I woke up I felt like my head was going to blow off and I was just "hungover" I would prefer not to sleep than to feel like I was in a fog throughout the next day, I think they tried Sonota,
and the last one was secobarbitol just too much for me to deal with, do as the therapist suggests and write your thought pattern down you might really be surprised what is coming across your mind and is really at fault for you being awake. I hope that you soon return to getting sleep at night, let us know how you do and what ends up working for you.
17 Feb 2011
I agree with all these posts so I have nothing new to add except a listening ear when you need it. I had insomnia all my life until about 30 yrs of age when I started all these meds for depression , anxiety, and pain! But I remember being only 5 and staring at the ceiling for hours but I've always been a worrier. Along with the other gal please write me whenever, I'm always on my computer. Cathleen
12 Mar 2011
Hi there Eclipse I am not so sure if the vitamin you have ordered with other herbs combined in the mix will work for you but at least you can at least give it a go !! shame you couldn't get the Valerian Forte by the company called Blackmores which is a fantastic product because its worked so well for me in a very short time ,its a amazing a miracle Herb.I will pray for your sucess & that your sleeping problem improves. Take Care much love Candypq
11 Mar 2011
Hi: I think you'll find a lot of Type A personalities here..welcome to the club!
Many of us are so 'wired' during the day that we can't shut our minds off when it is time for bed. I've had insomnia for over 30 years. I have always been a 'night' person, and would never go to bed before midnight--usually later--yet would still have to get up at a 'regular' time to go to work. Years and years of not getting enough sleep will take its toll.
Have you been checked for low adrenal function (Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency)? When you are a Type A, you tend to burn your Adrenals out, after a few years. That's what I did, but back then, no one knew how to check for it. When I finally found a doctor who knew what was wrong with me, I got some help. Your adrenal glands turn 'on' at night--- so it makes it easier to just stay awake. You need to train yourself to go to bed at the same time every night--not 10 pm one night, then 1 am the next, etc. And, when you do go to bed, follow some of the suggestions above: dark, quiet room, no TV, no phones, low, calming music. Don't eat or drink right before bed, except maybe herbal tea--unless that will cause you to have to get up during the night.
***LISTEN TO YOUR BODY... AT SOME POINT IN THE EVENING IT SHOULD START TO FEEL VERY TIRED. STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND GO TO BED IMMEDIATELY!! If you don't (and you are like me), you will get your 'second wind' and begin to 'wake up' again, and just keep going the rest of the night!!! Have everything ready in your bedroom so that all you have to do is get into bed when you start to feel tired. Don't wait and go brush your teeth, pick up the kitchen, etc., as, if you wait too long, the 'tired' feeling will quickly pass. (I know, it happens to me all the time, if I let it!)
You don't mention having chronic body pain--if not, you are lucky! All my years of lack of sleep caused extreme neck and shoulder pain (tension).
I now take Soma before I go to bed. It is a muscle relaxant, but it has a wonderful 'side effect' of LETTING your sleep thru the night, with no drugged out feeling the next morning! If nothing else works for you, you might ask your doctor about it. Unless you have an 'addictive personality' it should be safe to take--but check for interactions with your others meds first.
Good Luck to you, Mary
6 May 2011
Here is what I do that always works. Put the tv on,close your eyes keeping the room dark otherwise and attempt to follow what's happening on the program with eyes closed. If you have a Kindle or ebook that reads to you, that also works. Trying to follow the story will lead to sleep before you realize what happened. Music won't work the same way. You need to force your brain to focus on something other than personal stuff. It works.
15 May 2011
Are you an insomniac? Or is this a new thing? If it's new, are you a woman going through pre or perimenopause? If so, it's possible you have menopausal anxiety, which causes insomnia.
If it's a question of occasional insomnia, Klonopin is a benzodiazepam that works as a sleep aid. Ambien only works 3 hours for me, so my doctor gives me this. It's an anti-anxiety drug. However, you can't take it daily, or you'll get used to it and then it stops working to make you sleepy.
There are also Melatonin tablets 3mg each with Kava Kava and another herb in it. It can help make you sleepy. I take 2. It doesn't keep me asleep, but sometimes if I'm just to anxious to be able to get to sleep, these help. Regular melatonin doesn't work for me.
I would also try Magnesium. It doesn't work for me, but many people say it relaxes and helps them. You can take large doses without worry... many people take large doses for migraines because it relaxes the veins as well as other parts of your body.
18 Feb 2011
I have the same problem and am taking ambien for the very short term.
I would acquire somehow a great book with a wonderful chapter on sleep. It is called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I think this book is going to help me solve insomnia once and for all --- no simple answers - no heavy drugs -- the right neurochemistry explained. It is a godsend.
24 Sep 2011
Well I use to take Alteril (you can get at WalMart) its a all natural sleep aid and it has lots of natural stuff in it but now I am on some other stuff because of my medical issues... it stopped working for me and it says if you take medication check with your doc first cause sometimes herbs can react to meds but if you are not on any try it. My parents use it and just add some extra melatonin 3mg. The ingredients are listed below...
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 30
L Tryptophan LT-One 666 mg*
Valerian Root 40 mg*
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) 100 mg*
Melatonin 4 mg*
Passion Flower Herb Extract 1.6% Flavonoids 20 mg*
Hops (Humulus Lupulus) 20 mg*
Skullcap Extract Scutellaria Laterifolia, Aerial Parts 3.5-4.5:1 60 mg*
Chamomile Herb 20 mg*
Glycine 50 mg*
Good luck, a good nights sleep is a must! Trust me I have been there!
6 Jan 2012
Hello, I to have a really bad case of insominia. I tried ambian then ambian CR, Then lunesta then Lunesta and Ambian together. That auctully about 3 weeks then started to get use to it. So i tried the ambian and ambian CR together --- not a good choice since it made me feel really weird. But now my doc has me on Halicon. (2) .25 mg tablets but im to the point now where that too is not working. Im at a dead wall and out of options. My past history says i need something pretty strong. Any suggestions?
17 Feb 2011
Hello Eclipse I feel for you ,there is nothing worse then not sleeping ! I have allways been a very light sleeper due to anxiety & stress also at the moment I have just come off a addictive drug & now starting on a new drug which is a low mg dose that has so far not helped with my sleep insomnia,however there is help at hand because I have just started taking 1/2 a tablet of Valerian Forte in the morning as directed by my chemist, also 1 tablet at night before going to bed.So far it is helping with my sleep so you might give this vitamin a go or go to the Health Food store where they sell a herb sleeping pill that I know works fantastic because a neighbour of mine who was in his 90 s used to take these sleepers & told me they worked like a dream ! The sleepers cost $35.00 dollars australian at our health store's, I am sure you will find them if you are outside Australia, I will try to get you the name next time in the city shopping ok ! otherwise look on the Internet for help. take care
2 Jun 2011
I have the same problem Eclipse,And got the same advice from my therapist. It helped a little not much though. I did however stop drinking anything that had caffine in it at least 6 hours before i go to bed. That seemed to help a little also. I have been like this my whole life and haven't found just one thing to help me sleep,I've done the pills, they work, but i don't seem to get the right kind of sleep. So now i just mix it up a bit,sometimes exercise sometimes reading and writing sometimes a pill. I wish i could find that one thing myself,If you happen to find it please let me know... Good luck, Wish i could be more help but i thought i would let you know your not alone. Jeff
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