can anyone tell me, how to get to sleep at night!

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2009-01-12 00:40:56 -0600
Started 2009-01-11 14:52:07 -0600

i am having so much trouble sleeping i've tried lunesta and take tylenol pm every night. lunesta doesn't work. the pm does sometimes. and the off-label use of seroquel did not work. warm baths, warm milk, and cool dark rooms don't work either. i am so tired!

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svengali35 2009-01-12 00:40:56 -0600 Report

I take a couple of milk thistle capsules and not only is it great for your liver it has the wonderful benefit of helping me to sleep. good luck we all need our sleep!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 16:19:45 -0600 Report

There is a lot of info on the internet about sleep disorders. They nearly always say to get into a routine of some sort, wind down and do something relaxing (like read, not watching TV) and, of course, laying off caffeine in the late afternoon/evening. The time you eat your evening meal can have a part in that too, as well as what and how much you eat. TV is definitely not good in the bedroom to fall asleep by, according to a number of articles I've read. They say that the TV and being on the computer causes you to be less able to calm down and relax for bed as well.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-11 16:28:00 -0600 Report

i eat at 6 pm and go to bed at 9:30pm. it is when i try to relax that i find i am tensing up. it is always like being on guard duty! we are hoping to move in 6 months, had something bad happen to us here, so i think that is why i can't relax, at the same time a little sleep sure would be nice!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 16:53:56 -0600 Report

I feel for you. It's miserable to be unable to get proper rest. Of course now that you're in the "mode" and have it in your mind that you can't sleep, that makes it even tougher to relax and go to sleep. I find that when I wake up and can't go back to sleep, I only make it worse by staying there and trying so hard to go back to sleep. I get to thinking that I HAVE to have some sleep, and I only have so much time left before I have to get up, etc. "They" say you should not lay there and fight it, but get up and read or do something else for a brief time. Then try again. I hope you'll consult with your doctor and get some help, because doing this continuously can really be bad for your health, and that means higher BS readings.

sexyswamprat 2009-01-11 17:57:28 -0600 Report

The thing I like about the ambien is that it is not a muscle relaxer. It helps you turn off your mind. I have so much stuff running threw my head at night when the light go out. And it's just stuff. Things that happened years ago, things that happened recently, things that may happen, I should have done this or I should have done that. It's a vicious cycle. But the ambien cr stops all that and keeps me asleep through the night. I really recommend it.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-11 18:14:32 -0600 Report

you sound like me, i can't turn anything off and i feel like doom is following me, hope you don't feel like that! i will try the ambien, my mind needs some rest!

dyanne 2009-01-11 23:56:05 -0600 Report

Hi I feel for anyone who cant sleep it is soooo frustrating !!! I have tried ambien also it works but the longest I ever sleep at a time is 2 or at the most 3 hours.Thats even with ambien. Have you ever had a sleep study done?? I did they said I had a mild case of sleep apnea. I can also relate to not being able to shut my mind off. I wish you well and maybe someone will come up with a new wonderful pill for all of us sleepless people!!!! We can only hope, you never know… good luck to all

MeiMei 2009-01-12 00:22:23 -0600 Report

Sounds like a lot of people have been there and done that. I find that a dose of melatonin and valeriana root helps and they are not habit forming or addictive also can be found in the supplement isle of the pharmacy and are relatively inexpensive. You can add l-tryptophan to that if you want but I have not found it to be necessary.

Lovepo 2009-01-11 16:13:32 -0600 Report

I use to take naps of the daytime.Now,I make sure I don't nap at all. No matter what! I don't know if you take naps but if you are,try not to no matter how tired you may get.Just a suggestion.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 16:08:23 -0600 Report

Hate to repeat myself, but since being prescribed an anti-anxiety drug (Lexapro) a couple of years or so ago, that has helped me tremendously. The valerian root and melatonin did little good for me either.

I've had a couple of doctors say that taking Tylenol PM on a continuous basis is not good, but suggested that I take Benedryl. I have done that in the past and it helped a little. That doesn't affect your organs and is not addictive in any way.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-11 16:15:03 -0600 Report

i am glad it helped you. i have tried it, no sleep, i'm on prozac now, still no sleep. xanax helped for awhile, but your not supposed to take it past a few weeks. the more you take it, the more it takes to work! i ended up addicted and had to fight my way back from it. my last dose was sept. 3, 2008. i would rather take a brick to my head than take that stuff again!

sexyswamprat 2009-01-11 17:53:03 -0600 Report

I take xanax for my anxiety and panick attacks. I works wonderful me. Of course I only take it when need. It is highly addictive. I used to take tylenol pm to help me sleep till I was dx with hep c. First thing my hepitalogist to told me, no more tylenol. Reason being I had stage 2 liver damage and the tylenol was going to create much more damage if I continued to take it. I haven't taken it since. Five years now.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-11 18:12:06 -0600 Report

i must explain! xanax helped me through a horrible time, but the doctor didn't tell me it was just for once in a while, he didn't understand the stress i was in and how i relied on the xanax so much! every med. is useful if taken correctly, i didn't!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-11 18:27:02 -0600 Report

A couple of years or so before I was given Lexapro, my doctor in IL gave me Xanax, as I was going through a bad marriage, etc. He told me to take it "as needed". I rarely took it at all, however, as it didn't seem to work well for me. I like that Lexapro is not addictive. It really works great for me.

2009-01-11 15:28:50 -0600 Report

I have always had a problem with sleep because I am bipolar, but mostly manic, I could go weeks without sleep. but, then I crash, very bad. But if I really need sleep; I put on reruns of my favorite shows, and fall to sleep, because I do not have to watch (that keeps me awake) but I do need a little backround noise to sleep. So reruns and sometimes ambien cr, which is great for some, fall asleep fast, but I do not sleep more than 2 hours after taking.

sexyswamprat 2009-01-11 15:17:29 -0600 Report

I have had insomina for about 20 years and have tried everything. What's working for me know is either 100mg trazadone or 12.5mg ambien cr. The ambien cr is very exspensive if you don't have insurance(because there is no generic for it yet). I have insurance and I'm still paying 30$ for 30 days. It's better than paying the 100+$ with no insurance. I never had any luck with natural herbs like valerian, or melatonin.