| | Still Wide Awake and Desperate
I wonder if there's anyone else here on this forum that has tried all of the things that I have tried and still cannot sleep. I'm beginning to think there's something dreadfully wrong with me. I've had different forms of insomnia for years but in the past year things have gotten completely out of control. I never get even one good night's sleep. I sleep one hour at a time and lie awake for hours until 5:00 a.m. when I just give up and get up. My total sleep is 3 or 4 hours.
These are the OTC meds I have tried: 5HTP, melatonin, L-tryptothan, Valerian Root, TylenolPM, Benadryl (which gave me a bad reaction), and all of the herbs that I cannot remember the name that are supposed to help with sleep.
Prescription meds: Ambien, Lunesta, Amtriptyline, Atarax, Remeron, Ativan, and finally Trazodone.
I have been to a sleep specialist only to learn that they have little or no interest in insomnia. I then went to a sleep therapist, practiced cognitive behavior therapy, sleep restriction therapy. I don't drink caffeine or liquor. I excercise as much as possible in my always fatigued state. I try to get relaxed at bedtime and practice deep breathing exercises. I've tried meditation. which like everything else did nothing for me. If there's anything physically wrong with me, it hasn't been found. I even had my cortisol levels tested and they're normal.
Am I hopeless or what?