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Old 08-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #21
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I take 50mg of over the counter sleep aid (Diphenhydamine) every night and it works like a charm. It's actually Benadril, (only cheaper) and also what's in Tylenol PM without the Tylenol. I've used it for years. I stay asleep for eight hours and wake up without any side affects.
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #22
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I take 50mg of over the counter sleep aid (Diphenhydamine) every night and it works like a charm. It's actually Benadril, (only cheaper) and also what's in Tylenol PM without the Tylenol. I've used it for years. I stay asleep for eight hours and wake up without any side affects.
Diphenhydamine is just and antihistamine and most over the counter sleep aids contain a form of it. Any antihistamine will work since it just causes drowsiness and basically knocks you out but I wouldn't use it long term without consulting a Dr first.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:38 PM   #23
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Antihistamines, especially those inhaled, can become habit forming. Be careful with any kind of drug, be it alcohol, antihistamine, or whatever. Every one of them can harm the body, or so says my doctor.

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Old 08-05-2011, 06:50 PM   #24
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thanks for all of tge replies, everyone.

i appreciate the advice about medicines, but i'm trying to avoid using pills. i took ambien for a while until i realized how much fun it was with a beer. like drinking a case, but without the bug gut.

in the words of the late ms. winehouse, "noooo, no, no".
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:07 PM   #25
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the last two or three nights , i have not used my advair inhaler. doesn't say sleeplessness is a side effect. however i have slept fine for three nights. it was prescribed over a year ago when i was so ill. i don't think i need it twice a day anymore. i will ask dr. of course. since the debacle involving two meds. last year i am suspicious of all meds. i drop what i can.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:38 PM   #26
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BT, I, too, have a problem waking up after a while. Sometimes several times a night I wake up and never know if something woke me up or I just awakened. I have some of the sleepy time tea and will see if it keeps me sleeping tonight. We eat dinner early so as not to have anything heavy on the stomach. Dh can fall asleep in his chair, sleep for hrs, go to bed and sleep like a log. I don't dare take a nap during the day for fear of not being able to sleep at night.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:00 PM   #27
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BT, I, too, have a problem waking up after a while. Sometimes several times a night I wake up and never know if something woke me up or I just awakened. I have some of the sleepy time tea and will see if it keeps me sleeping tonight. We eat dinner early so as not to have anything heavy on the stomach. Dh can fall asleep in his chair, sleep for hrs, go to bed and sleep like a log. I don't dare take a nap during the day for fear of not being able to sleep at night.
Have you ever had a sleep study done to test for things like sleep apnea and night twitches (don't know the technical term for that one). Some people will quit breathing momentarily in their sleep or will get strong muscle twitches that cause usually the legs but sometimes the arms to jerk/spasm. The sleeper often doesn't know it's happening but it's enough to wake them up. I believe there are treatments for both so it might be worth checking into.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:16 PM   #28
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My Grandmothers doctor prescribed her 2 shots of brandy before bed and she lived to 96. Just sayin!
Brandy always did it for me, too, but can't have it now because of ulcers. I like Christian Brothers...it's smooth and reasonably priced.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:06 AM   #29
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Yes, I've had a sleep study. The only thing they found was that if sleep on my back I don't sleep well. I don't sleep on my back anyway. Tonight has been a good example of how bad I sleep. I was awake probably 6 or 7 times and finally decided to get up and read. That will help me to at least get a nap. The whole night has been like a series of naps.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:20 AM   #30
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I had a sleep study and found I have sleep apnea. I was put on a CPAP machine. It is a pain in the butt, but you get used to it.
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