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Please help with sleep problems.
@0616 Just checking to see if you had better sleep. I'm a very lite sleeper and wondered if you found anything helpful.
A tincture of THC/CBD taken under the tongue at bedtime quiets my mind and provides restful sleep with minimal hangover the following day. Stay away from the Benzos, they are terrible.
One thing that has helped with snoring is to put a postage size piece of medical tape over your lips when you sleep. I read about this in the book Breath and it is working for us. Our snoring has reduced and we are having less wakefullness with sleep. It took about 7-10 days to adjust, but it works. Don't cover your entire mouth/lips, just a vertical piece of medical tape below nose to chin.
I've always been a light sleeper. I never thought anything of getting up and going back to bed. As a mother it was natural to get up with the children even at night. Older I started snoring. It was brought to my attention when on a women's conference when I woke up and everyone had removed their bedding mattresses and all and gone to sleep in the great room of the lodge. The humiliation grew as I stood in the breakfast line and heard the discussion of the horrendous noises during the night. Twenty years later I got a BiPap and a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.
With anxiety undiagnosed PTSD I allowed myself to be medicated for another twenty plus years. I found Cognitive Behavioral therapy after recognising meds just were a crutch to me and became aware of myself. Recently I've tried in succession 10mg melatonin. Naterol same plus b6 and calcium now Sleep 3 10 mg melatonin and lots of herbs. I sleep more get up less but still don't feel rested. When I had a followup to my neck spasm the Dr ran many tests. My numbers are all good. My diagnosis is unremitting stress over personal issues which I' m shouldering on my own has been ongoing for almost three years. The physical side of the stress is going to take some more time but not as long as the decades that created it. I miss Qi Gong but practise mindfulness to get to sleep. I was reluctant to express myself becase I feared getting prayers goidcwishes and insipid remarks. I decided to come clean my motivation is to vent and nothing more.
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@lolaemma Thsnk you for replying here! Sleep and the battle to get quality sleep has so many causes, as you have pointed out. I snore also; my husband told me once we don't have to worry about bears because I scare them off! I liked reading the different things you have tried, because it may help someone to try a new remedy.
Are the personal issues something that you can find support for here on the pages of Mayo Connect? Will journaling help at all? I recently started a discussion on it and over the years have found writing to be therapeutic for me in several times of stress.
I'm self representing in my own divorce. Oops!
@lolaemma Ooooh, I did that, too! Feel free to pm me if you need a shoulder to lean on.
Thanks do you have a contact for someoneonline who does QDRO for less than$350
@lolaemma Sadly, no. You could check your local bar association for the name of a lawyer or legal counsel. If you have a Grey Law office near you, they might assist, or Area Agency on Aging. I drafted my own and had it reviewed by the Family Law Self-Help Center at the county courthouse where I was living.
Thank you ginger but I enjoyed doing the response and. following filings myself. I'm. OCD and retired Auditor. In fact I'm getting organized to set up and prepare my income declaration. However until I get a response from the Ca Bar assoc. I can't.get any info about a QDRO. I read a completed example and reluctantly admit the legal jargon is beyond me. The court has been closed for months during this time I discovered proof that there has been one and likely a second attempt to circumvent my standing. I.am going to check with CalPers online to find if there's a new publication for the documentation needed. Again until the Bar Assoc gets caught up I don't know what help is available. I filed a complaint after I read the full website regulations and am encouraged that providing the details of the first attempt and the lawyer's info of which they are aware includes his three suspensions and a fine. I'm excited about the prospect of a challenge to test my abilities. All my blood work came back good and my fatigue has subsided since I get more solid sleep. Tonight a text came that I can get an appt to see an neck orthopedic Dr. All encouraging news. Thanks
I have trouble sleeping as my mind doesn't seem to turn off. I did notice that when I took higher doses of Melatonin I would get vivid nightmares. Now take 3 mg which works better. Another is spray my pillows and sheets lightly with lavender mist which seems to help.
Wow talk about different things for different people. I started with 5mg melatonin and doubled it very soon after. I have sleep apnea use a BiPap and had no problem going to sleep or going back to sleep after getting up for the first twenty years. Ive taken several. Sessions on relaxation breathing. I tried CBD OIL and gummies. Finally I bought a OTC melatonin and b6 and calcium supplement. Three weeks and te effect wore off around 4am just as the two previous ones. I found something that has worked for a month so far it's Nature's Bounty Sleep3 I never gave much credance to herbs but here's a long list of them everything Is ever heard suggested plus
Melatonin 10mg. I take it with my night meds and go to bed. I use deep breathing to relax and fall asleep. So far
my daytime fatigue is abating and I'm more alert and
accomplish more. My frequent apneas used to wake me
briefly now I don't notice. I allowed myself to be
medicated for decades and my mental health and acuity is sharper. Now if the pandemic would abate I'd like to be
around more people.
@lolaemma You don't have nightmares from that high dose of melatonin? I have read that many people do if they take a dose over 3mg. I use that occasionally and also use Benadryl.
I have a new PCP and we talked about that. I don't like using Benadryl much. She said the effects of inadequate sleep are worse than the effects of Benadryl! I do find it very helpful. I need to take it a couple of hours before I go to bed though or it takes me a while to not be groggy in the morning.
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