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Horrible Insomnia

Anonymous
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I have a 3 year old and 15 month old. Since my youngest was 3 months I developed awful insomnia. I can't sleep without a sleep aid and I can't stay asleep. I always wake up through the night and can't sleep past 6 am. Has anyone had this happen to them? Docs put me on stupid antidepressant for anxiety but I'm not depressed or anxious. I just can't sleep! I don't drink coffee late I have a fan etc etc. I'm so at my wits end.
Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM
No one?!
Mishy2
by Michelle on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:41 AM
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 Oh no I hope you are able to get some sleep soon.


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fudgybuddymom
by Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM
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Have you tried a bath or shower before bed-a really hot as you can stand one? My daughter claims she can't go to sleep without either a shower or a bath(not both LOL). Is is perhaps you fear the little ones might wake up & you won't know it cause you are sleeping?  Do you drink soda or iced tea-both have caffeine in them or some sodas & teas have ginseng in them too that might keep you awake.Try reading a real boring book. These are things that have helped me. Although I do use meds for anxiety & depression at night & in the morning. Also check with your pharmacist or MD maybe the meds they are giving you have the opposite effect on you-some do if you don't have anxiety or depression. Also I recently gave up iced tea because even with meds I was not sleeping well.

silverthreads
by Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 8:12 AM
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Get a second medical opinion.  Have a set routine for bed every night and a consistent bedtime.  My niece drinks sleepytime tea every night and does deep breathing relaxation when she gets into bed.  I drink warm milk when I wake during the night which isn't too often any more (fingers crossed!).  I also keep a pad of paper and a pen near my bed so I can write down things that are going through my head and remember to address them in the morning.  GL! 

kidkrazyinAK
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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Try vitamin D...works wonders for me.

kidkrazyinAK
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Low D goofs up sleep.

Most of the neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems my patients have are not directly related to D hor­mone, they are related to the fact that D hor­mone defi­ciency causes sleep dis­or­ders; insom­nia, sleep apnea, REM related apnea, unex­plained awak­en­ings to light sleep, inap­pro­pri­ate body move­ments dur­ing sleep. All of these dis­or­ders keep us from heal­ing our bod­ies dur­ing sleep. When the sleep improves the headaches, seizures, tremor, back pain, bal­ance dif­fi­cul­ties, depres­sion, mem­ory loss, etc. all get bet­ter.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM
Vitamin D never thought about that, that makes sense! I'm always indoors, thanks!

Quoting kidkrazyinAK:

Low D goofs up sleep.

Most of the neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems my patients have are not directly related to D hor­mone, they are related to the fact that D hor­mone defi­ciency causes sleep dis­or­ders; insom­nia, sleep apnea, REM related apnea, unex­plained awak­en­ings to light sleep, inap­pro­pri­ate body move­ments dur­ing sleep. All of these dis­or­ders keep us from heal­ing our bod­ies dur­ing sleep. When the sleep improves the headaches, seizures, tremor, back pain, bal­ance dif­fi­cul­ties, depres­sion, mem­ory loss, etc. all get bet­ter.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM
Thanks so much for responding, I really appreciate it. All excellent advice, my insomnia is profound, no med works. I've tried teas and rituals and all that... It's very scary :(

Quoting silverthreads:

Get a second medical opinion.  Have a set routine for bed every night and a consistent bedtime.  My niece drinks sleepytime tea every night and does deep breathing relaxation when she gets into bed.  I drink warm milk when I wake during the night which isn't too often any more (fingers crossed!).  I also keep a pad of paper and a pen near my bed so I can write down things that are going through my head and remember to address them in the morning.  GL! 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM
Thanks so much, also all great advice. Never thought that perhaps they could have the opposite effect... Could be, thanks!

Quoting fudgybuddymom:

Have you tried a bath or shower before bed-a really hot as you can stand one? My daughter claims she can't go to sleep without either a shower or a bath(not both LOL). Is is perhaps you fear the little ones might wake up & you won't know it cause you are sleeping?  Do you drink soda or iced tea-both have caffeine in them or some sodas & teas have ginseng in them too that might keep you awake.Try reading a real boring book. These are things that have helped me. Although I do use meds for anxiety & depression at night & in the morning. Also check with your pharmacist or MD maybe the meds they are giving you have the opposite effect on you-some do if you don't have anxiety or depression. Also I recently gave up iced tea because even with meds I was not sleeping well.

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