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Old 12-12-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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Insomniacs anyone?

What do you do in the middle of the night to soothe yourself to sleep? I, personally, try to avoid the TV or computer, because, well face it, I'm unlikely to fall asleep with those. To me it is a glass of water and a book, but still, it might be hours before I fall back asleep again. It is, at this point in my life, not a big deal. I don't have to get up in the morning and go to sleep. I pretty much gave up on my insomnia decade ago; or I guess I should say came to terms with it. Most of my friends who only learned about insomnia during menopause are driving me nuts telling me how horrible it is.

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Old 12-12-2010, 12:54 AM   #2
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What do you do in the middle of the night to soothe yourself to sleep? I, personally, try to avoid the TV or computer, because, well face it, I'm unlikely to fall asleep with those. To me it is a glass of water and a book, but still, it might be hours before I fall back asleep again. It is, at this point in my life, not a big deal. I don't have to get up in the morning and go to sleep. I pretty much gave up on my insomnia decade ago; or I guess, I should say came to terms with it. Most of my friends who only learned about insomnia during menopause are driving me nuts telling me how horrible it is.
I've been an insomniac as long as I can remember, the only time I got a good night's sleep was after not sleeping for 2 nights. I'm in the middle of peri-menopause, my insomnia has gotten worse. Even more now that I've switched to a semi-dayshift schedule off of nights for 11 years.

About 9 years ago, I started taking melatonin and it has been effective in making me drowsy, but I still wake up 2-3 times a night. Even more now that the heat has been turned up.

So, my ritual is...an hour before bed take my melatonin and read until it's time for bed. Then I slep for about 6 hours, off and on.
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Not much of a problem for me, now that I'm not having the "personal tropical vacations" any more If I do wake up and can't fall asleep, I read some more.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:21 AM   #4
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I wake most nights, when my back gets uncomfortable so I just get up and check in on DC, then read. I watch Animal Planet's Orangutan Island at 5am and Escape to Chimp Edem at 5:30, then usually go back to sleep for a couple of hours.

This morning my back was feeling okay, but the neighbors decided to have a talk-a-thon next door, so I knew I wouldn't get back to sleep anyway. No biggie, I've got coffee and the last 75 pages of Scarpetta Factor to read.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #5
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When I was a kid, my mother insisted I stay in bed all night, no matter what. I realized what a good policy that was when I was up at 3 a.m. and found my 3 year old niece wandering the house .... in Florida, and I had a swimming pool! Scared me silly, made me glad for once that I was an insomniac (it wouldn't be beyond this child to take a moonlight swim). Instituted the rule that no one under age 10 could stay overnight.

But ... it took until I was almost 30 to realize, hey, if I can't sleep, I don't have to lie there watching the ceiling and the clock. I find I get a "nap" in just before sunrise if I get up and do something boring (this time of year, laundry fits the bill), then cuddle up in my lazy boy with my verilux lamp and a book. My librarians wonder how I can possibly read 3-4 books a week! Ha-ha, give up sleeping!
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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i have had problems sleeping all my life. well , except in teen years. reading doesn't do it or t.v. mostly now i wake up in the wee hours to go to the bathroom. i smoke a cig. and go back to bed. usually fall back to sleep. if i stay up til after 11 i have a better chance of falling asleep right away. i hate it but have just learned to live with it. especially since i don't have to get up til i feel like it, now that i no longer work outside the home.
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I'm insomniacs.... but i'm french, so i can go to sleep at 5PM (US time :p)
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i googled melatonin. mayo clinic says should not be taken if you take diabetic meds. or meds for depression. that is me on both counts. though the psych. drugs are for pstd. so guess that leaves me out.
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i googled melatonin. mayo clinic says should not be taken if you take diabetic meds. or meds for depression. that is me on both counts. though the psych. drugs are for pstd. so guess that leaves me out.
Hmm, thanks for that info, Babe! I better Google drug interactions with melatonin.
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