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JediSkipdogg

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karen

My whole family has trouble sleeping. We fall asleep okay, but then we don't stay asleep.

 

I have taken ambien for years and it is great and now my sister has started to take ambien CR.

 

I have had lows in the middle of the night and have woken up everytime. One recently was a 39, because most nights I have a snack and don't always bolus correctly.

 

Did you know astronauts take ambien? :goodnight :goodnight

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otep
Ok, I'm finally going to admit/post about this.

 

I have a terrible time sleeping. This is mainly on nights I work. I can't seem to fall asleep till say 11:00 and sometimes even midnight. It may be because on nights I don't work I stay up till 1 am doing Internet work while it's much faster (generally downloading/uploading large files.)

 

The problem is on nights I work I have to get up at 5 am to be at work by 6:30. If I try to fall asleep at say 9, I just roll in bed for 2 hours. I have tried this numerous times and rolling in bed is more annoying than staying up till 11 and falling asleep instantly.

 

I was wondering if anyone on here is on any type of sleep aides. I've heard great things about I think Lunesta? I guess my main concern though is how would that affect the diabetes and waking for a low/high. Would the sleep drug keep me asleep then and basically make me hypo/hyper unaware while sleeping? Any advice on this?

 

It's really a pain not being able to get a good-night's sleep. This may sound weird but i think worth a try. At night when you are going to sleep drink warm milk. or take a warm bath a crash on the bed turn off all source of distraction: computer television, radio, etc. put away everything in mind - most people find it hard to sleep worrying about tomorrow. Try no to bring your worries or work in your room or on your sleep time. As much as possible avoid sleeping meds.

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trowter

My doctor has prescribed me 2 different sleeping aids. My problem is not falling asleep, but waking up at 2 and not being able to fall back asleep

The first was Ativan. It works really well, and easy to take. The only problem with it is that it is very addicting. I had gone to a walk in clinic and they gave me that one. The next time I went back to my family doctor, he wouldn't represcribe that one but gave me zopiclone. Haven't taken it yet, but the pharmacist says it is really good.

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jillsp

I've taken Ambien and Ambien CR. I like both, but the CR seems to keep me asleep longer at night. I have ALWAYS woken up during the night if I'm hypo and then go right back to sleep. I LOVE Ambien CR....no hangover, no bad taste, puts me to sleep, keeps me asleep 7 hours, still wake up for hypos and no rebound the next night if I don't want to take it. Ambien CR is not addictive and very safe. I have heard that Lunesta has a terrible metallic taste...yuck. I would recommend Ambien or Ambien CR.

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Miss Jade

I have RLS so that makes it really hard for me to get to sleep.

 

I think my sleep disorder is at least partially self-inflicted. I don't think I ever allowed myself to get into a normal sleeping habit since moving here from Australia last year. I probably should have done something about it earlier, as now I just lie awake in bed until about 4am and then sleep until 1 or 2 pm (if I don't have anything planned). This has been going on for about 9 months now!!!!!!!

 

My podiatrist gave me a sample pack of Requip for the RLS, but I am reluctant to use it, as I too am worried about nypos or dependancy issues. He did say that if RLS is playing up, you may as well just get up and do something, as just lying still will make it seem worse.

 

I tried Tylenol PM a couple of times at the start of the problem, but they left me feeling like a zombie for the next day.

 

Another thing that stuffs up my sleep is my husband snoring!!!

 

And yep, caffeinne is probably an issue too.

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I have an endo appointment on the 8th of Feb, I think I will ask her about it then, as it is probably a bit a a joke now. For now though, i'll just continue loading up my ipod with tv shows etc to watch in bed.

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JediSkipdogg

I did find something that helps me sleep partially. I use to do this at my parents house, but in my everlong journey to keep my electric bill down I haven't done this....turning on the ceiling fan. I think the moving and cooler air helps me sleep. However.....

 

I still freaking wake up at 1:30-2:30 AM. It seems to be a common occurence where I wake up then and I'm 100% awake. Then again it takes about 30-60 minutes to fall back asleep.

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ladytaz
I have RLS so that makes it really hard for me to get to sleep.

 

I think my sleep disorder is at least partially self-inflicted. I don't think I ever allowed myself to get into a normal sleeping habit since moving here from Australia last year. I probably should have done something about it earlier, as now I just lie awake in bed until about 4am and then sleep until 1 or 2 pm (if I don't have anything planned). This has been going on for about 9 months now!!!!!!!

 

My podiatrist gave me a sample pack of Requip for the RLS, but I am reluctant to use it, as I too am worried about nypos or dependancy issues. He did say that if RLS is playing up, you may as well just get up and do something, as just lying still will make it seem worse.

 

I tried Tylenol PM a couple of times at the start of the problem, but they left me feeling like a zombie for the next day.

 

Another thing that stuffs up my sleep is my husband snoring!!!

 

And yep, caffeinne is probably an issue too.

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I have an endo appointment on the 8th of Feb, I think I will ask her about it then, as it is probably a bit a a joke now. For now though, i'll just continue loading up my ipod with tv shows etc to watch in bed.

 

I think I have RLS too (never been diagnosed, never mentioned it to the docs), only it's not severe, only happens occasionally, MAYBE a couple times a month. But it sure is irritating! I don't normally have it once I go to bed, but it's when I'm getting tired, usually sitting watching TV, but not quite ready to go to bed yet. Drives me INSANE! That antsy feeling in lower legs and feet, tingly, irritated like feeling ... just HAVE to get up and walk around! I dont like it!

 

LOL@ hubby snoring! Mine's always all over me about my staying up late, or getting up in the middle of the night, and I keep telling him, that he's no help in that department, he's half the problem! Never fails, JUST as I'm falling off to sleep, his snoring begins! UGH! And this will repeat thru the night! Now, if I can just get to sleep FIRST before he starts, I'll do alright! Altho I STILL wake up a couple/few hours later most nights anyway :(

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ladytaz
I did find something that helps me sleep partially. I use to do this at my parents house, but in my everlong journey to keep my electric bill down I haven't done this....turning on the ceiling fan. I think the moving and cooler air helps me sleep. However.....

 

I still freaking wake up at 1:30-2:30 AM. It seems to be a common occurence where I wake up then and I'm 100% awake. Then again it takes about 30-60 minutes to fall back asleep.

 

Just so ya know Jedi, the ceiling fan doesn't use that much electricity! Mine stay on (2 of them anyway) almost 24/7/365 and my average electric bill is $60 or so (and that's with my puter running 24/7/365 too). Hubby can't sleep without the fan on either!

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Alohamora

I've used benadryl in the past, but it left me feeling groggy in the morning.

 

For a while, I had good results just listening to soft music in bed.

 

Lately, I use melatonin. Even very small amounts are effective, like a half of a 1 mg pill.

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w5wjp

I have trouble sleeping too. Tried Ambien, Benadryl and a couple of other Rx type sleep aids but they left me "hung over" the next day. Best thing I have found is valerian root or melatonin. They work, no hang over and no apparent effect on BG's.

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Larry H.

I also never have slept like "normal" people. toss and turn all night, lot of nightmares ect.. Recently I tried on top of the melatonin I have been using for years a couple of Valernian Root Capsules from walmart or other drug or health food store. I had also tried the Celestia Seasoning Sleepytime with extra Valerian. Both have made sleeping less turbulant and more restfull.

As to the Caffine, you will probably have to give that up if your going to sleep. If I take much of that after 7pm I am tossing and turning all night..

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Injecto

I've been trying 7mg of Zopiclone. Helps put me to sleep, but doesn't make me too groggy in the morning. And I do still wake up at night, you know, if nature calls. Otherwise I sleep like a baby.

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samuraisue1

I don't sleep at night, I am up all night and i get the kids off to school and then I go to sleep after breakfast. Doctor gave me Ambien but it doesn't work. I may fall asleep 1 night out of the week at a normal hour but then it's back to being up all night.

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poodlebone

I have horrible, horrible sleep habits. Many nights I don't go to bed at all. Last night was one of them, and that's why I got to work at 6:30 this morning when I usually come in at 11:00am. When I do go to bed it's usually after 2:00am, and I wake up between 8:00-8:30. I don't have trouble (usually) falling asleep once I do go to bed. It's just the physical act of forcing myself into the bed that I had problems with. I get to work at 11:00 and usually leave around 7:2o-7:25 to catch a 7:35 bus. Get home around 8:30, eat dinner around 9:00. By the time I check my usual web sites, usenet groups, e-mail, phone calls etc it's past midnight. The time goes by quickly!

 

I always bring my lunch to work, and sometimes at midnight I decide to cook something for the next day. Nothing like whipping up a batch of banana bread or baked ziti at 1:00am.

 

My rule is that if it's after 3:00am when I'm thinking of going to bed, I just stay up. Don't know where that rule comes from but unless I can't keep my eyes open, I just don't bother going to bed.

 

In the past when I did have trouble falling asleep I would take Benadryl or Actifed. Those OTC cold/allergy medications always knocked me out.

 

My CDE, for my last 2 visits, has tried pushing something on me. I don't know what she had in mind because I told her I didn't want anything.

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condensr

I finally saw a sleep specialist about my strange sleep schedule. He diagnosed it as DSPS, or delayed sleep phase syndrome. DSPS is perfectly OK to live with if your schedule can bear it, but having to live and work in a world where others wake up in the actual AM, mine could not.

 

He prescribed a light box (like SAD, or Seasonal Apressive Disorder patients use) at 7am for 20 minutes, and Rozarem to help sleep.

 

The Rozarem (which is a melatonin receptor agonist, compared to things like Ambien that work on GABA instead) helped me get to sleep alright, but I had nightmares and didn't sleep well.

 

The light box though, I tell you, has worked a charm. When I started using it, within 5 days I found it not hard at all to sleep at 11 or midnight, and I could actually wake up at 7! I'm off schedule right now because I've had a nasty cold the past few days which caused me to sleep for 12 hours a day, but I'm resuming my AM schedule tomorrow morning.

 

I might try actual melatonin supplements and see if they give me the nightmares too.

 

Bottom line, if you find you can't sleep until very late, and WANT to be able to shift your schedule back, it can be done! :)

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sweetcheeks

I generally dont have sleep problems on my days off from work, but on my nights i work, i get on the net, play games, chat, browse etc... and if im playing a game its like the worlds gonna end if i dont continue playing lol so ill play til 2 am even if i have to be up at 6.... or if the tv's on and dog the bounty hunter comes on i want to watch it regardless of the time i need to get up..........

 

so here's my rule.... try to avoid video games, they make your mind work harder, and dont turn the tv on after 10pm lol especially if its not already on... have hubby in my case to turn it to football or history channel if its on... and then ill go to sleep lol...........

 

once im asleep im asleep... i could sleep through a tornado........ except that dang phone ringing wakes me up

 

lol

 

most sleep aides make me feel groggy... like sunday i took a anti-depressent they had given me for my headaches.... still felt groggy after waking.

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