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#1 sydneysmommy

 
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:13 PM

im planning to get pregnant and need to get off of Lunesta, which worries me...and im nervous. as i have SEVERE insomnia. this has been a problem since I was around 7-8 yrs old. [i am now 27].

i have been researching herbal remedies and vitamins to help [also with my migraines].

and am wondering if anyone here takes anything they swear by.

b2 riboflavin?
feverfew...magnesium...valerian...jamaican dogwood... are a few i have learned about.

but id like to hear about some experiences.

thanks in advance!!!
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:19 PM

I take calcium/magnesium and melatonin. It helps me sleep. I took ambien for a while and it did nothing! This seems to do the trick for me. Melatonin helps you stay asleep and calcium/magnesium helps you get to sleep.
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:43 PM

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:29 PM

I take calcium/magnesium and melatonin. It helps me sleep. I took ambien for a while and it did nothing! This seems to do the trick for me. Melatonin helps you stay asleep and calcium/magnesium helps you get to sleep.



thats interesting. thank you!
i got the magnesium... to help with my fibro pain and heard about the melatonin as well. ill try this!
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 01:18 PM

Cheap place to buy supplements: www.swansonvitamins.com 1-800-437-4148 call and ask for a catolog
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 08:07 PM

Did something happen around the time you were 7 or 8 that started this insomnia I wonder? It almost sounds like maybe it could be something from your past trying to stick around, and manifesting itself that way. Wow...did I just write that new agey stuff?
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:15 PM

I also have sleeping issues and I want to try taking some magnesium to see if it will help-I've heard good things about it. But I have no idea how much magnesium to start out taking? Any suggestions?

If it helps, I do have some trouble getting to sleep but it's not horrible. The real problem is that I spend all night waking up every 1-3 hours. Don't know if that would make a difference on how much magnesium I should take. I am also taking a Vitamin B supplement right now.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 07:14 PM

I used to use melatonin, but it would not work for me unless it was a slow release tablet. I tried the kind from the health food store and it was terrible. I think the sustained release ones I had were 2 mg. The effect was totally different. It's hard to find the sustained release ones though and you may have to order them on line.

I finally figured out that my sleep issues stem from low vitamin D and low progesterone. If I treat those two things I do pretty well with sleep. Took forever to get it diagnosed though!
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:28 PM

For the magnesium question...I take one 250 mg tablet. (For something other than sleep) It doesn't help with sleep for me. I think you can take as much magnesium as your bowels will tolerate. So start slowly and then once you get watery stools, back off.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:54 AM

Aside from the magnesium, which I do recommend, I believe you should definitely start taking a sublingual methylcobalamin (B12) supplement. B12 is essential for numerous things, including proper sleep cycles. It turns out that melatonin production is dependent on B12. So I really think that taking melatonin would be sidestepping the true problem.

Other nutrients would also help. Here's an article on the subject:
http://www.holistico...s_nutrition.htm
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:48 AM

I normally sleep pretty good. But sometimes an emotional issue will keep me up. I like GABA, it calms me down without any side effects.

Addressing any underlying trauma that might have happened around that age (7-8) could help too. (and that isnt new agey......LOL)
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 06:40 AM

Addressing any underlying trauma that might have happened around that age (7-8) could help too. (and that isnt new agey......LOL)

I don't doubt the possibility that that's when Celiac was triggered too.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:51 AM

im planning to get pregnant and need to get off of Lunesta, which worries me...and im nervous. as i have SEVERE insomnia. this has been a problem since I was around 7-8 yrs old. [i am now 27].

i have been researching herbal remedies and vitamins to help [also with my migraines].

and am wondering if anyone here takes anything they swear by.

b2 riboflavin?
feverfew...magnesium...valerian...jamaican dogwood... are a few i have learned about.

but id like to hear about some experiences.

thanks in advance!!!


I take my calcium/magnesium supplements before bed and was taking regular melatonin. I would still wake up about 2:00am every night. I started taking time release meletonin made by Natrol and sold at Walgreens, says gluten free right on the bottle. It has helped tremendously. I still wake up to use the bathroom and last night there were thunderstorms, but I stay awake for a much shorter time and feel better when I get up in the morning. Don't know if melatonin is safe for pregnancy though.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:20 PM

Aside from a multi and other specifics which I can't get my kid to take regularly...
I try: slippery elm (go to Godsherbs.com and it's the stomach and bowel formula #2, I believe)
Pumpkin
Fish oil
Quercetin
Coconut oil (extra virgin organic)
Fresh garlic
Probiotics
Prebiotics
and some others
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 10:09 PM

After trying a whole list of things that didn't really work for me, what has done the trick was something called Travacor. It is a neurotransmitter support combo that happened to have most of the things that I tested low in. Surprisingly it helped after the first day!

The severe malabsorption caused a lot of deficiences for me...I'd try to get that checked out if the ususal things don't help.

BTW I took as much as 1600 mg of magnesium a day the first few month of gluten-free in order to have BMs. That is a HUGE amount over recommended. My body levels still test low though. I am now giving myself shots of mag. Didn't impact my sleep at all that I can tell.
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