I have had insomnia & take meds to sleep since my late 20's(I am 43 now). My father also has had insomnia most of his life. He has trouble staying asleep but I cannot fall alseep. I also have some siblings with problems sleeping. I do sleep every night, but only with the help of various meds. I dont care that I take these meds nor do I care if I have to take them for the rest of my life-just so I sleep! So to answer your question, I believe that insomnia can be hereditary.View Thread
This may sound really stupid but I had a sleep study done a while back & take ambien every night for sleep. Well, they had me take my ambien the night of the study. What I don't understand is, how would they know what is causing my inability to fall asleep on my own if I was sleeping during the study? Do you think I should'nt have taken my ambien that night? I do not have restless leg or sleep apnea.View Thread
I having been taking 10mgs of zolpidem for years now & split them in half whenever I was tryign to cut back the dose. I didnt have any problems with that. I also used to do that with xanax whenever I used that for sleep. No preblems with that one either.View Thread
I have had a temperpedic mattress & pillow for years now & would never sleep on anything else! The support is just superb. I have 2 pillows, a firmer & a softer. I sleep on the firmer but usually switch to the softer after awakening around 4 or 5am- for some reason I find it easer to get back to sleep on the softer one, if that makes any sense.View Thread
Just thought of some of the other non-med things you can do, if you are not already, to help your body get in the mood for sleep.
Take a hot bath or shower before bedtime Keep your room cool & dark Drink a hot cup of decaf tea or warm milk Dont go to bed on an empty stomach-a little protein is good like a slice of turkey or chicken. I do ok on some crackers though Try to go to bed & awake at the same time each day Try a white noise sleep machine Try a humidifier
There are so many more that you can google but those are the ones that come to mind.
Yes, your neurologist or your pcp can help you. There are so many things they can give you for sleep & sometimes it is not a "sleeping pill" that finally gives you relief. For example, I currently use ambien & it works well but only because I use it in conjunction with other meds. Some of the other types of meds that can help with sleep are anti-anxiety drugs, some types of anti-depressants(tca's),anti convulsants, as well as things like ambien & lunesta. I had great success in the past with xanax, for years, actually. Lunesta did nothing for me but make me sick in the morning after getting very little sleep. Everyone reacts so differently to medications though, what works for one may not work for another.
I hope this was helpful & you can get some sleep soon!
Hi Byroney...I have fibro, migraines & you guessed it-a sleep disorder!! I am 43 & have had a severe sleep disorder for 15 years or so. Over the years I have slept successfully with the use of klonopin, xanax, & now ambien.
I sleep pretty well now but take 10mgs of Ambien nightly in addition to other meds for the fibro & migraines that add to the sleep effect at night. But without meds I cannot fall asleep. Even if I could fall asleep without them, the pain would have me waking up constantly. I once was awake for 2 weeks straight-not even a mini burst of sleep either. Talk about insanity!
I accept that I will be on sleep meds for the rest of my life. Addicted? Maybe- but I do not care, as long as I sleep!View Thread