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Unread 03-26-2008, 12:01 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I am taking an OTC sleep aid every night... because when i don't I don't fall asleep!
It really stinks to have to take sooo many pills.
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Unread 03-26-2008, 12:12 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I also have been suffering with insomnia. A freind of mine recomended the melatonin but I found it kind of gave me a hangover and weird dreams. The best thing I have found is L-theanine from the health food store, its also available at most drug stores also right next to the melatonin. L-theanine is supposed to be an herbal mood enhancer. I take one or two about an hour before I want to sleep. they dont actually make me drowsey but I find I can shut off my brain and relax into a normal sleep. Once asleap I can stay alsleap much better and I did not notice any hangover the next morning at all. Very happy with them have to say. I am trying to get back on track with my sleep patterns before going back to work so I'm hoping this will do the trick.
Unread 03-26-2008, 12:16 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I always have melantonin on hand because I never feel drowsy the next day but it DOES give you some weird dreams! It is natural though and my doc okayed it.
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Unread 03-26-2008, 12:40 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I use melatonin as well. It's never given me weird dreams and I actually wake up feeling very rested and refreshed. I think it all boils down to how your body processes it, kinda like how some of us can do percocet and some are better off with lortab. My doc ok'd melatonin as well.
Unread 03-26-2008, 01:27 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I still don't sleep either, its been only 6 1/2 weeks, so I don't expect to yet. But I'm getting so tired, no pun intended, of not being able to sleep. Its driving me the rest of the way crazy. I hate using pills and most nights I just toss and turn and try to deal with it. I have trouble turning my mind off too, like all of you do. This sucks.
Unread 03-26-2008, 01:29 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

No i am not concerned, there are many other things i would worry about, i need my slepp or else i am crankier than normal!
Unread 03-26-2008, 01:31 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

Originally Posted by bym1971
Melatonin works? Does it give you weird dreams?
Melatonin works pretty well for me (YMMV), but yes, it does give me weird dreams. I find weird dreams preferable to not sleeping. I also need to take a Xanax at bed time, or I will lay awake stressing over everything I'm not doing! (My doc knows about this).

Oh, and I don't know how far out you are, but something else that definitely helps me is an orgasm! (Sorry if that's TMI). I'm not cleared for sex yet, but there's other stuff. . .lol.
Unread 03-26-2008, 02:58 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

I'm heading for my six month milestone and still having problems sleeping...

Someone suggested valerian (from health stores) and I've found it's the only thing which helps me. I still wake up plenty of times with hot flashes, but I tend to go back to sleep pretty quickly most of the time. At least I've stopped getting up at 3am anyway!
Unread 03-26-2008, 03:21 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

Thank goodness I am not alone, for a moment I thought I was going crazy. I had no trouble sleeping prior to surgery but now I have so much trouble falling asleep and just as much staying asleep, not to mention the restless legs. My doc prescribed some ambien cr. I have taken regular ambien before and given myself plenty of sleep time but wake up feeling groggy, does that get better with continued use?
Unread 03-26-2008, 04:26 PM
Anyone still not sleeping?

My doc gave me Ambien too. So far, it's helping me sleep which is great after weeks of 2 hour "rest" periods (sigh). I've only taken it for a week so we'll see how it goes. I go back to the doc for a quick followup on the Ambien and a blood pressure check on the 1st.

After working at home for a few hours a day, I go back to office fulltime on Monday. I'll let you know how Ambien and returning to the work world goes.

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