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    09-05-2013, 12:19 PM
  #31
Green Broke
Glad to hear that SOMETHING has worked, at least once. I wanted to add that I discovered Aspercreme this last year when I pulled the muscles around my left knee and the throbbing was interrupting my sleep. The rest of my family has tried it and liked it, too, and since it's topical it doesn't go through your liver.
You don't have to apologize when you drink. DH was taking wine when his gall bladder was failing, and the dr. Who talked to him right before he had taken out was CONVINCED that he was an alcoholic!
Btw, the Romans used to 1/2 and 1/2 their wine with water.
Cheering for you!! I'm sure that this thread will help a LOT of us, too. =D
     
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    09-05-2013, 12:26 PM
  #32
Trained
Last night was a great night, I slept IN A BED ALL NIGHT...well when I say I slept, I was tossing and turning but I stayed there and got a good chunk of uninterrupted sleep.

The recipe last night, chill out time before bed, meditation time when in bed, plus 200 mg ibuprofen, 1 T3 I found lurking in a bottle, Valerian and a sleeping pill...small glass of port.

I wonder if the T3 made a difference, it was the last one I have, I'll have to monitor the situation and decide.
     
    09-07-2013, 12:35 AM
  #33
Started
GH that is good news. Now repeat the success tomorrow night, and slowly slowly your body will start to remember what nighttime is about.

Night night!
     
    09-07-2013, 11:04 AM
  #34
Weanling
The foods we eat are the main culprit here, IMO. The best sleep I experience is when I cut out all cooked and processed foods and stick to eating plants in their raw forms. I sleep so deep when I'm eating 100% raw plant foods that I wake up in the same position as I feel asleep in. And the only tossing or turning I experience is when I've had too much water close to bedtime.

Not exactly as simple as tossing back a few melatonin, but the rewards of eating so healthy is repaid in spades.
     
    09-07-2013, 11:23 AM
  #35
Trained
Ughh thought I had it cracked, but last night was awful, definitely going back to the Doc next week, my one good night was when I had the T3, the brain now is convinced it can sleep, but the pain in my shoulder just keeps waking me up, and the dizziness is getting worse....
     
    09-07-2013, 05:04 PM
  #36
Showing
Have you considered sleeping in a hammock? An open weave hammock, vs parachute material, supports the body without creating pressure points. The hammock to which I refer does not have spreader bars. Those dump a person on the floor. I've been sleeping in a Mayan hammock for over 3 yrs. It cost about $80 in the door (mail order from US). I will not voluntarily go back to using a regular bed. One doesn't feel the urge to change positions so it makes for a better sleep. It takes 2 or 3 nights to get used to it. Mine is about 105" wide so I can lay almost crossways to flatten out.
     
    09-21-2013, 02:16 AM
  #37
Trained
Things are slowly improving as the sleep habit is being relearned.

Exercise is a fine balance, active enough to be tired, but not so much as to hurt to much.

Temperature appears to be very important, up until a couple of days ago it was having a fan on at night to keep some air movement, today I bought a comforter to go on my bed because it is now COLD up here, someone switched on fall without asking, I was still enjoying summer.

Sleeping pills do help, but I refuse to take them every night, because I don't want to get addicted to the **** things, so on for 2 or 3 then try a night or two without.

Booze helps, a glass of vodka, or a couple of red wine really helps, any more than that, then no it doesn't.

I bought some Melatonine today, I've read a lot that says they help, so if I can wean onto them all the better.

So yes, now sleeping every night in the bed, YEAH

Mainly waking up, being restless for a few minutes then dropping off again, no large blocks of waking anymore, touch wood, so patience, experimentation, keep trying and maybe you'll find an answer as well.
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    09-21-2013, 02:51 AM
  #38
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Fellow insomniacs, I really feel your pain. I cannot sleep at all without medication and/or alcohol. I know, that makes me sound like some prescription drug addict and alcoholic but the sleeplessness started before I started taking anything. I am not tired, my heart runs at more than twice its resting rate (so 110 rather than 54), and eventually I end up getting flooded with adrenaline and I feel very sick - but still can't sleep. I mean zero hours, zero minutes. I will go 4 days without sleep before I start cracking and beg a pill off my partner, who guards my medication due to my mental health issues. I am really not keen on the drugs I have to take, long-term use results in some very nasty side effects and they are very addictive. What I have ended up doing is staying awake a few days then popping a pill to at least manage some sleep.

I have tried warm milk, quiet music, silence, white noise, no technology after a set time, boring movies, slow books, changing my diet, bringing in a routine, staying awake til I'm tired (never get tired just sick), exercise, no exercise, herbal remedies...no joy. Even the pills now are taking longer and longer to kick in and I'm more likely to wake from them a few hours after, and remain awake. It is driving me (more) crazy.

I'm sorry I can't suggest anything useful except nasty pills. I'd exhaust every other option first, however. I take Valium and Seroquel (the latter probably won't be available to you, it's for people with bipolar or psychosis, and I qualify on both accounts). I try and alternate between them to prevent me building up too much of a tolerance and becoming dependent. Insomnia really is a miserable condition, I hope you all find a solution.
     
    09-21-2013, 05:11 AM
  #39
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Does anyone here use a sleep mask? I can sleep without mine, but it is like a shutoff switch for me. I can't lay there and stare at the wall or just lie with my eyes open. It is inconvenient to check the time or play with my phone, which unfortunately is my alarm clock. It is soft and comfortable. It is cloth, not nylon so it doesn't make any noise when I move my head or crinkle when I lay on it. It won't get bends or hard places. It fits me perfectly. It seems as soon as I put it on, my body and mind switch immediately to sleep mode. Unlike otherwise when it takes a little while to wind down.

It also blocks out all light. I got it initially because my boyfriend was playing games all night, and the light was keeping me from sleeping well. I felt it was a good compromise. I am a gamer too so I didn't want to say DON'T PLAY GAMES! I AM SLEEPING! Especially since he has a different sleep pattern than me. I also had to go to work so I needed my sleeps. He kept the volume low and I took care of the light. He got to play, I got to sleep. Win, win.

I can't help with the pain issue. I really hope you find something that works for you.
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    09-21-2013, 06:08 AM
  #40
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
Does anyone here use a sleep mask? I can sleep without mine, but it is like a shutoff switch for me. I can't lay there and stare at the wall or just lie with my eyes open. It is inconvenient to check the time or play with my phone, which unfortunately is my alarm clock. It is soft and comfortable. It is cloth, not nylon so it doesn't make any noise when I move my head or crinkle when I lay on it. It won't get bends or hard places. It fits me perfectly. It seems as soon as I put it on, my body and mind switch immediately to sleep mode. Unlike otherwise when it takes a little while to wind down.

It also blocks out all light. I got it initially because my boyfriend was playing games all night, and the light was keeping me from sleeping well. I felt it was a good compromise. I am a gamer too so I didn't want to say DON'T PLAY GAMES! I AM SLEEPING! Especially since he has a different sleep pattern than me. I also had to go to work so I needed my sleeps. He kept the volume low and I took care of the light. He got to play, I got to sleep. Win, win.

I can't help with the pain issue. I really hope you find something that works for you.
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I haven't tried one yet - I think I might invest in one. I had sleep issues a few years ago and found that a travel pillow helped a bit. But the sleep issues then weren't nearly as bad as now, it was more a matter of my sleep pattern being out (was tired during the day, awake at night). Now I'm never tired anymore. I assume it's a brain function problem, for a long time I never got hungry and would accidentally go 3-4 days without food without noticing, until I was incredibly weak. Now I'm hungry all the time but that's from the Seroquel. Unfortunately all the sleeplessness means I've lost nearly 20% of my bodyweight and am down to 40kg (88lb).

I just don't seem to have the usual switches most people have! Must have missed out in the line-up lol.
     

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