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Unread 01-09-2005, 06:18 PM

I had total hyster in May 2004, and went back to work in July, for 3 weeks, then took some annual leave for 3 weeks, upto that point I was fine, but I have terrible problems sleeping! I work 3 nights as a care assistant 10pm - 8am over a fortnight, given up doing any extra's as I can't cope with the lack of sleep. I also have 3 kids eldest is 11 and the other two are 6 so they need me as well.

Sorry to ramble, I have had sleepers from Dr. which usually knock me out for a couple of hours usually 4, but then i'm awake the rest of the night, until about 5ish then seem to get over again. but have to get up at 6.45 to get the kids up and off to school.

Would be grateful if anyone has had experienced the same or is doing and any suggestions please.

Thanks Christine x
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Unread 01-09-2005, 09:09 PM
Me Too!

I have had insomnia for years and it has added years to me I'm sure! It got really worse after surgery in 2002. I too have tried all sorts of meds. and still usually take something to help me try and dose off. I always take Tylenol at night, sometimes Benedryl & sometimes Sonata. I too have kids but no night job. I'm not currently working except ebaying. With everyone elses schedule it is hard to fit in time for me and I think that has allot to do with it. My down time is at night , after all have gone to bed and then I do my things instead of gearing down for sleep. With your 3 nights a week job, I would imagine that it could get ones sleep pattern very mixed up. Do you sleep during the day then? Could you switch to day work hours? I have read allot lately about our inner time clock and how it can be disrupted. You may want to try making sure your bedroom is completely dark, a tad cool, and possibly a gently fan noise would help. This is crazy, but certain noises trigger sleepy moments with me and I will think about those noises to get to sleep sometimes. Weird I know!! I've tried everything! It is frustrating, and bad on the body to go without sleep. I hope you get many nights zzzzz's soon and don't worry about taking a little something like Benadryl if it helps you get even 4 hours sleep. You need it!!!
Sweet dreams, Braswell

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