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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

Why does sleepiness elude me?

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 - 15 answers

How can I sleep with my partner without the aching?

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 - 12 answers

Help this insomniac sleep!

How can I motivate myself to develop good sleeping habits? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Oct 8, 2011 - 16 answers

but I have promises to keep

Insomnia-filter: Help this stressed-out couch-sleeper re-learn how to sleep in the bedroom (with television). [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Sep 26, 2011 - 18 answers

A Rubik's cube of minor health problems--are they related?

I am having trouble sleeping, which is leading to minor migraines. In addition I have a host a minor ailments and am not sure which problem to try and solve first, and which flavor of medicine would be the most helpful. In other words, I feel stuck. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 12, 2011 - 25 answers

You are feeling very wakey...

Recommend a dawn simulator alarm clock for me! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Return to natural sleep

Help me kick the Ambien habit. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Aug 17, 2011 - 22 answers

I need new reading material

I am an insomniac that needs some recommendations for good late night websites to browse on my ipad. [more inside]
posted by msali on Jul 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Hope for sleepless brain

You are not my doctor, but I'm writing in the hope that someone has had a similar experience and might be able to help me see my way through this difficult situation. I've had a month of extremely strange experiences with psychoactive drugs, and I'm wondering if someone might reassure me that this situation is reversible. (Warning: long, messy situation ahead.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Please make the creaking stop so I can sleep peacefully.

My creaking apartment wall is keeping me up at night, anything I can do to quiet it? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Mar 13, 2011 - 8 answers

From here to there to everywhere, when do I get some sleep?

How can I get to sleep sooner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 - 30 answers

Activities for when I can't sleep

Activities for when I can't sleep. [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Mar 7, 2011 - 32 answers

because putting "Maybe Sprout Wings" on repeat isn't really a valid coping strategy

I've been having short, intense feelings of overwhelming despair, particularly at night. I need advice on dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Feb 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Trazadone and its effects?

I was just prescribed Trazadone to help with sleep. I am not worried about the drug as it is widely prescribed, but would like to hear some first hand experiences. Will this knock me for a loop each night and how long will the effect last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 - 26 answers

Movies set in small sea-side towns?

Looking for films with certain settings, aesthetics, but don't care about plot so much. [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII on Jan 5, 2011 - 53 answers

Further wearying the weary

In my ongoing quest to fix my messed-up sleep schedule, I was going to try a little exercise. How much is enough? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me see the light

I have frequent trouble sleeping. Tim Ferriss has raved about the Philips goLITE. Tell me more about light therapy for sleeping disorders. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

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