Insomniac Needs Help LOL

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Insomniac Needs Help LOL

MamaDivine MamaDivine
I have such a horrible sleeping pattern its ridiculous. I can't sleep to save my life. I have been put on medication for the depression and other ailments (fibromyalgia, RLS, migraines etc). I have even tried taking sleeping medication. Thing is, I DON"T WANT to sleep. For some reason, and this has been going on for a while now, I feel like I'll "miss something" if I sleep or there is just too much to be done, that I can't sleep. If I finally get tired around 4 or 5am, I realize that "Oh god, the baby is going to be up soon-kids are going to be up soon-maybe I should stay up to see hubby off to work" and then I just end up justifying staying up that extra hour or two. Then of course, by noonish-Im dragging major ass.

I can't stand it anymore. When I was younger, that was fine. I could go days without sleep and it wouldn't phase me. However, it seems that this last few years have really started to reek havoc on my poor body (Im not even 30 yet and I feel 50). NOT that there is anything wrongggg with 50 lol. (Im so going to get hit for that one lol).

My point is, I have tried sleeping medication and I tend to just stay up right through the drowsiness. I have tried having my dr up my meds for the depression, thinking that maybe thats why I stay up-because Im too depressed and can't stop my head from spinning around everything goin WRONG with my life. (Not that I have it as bad as others-but you get what I mean right? When you lay down, you're tired and then you start thinking of all the CRAP that you didn't do, have to do, etc).

So, I guess what I am wondering is...Any ideas? I've tried the bath before bed, hot showers, relaxing music, tiring myself out to no end during the day, etc. Any "all natural/holistic/magic al" cures? lol. help please!
04/02/2012
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Ghost Ghost
There are many teas (most of them containing chamomile) that are good for calming. Also, getting massages regularly helps (from yourself or another person). If you are a high strung person, you can sometimes learn to CALM THE HELL DOWN (I know people like this).

However, often I find that people who are on many medications have problems sleeping. It's one of the reasons I refuse to take most medications.
04/02/2012
Rossie Rossie
Maybe your body's not producing enough melatonin, buy a small bottle of Melatonin 3mg and give it a try; it's a natural supplement and only cost a few bucks.
04/02/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Isn't depression insidious like that?

I had issues like this a few years ago after having a HUGE down-turn in my life. The best advice I got was something along the lines of "Trains of thought are habitual. Depression really make it worse. When you find yourself in circular trains of thought that keep you up, try thinking about different things."

Also, if you're trying to get some sleep and it isn't happening, DON'T stay in bed. Sleep in the bedroom and do awake stuff outside of the bedroom. That's really helped me out too!


Good Luck!
04/02/2012
eeep eeep
I have the same problem as you. I have tried melatonin once or twice (friend uses it and swears by it), and I had good results with it. Currently I'm in college, so the insomnia is a bit useful so I actually get things done - even if I am dead tired and about ready to go to bed when I get my son up for school in the morning.
I would try the melatonin, and I plan on getting some once I graduate soon here. It worked the few times I've tried it, but I can't say how well it would work long term.
Also, the most helpful thing I have found is that once you are ready to sleep, if you go to bed and after half an hour - 1 hour are not asleep, then get up and do something calming. I usually read a book or do some sudoku puzzles or something simple that doesn't require a ton of thinking. If I stay in bed, I am awake the whole night and keep thinking.
04/02/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Isn't depression insidious like that?

I had issues like this a few years ago after having a HUGE down-turn in my life. The best advice I got was something along the lines of "Trains of thought are habitual. Depression really make it ...
Thanks JR...


Yeah this depression thing is really becoming one of those pain in the ass sort of deals. I KNOW Im in a rut and the crappiest thing about it is that I can't seem to find a way out of it. Its one thing to not realize it, its quite another to know there is a problem and struggle to get your head above water.

I scheduled an appt with my dr. Im goin to be talking to him about adjusting my meds. Hoping that will work. If not, then Im going to tell him to take me off them or change them or SOMETHING. Because I can't keep this up. Im too damned old for this stuff anymore lol.
04/04/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by eeep
I have the same problem as you. I have tried melatonin once or twice (friend uses it and swears by it), and I had good results with it. Currently I'm in college, so the insomnia is a bit useful so I actually get things done - even if I am dead ...
Thanks for the suggestions EEEP. I have a crosswords book that I usually try to do before bed. Beings that I go to sleep so much later than hubby, its hard to do without waking him though. I need a book light lol. That, and another crossword book haha. Mine is jam packed with pages that I can't figure out the last few words and its ticking me off beyond belief lol. Oh well, time for a new one!
04/04/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by Rossie
Maybe your body's not producing enough melatonin, buy a small bottle of Melatonin 3mg and give it a try; it's a natural supplement and only cost a few bucks.
I've tried this a few times in the past. Im not sure if it will interact with my other medications though? I'd have to bring that up to my dr first. I know they say its an all natural supplement....but I never trust "all natural", especially with what I am on right now lol. rather be safe than sorry.

Another thing that worries me about taking anything that makes me drowsy though is the fact that I have to get up with my baby girl in the morning (and still sometimes at night). She is 9 months old. The older two children live with their dad during the week-so I don't have to worry about getting them up for school. I just don't want to sleep through baby girl screaming lol.
04/04/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by Ghost
There are many teas (most of them containing chamomile) that are good for calming. Also, getting massages regularly helps (from yourself or another person). If you are a high strung person, you can sometimes learn to CALM THE HELL DOWN (I know people ...
lmao Elnoa, I wouldn't say that I am "High strung"...My brain just goes and goes. I have so much on my plate that its insane. I've heard some of those teas work quite well. I actually used to have one of those chamomille eye pack things that "help you relax". God only knows where it went. Time for a new one I suppose!
04/04/2012
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
This probably won't help but all of that relaxing stuff doesn't make me tired at all. What makes me tired is cleaning house! I'll put some music on and scrub scrub scrub and then go lay on the couch. Instant Zzz's. I also like to remember that there are things that I can't change or it's too late to change so there's no use in worrying about it. That helps a lot.
04/04/2012
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