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Trouble sleeping - please help

Posted by KaraS on September 9, 2004, at 20:16:18

I don't know what to do about it. I'm either in a cycle where I can't do anything but sleep or else I can't sleep at all. (Actually I can sleep in the afternoon without a problem. It's at nighttime that I can't sleep at all. Is that cortisol related?) There's a bit of anxiety and some RLS involved.

I have some Ambien and Sonata samples here but I'm afraid to try them. I don't want to become dependent as I once was on Ativan. After reading the Ambien abuse thread below, I'm even more scared. How is it that some people can take Ambien, Restoril or another benzo indefinitely without a problem and someone else ends up with a 90 pill a day habit?

I've tried trazadone and Neurontin and they both made me feel quite sick. I still have the neurontin and may try it again in smaller dosage. I tried Benadryl again last night and it makes my heart race while making the rest of me groggy. It was a very strange and scary experience.

5-htp made me groggy the next day. Melatonin gets me to sleep but doesn't keep me there for long. I haven't tried Valerian yet. I've read different things about whether or not people develop tolerance to it as well.

Lastly, there's the sedating tricyclics. Doxepin works well but I'm also quite groggy the next day. Maprotiline worked well with less grogginess but still some. On top of that they both made me fat. All I wanted to do was eat when I took them. I'm finally thin again and I want to stay that way, da-- it! Do I have to choose between being thin and exhausted or fat and sleeping at night??????

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.





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