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.

Bruce0712 I have not heard of this stimulator. How long have you used it? Any side effects?

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@granny55

Bruce0712 I have not heard of this stimulator. How long have you used it? Any side effects?

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My doctor at the VA let me try it….I was pleasantly surprised as to how quickly and how effectively it seemed to work for me, in terms of how it make me feel good, and no drugs or edibles, just a battery operated stimulus. So that was a trial run and he has ordered one for me, I will get it probably in a few weeks for daily use. There is a little about this on Google. But I won't know how effective it is for actual sleep yet. Wish me luck.

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@bruce0712

My doctor at the VA let me try it….I was pleasantly surprised as to how quickly and how effectively it seemed to work for me, in terms of how it make me feel good, and no drugs or edibles, just a battery operated stimulus. So that was a trial run and he has ordered one for me, I will get it probably in a few weeks for daily use. There is a little about this on Google. But I won't know how effective it is for actual sleep yet. Wish me luck.

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Thanks bruce0712 good luck and keep us posted….

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Beware of Temazepam. Great for putting you to sleep.I have decided to try to wean myself off it, because I have just read that if you take it for too long you never get to sleep without it. It's for short term use. My doctor never told me this. It's just for a few days or couple of weeks. I took it foI'm trying to taper down from 15 mg at bedtime. I have tapered as follows: 15 for one week, then 7.5 for next week,,, then half of a 7.5 for one week, then stop. I'veée just finished the second week; Tonight is first night of third week. With me luck. I'm nodding off (only 3 hours sleep las night), notice I wrote with instead of wish and las instead of last.

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@num1boxer1919

Thanks so much for the reply.. So do the medications pretty much lose there effectiveness after time & what can I do about that? because when I started on them they worked extremely well but now it's like I'm taking it just to help the symptoms I never had in the first place.. Like I never ever had any sleeping problems before.. & now I can't get to sleep without the medications, & when I do get to sleep I'm waking up all night long & then feeling terrible the next day with all kinds of terrible symptoms & can't relax at all.. Can taking sleep/anxiety meds long-term do that? Sorry for all the questions I'm just trying so hard to figure out a way too get my life back to normal.. I really appreciate all the advice, I actually feel like I have a little hope now lol.. This has been rough especially trying to work a job through all this craziness lol..

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Wish I had an answer for your problem. I have the same. Problem with meds is your brain builds up a tolerance and you then have to increase the dose to get same relief. I'm nodding off as I write this. We have to find a way to stay off the meds.

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@glosrobbo

I know it’s a cliche but I find hot milk/chocolate really helps me sleep when I’m struggling to nod off. I’ve found the effectiveness depends on a couple of things, first full fat milk, semi skimmed or skimmed just don’t seem to work. Second is heat it slowly in a pan on the cooker, zapping it in the microwave doesn’t cut it. It’s apparently got something to do with the way the fats and protein denaturate when heated.

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Hi, @glosrobbo – thanks for sharing this tip about the hot milk/chocolate. Here's another thread you may find interesting on cocoa on Connect https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/the-benefit-of-cocoa

Have you had a history of insomnia, @glosrobbo?

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Here is my son's own invention. Works for me. Use it fall asleep or sleep interrupted. Stay in your bed. None of this going to another room and read—problem with that is you are waking yourself up even more. Here it is: Slowly take deep breath through your nose until lungs are full (about count of 6)Then hold breath for 3 seconds. Then exhale thru your mouth. Exhale fully and slowly. Now start to count down from 100 to zero.[ I have never gotten to 20] One complete cycle: Deep breathe, Hold 3 seconds. Fully exhale. Then count. If your mind wanders or you lose count, start over again at 100.

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do you have caffeine anytime during the day? If so, try and eliminate that. I seem to be "allergic" to caffeine – it's effects don't go away in a few hours like it does for other people.

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I do have 2 cups but only before 3:00. I’m really hoping I can get off Ambien especially since I’m having problems with it at certain times.

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@tolepma I was on Ambien long ago had awful time getting of it. Now I have a cup of warm milk with cinnamon in and take a melatonin does the trick for me

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I tried last night without Ambien but got very poor sleep. I’ve tried a few things but none have helped.

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@tolepma It takes awhile to get of I had alot of sleepless nights before the Ambien got out of my system ,stick to it and it will work good luck

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@sandytoes14

@JustinMcClanahan I don’t mind at all! After two or three nights of sleeping at least 8 hours or more, I don’t feel the need to go to bed on time, thus making falling asleep problematic. By taking it a few times a week, I am getting good, uninterrupted sleep. I do not wake feeling groggy or have any problems the next day when I take the Silenor.

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Hi I have never tried silenor and have had sleep issues for many years are there any side affects? Thanks

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Hi, all – many of you have talked about your insomnia in this discussion and things that have or have not worked well to relieve it. I'd love to hear an update, and I think it will help many others in this thread.

@grandmapark – Sounds like eliminating caffeine in the daytime has helped you. Will you share a bit more about any insomnia challenges you have experienced?

@granny55 – you were asking about doxepin (Silenor) and the sleep issues you've had for years, wondering if there are side effects. I believe that @sandytoes14 has talked about taking that medication and may have some input for you, as may others in this conversation.

@kariulrich – you'd mentioned insomnia previously in this discussion. Wondering how that is going for you lately?

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I would like some suggestions on this as well. Also I get up after an hour once I fall asleep and then it starts all over again.

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