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Chezz
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posted 05-05-2003 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chezz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've tried anywhere from 1mg to 3mg of melatonin at night and that doesn't seem to do anything for my sleep problem. I usually get in about 6 hours and would like to increase it to 7 or 8. I seem to fall asleep at night okay, but wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble going back to sleep. I bought Sominex last night and produced the same results as melatonin.

Anybody have any good over-the-counter recommendations? I'd like to try something before I consult a doctor.

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pammieb1971
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posted 05-05-2003 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pammieb1971     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there
I suffer the same problem as you do. I take 3 mg of Melatonin as well as 2 anti-depressents that would make the normal person pass out. Did your problem just " come out of the blue "??? Mine did.. I was sleeping great getting alot of sleep and sleeping straight through the night. I now get up at least once and sometimes can go right back to sleep others times I am up all night. If you find something that works please let me know
Thanks

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Chezz
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posted 05-06-2003 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chezz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hardly ever sleep straight through without waking up at some point. And sometimes I can wake up after only 1 or 2 hours and stay awake for 2 hours. The norm is sleep for 4 hours, stay awake for 2, the sleep for 2 until I finally wake up. After about 2 weeks of going through this is when, after pure exhaustion, I might finally get a good nights sleep. Unfortunately, that happens too few and far between. It also doesn't help the apartment where I live, my neighbor gets up every morning at 4:00AM to got to work and was waking up from him walking around until I finally bought ear plugs, which help. On the weekends, I take a nap in the mid-afternoon and that seems to prevent me from sleeping the upcoming night. I'm just interested in sleeping through the entire night without waking up. I've tried chamomile tea, warm milk, eating dry bran cereal, melatonin, Tylenol PM, Sominex and who knows what's next on the agenda. I exercise 4 days a week and those nights I usually sleep better. I'd like to exercise 6 or maybe even 7 days so I'll be more tired come bedtime, but don't seem to have the energy from lack of sleep. Is definitely a catch-22 situation that probably only a doctor can help with.

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DanaJ
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posted 05-12-2003 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I've found one product to work wonders. It's a generic sleeping pill put out by Rite Aide, if you have any near you. They're blue, adn the directions say to take 2 tablets somewhere around an hr before bed. I use one nad it works wonders. Nothing can keep me up after that. This works when nothing else does, for me anyway.

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Chezz
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posted 05-13-2003 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chezz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dana:

There are plenty of Rite Aids where I live. I bought Tylenol PM again because that seems to work best but once I run out, I'll try what you suggested.

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posted 05-13-2003 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for maude&bandit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try GRAVOL or a no name anti nausea drug. They work great and was reccomended by my DR>

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DanaJ
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posted 05-17-2003 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Chezz:
Dana:

There are plenty of Rite Aids where I live. I bought Tylenol PM again because that seems to work best but once I run out, I'll try what you suggested.


Well these are Rite Aid brand. They are blue pills, with about 30 something per box(I believe it is a silver box with Rite Aid, and "sleep tablets" or something of the like), adn shouldn't be more than $6. They work absolute wonders for me and my partner. They really make you drowsy, within a very short period of time, so don't take them unless you are certain you aren't doing anything major. My partner just took them, and within a half hr he was really drowsy and ready to just sleep. He has a lot of difficulty falling asleep, too.
Good luck, keep us updated.


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Chezz
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posted 05-20-2003 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chezz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Rite Aid brand was much like Sominex with how strong it was and it did nothing because I woke up only after a few hours. I am utterly shocked at 1:00AM or 2:00AM I can lay in bed wide awake and now it is becoming a psychological task. Rite Aid had 3 different sleep pills and I bought the one that prescribed to take 2 an hour or so before bedtime. Looks like it is on to something else.

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posted 05-20-2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DanaJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Chezz:
This Rite Aid brand was much like Sominex with how strong it was and it did nothing because I woke up only after a few hours. I am utterly shocked at 1:00AM or 2:00AM I can lay in bed wide awake and now it is becoming a psychological task. Rite Aid had 3 different sleep pills and I bought the one that prescribed to take 2 an hour or so before bedtime. Looks like it is on to something else.

Okay fair enough, sorry it didn't help. Fortunately for my partner and I, it will put us out like a light, and it's the most sound sleep also. It's actually pretty hard to shake off when we wake up.
I hope you find something that works for you. I serioulsy think you should just see a doctor, and find out what's really wrong, or causing this. Good luck.

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posted 05-21-2003 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chezz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your help DanaJ. Since there were 3 different Rit Aid brands, I'm not sure if I bought the one you mentioned. I shouldn't have bought the one I did since it was the same as Sominex, which didn't work. I did notice the ingredient for one of the other 2 brands didn't contain the same ingredient and that is the one I should have bought instead. So, I will give that a try and post on here what the results are. What is funny is I really don't feel tired during the day despite the fact I may only be getting 5 hours.

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posted 06-12-2003 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for g'ann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
all these things, including gravol are forms of Benadryl. every OTC sleep aide available is 25mg of dephenhydramine ( benadryl). gravol is 75mg.
so buy the cheapest.
one of the possible side effects of almost all ( even prescription) sleep aides is nervousness and insomnia ( go figure)and unfortunatley, for me most sleep aides have no effect.

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