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.

Try a sleep hypnosis CD or download app by Paul McKenna. Cured my insomnia. I bought the book, I Can Make You Sleep, and play it on a personal CD player in bed. I should say I used to play it. I dont really need it now.. I understand there are other Sleep hypnotists. You could search for those apps too.

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Until a few years ago, I would wake up during the night and not be able to get to sleep again. My solution was to get up, have a snack and read until I felt drowsy. Then one day, I was in a Thrift store and saw a book called, I Can Make You Sleep, by Paul McKenna. It was only a dollar so what did I have to lose? I didnt have faith that the book would live up to its title. Weeks later, I opened the book and found there was a sleep hypnosis CD inside, so I bought a personal CD player with ear buds and played it when I went to bed and if I woke up In the night. I have not had insomnia since. I have since discovered there is an app and the book/ CD seems to be out of print now, but there are used copies out there.

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@ladybirder

Until a few years ago, I would wake up during the night and not be able to get to sleep again. My solution was to get up, have a snack and read until I felt drowsy. Then one day, I was in a Thrift store and saw a book called, I Can Make You Sleep, by Paul McKenna. It was only a dollar so what did I have to lose? I didnt have faith that the book would live up to its title. Weeks later, I opened the book and found there was a sleep hypnosis CD inside, so I bought a personal CD player with ear buds and played it when I went to bed and if I woke up In the night. I have not had insomnia since. I have since discovered there is an app and the book/ CD seems to be out of print now, but there are used copies out there.

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I bought it in apple App Store two days ago. It worked the first night and last night not as well. I had a frustrating computer problem, that might have been part of the problem. I will try it again.

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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

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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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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That is correct. When I do wake my mind starts thinking on overdrive. Although I think I am starting to get a handle on it.

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@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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