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    Insomnia --- here we go again.

    I think I remember a insomnia thread awhile back. But I'm too lazy to search for it. But I am wide awake imagine that. Anybody else ever get insomnia and if so how do you deal with it?

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    Take 6mg Melatonin or get a prescription for Ambien. However, use Ambien ONLY as a last resort. It's kinda dangerous but it really works well when you need it to.
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    I worked a grave yard shift for ten years. I can now sleep anywhere, anytime and i am usually out cold before my head even hits the pillow.

    So... easy solution as long as you are ok with ten years of "set up" for the fix. =P


    Note: Crap i had to do to train my self to sleep during the day. Exercise my ass off after my shift so i would be exhausted when i got home. ZERO caffeine after my shift started (i still do this, wake up coffee and before work = ok). Face your alarm clock away from you while sleeping, it does not matter how much time you have left or what time it is.
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    I shut my mind down from those thoughts that can keep me awake by running thru a good downhill ride in my head. I still have to make it all the way down...
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    Been there...

    Rare for me to get into "night phase" where I can't fall asleep these days. More often, I'll wake up at the exact same time every night for a week or two (3:33 in the morning or some other bizarre time). In past years I'd go for weeks not sleeping well.

    I'd try less drastic / more natural approaches than Ambien and Lunesta (some dangerous stuff and definitely not a long term solution)

    If you haven't tried melatonin, start with a very low dose (like 1-2 mg)
    Avoid alcohol at night and caffeine after ~1 PM
    Stay away from computers and TV a couple of hours before crashing
    Exercise in the evening can rev you up too much
    Try doing without spicy foods, big meals and sugar from dinner time onward

    I find it helpful reading something unrelated to work before I go to bed.

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    Be wary of Melatonin dosage. Studies are being done that show doses above even 2.0 become counterproductive... You can google it...

    I wholly recommend the following: "Say Goodnight to Insomnia" by Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.

    Back in July, I was waking up in the middle of the night, several times, with a head full of "spaghetti" - as best as I can describe.... racing thoughts, etc... bordering on panic. I felt horrible during the day and was in tough shape. I even went to get sleep studies, and went to a psychiatrist.

    With a bit of sleep apnea, sleep meds are out - for obvious reasons.... I was given psych meds to remove the "spaghetti", and that helped. Seeing a sleep therapist pointed me to the above book, and now, when I wake up, i usually fall back to sleep, using any of the methods in the book... And I only take the meds if I have had a few "bad nights", which are few and far between.

    Insomnia is triggered in mant folks due to an event or events. Usually stressors. Sometimes you may suffer through if the events pass, but if you can't remove them, you may need external help for a while, i.e. meds.

    I recommend seeing a sleep therapist and/or a psychiatrist, depending on how bad you are suffering. Those were the two best moves I made. Get the book, and give it a chance! And good luck, I empathize with you!

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    I was reading through this thread last night and I dozed off. What was the question again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iCollector View Post

    With a bit of sleep apnea, sleep meds are out - for obvious reasons....
    Depends on the sleep aid. Ambien is a hypnotic, so it's not contraindicated with those that have sleep apnea. I have sleep apnea and I've been taking it intermittently for years. But like others have said, it's not a long term solution for chronic insomnia.



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    Melatonin helps me to get to sleep when I suffer but does nothing to keep you asleep.

    Ambien knocks me out good but i wake up in the morning to my GF telling me i was in the front yard nekid with a chain saw trimming our trees at 3am... sure nuf, branches everywhere... but i did a good job. No mas Ambien for me.

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    Insomnia --- here we go again.

    Two Flexerils and a stiff shot of Jack. I'll go to bed Friday night and wake up late Sunday afternoon.
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    Unisom.
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    Insomnia --- here we go again.

    Trader joes has a really low dose melatonin for less than those vitamin places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    Unisom.
    Unisom and most OTC sleep aids have diphenhydramine, AKA Benedryl as their active ingredient. Just buy a big bottle of the generic stuff and save a few bucks.

    Speaking of insomnia, I got home from work at 1 and I'm not remotely tired.


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    Usually, when I go on a rigorous mountain bike ride, I have no problems getting to sleep the following night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Take 6mg Melatonin or get a prescription for Ambien. However, use Ambien ONLY as a last resort. It's kinda dangerous but it really works well when you need it to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
    Livin the American dream. Getting hooked on prescription drugs.
    Lick my ______!

    Oh, I've heard that bong tokes make you sleepy, too.
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    the peeper ain't flapping its lid...

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    [QUOTE=singlesprocket;10693527]the peeper ain't flapping its lid...

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    Do you look at the clock when you wake up in the middle of the night? I used to look and see what time it was and then I realized if it was like 3am I would get pissed at myself for waking up and that would make it hard to fall back asleep, if it was close to the time to get up I would just say screw it and get up. Now if I wake up I don't look at the clock, I just lay there not thinking about anything and can usually fall back asleep. On the rare occasion that doesn't work, like I said I take a Unisom the next night and sleep well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Lick my ______!

    Oh, I've heard that bong tokes make you sleepy, too.
    Cheers for the offer but a little to tangy for my liking cheers mate. Murca Somma b1tch!

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