Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep because I can't stop worrying over issues of the day. I've found that listening to a slightly boring podcast really helps in those situations. So far, I've been listening to history podcasts but I think the technique would work with other subject areas and I'd like to find more such podcasts. I'm looking for intelligent and serious podcasts (little to no humorous banter) on important and/or academic topics. Ideally, the presenters would have monotonous voices and would spend a bit too much time on the dull minutiae, but the subject matter would be sufficiently interesting to help me stop thinking about other issues. I don't want to hear a group of friends or colleagues bantering. I don't want to hear comics interviewing each other. Pseudo-science or woo won't help because I may respond emotionally.
posted by Area Man
on Jan 16, 2014 -
You aren't my doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, but maybe you have something to share that will help me get onto a path toward curing a relentless, life-altering ( in the worst possible way( issue with sleep. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Jan 11, 2014 -
I need help finding an exceptional sleep specialist or sleep center to help with a complex, long standing problem with insomnia. I need to find someone really good who's serious. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case
on Dec 31, 2013 -
I recently signed a lease on a new apartment that I'm supposed to move into on January 16. Now, I'm having serious second thoughts and trying to figure out if I should talk to the owner about getting out of the lease. I paid a deposit, but don't mind forfeiting that.
I've been looking for a new place for the last four months, ever since new neighbors moved in upstairs. I have insomnia, though my sleep had been ok earlier in the year; it got much worse, though, because the new neighbors are frequently up late talking loudly. Even smaller sounds, like their footsteps on the hardwood floor above me, started to bother me. It's been a huge problem because I haven't slept well essentially since they moved in, and though I tried to talk with them, I definitely want to move. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons
on Dec 21, 2013 -
My neurologist has prescribed amitriptyline (Elavil) for migraine +/- sleep issues. I took the first dose, 10 mg, last night. Today I am Elmer Fudd. I have felt substantially sedated all day, and this is not ok if it stays! I'm trying to decide whether I should continue with another dose tonight, or discontinue & call the doc on Monday. Dr. Google tells me that the half-life of the drug is 10-50 h., so I'm leaning towards no.
So, if you have experience with amitriptyline - is the sedative effect an initial one that fades, or will it stay (or get worse)?
posted by Dashy
on Dec 14, 2013 -
I have always had intermittent insomnia, but in the last week I have not been able to get to sleep every night without 3-4 hours of tossing and turning. My body is now physically exhausted (droopy eyes, drowsiness etc) but I still can't sleep. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield
on Dec 2, 2013 -
My husband frequently has to work overnight, leaving me alone in the house. I've been having a lot of trouble and worry over sleeping at night when he's gone, and it's eating into my day. What else can I try? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan
on Oct 23, 2013 -
I just mailed off a Very Important Application. How do I remain calm in the weeks or months before I hear back? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I love watching horror films and reading frightening books. Always have. Now, however, it seems to be backfiring, in that I can't get to sleep at night due to all the freaky images floating around in my head. Bonus question: is this sleep paralysis? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I usually sleep OK. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep (mind racing, problems at work, etc, etc) but once I'm out, I'm out. I'll wake up once a night maybe to take a leak, but other than that, I'm good. Now, not so much. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I'm an advanced insomniac, so I'm not looking for tips on how to sleep. I just need some help coping emotionally. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian
on Jun 26, 2013 -
For the past few weeks, I've had the worst insomnia. I'm writing this at 6am, after my third sleepless night in the past week. I think I've had about six hours of sleep in the past four days. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu
on Jun 25, 2013 -
Weighted blanket: good idea, or recipe for pickier sleep habits? This special snowflake travels a lot for work, has dust mite allergies, and dehydrates easily during sleep. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I keep good sleep hygiene. I have herbal tea and a warm bath/shower an hour before bed. I take 50-75 mg of Benedryl (or equivalent) every night. I'm still only sleeping 3-4 hours a night. I can't take Ambien because it makes me sleepwalk. Ideas?
posted by kamikazegopher
on Mar 30, 2013 -
For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again.
I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign?
I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
posted by anonymous
on Mar 19, 2013 -
My son is almost 9. He suffers from mild anxiety, and very often can't sleep at night. He gets plenty of exercise most days as he plays sports year round. He reads at night, but this doesn't always do the trick. He's a very intense kid, and rather than cut down on the sports (which very often is the source of his stress, even though he loves playing) I'd like to manage the anxiety. I think some sort of guided sleep meditation might be really useful here, and I'd love some recommendations. Most of what I've found so far either is sort of corny and a little babyish, or is not specific to sleep and is more about mindfulness and not as good for relaxation. Thanks!
posted by missuswayne
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I work 50+ hours a week in a job that I love. My schedule changes daily; some days are normal 9-6, but others are 2am to "whenever." How do I get healthy sleep while coping with this schedule? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster
on Mar 5, 2013 -
Lately I've been having this horrible anxiety/insomnia the night before important presentations or other work events. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 25, 2013 -
My pdoc prescribed me Topamax as a sleep aid. I do not have epilepsy or migraines, which Topamax is usually prescribed for. I have searched Crazymeds and a couple other drugs forums and no-one has ever mentioned it being prescribed purely
as a sleep aid. Oh, and it doesn't even work. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks
on Feb 11, 2013 -
My doctor's office is closed today but I am in desperate need of a good night's sleep tonight. Weird adrenal "fight or flight" response kicks in every time I'm about to hit REM. [more inside]
posted by andariel
on Feb 3, 2013 -
Here's what a typical night looks like for me:
1. Go to bed between 10pm and midnight. Fall asleep easily.
2. 3-4 hours later, wake up for no apparent reason. Turn over and (usually) fall asleep again.
3. An hour or two later, wake up again. If lucky, fall asleep again; if unlucky, toss and turn for a while first.
4. Repeat step 3 several more times until morning.
5. Get out of bed at 9 or 10 feeling tired and unrefreshed.
The awakenings happen for no discernible reason. I don't have nightmares, need to pee, etc., I just find myself awake. On an average night I wake up 4-5 times. [more inside]
posted by zeri
on Feb 3, 2013 -
But you might have some insight into my Ambien questions. Any suggestions on what antidepressants might work well for someone whose brain really likes Ambien? Do you find that certain activities/foods/supplements make Ambien work better? If you've tried both Ambien and another heavy-duty sleep aid, how do they compare? [more inside]
posted by storminator7
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I am an incredibly light and difficult sleeper, but only sometimes. Other times I sleep like a rock. This happens regardless of tiredness level. How do I keep from getting into vicious cycles where everything wakes me up? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats
on Jan 8, 2013 -
I am having serious psychological trouble adjusting to using my CPAP machine. I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns and I'm resentful and miserable and shall I go on? Yes, I shall. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Dec 29, 2012 -
I've had problems sleeping ever since I was a kid which has led me, as an adult, to get really easily stressed out about things that potentially upset my sleep. How can I become more zen about sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500
on Dec 4, 2012 -
On Monday night, I woke up to a mosquito buzzing in my ear and two giant bites. Since then, it's terrorized me all week. I have trouble sleeping anyway, and being woken up by this thing is not helping. Early this morning, I saw it perched on the wall (after getting yet another giant, swelling bite on my cheek), and tried to swat it, but missed. Help! How can I track it down in my studio apartment today? And how can I make sure to kill it when I find it?
posted by three_red_balloons
on Nov 10, 2012 -
pharmacology question: what does it mean that I reacted so very badly to a single dose of Lunesta (eszopiclone, 3 mg)? [more inside]
posted by Corvid
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Last night I slept for five hours and 45 minutes. For the last 20 years. I've tried many of the frequently recommended solutions such as melatonin and environmental changes, and am not sure what my next step should be. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Sep 20, 2012 -
(Chronic Insomniacs-filter) Sleep avoids me. Been doing so for years.
Any tips or tricks to try and successfully sleep? Always special snow flakes.... [more inside]
posted by handbanana
on Sep 20, 2012 -
I sometimes have the type of trouble sleeping where although I am objectively tired, I can't "shut my brain off" and end up lying awake with my eyes closed. What can I do with my brain during these times? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts
on Aug 8, 2012 -
Sleep eludes me as the anniversary of a violent crime looms. Is there anything I can do to keep the nightmares from ruining my entire week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2012 -
Are antidepressants as effective as sedatives/hypnotics for helping insomnia? [more inside]
posted by jwfree
on Jan 12, 2012 -
How can I battle depression and insomnia (I think they're related, actually) without meds or doctors? [more inside]
posted by bryanthecook
on Jan 6, 2012 -
I have bad sleep hygiene -- I either sleep too little, or more often, too much. Any strategies for combatting this? [more inside]
posted by redlines
on Jan 3, 2012 -
I have developed work week insomnia. I know YANMD, but what have you found effective for managing this. [more inside]
posted by burlsube
on Jan 3, 2012 -
I'm a nursing student and I've stopped sleeping the night before clinical. I could handle it when there was only one clinical day a week, but now there is two and I'm struggling. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso
on Dec 7, 2011 -
As I head into the darkness of winter in Northern England, I'm starting to notice the same pattern I suffered from last year...sleeping even less than I normally do (4-6 hours instead of 6-7). I'm not even sleepy or remotely tired until 2, 3, sometimes even 4 am, when I force myself to fall asleep. I wake up at 8 or 9 (sometimes earlier). What could be happening here, physiologically or otherwise? If it's related to the lack of sun/light, how does that even work? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Nov 20, 2011 -
Why do I experience joint pain and insomnia when I share a bed with my girlfriend and sleep perfectly when I have the bed to myself? How can we sleep peacefully together again? [more inside]
posted by goalie_dave
on Oct 10, 2011 -