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I can get to sleep but I can't stay asleep

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I am always tired. My biggest problem is that I fall asleep so easily when I sit down to watch TV, but I never sleep very long unless I intend to take a short nap in the afternoon, then I can sleep for an hour and half to 2 hours easy.

At night, I am usually awake every hour or so. Sometimes I can go right back to sleep, but most often it can take me 15 or 20 minutes to nod off again, If I ever sleep for 2 hours straight at night, I think I have died and gone to heaven.

My doctor gave me some sleeping pills, but they left such a terrible metallic taste in my mouth plus I also felt nauseated the next day, so I had to stop taking them. I tried them for only 3 nights.

I have tried warm milk, but that didn't help, plus I hate the taste of white milk, I don't drink anything hot such as tea or coffee, not even herbal teas like camomile, because I break out in a sweat, and that's not comfortable just before bedtime. Turkey works (or should I say the L-triptophan in the turkey) but I'm trying to loose weight, and pigging out will not help with that goal.

Any suggestions?

Some mornings I am so tired, it is very hard for me to get get mobile,

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DETOXCAT 10/18/2009 7:34PM

    Hello, I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea and during the sleep study they found that I stop breathing on an average of every two minutes, that is the bad news, however the good news is that with a nasal CPAP on for about 4 hours, I did not stop breathing, once. so with in the next week or so when I get the machine i'll start feeling better. The doctor said I should start feeling better within 2 weeks, and could even be off my high pulse medicaiton in 4-6 months. I'll try to check back in in a couple weeks or so, Joyce

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DELBY68 10/9/2009 6:52AM

    which sleeping pill were you taking?

I have Insomnia and I work 3rd shift.. a not so great combination.. at one point I was taking hours to fall asleep or if I got to sleep i would wake up every hour.

after some experimenting I take half a 10mg ambien and a quarter of a 3mg melatonin and I'm able to sleep for 6 hours straight.. i've found more than this leaves me feeling a bit drugged and foggy when I wake up.

the ambien doesn't give me any noticeable side effects..

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KING*GET*FIT 10/7/2009 11:53PM

    turkey is actually not bad if your getting the white meat.

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JHADZHIA 10/7/2009 8:52AM

    I have been frustrated by waking up too, and haven't had any sleep for years. I found melatonin helps, but I have to be able to sleep in to use it. I am so busy, I want to get up early. I try to drink all my fluids early in the morning and day, and very little at night so I don't have the excuse of waking up to use the bathroom. A dark quiet room is essential and don't have a glowing digital clock where you can see it. Looking at the time when you wake up is a bad habit. Sleep testing is a must, to rule out apnea. I am thinking of getting it done myself if I can find some time!
All the best dealing with this very frustrating problem!

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NANCYBFULLER 10/7/2009 8:24AM

    It sounds to me like you might have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor about taking a sleep test.

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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 10/7/2009 8:17AM

    I went through this for about a month. Even tried sleeping pills and still woke up in the middle of the night. Unfortunately for me it was about letting it ride out, took about a month but then I was able to get full night sleep again. Hope you get some sleep soon.

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CHRISSIET01 10/7/2009 6:30AM

    You could also try looking into a sleep test. I was tired all the time, went for the testing, and found out I have two sleeping disorders. One of those disorders can cause a heartattack, long term, so I was really happy I went. Some of the disorders can be treated with diet, others with medication and sleep apnea with a machine that you wear while sleeping.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 10/7/2009 4:11AM

    I have the same problem. Then I get in the pattern of taking a nap during the day and having trouble sleeping at night. One thing that I've found that helps when I get up in the night is not to turn on the overhead light but instead use a low night light to get around the house. They say that the light tricks your body into thinking it's day time.Today I've been up since 3 and I still have to go to work. Melatonin works for some people.

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HINOTO 10/7/2009 3:36AM

    I have similar problems. I bought a light blocking sleep mask and that's really helped me out. I wear it on nights that I notice that I'm having concentration problems or if I wake up more than once a night. It might be worth a try! If it works for you, it's a really inexpensive solution!

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