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i fall asleep no problem

throughout the night, i wake up about 10 times.

i sweat through my peejays about four times.

i pee about 20.

i go to bed around 12:30.

wake up at 7ish, unrested.

i'm dead ALL day.

this has been going on for months and i can't take it anymore.

i've tried melatonic and valerian - they are only temporary.

i think i should try to get a prescription. does anyone take anything?

thanks.

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Ambien has worked great for me! However, if you need to get up several times in the middle of the night to pee, you may be in big trouble. I don't know that I could've made it to the bathroom a few hours after taking the Ambien.

I've also tried tizanadine (I don't know what the brand name is) and that had slightly less of an effect, meaning I could have made it to the bathroom without falling over. It gave me a hangover though, not a bad one, but still a little too much for my liking.

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Thanks so much :)

I honestly am at the point where I would willingly pee my bed or buy diapers just to have a good sleep. :lol:

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:unsure: Don't buy Depends... Ummm... A "friend" tried that and they don't work so well... :unsure:
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To each his own, because I didn't like Ambien AT ALL! It didn't help me sleep at all, and I think it gave me very odd dreams. I also know people who were on Ambien and did some WEIRD things (almost as if they were drunk or on drugs).

I take Trazodone. Works like a charm for me.

- Lauren

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Do I just ask my doctor for it?

Sorry, I never get medication. And is it casein and rice free?

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I've been on & off of Ambien for a few years....Dr. tells me it's menopause years where I have insomnia. ...anyway I never really dream when I am taking it...don't know why...but I do have food cravings right before it "kicks' in. I find myself having snacks before bedtime; rooting around the kitchen drinking milk and looking for something to eat. Something I would not normallly do without Ambien. And I will have little or no memory of doing this.

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I take Ambien and I take it just before I climb into bed. The only thing with Ambien is that you should not take it if you cannot allow 8 hours for sleep. I wake up if my dog decides she has to go out and I also wake up if my kidneys becken. Because of the groggy side affects I also make sure that I allow myself 2 hours to become fully awake before I get in a car to drive.

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I come from a long line of insomniacs and have not slept well, without drugs, for 15 years. :blink: I have taken Seroquel to sleep for about 3 years now. 100 mg - I don't even know what seroquel is, actually, it was given to me during my manic days (how I miss those) and in a much higher dose. Lauren mentioned Trazadone and that worked well for me also. You might also inquire about clonazepam - that is fantastic for sleeping but is a benzodiazapene so harder to get and rather addictive, though I did wean myself off of it without a problem.

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I take Ambien, have not had any problems. I know it's gluten-free, not sure about lactose or rice tho.

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About ambien, you know all the new studies about sleep eating and sleep driving from ambien.,..

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About ambien, you know all the new studies about sleep eating and sleep driving from ambien.,..

Yeah, but I lost 50 lbs in the past year :D so obviusly it's not happening to me!!

I think, like with most things, it can effect different people in differen ways and the sleep eaters/drivers are a rare occurance.

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Don't take Lunesta. Bad Bad Bad.

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Don't take Lunesta. Bad Bad Bad.

WHAT WERE THE EFFECTS ON YOU WITH LUNESTA. I HAVE BEEN TAKING A VERY SMALL DOSE OF AMBIAN. HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT TRYING LUNESTA.

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i fall asleep no problem

throughout the night, i wake up about 10 times.

i sweat through my peejays about four times.

i pee about 20.

i go to bed around 12:30.

wake up at 7ish, unrested.

i'm dead ALL day.

this has been going on for months and i can't take it anymore.

i've tried melatonic and valerian - they are only temporary.

i think i should try to get a prescription. does anyone take anything?

thanks.

The peeing makes me wonder if you have been checked for diabetes? Also, if you have been eating mostly protein and not much carbohydrates, it will cause insomnia. Just throwing out some ideas... tea, even decaf makes me pee like crazy at night. You also could have an irritable bladder. Also, have you tried melatonin? Some people I know swear by it. When I have those bouts, I eat some fruit or something like a rice cake and take a whopping dose of Benadryl. I use that stuff like crazy. The doctor told me it is one of the safest things to take. (I hate meds) :)

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The peeing makes me wonder if you have been checked for diabetes? Also, if you have been eating mostly protein and not much carbohydrates, it will cause insomnia. Just throwing out some ideas... tea, even decaf makes me pee like crazy at night. You also could have an irritable bladder. Also, have you tried melatonin? Some people I know swear by it. When I have those bouts, I eat some fruit or something like a rice cake and take a whopping dose of Benadryl. I use that stuff like crazy. The doctor told me it is one of the safest things to take. (I hate meds) :)

Thanks Robbin. I have been checked for diabetes a few times. I don't eat a lot of protein. I only drink herbal tea. I've tried melatonin and it works sometimes.

I went to the states this morning and bought some Benedryl from your request. Thanks so much. (I hate meds, too!)

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I know Trazodone is gluten-free... don't know about the other restrictions you have though. It's worth a try - for me it works wonders. I'm the same way in that I don't have too much trouble falling asleep, it's STAYING asleep that's the problem. I also get up to use the bathroom 3-4 times a night. Pre-Traz I used to wake up @ 2-3am wide awake with my mind going a million miles a minute. With Traz, I sleep much sounder! I think Ambien is more for people who have problems falling asleep to begin with, unless maybe you tried Ambien CR (controlled release). It did not help me stay asleep through the night.

Worth a try looking at Trazodone!

- Lauren

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I too take Benadryll (or Sominex OTC). Two years ago my ex doc gave me 30 Ambien and I took about 12 before seeing a Neurologist for shingles pain. He made me go off the Ambien that night and I was already adicted to it. I did not sleep for five nights and it was the worst week of my life. I was still in pain as I had to step up on Neuronton for nerve pain and I couldn't even get 8 hours of relief from soul crushing pain by sleeping. My Neruo doc said he thinks Ambien is very dangerous but that was before the milder version of it came out.

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Want some of my blood cells?

I go to bed at 10, probably asleep by 10:05......wake up at 6am.

I've never slept better in my life since being gluten free.

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Want some of my blood cells?

I go to bed at 10, probably asleep by 10:05......wake up at 6am.

I've never slept better in my life since being gluten free.

Same here but in my case I always slept well....just for too long and it took me about 1 1/2 hours to fully wake up. When I posted about sleeping aids above I guess I should have stated that I took those very raely while on gluten. When I went off gluten after about two weeks I started waking up when the alarm went off OR even a little before it did. My husband was like 'where is my wife?'. So instead of needing 8-9 hours of sleep now I can get 7 hours and feel great all day. Just another reason to love being gluten free!

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As a borderline narcoleptic I take a sleeping pill when it is necessary to get a long sleep (ie. more than 4 hours continuous sleep)

I have never needed an alarm clock. I normally wake up briefly every hour and actually play a game with myself as to what the time is.

I take a little blue pill, Zopiclone, 7.5 mg. Actually I find I don't need a whole pill so it is about 3.7mg

I am told this is a pill is designed for narcolepsy. It has little or no drug after effect. It is fast working. HOWEVER, you have to be ready for sleep OR it doesn't work. You will fall asleep easily unless you are active (doing computer games before you go asleep doesn't work...)

I don't take it all the time thought since I don't want to depend on it.

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Thanks. I am going to try the Benedryl first and then go from there.

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Thanks. I am going to try the Benedryl first and then go from there.

I use the antihistamines sometimes but I found a better herbal mix. Plain valerian didn't work so well for me but valerian with skullcap (sometimes they add hops too) seems to do the trick for me.

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Wow! An entire forum on sleeping pills, just up my alley. I am an international flight attendant, a sleeping pill pro. I had been taking Ambein for several years every night and went to my Dr. to see about Lunesta. I did not feel as though Ambein was safe daily. She replied that she did not like to prescribe "new" drugs for sleeping and switched me to a low dose of Triazidone. It has been great for me. I really feel safe and normal on it. I feel more relaxed on it and the next afternoon am not a exhausted. BUT it simply does not work on different timezone. I do take Ambein for big time changes and yes, a big dose. A small dose only keeps me asleep for 5 or 6 hours and when I fly I need 8 hours of sleep to work. Ambein is a bit dehydrating for me. I have had memory loss on Ambein (someones calls and I do not remember the call)Be sure a get 10m if you can (for either) an break it in half because the cost is the same and my airline insurance did not cover it. (figures)

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I take a little blue pill, Zopiclone, 7.5 mg. Actually I find I don't need a whole pill so it is about 3.7mg

i take this as well, also only 1/2 a pill per night ~3.7mg. been taking it now evvery night for about 3 months, it is just as effective now as it was when i first started. i also get up several times per night, and although extremely drowsy/dizzy i can still make it to the toilet! unsure if it's dairy/rice free though.

--matt

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