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I'm burning up, thanks for asking.

In the past few months I've gone from healthy, active 49 year old woman to sweat-dripping, unable-to-sleep menopausal woman. I need help with hot flashes that are happening up to 20 times daily, each lasting anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the night sweats that are waking me up pretty much hourly with a damp-to-soaking-wet bed. They're uncomfortable, they're gross, I stink to high heaven, and I need help managing them. What menopause hacks can you share? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 30, 2014 - 14 answers

 

Boston...pot.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

A couple of these things things are JUST like the others

Black cohosh and flax seed give me crackhead-style insomnia. Green tea breaks me out ... [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Feb 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Can you suggest dull and informative podcasts to help me fall asleep?

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 - 40 answers

This can't continue

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 - 53 answers

How can I get help with an *extremely* bad, intractable sleep problem?

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 - 9 answers

Should I try to get out of this lease?

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 - 17 answers

Sedation effect from amitriptyline, does it fade?

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 - 12 answers

Persistent insomnia - sleep hygiene advice

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 - 21 answers

How to deal with sleeping alone when a spouse works the night shift.

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 - 43 answers

Waiting puts a Weight on my Mind

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 - 4 answers

Help me stay asleep!

What can I do to fall back asleep when I wake up in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Sep 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Head of horrors

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 - 15 answers

I can't sleep. I like sleep.

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 - 36 answers

Dear Insomniacs, please help me cope

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 - 26 answers

Am I slowly dying?

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 - 34 answers

Weigh in with your experiences.

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 - 6 answers

I need to sleep

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 - 35 answers

How do you find a psychiatrist anyway?

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 - 13 answers

Guided meditation recommendations for kid with insomnia.

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 - 18 answers

How do I get healthy sleep with a difficult, inconsistent work schedule?

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 - 24 answers

Getting to sleep the night before a big event?

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 - 21 answers

Arggghhh

What are your best insomnia remedies? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 22, 2013 - 41 answers

Has anyone been prescribed Topamax purely as a sleep aid?

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 - 24 answers

Sudden, odd case of insomnia--help me sleep!

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 - 14 answers

Help! I can't stay asleep.

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 - 32 answers

You Are Not My Walrus

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 - 9 answers

Please help me stay asleep before I go insane.

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 - 36 answers

Can't stop lucid dreaming

Has anyone found any strategies for combating sleep state misperception/paradoxical insomnia? [more inside]
posted by mellosphere on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

I just want some sleep!

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 - 32 answers

How to take the drama out of bedtime.

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 - 19 answers

Help me find this $&^# mosquito

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 - 23 answers

Essence of Foul

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 - 4 answers

Midnight Cowboy Snacker

Why and I eating in the middle of the night and how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 answers

five hours and 45 minutes of crappy sleep. For the last 20 years.

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 - 35 answers

Sleep doesn't rule everything around me...

(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 - 36 answers

How do I sleep sleep with my partner?

How do I sleep (as in, catch some z's) with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Aug 17, 2012 - 31 answers

For example, last night I devised and wrote this post in my head.

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 - 52 answers

Sleep Hygiene For the Sleep-Filthy?

What is the best, quickest way to recover from unavoidable weeklong periods of awful sleep? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jul 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Surely a paintball gun is not the answer

Barky dogs next door keeping me up at night: is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me knock myself out

Help me get over my irrational fear of sleep medication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 - 26 answers

How do you avoid nightmares?

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 - 27 answers

What can I do to get back to restful and uninterrupted sleep?

Why do I keep waking up in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Mar 26, 2012 - 26 answers

Sleep mask won't stay put. Argh!

How do I keep my sleep mask from slipping off my face while I sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 9, 2012 - 17 answers

What type of drugs are best for treating insomnia?

Are antidepressants as effective as sedatives/hypnotics for helping insomnia? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jan 12, 2012 - 22 answers

I don't want to be sad anymore.

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 - 36 answers

Wake up, sleepy-head

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 - 13 answers

Work week insomnia :(

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 - 20 answers

Help me get to sleep

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 - 10 answers

I can't sleep dammit.

Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal and insomnia. How do I get to sleep? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

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