Insomnia. Nothing seems to help.

Posted by terryb1 @128128terry11t, Jan 7, 2017

@josephene I am having terrible insomnia as well. Nothing seems to help. Any specific suggestions? Many thanks.

@hopeful33250

Hello @gloriajean and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect

Thank you for adding to our discussion about insomnia, a rather troubling disorder. From what you posted it appears that you are able to get to sleep but you are not able to maintain sleep. Is that correct?

Here is a link to some information from Mayo Clinic's website regarding staying asleep, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/insomnia/faq-20057824

You mentioned having brain surgery a year ago. Did you have this same type of sleep problem before the brain surgery?

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Thanks for the info.

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@gloriajean

hello to all you sleepless ones – including me! I'm new to the group but my problem is not being tired enough to fall asleep. Bight and alert at 2 a.m. I've always not needed 8 hrs of sleep – 5/6 hrs. was always enough. But now it's about 3 hrs. I can't go to bed and turn my mind off! Reading in bed doesn't work and trying mindfulness.is a no go. I'm 71 yr old and OK other than I had brain surgery last August for successful removal of benign tumor – yeah! I'm retired and have lots of interests – maybe too many 'cause can't stop my mind from thinking!

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Are you getting exercise? Take a walk early evening if you are able.

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I haven't been able to sleep for years until I found Seroquel.

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You know they also warn of side effects ,I personally have not experienced any , or very minor if I did , my mood stays good ,I don't have to overdose and 95 percent of the time I can sleep on it .It saved me from going insane .

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I just had a reveal linq monitor put in Thursday, now I've got a new monkey on my back , hopefully soon I can do something besides go to doctor , I hope you find some relief ,sincerely ,brucearoo.

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@gloriajean

hello to all you sleepless ones – including me! I'm new to the group but my problem is not being tired enough to fall asleep. Bight and alert at 2 a.m. I've always not needed 8 hrs of sleep – 5/6 hrs. was always enough. But now it's about 3 hrs. I can't go to bed and turn my mind off! Reading in bed doesn't work and trying mindfulness.is a no go. I'm 71 yr old and OK other than I had brain surgery last August for successful removal of benign tumor – yeah! I'm retired and have lots of interests – maybe too many 'cause can't stop my mind from thinking!

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@gloriajean I had similar problems, my mind was always racing and prevented me from being able to sleep. Somehow that has gotten a lot better but now when I wake up (for a bathroom call), if it's around 4:00 A.M. or later I can't get back to sleep for generally a couple of hours. Of course no sooner do I fall asleep but it's time to get up! This leaves me exhausted too frequently. I try to go to water aerobics class that begin at 9:00 but many mornings I am dizzy and really out of it from lack of sleep so I have to go back to bed for a while and get another hour or so of sleep. It's so frustrating.
JK

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@contentandwell

@gloriajean I had similar problems, my mind was always racing and prevented me from being able to sleep. Somehow that has gotten a lot better but now when I wake up (for a bathroom call), if it's around 4:00 A.M. or later I can't get back to sleep for generally a couple of hours. Of course no sooner do I fall asleep but it's time to get up! This leaves me exhausted too frequently. I try to go to water aerobics class that begin at 9:00 but many mornings I am dizzy and really out of it from lack of sleep so I have to go back to bed for a while and get another hour or so of sleep. It's so frustrating.
JK

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I do a meditation that teaches how to calm the mind. I do this 30 minutes before bedtime. Last night I was able to back to sleep. This meditation was on the calm app. There are many of them. Anything thing calming the mind, anxiety ect…

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maryshipley I use to but forgot about it so thanks for the reminder I also have music on my kindle that is good.

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@lioness

maryshipley I use to but forgot about it so thanks for the reminder I also have music on my kindle that is good.

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Your welcome.

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@maryshipley

I do a meditation that teaches how to calm the mind. I do this 30 minutes before bedtime. Last night I was able to back to sleep. This meditation was on the calm app. There are many of them. Anything thing calming the mind, anxiety ect…

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alive read about meditation & deep breathing exercises but can't seem to keep my mind focused on that task for too long. When I eventually drop off to sleep (around 3/4 am), Ive been watching TV and have fallen asleep on my sofa with my little dog snuggled in with me. I think I get a good deep.sleep because I dont generally wake up exhausted or tired. Besides I gotta walk the do
BUT I'm 71 yr old and I know how important good sleep But I'm not tired at 1 pm. Wide awake.
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@maryshipley

I do a meditation that teaches how to calm the mind. I do this 30 minutes before bedtime. Last night I was able to back to sleep. This meditation was on the calm app. There are many of them. Anything thing calming the mind, anxiety ect…

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how long did it take you to find the calm. app to work

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@colleenyoung

Kari, Do you turn on the sleep hypnosis when you wake in the night? I can fall asleep, but not stay asleep.

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Hey Colleen, if you try the sleep hypnosis from your phone make sure that you dim the brightness before you go to bed, the burst of bright light when you turn it on often stimulates the senses into thinking it is morning

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@gloriajean

how long did it take you to find the calm. app to work

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4 or 5 sessions. Try as best you can to let your mind relax as you meditate. I also do a session once during the day, which helps me stay calm during the day.

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@maryshipley

4 or 5 sessions. Try as best you can to let your mind relax as you meditate. I also do a session once during the day, which helps me stay calm during the day.

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Gloriajean everything Ive read says turn electronics off an hour before you go to bed ,sleep in a cool room,put relaxing music on during this time ,read At times I do take an Advil P.M. at first but dont rely on it. Hope this helps it may take several days before your circadian rhythm turns on. Good luck.

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If I am using my Calm app to meditate, I put my IPhone under the blanket.

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