Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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.
A crazy girl with a crazy horse