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@josephene I am having terrible insomnia as well. Nothing seems to help. Any specific suggestions? Many thanks.
Hi Terry, I am a poor sleeper & found it was much worse when I took Rifamcin at night so swapped to the morning & sleep has improved. Good luck. JO
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No more bedtime rifampin for me! I have been a poor sleeper as well but I have never experienced almost NO sleep. Tried xanax and then ambien and it only got me a couple of hours. I am klutzy enough without going with no sleep! Thank you and wishing you good luck as well. Good luck to all of us.
To say that you don’t sleep invites a thousand questions – are you ill, stressed, under- or over-exercising?
I slept the sleep of the dead for a solid 6-7 hours every night until I had my son – I was an “older” mother -35.
Then, I got so stressed about the baby monitor, I stopped sleeping.
I’ve been on Ambien for 20+ years, and it never gave me more than 4 hours of down time.
My Dr. just put me on Seriquil, and now I have trouble getting back out of sleep. Too Strong.
Yoga? Warm Milk at night? Using sound tracks that put you into theta sleep?
Hot baths with Epsom salts seem to be very effective for me
when nothing else works…Pot? It knocks me out. Tell me more about why you don’t sleep.
I find if I get overactive in they evening – I’m doomed for sleep. Take care.
I was on ambien for 15 or so years until I changed a calendar and didn’t remember doing it. Now I take xanax and hope for the best. I really don’t know why I have difficulty. Never had this much until I starting these new meds. Hope that I adjust and can go back to my usual difficulty. I think a lot of it is too active a mind. Wish I knew. Liked the tips. Pot sounds good … under the tongue. I suppose there is no inhaling for us!
I have insomnia and problems with both sleep initiation and staying asleep. Has anyone had sleep studies done? I listen to a sleep hypnosis from iTunes every night, it helps. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relax-sleep-well-by-glenn-harrold-relaxation-self-hypnosis/id412690467?mt=8
Kari, Do you turn on the sleep hypnosis when you wake in the night? I can fall asleep, but not stay asleep.
Hi Coleen, Yes, I usually wake up at 3-4 am every night, I turn it back on and will fall back asleep usually 30 minutes into it. It is worth a try. Most of the time it works, but it has to be the specific hypnosis track done by Glenn Harold. I have had the best success with his tracks for some reason.
Thanks. I’ll give it a try.
All of my adult life I have had problems sleeping. About 15 years ago I went to therapy and was diagnosed with PTSD and given Seroquel for sleep. Years later, I was switched to Trazodone. Both ‘turn off’ your brain so that you dream but it does not interfere with your sleep. It helps most people fall and stay asleep. Lucky for me, my post menopausal brain, wants to wake up and not fall back to sleep. After months and months of trying everything under the sun to go back to sleep, a new doctor prescribed Silenor for me. I take 3 mg an hour before I’m ready for bed, and the Trazodone at bedtime. Guess what? My bladder doesn’t even wake me up!!! I don’t take it every night, because I’m stubborn like that. I really appreciate trying your various tips and find I’m much more relaxed when I do go to sleep.
Great to hear! If you don’t mind me asking, what is your reasoning for not taking it every night?
I’d like to know how it compares to Ambien. I’m taking Seroquel and Ambien to get to sleep and stay there.
And besides being stubborn about taking it every night, do you feel like you would be awake and alert if you took it every night?
I’ve taken Ambien for over 20 years, and I Cannot go to sleep without it, but I cannot Stay asleep on it.
@sandytoes14 Jen, you sound so much like me. For some reason I am falling asleep easier these days and most times when I get up I can back to sleep quickly but I get up almost every hour for bathroom trips. Of course being on 80 to 100 ounces of water/fluid a day to combat kidney problems does not help. Interrupted is not nearly as restful as staying asleep, I just read recently about how much effects you.
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