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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby flutterflier » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:38 pm

I take Seroquel. In a way, it's amazing. I can sleep almost every single night.

But there are side effects.

I have become way too reliant on it. I've been taking it for about 6 years. I started off with just 25mg. But after a while, I wouldn't be able to sleep peacefully, and kept increasing the dosage. All the way up to 800mg. Sometimes I even took up to 1200mg if it was a really bad night.
Recently, I've really hated this. So I have come down quite a bit. I'm trying to take 100mg, but it's hard. Most nights I have to take 200mg.
If I don't take it at all? Then I can't sleep. Really, really can't sleep. The longest I've stayed up was 56 hours. I might've gotten 30 minutes of sleep within that time. That's because they couldn't refill my prescription for some reason.

Besides that, I'm pretty sure it's what caused my Restless Leg Syndrome. Because it seems like the more I take, the worse it gets.

Also, the higher the dose I take, the more scared I get once it starts working. I'll have this 15-minute period where I feel like I'm going to die, and I'm always like "OMG! What happens if someone does a drive-by? OMG! What happens if I have a heart attack from this medicine? OMG, I'M GONNA DIE-"
But then after the 15ish minutes, I calm down and get embarrassed by my outlandish thoughts. But the thing is, this happens EVERY time I take more than 100mg, and it really sucks.

And again, the higher the dose, the more groggy I am in the morning. Sometimes this grogginess seems to stay with me all day. It really sucks. I'm groggy right now even, and I woke up 7 hours ago :/
It's not worth it.
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby Buttercup1977 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:36 am

I have been taking zopiclone nightly now for at least 2 years. I sleep wonderfully. Without it, I don't sleep a wink. I'm sure I'm dependent on it, but oh well, I'd rather sleep than not.
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby BYEBYEINSOMNIA » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:23 pm

My take on sleeping meds is to stay FAR AWAY from all of them. I say this as someone from extensive experience. Sleeping pills and insomnia, night after sleepless night, were my life for almost two years. Sleeping pills are not the answer. If you need to burn off anxiety, part of what is keeping you up at night, do it naturally by physically exhausting yourself with exercise. I guess everyone's different, but for me, sleeping pills actually caused anxiety, which is what was keeping me awake, from falling asleep. There was much more to it than that for me, but a big component for me to kick my insomnia issues was to get rid of the sleeping pills. For those of you that take a minimal amount of sleeping pills, I STRONGLY suggest that you 3-4 hours before bedtime try intense cardio exercise to wear your body out, then come bed time, your body will be ready. This was not the total answer for me, as I was as bad as they come when it came to not sleeping, but it is an important component now for me, and it's a win-win for my body.
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby defyinggravity65 » Sat May 12, 2018 1:49 pm

Has anyone tried Unisom Sleep Tabs (doxylamine succinate) for insomnia? I've been wanting to try these put I have a lot of anxiety about sleep meds and don't like the idea of something "knocking me out" . Wondering if this was more gentle and what your experiences are with it! Thanks
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby Wally58 » Sun May 13, 2018 12:28 pm

If you haven't already, I would begin with a physical exam and an evaluation from your doctor. The doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist for further diagnosis.
Medications aren't usually the first choice. You have to know what you are trying to treat first. Avoid self-medication no matter how simple and attractive that sounds. It can ultimately make things worse. Try to treat the anxiety first, if in fact that is the main insomnia issue.
"Getting knocked out" could have fatal consequences. Don't do it.
Best of luck to you. :D
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby Rolodex23 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:19 pm

I have suffered from insomnia for as long as i can remember. I have tried bennidryl and trazodone. The trazodone works but a few months ago i started taking CBD and it helps for many symptoms i have including insomnia. I am not sure if it is legal in all states but it is natural, very medicinal and works for me.
Good luck.
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby zer0space » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:30 pm

I used to take Ambien until a couple of months ago. I was highly stressed out and the Ambien, upon that state of half dreaming / half being awake, was giving me nightmare like hallucinations where I was hearing several voices in my head plotting against me, and so many other awful things that scared me to death).

Now I take Trazodone, which knocks me out.

But the best "sleep pill" I know is Nature Made's Melatonin w/ L-Theanine because it gets me sleepy and it helps to tell my brain to shut up at night.

I supplemented my Unisom with it, my Ambien, and now my Trazodone. It's just a really solid base supplement that I'm not afraid to take since Melatonin is a chemical your body creates naturally and L-Theanine is an amino acid that can be found in plants (i.e. green tea).
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby MarilynH » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:35 pm

I have tried several natural remedies and the only one I see mild results with is melatonin. I take 1 mg and the next day I feel out of it... depersonalized and sometimes some anxiety and depression. This happens each time and is why I am afraid to use it again. I just feel so weird the next day. Anyone else have this issue with melatonin?
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby NimplyDinply » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:11 pm

Have any of you tried Doxepin? It's an antidepressant of the older class, but it works for me like a charm. I've been taking it for a few months now every so often and it's reset my sleep to where I don't need naps most days any longer. Only take the lowest dose that you need though (for me that's 5 mg) or it could lead to a nasty hangover.
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Re: Sleep pills, supplements, and other sleeping aid experiences

Postby jjaylds » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:37 am

Many supplements can cause insomnia. If you suffer from overstimulation, avoid Gingko, Quercetin, Bacopa,also b12, B6 and folic acid gave me insomnia. I have just stopped taking fish oil which was giving me insomnia. I am sleeping massively better after stopping most of my supplements.
Gotu Kola and Bacopa, lemon grass essential oil are used to increase alertness (they inhibit the sleep urge so avoid these like the plague). I work for a university and have trained in research so have been able to research supplements.
Many supplements increase dopamine eg ashwaghanda (not good for many insomniacs), and/or they inhibit adenosine which is needed to create the urge to sleep. Check these out on Google Scholar if you cant access academic research. The supplement industry is making a fortune out of our anxieties - they have side effects just like the pharmaceutical industry products. I have been on mirtazapine for a decade (with side effects). The mirtazapine was mainly to counteract the insomnia and overstimulation effects of the ‘healthy’ supplements I was taking. I feel like I have been taken for a ride by the big bucks supplement industry. Some supplements obviously are helpful but don’t believe any old tosh they tell you. The supplements industry isn’t regulate and they don’t have to publish (or even research) side effects of their big money making products.
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