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8/8/15 10:22 P

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. . . Actually made me laugh - oh, how I can relate!!!
This could have been written by me!!! I use documentaries on Netflix to get myself to sleep too! My boyfriend and I sleep in separate rooms because of his snoring, (which grates on me, unnerving me into a state of anger as well). He falls asleep in front of the TV after 10 minutes of any show or movie (after he insists on picking what we watch) - and snores to such an incredible sound decibel that I find myself watching the windows and wondering why they aren't vibrating to the point of crashing to the floor.
History: About 4 years ago I started having sleep problems. So, for about two years my average sleep schedule went like this: up all night for at least 2-3 days; the rest of the week I would sleep (more like pass out for) an hour here, a few hours there . . . I was averaging, on a good week, between 30-35 hours of sleep. I gained 50 lbs., my body seemed to loose all of it's moisture, I lost 3/4 of my hair . . . my doctor's response was that my blood work all fell in the normal range. She wanted me to go to a sleep clinic. When I called for an appointment, I asked what they did, I was told that they check my vitals, including my breathing as I sleep. I asked, "What if I don't sleep?" Reply: "Oh, we can't help you. You have to sleep for us to get data." I told her that my problem was that I don't sleep for days and that I am not even tired the following being up all night, in fact, outside of getting some visual hallucinatory effects, I probably wouldn't even notice that I wasn't sleeping. Reply: "We don't work with people who have sleep problems outside of sleep apnea. Don't worry, almost everyone is sent home with a prescription for an apnea machine." I didn't bother going.
Then I broke my hip (fell over my cookbook box running through the house in the dark just before Christmas). They gave me narcotics for the pain after surgery. I finally got some sleep. After all the meds stopped (which had other side-effects that didn't exactly help my quality of life!), my sleep became much like you described your sleep challenges. Another change that took place is that I am now tired when I don't get enough sleep. Which is most of the time.
A friend of mine (who is a doctor) after a phone conversation, mailed me a lab prescription to check my thyroid function and I started taking meds (finding it under-functioning). It's helped slow down my hair loss . . . but my weight, is still quite an issue. I spent most of my adult life weighing 112-117 lbs with little to no effort . . . I am now struggling at 165. Nothing seems to help. I have watched my calories, exercised (hip recovery has slowed me down there a bit) and wrote every bite and trip around the block (on crutches, cane or without) down. I went on Weight Watchers. I have kept trying and trying and seriously, months go by and I am lucky if I'm down 1/2 a lb. from where I started after all the time and effort. The one thing that all the medical people I know seem to agree on and keep telling me is that I've got to have regular and good sleep! And THAT seems to be my "Everest" to climb. At this point, I am trying not to GAIN any more weight, hold on to what hair I have left and keep moving as much as I can throughout the day.
I guess the thing to do is keep our heads on our shoulders, our sense of humor, and keep on working with what we've got going on each day as if it's another start, another chance. So, good luck to you. Thank you for your post!

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6/28/15 12:45 P

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When I visit my family back East it's take a few days to be in their time zone. In AZ we don't have the time zone crap. Thank God!! But I have to remember my family 2-3 hours ahead of me. It's get annoyance but I just love visiting my family.

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6/28/15 12:41 P

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I haven't been sleeping well and need Trazodone to help me sleep. I ran out of it. The Dr. have not fill it up with the Pharmacy but will call my Dr. tomorrow. I'm not sleeping during the day but just can't get a good night sleep. I'm tired when I wake up and want to sleep more but I try not to so I can sleep at night. All have a good week.

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5/27/15 11:15 P

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I'm tired of pain. It drains me then wakes me up at night. I can't move that I'm not startled from sharp pains. I can't get up to go to the restroom without pain. I can't turn over without pain. I'm totally wiped and still there is pain..... Okay. I got it out for now. AND I will be seeing the bone doc Monday. So there. emoticon

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5/24/15 1:12 P

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it's a "right-brain", "left-brain" thing - you basically make the side that keeps you awake get bored

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5/23/15 10:57 A

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*sigh* I had the worst two nights in a long time right before I left Hot Springs, AR for home. I've slept pretty well since getting home. What does that tell ya? emoticon Hubby will be in Arkansas for the next year and a half for his job, and I will be with him as much as possible.

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5/19/15 11:03 A

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I had surprisingly good success with my hip issues with acupuncture. Two treatments actually gave me relief for more than 2 years. When I got my job in 2009 our office was on the 2nd floor of a 2-floor building and there was no elevator. I was glad the stairs were in a closed in stairwell so no one would see me pulling myself up on the railing because it hurt so bad. The only reason I stayed was I knew that in 3 months we were moving into a single-story building with no stairs. Unbelievably, I went bowling for the first time in years with my son and grandson one day and fell and slid onto my hip on the alley. UNDIGNIFIED! But it sent me to the chiropractor which gave me the relief. Funny how things work. Since then I had have had occasional bouts but more like arthritis, and usually when the weather changes. Since we have moved out of state I'll have to find a new acupuncturist pretty soon. Good luck with getting relief!

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I can't fall asleep, then get wakened by neighbours barking dogs, struggle to fall over again then sore hips wake me. The hip ache is harder to surmount, as I don,t know any other way to lie. Does anyone have any suggestions on that one? Thanks Nan.

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I am adjusting to being in 3 different time zones for 2 weeks. Most of the time was spent in one that was 2 hours earlier than my home one.

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5/12/15 2:58 P

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Welcome, new members! This week they've talked about a "sure fire" way to go to sleep: 4/7/8. Breathe in for four counts. Hold it 7 counts then breathe out for 8 counts. You will need to repeat around 5-6 times or until you fall asleep. I thought, sure, like that's going to happen. I tried it on my hubby who was equally skeptical...and it worked! LOL!

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The damn time change though really screwed up my cycle - sort of delayed it a week buy better than it used to be. For that I attribute the vitamin D increase - 1 take two 5,000 IU capsules 3-4 times per week, and am monitored by my doctor yearly.

I have tried sleeping pills (short term), melatonin and 5 HTP, vitamin D, and taking walks before 1:00pm daily to get natural sunlight. All helpful to a limited degree.

Then I started taking a product called CALM - Whole Foods and my chiropractor carry it; also bought from Puritan's Pride. Basically it's a magnesium powder that you mix in hot water and drink. I add a little orange juice too. Label says start at 1/2 tsp and work up to 2 tsp daily in two does. Well, I take about 3/4 tsp each night along with 200 mg of calcium citrate. It helps a lot to keep me asleep, and helps me return to sleep faster when I do wake up to use the bathroom or whatever.

If I can get another dose in during the day (again w/ calcium so I don't get that OTHER effect) then the sleep pattern improves even more.

I should add that calcium is an issue for me as I can't tolerate any kind of dairy so need that supplement, and keeping the magnesium, potassium, calcium in balance is a key factor. If like me you eat bananas in smoothies or take OTC for heartburn, then it's even more difficult.

The CALM is not inexpensive but oh so worth it. I buy a large container (Puritan's Pride is about the same price but you get more by weight) and it lasts a really long time. The reason I add orange juice is that acid helps the body absorb minerals but I don't want heartburn either so that is better for me than grapefruit or lemon. You can also drink it straight, add cranberry or try apple juice/cider.



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These rants have been building up for a while, so you may want to brace yourself.
My husband and I have been married for 6 weeks now. In that time, we have not once slept in the same bed. I believe once we made it through the night in the same room. He has sleep apnea, which is currently untreated (he was diagnosed years ago and had a CPAP, but it no longer works, and he just had his sleep study to work on getting another one). Even in separate bedrooms, with the doors mostly closed, netflix on in his room and mine, fans on in both rooms and the living room ceiling fan...I still hear him snore. Snoring is one of those nails-on-a-chalkboard noises for me, it infuriates me. On top of that, I've recently started taking Buproprion, which has a side effect of insomnia. The medication also interacts poorly with melatonin, so I can no longer use that.
I drink sleepytime tea or take Unisom sometimes, but the tea doesn't always work and the Unisom makes it so hard to get up if it hasn't been 8 hours for it to get out of my system.
Sometimes I use relaxation music instead of netflix, but if my mind is racing the music isn't enough. When I use netflix it's usually a documentary of some sort that I can listen to but not watch.
Marvel movies used to put me to sleep without fail, but last night I watched all of Thor and Iron Man, so I guess that's out.
It's so frustrating, I get panicky if I realize that I won't get enough sleep, which causes more trouble sleeping. I know it makes it worse, but I can't help it.
tl;dr: sleeping is hard and it makes me mad.

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3/12/15 11:28 P

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All the extra sunlight is nice, but setting clocks 1 hour ahead is ##$%ing with my sleep this week.

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Really sorry to hear about the issues with small children and the late stages of pregnancy. People who write schmaltzy songs about the beauty of motherhood never had to endure the efforts and stresses it takes to be a mother. Hope things get better for you soon.

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Haven't been able to get much sleep the past 2 months or so because it seems every other week the toddler comes down with something. Now I'm in my last week of pregnancy (due date is Friday) and I can't sleep because I have to got to the bathroom every 30 minutes. It seems I should just give up on sleeping until August.

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3/7/15 1:01 P

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My rant at the moment is about my cardiologist, who is the person pushing the business of sleep for me. On my first visit with this new one here in Oregon she wanted to run a big sleep lab test. I told her I already did that in Colorado and that she should have received a copy from my previous doctor already. My overnight oxygen levels had dropped down to about 59 and they ended up putting me on oxygen at night, just with a cannula since it worked and all the CPAP equipment doesn't seal to my face. That worked. Then I lost 22 pounds. Retesting showed a low of 75, so there was progress. My doctor there said that since we were moving to sea level I probably would not need the O2 at all. I told this to the cardio lady here. She agreed to try an overnight monitored test at home. They took their sweet time about getting back to me with results, and my only notice was an office staff member who called me out of the blue wanting to schedule a sleep lab test. No notice. No reason. No explanation. SO I RANT HERE. Do not treat me like an uncomprehending animal who is just to do as told, no questions asked! I stopped this person mid-sentence and wanted to know why. Well, it turns out that the cut-off point for doing this test is 84. I went to 83.5 for 12 minutes out of a full night sleep. Give me a break. I know I have gained back some of those 22 pounds between the move and the holiday. But that can be remedied now that I know the ramifications of not doing it. Do not spend unnecessary money on tests I don't need. At least give me a chance to make some lifestyle changes on my own! Now that I have some medical imperative I can probably get my husband to quit pushing me for "treats" (and he wants me to join him in indulging in those treats) and get more serious about going back on the eating/exercise plan that we know works. I'll push back with the doctor this week and see what happens.


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2/24/15 11:00 P

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My rant is perimenopause. I used to sleep great, but since I started perimenopause I do not sleep well at all. I have trouble falling asleep and will wake up at the drop of a pin. I have to take sleep medication now, which I hate, but I need my sleep. All I can say is that I hope this goes away someday.

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Right now, it's being 9.5 months pregnant and not being able to get comfortable. When I finally do either the toddler wakes up or the husband starts breathing (it's not snoring, it's breathing) like a wind tunnel. Between his heavy loud breathing, the toddler waking up, and the snoring dog I'll be lucky if I get any sleep before Christmas!

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Thanks for the thoughts on diabetes. I am not diabetic, although my A1C was getting close before I lost a few pounds. I haven't been as careful about my diet with the move and the holidays, so now I am wondering if part of the problem is carbohydrate (sugar) intake. I do not eat a lot of sugar - no candy at all, only apples or occasionally berries in season. But we have had birthday cakes and holiday pies for awhile. I'll have to watch it. I appreciate your comments. Still, I think stress has a lot to do with it. I saw the cardiologist. We are going to do an over-night pulse-ox test; in fact, the technician should be delivering it within the next couple hours. Then I will have it on all night. I hope I can sleep all night so we get a valid test. I slept about 1-2 hours last night, then practically got shot out of bed with a crazy dream. Could not get back to sleep for about 4 hours. Finally fell back asleep and 2 hours later the phone rang. I have a standing morning date to talk to my sister in Baltimore every Thursday so she called. But I feel rested now. Wait until this afternoon and evening, though. I'll be half on my nose with fatigue. I hope you get more rest and I also hope we get more responses. Have a good day!

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2/12/15 11:22 A

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My rant is diabetes and chronic pain; but mostly diabetes!

Because my diabetes is not yet stable, my body reacts to the ups and downs of the insulin in my body. Right now my sleeping really is because of my diabetes, although I've always had trouble sleeping.

I do not have sleep apnea and I can fall asleep very easily. I just can't stay sleep!

Oh how I long to have a good night sleep, but so much is going on with my body, sleep eludes me. It's like diabetes just added another frustration on my already frustrating sleeping pattern!

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2/3/15 2:44 A

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Hi, I'm fairly new also. I just read an article (not on SP) that new guidelines are out from some Sleep Commission. They are recommending adults 65 and older get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Did these youngsters making these guidelines ever try to actually do it? I worked at a job until I turned 68. During the last 2 years I used an oxygen machine but not CPAP. I was lucky to get 5-6 hours of sleep a night but the machine never bothered me. During the last couple years I had a few nights of waking up in the middle of the night and not getting back to sleep but not too many. Then we moved to Oregon (from Colorado) and we had to deal with a time zone change and complete TV schedule change of our favorite programs and the news. My doctor said since I had lost 22 pounds and we were moving to sea level that I probably would not need the oxygen. Now I either cannot get to sleep (same as others report of being tired until they get into bed, then they are wide awake) or else I wake up about 3:30 a.m. and can't sleep. I have learned to get out of bed, make a cup (or 2) of some variety of chamomile tea, and read for awhile. I read non-fiction so I don't get interested in a story. At least now that I have retired I can sometimes get a little more sleep in the morning. After 2-3 nights of this I finally sleep through a whole night. Then it starts over. I'm going to see a new cardiologist in about a week and will ask about checking for sleep apnea again. So I repeat my rant: who are these younger people who have these visions of the rest of us sleeping through the night?

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Wife's cat plays with the cpap tubing or lays on my chest. Who knows why but she doesn't bother my wife.

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My pet rant, I arrive in bed finally ready to sleep, and hubby, who has been asleep for 2 hours already gets frisky and chases my sleepiness away for another two hours.

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Me too!

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I'm new here and I'm a long time insomnia sufferer, mainly because I have sleep apnea and that stupid machine keeps me awake all night! But if I don't use it I die - anyone else use these blasted machines?

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I'm normally an early riser. like 3:30 AM early. That way I can get stuff done (like exercise, do homework, etc). I also go to bed early (6:30/7:00) to ensure I can get enough sleep. I just wish I could not wake up half a dozen times and have it take so long to get back to sleep. I may be in bed 8 hours, but I know I'm lucky if I get half that in sleep.

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it's 1:15am, I'm on the computer, I'm tired...I should and will go to bed when finished writing this. But as soon as my head hits the pillow I'll be wide awake. When I FINALLY do get to sleep around 3am I'll get a good 2 hours before the cats start running and crashing around. They're 7 months old ... I can't wait until they settle down some. They got "fixed" over a month ago...when does it calm them down?! emoticon

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I am in a bit of a vicious cycle with my insomnia. I've had it for years and it runs in our family. I have gotten really bad about taking my laptop to bed. I know, I know, it's terrible sleep hygiene! It's just that everyone else is asleep and I am bored. And basically it has become a very bad habit.

My goal for the upcoming week is to just read a book instead of the computer. I will be out of town at a conference and I am hoping the change of environment will help me change this bad habit.

At any rate, I went to sleep about 4:30 last night and woke up at 8:30. I have soooo much to do today and I am tired and a bit cranky at the moment. emoticon

Thanks for letting me rant!

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Hi all I'm new to the group and wide awake right now. I don't know why as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm no longer sleepy. This is the third night in a row! I've dealt with sporadic bouts of insomnia in the past and I guess this is just another one.... ***sigh***

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I hear you. I decided not to take my medication today. A risky move, but worth it if I get to sleep tonight. If not taking my medication does not work, I will try taking melatonin after dinner tonight. That is what doctor recommended so it works by time I go to bed. Another doctor recommended an over the counter holistic medication that does not leave patient groggy, etc the next day. I have used the holistic meds before without side effects. Lack of sleep is the reason I am not losing weight bc when I slept more, I lost.



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Not sure what is the cause of all these sleepless nights and tired days, but it's a royal pain trying to function in a fog! I've tried going for walks, reading, no t.v. or computer after supper time, trying to find the right Rx for sleep!!

I caved and bought otc sleeping aids, they work but leave me groggy during the morning ~ so I keep taking them earlier in the evening. Hopefully at some point I'll find the right mixture to get some good sleep AND not tired during the daytime.

Hopefully some day we will all find the right solution. Tired AND over the hill...lol

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I could not stop sleeping from Xmas to April. When my doctor determined what was wrong with me, she prescribed medication. That is when I started sleeping like a normal person. I visited my daughter for a week in July, went to bed at 11-11:30 pm and woke at 6 am. I could not sleep for beans when I returned home. Either I fall asleep for an hour after dinner and up all night or I don't fall asleep until 4-5 am.

I swam laps for 1 1/2 hours and attended a concert yesterday. I was exhausted when I returned home, went to bed and wide awake. I took valium at 2 am, became tired, but could not sleep. So, I took a squig of codeine cough medication two hours later and slept until 2 pm. Then, I was too tired to do anything.

I am wondering if my insomnia is linked to where I live or retirement since I do not have problem when I visit my daughter in the desert.

I am always hot at night and sleep with chillow pillow and fan.

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@ ARIELHAY...I find that when I go through that, I have to stop any tv watching or internet about an hour before bedtime.

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@WANDS12...When u nap during the day, try making the room darker.

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I work a really odd shift and by night time am usually exhausted...once I get to sleep, if I get woken up? it takes me an hour and a half to get back to sleep. Also a terrible day sleeper...lay down for a two hour nap and spend an our and a half trying to get to sleep. UGH! Any suggestions?

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My rant.. One night I sleep, one night I don't. Its like my brain can't shut up and stop talking.


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What is it with sleep or lack of it? Sooo many people can't get their sleep pattern back ~ is it an age thing? When we do get a few good night sleep, what a difference but when we don't ~ oh my!! and yet I know a few people who 3 ~ 4 hours of sleep doesn't seem to have any difference on them. They get up and are raring to go! HA! I wish.

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I work nights and when I get home I have to fix breakfast/coffee and set out meds for my hubby and mother. Feed the cats, potty the dog, help my disabled husband dress for the day. I eat breakfast and finally get into bed. Then the dog barks, the phone rings, the doorbell rings, the cats wander in and the dog comes in for a hello. Finally get to sleep, and I have to pee. Most days I am lucky to get 5 hours sleep. Once I wake up I can rarely get back to sleep. Oh well, I do the best I can and I guess that will have to do.

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I have five children, ranging in age from 23 - 13. The youngest of which are twins with special needs; both have ADHD and one has Rett's Syndrome while the other has Pervasive Developmental Disorder. I have an husband who is self employed, so we run our own business. Couple that with the fact that I've been in bad health and that I write fantasy stories. And what do you get? One sleepless momma.

I can't turn it off. I am always stressing about the bills, the kids, school, doctors, hospitals, therapies, the older kids friends, their cars, and general lack of common sense. I am the solver of all problems both in the real world and the fictional. I spend the quiet time I'm suppose to be sleeping, puzzling out my next move, so this house acts like a well oiled but more than slightly abused machine.

I have taken to wearing a sleep mask and putting comedy specials on TV as I try to sleep just to quiet the many voices of "What-If'" in my head.

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My rant ... is at my seeming inability to say "goodnight" to myself and mean it. If I do turn off the light and try to sleep, I'll give it 10 minutes before I'm bored of "waiting" and will turn on my i-pad and play games sometimes until 2:30 - 3:30 (once, I even stayed up until 5:30) etc. Naturally - this throws off my next day's plans. I don't know if it's a deliberate sabotage or if I'm just truly not "feeling" like sleeping when it's time to.

Siggghhhh (*yawn*) sigh!

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Sleep? oh ya, that thing I use to be able to do fairly well...before I hit menopause emoticon Fall asleep, wake up, stay up for 2 ~ 3 hours and when it's time to get up, I'm falling back to sleep....drowsy all day long emoticon ...AND that's when I go off healthy eating emoticon

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Since my husband's diagnosis of incurable leukemia, I have been taking Cymbalta and Ambien. During one of the health crises, I asked for my Ambien prescription to be upped to 10 mg from 5 mg as when I don't sleep, I couldn't control my emotions or my eating from stress. Three years later, I tried to wean myself down and could not do so as I couldn't sleep at all. Due to problems with my doctor's office inability to fax to my prescription place even though they've done it a hundred times in ten years before, I am completely out of my Ambien prescription for the past 3 days. I find myself unable to fall asleep till 4 a.m., which gives me 2.5 hrs of sleep each night. How do I adjust until my prescription comes in the mail?????

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THEPKK - You and your son are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Bibliotekarz, something that helps for me sometimes it to simply get up and write down the things that are on my mind. It is almost like I have made a to do list and I know I will get it done, now that I have it on paper. I don't know if it will help you, but it might be worth a try.

What is done is done. I will not dwell on it. I will move on and learn from my past. I love myself.


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I fall asleep fine. I sleep for a bit but then I wake up (usually toddler related) and then the rest of the night I can feel the exhaustion, but I can't turn my brain off. I run through everything I need to do for say, the next 10 years, then feel overwhelmed that I'll never get it done b/c no one will help me and I'll have to do it all on my own (which, honestly, is not an exaggeration.)
I was doing fine, but the past 2-2.5 weeks it's back.

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My rant: almost every Sunday night, my sleep is #@@%#^ up. Not exactly sure why, but it's aggravating every $^#%$^# week.

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I am kinda new to this group. My rant is that I now think my insomnia is caused by RLS. My legs are jerking and kicking and feel like they are asleep (pins and needles sensation). It wakes me most nights about 1-2 am and I don't get back to sleep until 4-5 am. Any suggestions? I can't afford the doctors visit right now, I am laid-off of work and we are having to get a new car. Just dropped the transmission in my husbands vehicle... I am only getting about 4 hrs of sleep a night. HELP PLEASE!

What is done is done. I will not dwell on it. I will move on and learn from my past. I love myself.


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2:30 AM now and have been awake for an hour....catching up on SparkTeams, but it's not making me tired. I do thank the Sparkperson that recommended the flux website to change the color of my laptop screen so it is not bright blue light.

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Oh, sweet thing, I'm soooo sorry about your son. It is horrible to lose a child. I will pray for both of you right now. ... Amen. I've prayed that the Holy Ghost will be with both of you to comfort you and help you endure.

Luv you,
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P.S. I'm already a donor. I became one after losing my eldest son to Leukemia many years ago.

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I have my days and nights mixed up again. Tonight all I can do is worry and pray for my oldest son, Larry. He is in a hosptal in St Louis waiting on a liver for a transplant. He needs the whole thing. He a type 1 diabetic and it has ruined his liver. Now he is on a ventilator and dialysis machine. I am so scared of losing my son.. All we can do is pray for him now. If you pray please keep him in yours. And become a doner.

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I have had several night of 6 hours or less; hope I break that streak tonight. I am very irritated when I wake up at 5 or 6 a.m. after sleeping for so short a time. Oh well, I honestly felt pretty good today. emoticon

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Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."


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