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post #16 of 44
Ambien really does work. Go to your doctor.
post #17 of 44
My insomnia was fixed after I read this (unfortunately titled) book: http://www.amazon.com/Desperately-Se...1473122&sr=8-1 The other thing that helped me was refraining from alcohol consumption.
post #18 of 44
Maybe you should simply try another stronger medicine. I'm sure it will help you.

For example I drink special calming tea before sleeping.

But to be completely sure that new medication is safe for your body you should consult with a doctor.

By the way you can do it here
post #19 of 44
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Originally Posted by tagutcow View Post
I tried valerian and melatonin years ago, and found I developed tolerances to them very quickly. As in: they were only half as effective the second night I took them, and a quarter as effective the third, etc.

Like rayuela said, cut back on caffiene. Certainly, no caffiene after noon.

As for perscription drugs, I've had pretty good experiences with Trazadone. I've been taking it for maybe three years and it's still every effective. Whatever you do, avoid Zyprexa/Seroquel like the plague. Oh, and propofol as well.
Those are neuroleptics. No one should take them to sleep.
post #20 of 44
I can't say for everyone else but Ive found out a lot of my insomnia is from thinking too damn much, worrying over petty shit that I can't control. So a clear conscious helps me sleep a tad bit better.
post #21 of 44
Waking up in the middle of the night, for as much as an hour or two, is normal. Before electric light nearly all people did this. This habit should not lead you to think something is wrong with your sleeping habits. Get up and do something productive if you don't enjoy waiting for sleep to return. If you don't want to get out of bed, consider praying, talking, or fucking to pass the time.
post #22 of 44
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Originally Posted by coldarchon View Post
if you have chronic insomnia no medication will help you. you have to change your habits and learn how to relax. step one is to learn to relax your muscles in your face while you probably think about your day. step two is to create a rite and not to think about your day. step 3 is to fall asleep wiithout even thinking ..

She's right, I found out that I can't fall asleep easily or sleep for more than four or five hours if I don't maintain the proper evening habits when it comes to food and entertainment... I've also found that one drink and a proper doobie works wonders for relaxation.
post #23 of 44
Have sex with someone. Always works for me.
post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by cadillac37 View Post
Ambien really does work. Go to your doctor.

It's a band-aid. And it's not effective at helping you stay asleep.
post #25 of 44
xanax.
post #26 of 44
I take SleepWell and have no complaints about my sleeping.

Have you tried this medication?
post #27 of 44
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Originally Posted by tagutcow View Post
I tried valerian and melatonin years ago, and found I developed tolerances to them very quickly. As in: they were only half as effective the second night I took them, and a quarter as effective the third, etc.

Like rayuela said, cut back on caffiene. Certainly, no caffiene after noon.

I've had an opposite experience with valerian and melatonin. I've been on both sporadically yet steadily for quite a while now, and have not experienced any tolerance development. I take one pill of valerian and one to two mg's of melatonin and sleep like a baby. The melatonin puts me to sleep, and the valerian ensures a deep sleep.

Other than sleeping aids, I've had best results with cutting out caffeine after 4PM and by exercising hard throughout the day. Being naturally physically tired at the end of the day gives me the best rest.
post #28 of 44
Hey its 4:42am, I should be asleep...so maybe yeah I do.
I will say that Melatonin actually helps me alot. Gives me some awesome crazy dreams too, dont know why...
post #29 of 44
I had chronic insomnia for years throughout highschool, at the time regardless of exercise, relaxation, diet, I couldn't get over it. Really it was just one of those things that, over time, kind of went away on its own. Melatonin pills can help a lot, I still take one every now and then if I have a hard time falling asleep. The other great medication for insomnia that I have found is muscle relaxers, i.e. cyclobenzaprine(flexeril) or carisoprodol(somas). Muscle relaxers are really great for insomnia, at least they are for me, as they relax the body and can really help you fall asleep even if you just take them at night. They aren't narcotic like benzodiazepenes(xanax etc.) or painkillers or anything like that, so I have been to take them for years on and off without any dependency problems or physical side effects whatsoever. Oh and by the way fuck Ambien, that shit gives roughly 5-10% of the people who take it severe hallucinations, myself included, which is a side effect that they didn't even officially start listing until about five years ago.
post #30 of 44
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Originally Posted by Oxnard View Post
Muscle relaxers are really great for insomnia, at least they are for me, as they relax the body and can really help you fall asleep even if you just take them at night.

how was your experience with jacobson's progressive muscle relaxation?
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