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9/11/12 11:27 A

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I understand your fear about taking a sleep aid. I have medication anxiety in general. Nothing is predictable or seems to agree. However, I do agree with the suggestion that before taking anything you discuss it with your Dr, Quite some time ago, I compared ingredients of the over-the counter sleep aids. They all had the same main ingredient-what we know as benedryl.
I have taken it in the past therapeutically, and it worked well. Sometimes I will take a small dose of the children's version and it helps. I have taken many of what others have suggested which works for them We are all different. However, whether you choose to take medications or not, I would suggest measures to enhance your sleep. Some ideas can be found on the boards. It is such an important part of health that you may discuss this with your healthcare team.
I hope you resolve your issues soon and will be getting the rest you need. emoticon

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9/11/12 10:41 A

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Vick's ZzzQuil is a great new sleep aid that works pretty well for me most nights. I also use Tylenol PM sometimes to help with any pain or headaches.

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7/30/12 6:26 A

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I have tried different sleep aids. Right now I have Ambien. It makes me sleep late in the morning. But I do sleep.

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7/26/12 12:36 P

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My doctor recommended that I take Melatonin about 30 min before bed. It has really helped me a lot, both in getting to sleep and usually staying asleep. If I'm having pain, I'll add a Tylenol PM (but only if I know I'm going to be able to sleep 8 hours, or I regret it the next day). Another thing that has helped me in the past when I've woken up is Midnight--can usually get it at the grocery store.

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7/12/12 4:34 A

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Well done how did you do it?

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7/8/12 11:40 P

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7/7/12 12:07 P

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Wow, sounds like a good night!

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Great news!!! To bed at 10 pm last night, woke up after sleeping straight through at ... 645 am!!!!!! emoticon

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7/4/12 9:21 P

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Welcome. Good luck.

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7/4/12 2:16 P

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I would say talking to your doctor would be best before taking meds, especially because you are on them for other things and there could be complications mixing things without your doctor knowing to help prevent other issues.

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I understand your concerns about sleep medications. You are correct that there are many alternatives to sleep medications. The milk was a great idea, however, as you know, the alchol, as a stimulate counteracts a bit. I think you are on track when you speak of conferring with your treatment team. You may want to read some of the Spark articles for ideas. However, for the short term, I have learned that almost every over the counter sleep aid has benedryl as the main ingredient. In fact, when I take it for allergies I often sleep better. The down side of course is it is short term. However, sometimes a few hours of good sleep is better than none at all.
I hope you find something which works. If you continue to have problems make that appointment soon.
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Since I started working out and tracking everything on Spark, I haven't been able to get to sleep. I'm a night owl anyway, and I rise early. Usually, 6 hours is more than enough sleep for me. But now I find myself unable to sleep and look at the clock only to discover, it's 345 am! I have to be up at 615 every morning, so this cannot go on! I thought exercising would make me tired, especially since I do it in the morning. I wonder if I should move my routine to the evening??? I just don't want to waste all the benefits of exercise that I think extend throughout the day. I had a hysterectomy a couple years ago. The night sweats, day sweats, all over sweats were so miserable I decided to take Premarin. I really didn't want to add to my growing list of medications, but I was miserable and edgy. I only occasionally have them now, but the other meds I'm on for HBP and Cholesterol, RA, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Potassium, D6, ... AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!! The list just keeps growing! I will give it another couple of days, but then I'm going to ask my doctor about some kind of help. Last night I got and made a warm glass of nonfat milk and added an oz. of Kahlua. I know I shouldn't make things worse by drinking at 2 in the morning, but I didn't know what else to do. That Kahlua drink added over 300 calories to my day! Bummer...

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