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Do You or DH/SO Ever Get Insomnia?

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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out of bed Do you or your DH/SO ever get insomnia? How bad and often? What do you  do to help  yourselves get some sleep? 

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earthangel1967
by YVONNE on Jan. 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM
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We both get insomnia. We both HAVE  to have  sound of  fan on every night even in winter (although I'm probably going to get us a nature sound machine too )   and..

Todd gets it occasionally and takes Melatonin and 1 Benadryl to help himself go to sleep. That usually works well for him. 

My insomnia is much more severe .... if untreated I have gone 2 and sometimes even 3 days and nights in a row with no sleep at all, even if I feel absolutely exhuasted like pass out tired and my body starts  to ache and my mind turns to mush, I forget everything I was just saying and doing and can't think or concentrate and start slurring my words and even THEN  I can't sleep, someone who didn't know me would think I was drunk or on drugs I get so bad...  it's  pretty  torturous.. 

For me I have to take prescription Ambien every single night, and Melatonin. Usually that is enough but sometimes its not, then I have to drink sleepytime chamomile/valerian root teas, and take a prescription  Klonopin OR ... 1 or 2 Benadryl with that other stuff. I try not to do that unless emergency.(my dr doesnt love that but is aware).

In December we invested in an amazingly awesome massage chair for our bedroom that massages our feet, calves, butt, full spine and neck for 15 minute sessions and we are so glad we did because now we are able to take less meds and stuff because we found that when we each get a 15 min massage before bed we each fall sound asleep during the massage EVERY single time! Then when the chair turns off automatically, the sudden stop of motion wakes us up  enough to plop ourselves from the chair into the bed a foot away and fall right back to sleep. YAYYYY   

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MrsImperfect
by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 8:51 AM
I do real bad. I have to take melatonin and even that doesn't help sometimes. I've had sleep problems for many years. Some months are better than others. I can go days without sleep or just a few hours. And it's never a deep sleep. I have looked into certain vitamins and found that the B vitamins and magnesium are good for sleep. I do notice when I don't take my supplements I don't sleep well. My husband works 10 hour days of hard labor so he has no trouble sleeping lol.
Krysden
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I don't know what your diet is like, but for some people artificial food dyes can cause problems with sleep.   There are TONS of possible symptoms of artifical food dye sensitivity.   One person may just have one symptom, another person may have 10+ symptoms.   Crazy stuff.  Anyway, just wanted to share in case it might be helpful.  :)

Quoting earthangel1967:

We both get insomnia. We both HAVE  to have  sound of  fan on every night even in winter (although I'm probably going to get us a nature sound machine too )   and..

Todd gets it occasionally and takes Melatonin and 1 Benadryl to help himself go to sleep. That usually works well for him. 

My insomnia is much more severe .... if untreated I have gone 2 and sometimes even 3 days and nights in a row with no sleep at all, even if I feel absolutely exhuasted like pass out tired and my body starts  to ache and my mind turns to mush, I forget everything I was just saying and doing and can't think or concentrate and start slurring my words and even THEN  I can't sleep, someone who didn't know me would think I was drunk or on drugs I get so bad...  it's  pretty  torturous.. 

For me I have to take prescription Ambien every single night, and Melatonin. Usually that is enough but sometimes its not, then I have to drink sleepytime chamomile/valerian root teas, and take a prescription  Klonopin OR ... 1 or 2 Benadryl with that other stuff. I try not to do that unless emergency.(my dr doesnt love that but is aware).

In December we invested in an amazingly awesome massage chair for our bedroom that massages our feet, calves, butt, full spine and neck for 15 minute sessions and we are so glad we did because now we are able to take less meds and stuff because we found that when we each get a 15 min massage before bed we each fall sound asleep during the massage EVERY single time! Then when the chair turns off automatically, the sudden stop of motion wakes us up  enough to plop ourselves from the chair into the bed a foot away and fall right back to sleep. YAYYYY   


Saharra
by Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Him not so much. I do though. Usually around this time of year. I end up going to be at 11, and I'm up before 4. I lay in bed till 4:30. Tossing and turning. Then I get up to use the bathroom and go back and toss and turn. Then I give up and and up before 6.

The problem with me is that I can go to sleep at night. I just can't STAY asleep. I went I see a sleep specialist and they suggested narcolepsy, but people have been watching me since then to see if I seem to fall asleep and I don't. And I am on the roads quite often.
I'm just weird! Lol.
MagicTemptation
by Christina on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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I have insomnia bad. For me to go to sleep, I usually take 4 goodys pm and 5 unisoms. Not healthy I know. But the meds my doctor had me own have had to more than quadtruple to get me to fall asleep. I've been like this since I was 12.

BonitaM
by Ruby Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

DH does sometimes but not very often at all.  I do when I'm super stressed out or excited about something.  I have a very low adrenaline level so it's almost all the time. lol  I haven't been able to sleep properly since I found out I was going to be going to Montreal in November.  I go from sheer excitement, can't wait to get there, need to google absolutely everything about Montreal; to OMG...this is happening, what if I miss my flight, what if something goes wrong, do I have enough money, do I have all the right papers, what about my passport, how am I going to get back, etc. lol   It will probably be several months before I can sleep properly again.  The thing that works best for me is masturbating til I just pass out.  It calms my nerves, feels good, and makes me very sleepy.  Sorry for the TMI but it really works great.

Sunshine257
by on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM
My dh did till he lost his job. Thank god he gets good sleep now. He would wake up every hour on the hour. He would sometimes go days with only two hours of sleep. I hated to see him suffer like that. It was because he had a day shift then night shift. It messed up his internal clock.
earthangel1967
by YVONNE on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Todd works 12 or more hours a night and occasionally STILL has trouble with insomnia and we both take lots of vitamins and supplments (I also take additional magnesium for anxiety disorder and migraines which it DOES help that)... but we are also both bipolar and even though well balanced emotionally mentally on our prescriptions once in a while the manic insomnia symptom sneaks thru I guess. 

Quoting MrsImperfect: I do real bad. I have to take melatonin and even that doesn't help sometimes. I've had sleep problems for many years. Some months are better than others. I can go days without sleep or just a few hours. And it's never a deep sleep. I have looked into certain vitamins and found that the B vitamins and magnesium are good for sleep. I do notice when I don't take my supplements I don't sleep well. My husband works 10 hour days of hard labor so he has no trouble sleeping lol.


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earthangel1967
by YVONNE on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Thank you and I believe that completely but for Todd and I that is for sure not "it". Our dr says we eat healthier and stricter than even any nutritionist or dr she knows. The only time we eat ANYTHING that  even MIGHT have artificial colors is on a major holiday (because we let ourselves be "bad " and indulgent a handful of times a year on major holidays lol) ALL the rest of the time we have NO processed foods in our house, nothing with artificial anything, nothing with even hidden sugars like ketchup, bbq sauce, mayo, yogurt, milk etc.... etc.. no grains or flours or refined carbs. I eat salmon and tilapia pretty much every day (plain baked) low carb low starch veggies, teas, especially green  tea, oolong tea, yerba mate tea and herbal teas (no caffeine for many many hours before bedtime.). Occasionally eat baked chicken or turkey but not very often and only eat red meat once in  a great while when out on dinner date but even then often get chicken  or salmon. We shop the outer perimeters of the grocery store and get very little  from middle aisles like water, tea, canned veggies, but not much else.  (we are bipolar and while very very well balanced emotionally and mentally on our prescriptions I think sometimes the manic symptom of insomnia sneaks thru and in  my case I also have severe anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia can be caused from either one of those  too so that's why I think I get hit more often and harder.. Dr. agrees.)

sickthrowing upPS I have not been able to have even a HINT of specifically red #40 food dye since I was a little kid, if I did, when I was a kid I would break out in  giant overlapping hives all over my entire body. Then if I had any even a hint of it accidentally as an adult within 15 min  or  less I  would realize OOPS must have had red #40 in  it because I  would get migraine from HELL  that would not go away no matter what I did and I would repeatedly vomit so bad and often I would  end up in ER on IVS and oxgyen  and narcotic pain killers and anti nausea meds - dehydrated hours within taking  it.  Drs told me i am not the only one who reacts that way to red #40 either and he said it is made of coal tar which shouldnt be in food in the first place and people like me who react so severely so therefore carefully avoid it are luckier than the people who dont have obvious reaction so poiison their bodies with it who knows how often causing who knows what kind of serious or long term damage over time. 

Quoting Krysden:

I don't know what your diet is like, but for some people artificial food dyes can cause problems with sleep.   There are TONS of possible symptoms of artifical food dye sensitivity.   One person may just have one symptom, another person may have 10+ symptoms.   Crazy stuff.  Anyway, just wanted to share in case it might be helpful.  :)

Quoting earthangel1967:

We both get insomnia. We both HAVE  to have  sound of  fan on every night even in winter (although I'm probably going to get us a nature sound machine too )   and..

Todd gets it occasionally and takes Melatonin and 1 Benadryl to help himself go to sleep. That usually works well for him. 

My insomnia is much more severe .... if untreated I have gone 2 and sometimes even 3 days and nights in a row with no sleep at all, even if I feel absolutely exhuasted like pass out tired and my body starts  to ache and my mind turns to mush, I forget everything I was just saying and doing and can't think or concentrate and start slurring my words and even THEN  I can't sleep, someone who didn't know me would think I was drunk or on drugs I get so bad...  it's  pretty  torturous.. 

For me I have to take prescription Ambien every single night, and Melatonin. Usually that is enough but sometimes its not, then I have to drink sleepytime chamomile/valerian root teas, and take a prescription  Klonopin OR ... 1 or 2 Benadryl with that other stuff. I try not to do that unless emergency.(my dr doesnt love that but is aware).

In December we invested in an amazingly awesome massage chair for our bedroom that massages our feet, calves, butt, full spine and neck for 15 minute sessions and we are so glad we did because now we are able to take less meds and stuff because we found that when we each get a 15 min massage before bed we each fall sound asleep during the massage EVERY single time! Then when the chair turns off automatically, the sudden stop of motion wakes us up  enough to plop ourselves from the chair into the bed a foot away and fall right back to sleep. YAYYYY   



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committed4ever
by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM
I get bouts of it but usually I just grab my kindle and read or surf the net and I'm out again. My DH sleep like a log as long as I'm in bed with him. He wakes up when I get up to nurse
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