Problems sleeping

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Problems sleeping
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Wed, 01-23-2013 - 11:55am

I have so much trouble sleeping and wondered if anyone here had some tips. I am usually tired when I go to bed but It sometimes takes hours for me to get to sleep. I get comfortable then within about 5 minutes I have to change positions. It's constant flipping and flopping for one reason or another. I thought about talking to the doctor about a sleep aid but I don't really want to get started on anything. I've heard the side affects are horrible. Can anyone help me?

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Registered: 02-10-2012
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 3:25pm

I can't remember which one, but saw sleeping tips on a talk show last week. They said that you want to have no stimulation for about an hour before going to bed (no TV, reading, iPad, etc.). They also suggested turning down the temp of your house for the night by 10 degrees, so it's in the low 60s. I seem to recall a suggestion to do relation exercises, sort of like yoga or meditation. Do you think your bed is too hard? You might try adding in a foam pad to soften it up.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 12:36pm
I agree about no stimulation before bedtime. If you don't want to take anything before going to sleep, what about taking a nice warm bath with the lights turned down. A warm bubble bath always relaxes me and makes me sleepy! Another option, if you don't want to go the prescription route, would be trying Melatonin to help you sleep? It might be worth a try...
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Registered: 08-08-2012
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:54pm

I have a couple of tricks that work for me to go to sleep.

Sometimes my mind won't shut down so I go thru my head turning off switches, I imagine them just like light switches.

Or a chalk board that I write "sleep" on it over and over

And if worse comes to worse I take a melatonin which releases a natural hormone which helps you sleep.

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 01-27-2013 - 12:17pm

~hugs~

I think it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor.

After having trouble sleeping myself I talked to mine.

I was given a sleeping pill and ONLY a very few.

I ONLY took a few 4 out of 14 he had given me.

When he asked if I wanted another prescription I said no.

I had finally got some sleep.

He was glad because they can become "Addictive"...

It won't hurt to talk to your doctor.

It can be for short-term just temporary.

It may help to find out why you cannot sleep.

Nightangel
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Registered: 01-30-2013
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 7:10am
I remembered the days when i was enable to sleep but now all the problems are removed as i regularly take honey before going to bed. Direction: Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of tea.
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Registered: 01-30-2013
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 7:16am

I remembered the days when i was enable to sleep but now all the problems are removed as i regularly take manuka honey before going to bed. Direction: Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of tea.

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Thu, 01-31-2013 - 9:46am

Have you tried a glass of wine about an hour before bed? Also, stay off the computer. I read somewhere that it stimulates the brain so you don't want to be on the computer an hour or more before bed.

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 4:45pm

Everything everyone else suggested are good ideas, especially turning off the computer, phone, TV, etc.  Yoga or meditation, a bubble bath, reading a (paper) book, a small glass of wine, and relaxation techniques are all great ways to unwind before bedtime.  If pain is an issue, something like Tylenol PM may help; all it is is Tylenol with Benedryl to make you sleepy, and it's NOT addictive.  I tried all of those things, and some worked better than others for me, but I still find the best thing for me is to take Flexeril, a muscle relaxer, before I go to bed.  It's not addictive and it's not a sleeping pill, but it does make me sleepy and helps me get deeper sleep so I wake up feeling better.  I tend to get into a flare of my FM and have insomnia, or worse, I sleep but all I do is have VERY vivid dreams all night long, so I'm not getting that deep sleep that helps you wake up feeling rested.    Since many researcher theorize that FM is actually a sleep disorder, getting enough sleep is both difficult and very improtant for your overall health.  Let us know if anything has helped, and I'll post some links for you to check out.

Payton

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 4:54pm

http://www.fmnetnews.com/latest-news/novel-way-to-aid-sleep-relieve-anxiety-in-fibromyalgia

http://www.fmnetnews.com/latest-news/a-simple-insomnia-treatment

                   http://www.ivillage.com/fibromyalgia-sleep/4-a-108249

Here are a few to get you started; I hope something helps you get some sleep.  ((((HUGS))))              

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 12:52am

I take restoril 30mg at bedtime. Its an older med, not like the  newer sleep meds. It usually works, but there have been nights even it don't work. If that doesn't work, then I plug my heating pad in and I go right to sleep.  I have ddd, Ra, Oa in every joint, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofacial syndrome, tmj, carpel tunnel and migraines. Was told by my psychiatrist that with all my chronic pain, it changes the chemistry and hormones in the brain the part that affects sleep. Before I was given the Restoril, I would go for a few days without sleep and it not only affected me, but my poor hubby who still works as I would be up wandering around all night. 

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