Please help with sleep problems

Posted by 0616 @0616, Jun 27, 2020

I had a bad patch awhile ago and didn't respond to a question.i don't want it to appear that I took meds to sleep. I was on mood elevators like Ativan for about 27 years until I found out what I needed was counseling for PTSD presenting as anxiety. And distance from the reason for it currently if you can 30 years current.

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@marjou

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.

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Hi Marjou I hace cronic sleep problems. I am afraid of taking melatonin bc of vivid dreams that I have experience while on it. I have today my appointment at Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic. I read you ve had the same problem. How did you manage to use melatonin without having the vivid dreams as a secondary effect

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@becsbuddy

@0616 I’m really sorry to hear that you have sleeping problems. So did I until I got some help. This information from Mayo Clinic is pretty much what I did. I had to make a lot of changes, but eventually it worked.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/in-depth/insomnia-treatment/art-20046677
Have you discussed this with your doctor to make sure you haven’t any problems? Give it a try!

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.Hi, I wanted to share my troubles with sleep. O have mild apnea and maybe rem sleep disorder I am afraid of taking melatonin bc of vivid dreams that I have experience while on it. I have today my appointment at Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic. I read you ve had the same problem. How did you manage to use melatonin without having these troublesome secondary effects? (Vivid dreams/hallucinations)?

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I recommend that anyone with chronic sleep problems discuss this with their PCP, then see a Sleep Doc if needed. I did this about 10 years ago and was able to improve my sleep dramatically. I am 72 and sleep like a log without awaking most nights.

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@tim1028

I recommend that anyone with chronic sleep problems discuss this with their PCP, then see a Sleep Doc if needed. I did this about 10 years ago and was able to improve my sleep dramatically. I am 72 and sleep like a log without awaking most nights.

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@tim1028 Can you share with us the particulars? How was your sleep pattern before versus after going to a sleep doctor? I am curios!
Ginger

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Not interested in sleep problems

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@gingerw

@tim1028 Can you share with us the particulars? How was your sleep pattern before versus after going to a sleep doctor? I am curios!
Ginger

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I had a sleep study done, which pointed to no big sleep issues such as sleep apnea. Further tests showed that I had a low ferritin (normal iron and hemoglobin), which was causing restless legs in the evening and the inability to fall asleep within a normal time frame. My sleep hygiene was poor as well, so I read several books and many articles on establishing good sleep habits. I followed the common guidance, took iron to raise my ferritin, and over time my sleep improved. I'm still very interested in sleep research and read up on it.

From the For What It's Worth Department, my low ferritin appeared to be caused by too-frequent blood donations. For some people, even though iron levels and hemoglobin are normal, ferritin can decrease with regular blood donations. The FDA allows donations every 8 weeks. I stopped donating for awhile, then gave less frequently, and now after 50 years donating blood, have stopped entirely.

The bottom line: Good sleep has had positive effects on my mood, my energy, my nutrition—you get the picture. I take sleep seriously and the results have been wonderful. I'm a lucky fellow!

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@tim1028

I had a sleep study done, which pointed to no big sleep issues such as sleep apnea. Further tests showed that I had a low ferritin (normal iron and hemoglobin), which was causing restless legs in the evening and the inability to fall asleep within a normal time frame. My sleep hygiene was poor as well, so I read several books and many articles on establishing good sleep habits. I followed the common guidance, took iron to raise my ferritin, and over time my sleep improved. I'm still very interested in sleep research and read up on it.

From the For What It's Worth Department, my low ferritin appeared to be caused by too-frequent blood donations. For some people, even though iron levels and hemoglobin are normal, ferritin can decrease with regular blood donations. The FDA allows donations every 8 weeks. I stopped donating for awhile, then gave less frequently, and now after 50 years donating blood, have stopped entirely.

The bottom line: Good sleep has had positive effects on my mood, my energy, my nutrition—you get the picture. I take sleep seriously and the results have been wonderful. I'm a lucky fellow!

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tim1028 Thank you! I completely agree, that quality sleep can equate to better quality of life, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Ginger

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@kathycarpeneti

Not interested in sleep problems

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@lorena1egas

.Hi, I wanted to share my troubles with sleep. O have mild apnea and maybe rem sleep disorder I am afraid of taking melatonin bc of vivid dreams that I have experience while on it. I have today my appointment at Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic. I read you ve had the same problem. How did you manage to use melatonin without having these troublesome secondary effects? (Vivid dreams/hallucinations)?

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@lorena1egas I’m so sorry I never responded to you. I took a break because I’ve been sick. I never used melatonin. I just get my bedroom cool (cold), and quit using all electronics by 7-ish. I do watch tv but like to keep the lights off. Oh, and no tv in bedroom.
I would love to hear what you learned at the Mayo Sleep Medicine Clinic!

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@wa34937

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.

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Can you explain what ThC/CBD is?

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@nazleer

Can you explain what ThC/CBD is?

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@nazleer THC is the ingredient in cannabis that produces the "high" effect. CBD stands for cannadibiol a purported nonpsychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Many people use a CBD product for helping them relax, or sleep, and this solution may or may not have THC in it.

Does this answer your question?
Ginger

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