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Oct 8, 2018 15:18:32   #
stilllearnin
 
Hi

I know this has nothing to do with knitting but I was reading about RLS and thought I might post my sleep problem here. For the past few months I was having a problem sleeping doctor prescribed Xanax after I tried melatonin which did not work for me and I've taken a Xanax mildest dose it worked for a while but now stopped working. I don't want to increase the milligrams because I know it is addicting. Any advice on how to get sleep with natural products? Like I said I've only tried melatonin 3 mg for the past 3 months and only got one and a half hours sleep. Thank you for any and all suggestions
 
Oct 8, 2018 15:20:16   #
crispie (a regular here)
 
This topic was posted just yesterday, I think. You might use the search function at the top of the page and read what others are trying.
Good luck; lots of us have this problem.
Oct 8, 2018 15:23:52   #
janallynbob (a regular here)
 
I'm just following, I sleep very poorly myself, I tried ambient, horrible, yes I slept, but got up with the taste of, never mind in my mouth. So I'm following your post. Good luck, I'm sure we will have good suggestions. Warm milk doesn't work for me, neither does chamolion tea, not ready for the shot of whiskey yet, just kidding.

Janallyn
Oct 8, 2018 15:24:18   #
Nanatoboys
 
Melatonin is a naturally produced enzyme that we stop making as we get older. It’s what allows babies to sleep anywhere, any position. It’s not addicting. If you live where cannibis is legal there are some great indica based edibles (Cheeba Chews or Sensichews) that are sleep wonders. Yoga maybe.

Best of luck.
Oct 8, 2018 15:25:15   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
Hi Stilllearnin,
I have the same problem. I try not to take meds but last night I got 3.5 hours. I'm exhausted. I have tried melatonin and "CALM" which has melatonin and magnesium. I have a regular bedtime. Too much blue light??
Oct 8, 2018 15:26:38   #
Nanatoboys
 
I’m sorry. I read your post wrong. Yup! Xanax is certainly addicting. My bad.
 
Oct 8, 2018 15:27:32   #
Country Living
 
When there is help let the world know.
Oct 8, 2018 15:33:15   #
Hannelore
 
I have a similar problem. Sleep a couple of hours and am awake for most of the night after that. Asked my doctor if there was anything he could suggest, apart from tablets which could help and he suggested drinking chamomile tea at night. I have done this and it seems to help me. I use 2 tea bags and let them soak. Personally I don't want to use medication unless it is absolutely necessary.
Oct 8, 2018 15:37:44   #
nmoll (a regular here)
 
I took Ambien for years but when it went generic it didn't seem to work as well. Last spring my neurologist put me on Belsomra. It works well. I didn't like the idea of taking prescriptions to sleep but it is way better than going days on little on no sleep and then sleeping for a day because of exhaustion. My life stays on a much better path when I sleep and wake on a regular schedule.
Oct 8, 2018 15:58:16   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
Where I worked before retirement, we used 6mg. melatonin. Doses as high as 9 are safe. So said our medical director. Treating addicts who hadn't slept normally in many years presented challenges. We used melatonin. Sometimes doc would add Trazadone 50mg. or Amitriptyline 25mg. They are old antidepressants that are not addictive. I occasionally use Amitriptyline when the neuropathy in my feet & lower legs won't settle down. It's hepful, even if I only take half. Xanax, Ambien, etc are all meant for short term use. They are addicting. Getting our patients detoxed from those drugs was as difficult & miserable for them as our heroin addicts.
Oct 8, 2018 15:58:47   #
kipsalot (a regular here)
 
My arthritis doctor prescribed a low dose muscle relaxer for my always tight shoulders. She knows I don't take them as often as she would like and she finally mentioned that they are not addictive. They also let you wake up clear headed and refreshed in the morning. My sister, who gets a couple of hours of sleep normally, has tried one a couple of times and gotten a few extra hours of sleep without waking up groggy also. You wake up to use the washroom and go back to sleep even my sis who normally is awake after nature calls. What my doctor gave me was cyclobenzaprene. It is some type of a generic muscle relaxer and I swear by it. So do a couple of other people who have since tried it. Maybe it might help you.
 
Oct 8, 2018 15:59:31   #
glofish (a regular here)
 
I find that I sleep better if I (1) get plenty of exercise in the daytime, sometimes to the point of fatigue, (2) have a little bedtime snack, (3) read my bible before going to bed, and (4) give my worries and fears over to God and pray (not only for myself, but for others) before going to sleep.
Oct 8, 2018 16:00:32   #
gma11331 (a regular here)
 
Fall asleep but then after a couple hours awake. THe other night I was up from 2:30 til 5-6, and then slept til 11! I hate that.....same thing last night. I've tried all sorts of OTC to no avail. My MD said they don't give sleep meds to anyone over 65!! Don't know if that is her personal prejudice or if it is the HMOs policy. I tried some edible cannabis but that didn't do a thing for me, sleep or otherwise!!
Oct 8, 2018 16:02:56   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
glofish wrote:
I find that I sleep better if I (1) get plenty of exercise in the daytime, sometimes to the point of fatigue, (2) have a little bedtime snack, (3) read my bible before going to bed, and (4) give my worries and fears over to God and pray (not only for myself, but for others) before going to sleep.


Good points! We taught sleep hygiene: stop using computers & tv an hour or so before going to bed, quiet room, small snack & chamomile tea was available, 20-30 minutes of meditation/prayer. Good habits to develop.
Oct 8, 2018 16:15:15   #
bundyanne07 (a regular here)
 
I go to bed to go to sleep around the same time each night - anywhere between 9.30 and 10.30 pm - - I am one of the lucky one and have no trouble going to sleep for 7 - 8 hours each night. I wake once during the night, get up, go back to bed and straight off to sleep again until 5.30 or 6.0 am.

Personally I find if I am busy during the day with lots of exercise for an 'oldie' and lots of chatting with friends I go to bed 'tired'.
I do everything the medico's say you shouldn't do before bed - watch TV, use my computer sending emails but still have no problem going to sleep.
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