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I’ve Slept Through the Night 3 Days in a Row!

Jane This is a quick post in praise of sleep! I have had three nights of sleep in a row!!! For the first time in several years. And, here is what finally helped me: MELATONIN! There are going to be a lot of people out there who will say, “I told you so!” And it’s true that several friends have been telling me for years to try Melatonin,but it never worked for me before. Here’s the secret: I wasn’t taking a big enough dose!!! I should have known! I tried Melatonin several times in the past, but it never kept me asleep, and I usually ended up with a headache. The other night I was just desperate enough (after about a week of restless nights with 3-4 hours of sleep each night) to try doubling the dose from 3 mg to 6 mg, and, low and behold, it worked! I slept through the night!!!!!


So, apologies to everyone who recommended this wonderful solution in the past. And apologies to all my friends who have been trying to help me over the years. I love Melatonin! But keep checking back! I’ll let you know if it continues to work over a long period of time. IBad news:  on the bottle, it says not to keep taking Melatonin over a long period of time or it could have bad side effects!  Help!!  What do I do now?  I guess I just bet caught up on my sleep and then have a few more rough nights.  In the meantime, how about sending in your favorite sleep remedies? I know some people have submitted them before, but I could use help, especially since any kind of real drugs hasn’t worked for me in the past!


My Ambien Nightmare


Sleep is my nightmare.

As I’ve written before on this blog, I have had trouble sleeping since my children were little–when I went on permanent night watch.  Sometimes, things get better–like when I first got on my CPAP machine for sleep apnea or when SleepAID (a form of benadryl) worked for a while.

But sometimes, things get worse.

About a month ago, I started taking Ambien, after weeks and weeks of nights with no sleep. My brain was so foggy at the time that I didn’t read anything about the drug–or even talk to friends about their experiences with it.  I just filled the prescription I’d been carrying around in my purse for months–the prescription given to me by my sleep doctor after a visit where I told him I was starting to fall asleep over my computer at work.  I just read the instructions on the bottle and jumped in:  “Take one tablet before bed.”

I’ll keep this story short, since my purpose is to put my experience out there, in case anyone else might be having the same thing happening to them.  I’ll summarize by saying that I started having things happen to me that I worried about a little but didn’t associate with the drug.  I was under a huge amount of stress, so why wouldn’t I be having chest pains?  Why wouldn’t I be feeling a little depressed when things in my life were not going quite the way I wanted them to?  And I have a lot on my mind, so maybe it was totally normal for me to be forgetting things more than usual.

Then the symptoms started getting worse.  My memory began to feel like a big, heavy cloud over my head.  I was having trouble remembering people’s names, and I stayed in a panicky state at work, afraid I was going to forget something critical.  I started worrying that I might have early-stage Alzheimers.  The chest pains were more frequent.  Then, to top things off, the depression started taking over.


And I don’t mess around with depression.  Been there.  Done that.  Never going there again.

But this depression didn’t feel like a normal one.  It felt a little bit like part of that big cloud that was hanging over my head had taken residence in my heart.

I started thinking maybe there might be a connection with my sleep medicine.  Maybe I should cut back on it for a night.

Then that night, at 3 a.m., when I woke up, startled from sleep by who knows what, I got up and tried working in my puzzle book.  That’s when I received a message from someone (God? The Devil?) through the puzzle I was working in my puzzle book!

What can I say:  it was a bad night!

And then, the next day, my niece, who is living with us right now, Googled Ambien.

Here’s what she found:  potential side effects include memory loss, chest pains, depression, and, sometimes, mild hallucinations.

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