Do you take any sleep aids to help you get a good nights rest?

sleep aids - brands of sleep aids
United States
July 8, 2008 12:59pm CST
I hate to sleep, but when I need my rest there is nothing like laying there and counting sheep into the thousands. I've never taken a sleep aid but the other night I did, I don't know if it helped but I did feel better in the morning. It was an herb so its not habit forming, do you require a sleep aid so you can get your Zzzzzz's?
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
8 Jul 08
One of the main problems my fibromyalgia causes is insomnia. I have always had trouble sleeping, even before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Some doctors think insomnia is a leading cause OF fibromyalgia. Our bodies can't function when we go for a long period of time without sleep. So, everything gets messed up. I tried Tylenol PM for a while, but it made my BP go up. Then a doctor gave me Ambiem and the lowest dose...cut in half..was still too strong. I slept for 14 hours until my hubby woke me because he was worried. Then I was told to try Melatonin, a natural sleep aid found in the vitamin section. It worked for a while and then quit. So, I was told to try Trazodone. Now, it really helped me sleep but I was dizzy the whole day afterwards. I thought maybe I just needed time to get used to it so I have it a month. I was dizzy every day, so bad that I needed help walking at times. So, I had to stop that. Now I'm back to hardly ever sleeping. I can go 2 or 3 days with only a couple hours sleep. When I go back to the doctor I'll see if there is anything else. The biggest problem is my medication sensitivity stuff. I don't know what I'm going to do. I hope your get to sleeping good again!
• United States
8 Jul 08
Melatonin was what I took, I didn't want to put it in the header. My wife started back working nights and it has me sorta messed up with sleep. I don't want to take something that will make me groggy either, I'm not a fan of medicine, I can have a headache all day long and not take anything because I don't want that stuff in my body. I hope you can find something to help you sleep too.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
8 Jul 08
See, I have such weird reactions to medications that I'm even groggy in the morning after taking Melatonin. I haven't heard of anybody else being this way though. Hopefully you'll get used to the new routine and not need anything to help you sleep!
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9 Jul 08
Oh goodness no! As soon as my head hits that pillow I am gone - I love my sleep and would stay in bed all day if I could!! lol
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I love my sleep too! I cannot wait for my REM sleep!
@gemini_rose (16192)
8 Jul 08
For the longest time I have not had to take anything to help me sleep, although the last two night I have been unable to sleep well at all. But I remember a few years ago when I was having problems sleeping and so decided to try some new herbal thingies that had not been out long. I followed the instructions and took them and went to bed, they did not work. So I took another couple, waited a couple of hours, nothing. I finally took another two, next thing I knew I must have gone to sleep and I did not wake up until evening time the next day.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I guess you know now it takes more than one for you.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Just melatonin and Vitamic C tablets when we travel--It is Emergen-C's "Sleep Health" Night Time blend with B-6, calcium, and magnesium also in it, which I don't really think of so much as a sleep aid as just a nice bit of extra nutrition. I pretty much always get a good night's rest anyway, although like a little kid full of life and adventure I hate to go to bed each night. Once there, though I usually drop off immediately and sleep straight through.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I am not sure where we picked it up, but it was in the San Francisco Bay Area, probably Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Vitanet carries it online, though: http://vitanetonline.com/description/AL1069/vitamins/Sleep-Health/
@baileycows (3668)
• United States
8 Jul 08
No, I use to. They make me so groggy. I have been using meditation has a relaxation technique to fall asleep faster and more heavily.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
Now that's habit forming. Glad you're using a holistic approach.
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@siddiqali (632)
• India
9 Jul 08
No i dont take sleep aids because if we start taking the pills will get habituated to it and we may get addicted and we cant sleep without that.So better advice is no
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@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
nope ^_^ As i'm someone who likes sleeping, so i can sleep in any condition and even with noise or lights, i will still be able to sleep without any problem ^_^ hehe.. Maybe i'm lucky..
@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I use my ipod to fall asleep if I have problems. I have some cds thaat are very soothing so I will listen to those when I cant sleep. My husband will turn it off when he comes home from work. I dont use any sleep aids because I want to be able to listen for my kids if there is a emergency. I want to be alert and awake if they needed me for some reason. I will always find other methods before I start taking sleep aids.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
9 Jul 08
Many years ago, when my husband worked a peculiar shift pattern but I worked a standard one, I would occassionally take a herbal sleep aid in order to knock myself out and get a decent night's sleep. I could only do it at the weekend though, as I would take a half day to 'come to' the next day and wander around only half with it.
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@GardenGerty (115009)
• United States
8 Jul 08
No, I have not needed sleep aids any time in recent memory. I know that some pain relievers and some antihistamines have that effect, to make one drowsy. I usually am asleep within minutes, maybe even seconds of hitting the bed. Some experts say that is a sign of sleep deprivation, to be that tired.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Every so often I will take something to sleep. But its over the counter and its not habit forming either. I feel better when Ive had a good nights sleep.
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Yep! I cannot sleep without one. That sucks big time but I have to admit I am dependent on sleeping pills. I am on meds for Bi Polar and they knock me out every night. Without them I get no sleep whatsoever. I used to be able to sleep fine but not anymore. My mind won't shut down no matter how tired I am. It sucks. So when I run out of my meds and have to wait a couple of days to get them back, I take PM's or nerve pills to help calm me down. Yeah it is pretty bad when you have to rely on pills just to get sleep.
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• United States
8 Jul 08
Sorry to hear that, have you ever tried anything else?
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
9 Jul 08
Yeah and nothing else works. I have tried to make myself so tried and go to sleep naturally and it does not work either. I am Bi Polar and my mind is on all the time. I can't shut down my mind or relax enough to go to sleep unless I have pills. I wasn't always like this, only until I started having Bi Polar symptoms and the put me on meds for them. It really does suck to have to pop pills just to get a good nights sleep. I take my meds at night and within a half hour I am knocked out. I am so knocked out from the meds that nothing can wake me. Right now I am on 200 mgs of Seroquel but when the first put me on it they had me on 400 mgs and let me tell you, I never want to take that high of a dose again. Because of the high dose, I couldn't wake up in the morning like I wanted. I ended up knocked out all night and half the day. It wasn't fun because you know I wanted to have a life and couldn't because of the high dose. So I asked her to lower it and now I'm fine. I can get up in the morning when my dog needs to go out to do his business and I can't get more stuff done around the house and online.
@liquorice (3901)
9 Jul 08
No, I wouldn't want to try the chemical ones, but I have tried the herbal ones and even they made me soooo groggy the next day, so I wouldn't use them again. I'm a bad sleeper, but I find that when I do relaxation exercises I can usually get to sleep quite quickly. I do the one where you relax each part of your body in turn, and it makes each bit go all tingly, until your whole body's relaxed and you fall asleep. I also do tai chi, and imagining the form (routine) in my head also relaxes me enough to go to sleep. Why do you hate to sleep?
• United States
13 Jul 08
Because I always want to be up doing things, writing, creating, researching.
@liquorice (3901)
13 Jul 08
Ah. You sound like you have a very active mind. I hope you get some sleep soon though!
@magrylouyu (1629)
• United States
9 Jul 08
I have a sleep disorder that my mom has. I have 3 small children and going to bed at 3am and waking at 8am is very hard to do. So, I was doing nyquil, tylonal PM and like 2 others. I got addicted very quickly to those. I now take Melitoin... I LOVE IT!!! I reccomend it to anyone. I lay down and count to maybe 20and I'm done. I take it at least 3 days a week to get a good nights rest.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
That's what I took the other night, I'm not sure if it helped but I did feel better in the morning.
• United States
9 Jul 08
I know it worked for me it wasnt laying in bed for 2-3 hrs before falling asleep. I do agree with you I as well felt much better in the morning.
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@sameroad (3180)
• United States
8 Jul 08
i just smoke a bowl before bed and it knocks me right out and lets me sleep through the night and in the morning i feel great! i used to have really bad problems sleeping until i started doing that and on nights i could get to sleep i would end up waking up every couple of hours and then it would take me an hour to fall back to sleep so i never felt rested and was always tired. i don't have that problem now and it is so wonderful
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• United States
8 Jul 08
I hope you're kidding, but you're young so I guess that's your choice. I use to live in Pompano Beach, FL. Great weather, I miss the beach.
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@sameroad (3180)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Of course i'm kidding the weather here sucks. it is way to freaking hot
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• United States
12 Jul 08
I used to take benadryl at night to help me sleep. Now I take prescription muscle relaxers and pain killers due to medical reasons, and that sometimes helps knock me right out. I would rather have a nice, non-medicated sleep though!
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
13 Jul 08
Yeah I have to take prescrption muscle relaxers myself but not to help me sleep. I take a non presription pill that helps called melatamion
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• Philippines
12 Jul 08
I easily get sleep if I am really tired after a long hours of work. Sometimes, I drink a hot milk if I can't sleep or turning my player on to listen for a couple of songs. If I can't really sleep, I watch television.
• United States
13 Jul 08
I hang out on myLot, hmmmm, could be the reason I'm not sleeping.
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
Yes, if I cannot sleep I do watch TV or play my PSP til i get sleepy
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• United States
13 Jul 08
I would stay up all night if I did that.
• United States
9 Jul 08
When I'm under a lot of stress and worried about bills, I take Tylenol PM. Sometimes you need just a little something extra to help you get to sleep.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Yes, sometimes you do need a little help getting to sleep.
• United States
9 Jul 08
Sometimes if I know I won't fall asleep I take a melatonin tab. It takes about an hour to kick in, but when it does, I fall asleep like I normally would and I sleep great.
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• United States
9 Jul 08
That's what I took the other night.