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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,
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    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
    3110 days ago
  • DELBY68
    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..

    3120 days ago
    turkey is actually not bad if your getting the white meat.
    3121 days ago
    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!
    3122 days ago
    It sounds to me like you might have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor about taking a sleep test.
    3122 days ago
    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.
    3122 days ago
    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.
    3122 days ago
    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.
    3122 days ago
    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!

    3122 days ago
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