... sleeping I take Ambian but doesn't work trying Melatonin with it but am still awake. I am disabled due to Chronic Pancreatitis so much of my time is spent at home. If it was warmer outside I would try a long walk but it's too cold for me!
Have you tried herbs for sleep? Valerian is a good sedative, also California Poppy. With the Ca Poppy you use about 30-40 drops twice daily with the last dose at bedtime, you can take that with the valerian too. If you're on meds be sure and let your doctor know before taking any kind of herbs. Insomnia is got to be the worse in the winter for some people.
I wish you the best,
I was recently switched over to oxazepam for insomnia and it works wonderfully for me. It feels like a gentler sleep aid, with no hangovers and no loss of mental acuity the next day.
Bear in mind you need to determine what kind of insomnia you have. If you have trouble getting to sleep, ambien should work fine because it's a short-acting sleep sedative. However, if you have issues staying asleep, you may need to consider another drug. Zopiclone is the strongest I've tried and has a sedating effect that will sometimes last into the next day, but it will get you to sleep and keep you asleep. Oxazepam I found is the middle ground between ambien and zopiclone -- I get about 8 hours of sleep on it and no hangover the next day. I take it with 10 mgs of melatonin, and have been taking melatonin as a supplement for about 8 years now.
Also bear in mind that everyone's sleep problems and chemistry are different. What works for one person, won't work for another. But based on having chronic insomnia for nearly 18 years now, I'm quite pleased with oxazepam.
I hope you find your sleep solution. Not being able to sleep has to be one of the worst things to go through.
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