Re: Can't Sleep Naturally
I have had a sleeping disorder for a long long time. The culmination of it being 17 days of no sleep at all. Sleep deprivation can do wicked things to your mind, as you know. I was hospitalized and the only thing that worked for me was taking 4 30mg of Dalmane and an antidepressant that causes sleepiness. When I got home, I took the high doses just a week or two then weaned myself down to 1 sleeping pill before I was addicted to all 4. The Dr. kept me on it for many many years.. I had no idea what a benzo was and when I wanted to try to sleep on my own, I tried to get off the Dalmane. Big mistake..
Anyway, whenever you first get off of sleeping meds, there is usually a rebound effect for awhile, as your body is trying to get used to doing it itself, which takes awhile. I couldnt take the sleeplessness and am now taking Trazadone to sleep. It is an antidepressant, and not addicting, but I will never try to get off of it. I want my sleep more. Have you tried any of the antidepressants that cause sleep?
I am thinking that if you can have some time off work, then maybe you could try some of the methods suggested above. But I do know, that if you have the pressure of HAVING to get up for work, it is hard to sleep because you know you have to be up early. You need time to pamper yourself, and sleep whenever you get the chance. Every bit of sleep you do on your own is training your mind to do what comes naturally. Then you will have confidence when you go only at bedtime. Hope this helps.
Whatever you do, I am rooting for you... I've been there