Insomnia

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I have had what the professionals call “sleep disturbances” for a little over a year now. I can fall asleep just fine, probably thanks to trazodone, but I can’t stay asleep and when I do wake up (the first, second, or third time) I have a tough time falling back asleep, though I do eventually. For maybe an hour.

My bedtime has changed from 10 pm to around 11. I’m afraid that if I go to bed earlier, I’ll wake up that much earlier (at say 11pm or midnight). When I go to bed later, I don’t wake up until 2 or 3 am.

If I get up at 2, I might take a Benadryl to help me fall back asleep (my psychiatrist suggested this). Unfortunately, I always forget to do it. And 3 am is too late to take it because then I might oversleep.

So at 3, I just get up and go to the living room, where I check social media, crochet, or read. As I said, I fall asleep for an hour, wake up around 5 am, maybe fall back asleep, and then awaken at 7.

I take melatonin at night along with my trazodone, and it helps some. However, I hesitate to take Ambien, which my doctor has mentioned. For one thing, I was on it a long time ago and it didn’t work. Second, he and I want to delay being prescribed yet another prescription medication as opposed to over-the-counter.

My sleep hygiene is not in perfect shape, but I try. I’m thinking of taking Ambien because I’m getting desperate. Our bodies change over time, and maybe mine has changed enough for Ambien to work. I don’t want to be on another medication, but the sleep disruptions are taking its toll.


Do you experience insomnia? What remedies do you use to combat it?

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6 thoughts on “Insomnia

  1. I feel your pain, Barb. I have had insomnia issues for as long as I can remember. My psyche doc has me on 300mg of Trazadone, 50mg of Hydroxyzine, 50 mg Quetiapine, and .10mg of Clonazepam, plus 10mg of Melatonin… I usually take all of this (That would basically knock a horse out) around 10-10:30, and still be awake around 1-2am. However, once I’m out, I’m OUT!
    I hope you don’t have to go on all of this in order to sleep throughout an entire night, but… You may want to consult with your doc.

    1. I used to be on a higher dose of trazodone (I’m only taking 50mg or 75 right now.) I’m going to ask my psych doc if we can just raise the trazodone instead of putting me on another pill.

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