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Old 30 Mar 22, 08:53 PM  
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Insomnia is driving me crazy

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Iím having random bouts of insomnia. Last night I could not get to sleep. Even resorted to my daughters melatonin. I ended up with one hours sleep that included my 8 yo waking me for a hug!
Exhaustion got so bad I had quite bad chest pains.

Today I had to teach all day. It was not fun. I was nt on the ball. I made stupid mistakes in my teaching.

Does anyone else suffer, what do you take/do? I think itís worse when I have my period. I do get quite low moods at these periods. Itís also worse when my husband is on nights. Iím on steroid tablets again (covid has destroyed my lungs) but I take them so early in the morning they should not be keeping me awake all night.

Frantically trying to work out the trigger.
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Old 30 Mar 22, 09:01 PM  
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Iím sorry youíre going through this.

I find that for about a week every month I canít get to sleep before 3am and then Iím up at 6. Iím not sure if I can count it as insomnia because I do eventually get a couple of hours, but itís a nightmare all the same. Iím 100% convinced itís linked to my cycle/hormones. Iím lucky that I work from home and so I can be a zombie for those few days.

But Iíve tried sleeping pills, no caffeine, lots of caffeine, reading, watching tv, relaxing before bedtime. But nothing really works. Now I tend to just listen to an audiobook and try to relax if nothing else. Sometimes that helps, other times I end up back out of bed.

Sorry that my advice is that I have none!
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Old 30 Mar 22, 09:40 PM  
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Sorry to hear this, I can only comment on the steroids, I assume prednisone?

I had years on and off them and they killed my sleep, awful tables but a lifesaver at the time.

I went against all advice and actually ended up taking mine at night just before I went to sleep, I suppose some people react slower to them and I was one, it definitely helped me.

Hope things improve soon.
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Old 30 Mar 22, 09:43 PM  
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I've had difficulty sleeping properly since lockdown. I don't take anything. Just try and not have alcohol or coffee before bed.

I feel exhausted but can't sleep at times so I listen the radio. That way I can close eyes and rest and don't have to look at anything.

I've worked my way through all the comedy panel quizzes. Various documentaries and audio books. I've listened to all of Jane and Fi and currently working through kermode and Mayo film podcast - which lasts 111m a go and is interesting. I now often dip in and out of sleep.

The boring talks are worth a go too.
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Old 30 Mar 22, 09:49 PM  
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Zopliclone it the only thing that works for me - even though my ani-represent mirtazapine is supported to make me drowsy, despite being on max dose it doesnt (but is a great mood stabiliser (downer) as long as I remember to the venlafaxine (upper) in the morning

(PS I also take steroid inhalers but have to taken them as soon as I wake up and when i retire for the night - I know they jigger up all sorts but do hell with my asthma and hope, if i get covid, mean it is much less severe) - going away on vacations my pils and positions nearly fill my vanity case !
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Old 30 Mar 22, 10:10 PM  
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I take a steroid inhaler morning and night. Stopped taking it whilst on my recent course of prednisone.

Iím now in bed, on my phone so that canít help. Must get off it now!

My mum has really bad insomnia so Iím wondering if Iíve inherited that gene.

Wish me luck, Iím actually dreading trying to sleep.
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Old 30 Mar 22, 10:19 PM  
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I have started using magnesium supplement and I find it has helped
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Old 30 Mar 22, 10:36 PM  
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My friend swears by the Sleepy body lotion that Lush does. Iíve used it a few times and alongside a mindfulness or meditation app can relax me enough, so whilst I might not sleep like my friend I do at least feel a little bit relaxed rather than stressed and tearful and dreading the night. Itís not the cheapest stuff and youíve to put it all over for it to have the best chance of working (I tend to just do arms and chest to make it last longer). They do bubble bars and shower gel with the same fragrance.
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Old 30 Mar 22, 10:41 PM  
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I have also always been an awful sleeper.
If I manage to eat well, exercise a bit and get into a routine it is better, Disney Parks are great! ĎHow did you find DLP Kirsten?í
ĎAmazing, I got 8 hours sleep two nights in a row! í

I am very sensitive to caffeine and canít have it within 10 hours of bedtime, afternoon cup of tea absolutely guarantees me being wide eyed into the small hours.

I have started taking a magnesium and potassium supplement and thatís helping a bit.

Definitely struggle more around my period.

I listen to podcasts, I find R4 comedy panel shows quite good, like I need to trick my brain into quieting down.

I found melatonin just made me feel worse. Herbal nytol I find is good for 2-3 nights every now and then.

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I listen to R4 Extra, old dramas, comedy and audiobooks. Iím often kept awake by sciatica but also have unexplained insomnia. I bought a B&BW lavender destress body spray and that seems to help a bit, plus I do take melatonin. Iím lucky that Iím retired and so donít have to get up for work. But itís very depressing when both husband and dog are sound asleep and Iím still wide awake.
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