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Posted 05 May 2003 - 05:04 PM

Well it has taken me along time to gain some control over my sleeping patterns,  started using relaxation tapes, when i was 15 it took a long time for me to do it, but considering i dont have to take any drugs its great. All it is, is controled breathing and focused relaxation.  Works for me most of the time "most".

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Posted 22 October 2001 - 06:34 PM

(((hugs))) I, myself have found that good ol' over the counter works wonders at times also, but you just have to be in a relaxed state of mind for them to work. My friend takes those tylenol PM's and they knocked me out one night, though i took 4. I woke up feeling pretty darn good...dont have a clue if this helps but hey its a thought.:):)

Take care hun..

Donna =)

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Posted 23 October 2001 - 06:28 AM


One of the sleep aids I am currently taking is Tylenol PM. I only take one gelcap since taking two pills leave me feeling like a 'zombie' in the morning. Reading a book before going to bed also helps.

I hope you're able to find a remedy that helps.

Take Care,

Little Sunshine

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Posted 23 October 2001 - 07:55 PM

I havent really had too many problems sleeping, unless I have too much caffiene before I go to bed. I just wanted to wish you the best in finding what works for you. It's more of a trial and error thing. Maybe speak to your concellor / psych it may help, when you are relaxed you tend to sleep better. One other suggestion I have is that when I cant sleep, I exercise heaps during the day, it helps clear the mind and also can help you get your much needed rest.

Best of Luck Lis

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Posted 23 April 2002 - 05:13 PM


I have ALOT of trouble sleeping too. My Doctor prescribed a sleeping pill called Imovane (generic name: Zopiclone). I love this shit!!! I take it an hour before I want to be sleeping. It slowly relaxes you, until you feel kinda 'high', really...but that's not always a bad thing. It's a nice high. ;) In the morning, when I first get up I feel a little tired, but not groggy (depending on how much of the pill I took the night before. I usually only take half, or a quarter and leave myself about 7-8 hours of sleep. Remarkeably, this pill has it's own alarm clock (so it seems). I usually wake up EXACTLY 8 hours later. The sleepiness (NOT grogginess) usually wears off by the time I've finished my cup of coffee.

The only thing I hate about it is, if I take half a pill (which is almost always-AND PLENTY) it tastes like I've been licking a battery. So, swallow fast! It tends to last a bit the next day...but it does fade. It usually wears off in the afternoon...OR, as soon as you crack a beer! --> (kidding)

Hope that helps, honey...I strongly recommend it.

(Edited by Trinity at 7:16 pm on April 23, 2002)

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Posted 26 July 2002 - 07:07 PM

If I can't sleep I always take Nytol, It helps you go to sleep the Nyquil does except you don't have to be sick to take it.

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Posted 15 August 2002 - 05:01 PM

I take remeron at bedtime to stop the nightmares and nightime anxiety. During the day I take paxil for depression. Sometimes I still need extra help so I add excedrin pm (even though the doctor said not to). The remeron really helps. My husband noticed the difference in my sleeping immediately. I sleep through the night now and rarely have bad dreams.

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Posted 07 March 2003 - 11:23 PM

I've had good luck with Tylenol Simply Sleep for the occasional nights that I can't sleep more than usual.  It's the same stuff as Tylenol PM, except that it doesn't have the pain/fever reduce part in it (the "Tylenol", if you will).  They're in little packs for twos, which is good because they're all wrapped and I can throw a couple in if I'm going overnight somewhere and afriad I won't sleep.  I usually only take one, which works fine for me.

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Posted 05 May 2003 - 02:03 PM

I've used Trazadone and it works great for me.  You have to make sure to devote a full 8 hours to sleep otherwise it makes me really sleepy and groggy, but if I get at least 8 hours, I'm really alert, happy and well rested.  It is also an antidepressant so it kills two birds with one stone. :)  Good luck!

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Posted 22 October 2001 - 07:35 PM

Oops, I totally missed that you had said you had tried valerian and that it didn't work and thats what I suggested. Sorry!

(Edited by Star at 10:37 pm on Oct. 22, 2001)

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Posted 23 October 2001 - 07:13 AM


I take temazapan, which does work Although,i do feel sleepy during the day, but i don't know if that has anything to do with it cause i'm like that if i don't take them as well only worse.
Also try putting some lavener oil on your pillow when you go to bed (just a few drops) the subtle smell helps you relax therfore helping you to sleep a little better :)
Hope this helps


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Posted 23 October 2001 - 01:27 PM


I wish I could offer an idea, but I can't use any of them for fear that I won't be able to look after my kids. I just wanted to wish you luck and to say that I hope you're able to find something that'll work for you.

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Posted 24 October 2001 - 03:51 AM

Hey Lis,

I haven't taken anything for years, but years ago I tried Chloral hydrate which I don't even know if they prescribe anymore. It worked okay, though. I tried periactin which didn't do much good at all. I also was on restoril, but it gives you a hangover type feeling. I also tried trazadone which didn't help at all. I don't like pills so I usually just put up with not sleeping. Eventually I get exhausted enough to sleep ;) I hope you find relief soon! Take gentle care, Rain

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Posted 29 April 2002 - 11:24 PM

Children's Benadryl -it's 1/2 the dose of 1 tylonal PM- 12.5 mg of dyphenhydromine.  Doesn't knock you out nearly as much and it works faster b/c they disolve in your mouth rather than a pill. Hope that helps

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Posted 08 August 2002 - 05:54 PM

I have an awesome psychiatrist who understands that I am extremely sensitive to medications.  Insomnia has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but now I take a great medication for it - Neurontin - originally prescribed for epilepsy but now widely used for many other illnesses.  The great thing about it is that it is also a mood stablizer and the body metabolizes it very quickly - there don't seem to be reactions with anything else, I get a very restful sleep and wake up without feeling groggy at all because it has worn off by then.  I also have the option of taking a small dosage during the day to combat the severe anxiety symptoms I get sometimes.  I also take Effexor XR for panic/anxiety, but still had trouble sleeping (as always).

Good Luck,

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