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@josephene I am having terrible insomnia as well. Nothing seems to help. Any specific suggestions? Many thanks.
It would be wise to check with our doctor 'cause melantonin can interfer with other meds you may be taking – even vitamins/suppleme ts
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How much melatonin do you take? Have you consulted with your doctor to see how much you can take? My doctor increased the amount when it did not work.
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@johnhans my doctor has said it’s ok to take melatonin but he did not specify an amount. I stick with 3 mg because I have read that more than that can cause nightmares. When I asked about the extended release that has herbals in it he said to take a second melatonin in the middle of the night – I am up frequently for nature calls.
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@contentandwell, @gloriajean, You two are exploring a subject that has frequently played havoc with me. insomnia. I have fought it for years. Stay up later, go to bed earlier. Play meditation music…..put your devices (smartphone, pad, laptop) to bed at least 30 minutes before your bedtime to give your brain a chance to rest and be peaceful.
In the winter, when there are often many days without sun, I succumb to SAD, (seasonal affective disorder). I used to sit under a lamp to get some much-needed rays and so I wouldn't be walking around the house in the moonlight.
Now, I simply take one dropper of 2:1 (CBD/THC) tincture. The result: lights out and no waking up until time to do so. This solution has been very valuable because I have small fiber neuropathy (SFN). It has eliminated the electrical shocks that used to ravage my legs about 5:30 am and has sent the burning in my abdomen packing. How do I know? Because….. when I forget the medical cannabis tincture the painful reminders return. May you have a joyful day tomorrow. Chris
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Wow! You have a doctor that allows pot when you’re in Ambien? Not the doctors here in Michigan. They cut you off and believe me the withdrawals aren’t fun!
Hi, @cheshirecat – wondering if you have had some experience with taking zolpidem (Ambien) for insomnia? If so, was it helpful to you at all? Sounds like you've tapered off of it, perhaps?
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@artscaping My transplant center said no oral CBD. So, there goes that. 🙁 This has been a tough week for me and sleep too.
Something you might enjoy reading is today's Connect member spotlight Q&A with @johnhans, who has been a part of this conversation on insomnia. Please check it out, make a comment and share it on your social media accounts, if you'd like https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/encouraging-others-by-letting-them-know-ive-made-it-meet-johnhans/
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Ive had sleep problems or many years. Ive had 2 sleep studies that were normal. I will have periods of time when I will wake up multiple times a night, for no reason that I know of. I hate it, it drains me so bad. So the last 4 nights it has come back. Im on meds, have been for years. Anyone have any insight to this? Could this be something neurological i can fix? I have other neurological stuff going on. I dont know. Very tired and want some answers! If you have any suggestions id love to hear. But Nothing about sleep hygiene please, thanks!
Hi, @januaryjane – Not being able to sleep straight through is rough. I have gone through periods before where my sleep is affected and found it anxiety-producing. When disturbed sleep keeps happening, you start worrying if you will be able to get a good night's sleep at all, and I've found it kind of becomes a circular problem.
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@128128terry11t @sandytoes14 @brucearoo @gloriajean @maryshipley have all talked about insomnia in this discussion and may be able to offer you support and help you find answers to your questions. Hoping they may have insights on whether there is something neurologic that can be addressed.
I note that you prefer not to be given sleep hygiene input, so I'm guessing you've already read about/been given information about that (such as https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/sleep/art-20048379)? Have sleep hygiene principles helped at all with your periods in which you awaken multiple times per night?
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@januaryjane I'd love to jump in here and let you know With my insomnia at times I have an app relaxation music I put my earbuds in and fall to sleep next morning still have buds in ears also if you have Daystar on T.V they play relaxation music while mt. scene and scripture these help me.
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@sandytoes Here's a sand art.from Ocean City Md
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