Hello-U are not alone! IFEEL the same way whenever my boyfriend of 14 years comes into bed with me-I prefer he sleep on the sofa, in the living room so I have a better chance at getting a good nights sleep. I do not yell at him but inside I am very pissed beyond belief. When we first moved in together he laughed at me when I said we had to get a king size bed due to my sleep problem & chronic pain. He said why sleep together if we arent going to cuddle? Exactly, sleep is sleep-not cuddle or sex time, so leave me alone! I do everything possible to see that he falls asleep on the sofa-then I can sleep-maybe! Have you ever tried talking about this with him at another time(other than bedtime?) Ask if he could respect the fact that you have a sleeping problem & at bedtime you need to be left to sleep. Be sure to provide cuddle time before bedtime, then he will know this is just about sleep & nothing else. Good Luck.........View Thread
Melatonin never helped me but I know it has helped others to sleep. Definitely check with your doc before taking it because herbal supplements can interfere with prescription medications. Take Care, DeniseView Thread
I have been awakened several times through the night lately because of leg pains-I have fibro and I take sleeping pills every night & that usually is sufficient for a decent night's sleep. However, I have been awakened with my bones in my hips & legs hurting so bad that I need to get out of bed. You are right in saying that it is very frustrating.
Have you tried using anything like an anti convulsant or an anti depressant to control your pain? These worked ok for me for awhile but now I don't know what is up.
Microwavable heating pads help me in bed. Taking a hot bath or shower before bed is a helpful routine as well.View Thread
Have you tried any meds for anxiety, like xanax? That can help with sleep. I dont know however, how effective it would be if you are constantly awakened by the apnea. Talk to your doc or ask to see a specialist.View Thread
I found this to be really interesting & wanted to share it with my fellow insomniacs! Denise Cooling the Brain During Sleep May Be Effective, Natural Insomnia Treatment A new study shows that people with primary insomnia may be able to find relief by wearing a cap that cools the brain during sleep. The findings were presented last week at SLEEP 2011 , the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, in Minneapolis. According to the researchers, a reduction in metabolism in the brain's frontal cortex occurs while falling asleep and is associated with restorative sleep. Insomnia, however, is associated with increased metabolism in this same brain region. One way to reduce cerebral metabolic activity is to use frontal cerebral thermal transfer to cool the brain—a process known as "cerebral hypothermia." Results show that there were linear effects of all-night thermal transfer intensities on sleep latency and sleep efficiency. The time that it took subjects with primary insomnia to fall asleep (13 minutes) and the percentage of time in bed that they slept (89%) during treatment at the maximal cooling intensity were similar to those of healthy controls (16 minutes and 89%). "The most significant finding from this study is that we can have a beneficial impact on the sleep of insomnia patients via a safe, nonpharmaceutical mechanism that can be made widely available for home use by insomnia sufferers," said Eric Nofzinger, MD, professor and director of the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "The finding of a linear dose response effect of the treatment implies a direct beneficial impact on the neurobiology of insomnia that can improve the sleep of insomnia patients." The study screened 110 people, enrolling 12 with primary insomnia and 12 healthy, age- and gender-matched controls. Participants with insomnia had an average age of about 45 years, and nine of the 12 subjects were women. Participants received all-night front cerebral thermal transfer by wearing a soft plastic cap on their head. The cap contained tubes that were filled with circulating water. The effectiveness of varying thermal transfer intensities was investigated by implementing multiple conditions: no cooling cap, and cooling cap with either neutral, moderate, or maximal cooling intensity. View Thread
Lauren....Im so glad you were able to get off prescription sleep meds for more natural ones. I take ambien & other meds each night to sleep but also do the things you have mentioned such as doing the same things each night, in the same order-i just assumed that routine would be helpful.
I found it interesting that you had a sleep study done while taking ambien-the same with me. I was surprised when the lab tech told me to take it as usual. How do they know why you cant sleep, if you slept with the help of a sleeping pill? I never could figure that out! Do you have any thoughts on this, & did they tell you why you could'nt sleep?View Thread