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(This isn’t me...I don’t look that good)

I can't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep...like one of those really deep long knock out sleeps where you wake up and you're like a commercial.  You open your eyes, stretch your arms with a big broad smile and jump out of bed to open the curtains wide, let the sun in and sing some kind of spectacular song.

Sleep...the elusive tease...the constant seductive promise of brain cells, spirit and body restored.

I think the last time I slept through the night was before I had children.  So that means, let's see, 26 years ago.

Yeah, that's right.  26 years ago, I slept through the night.  When I say this it makes me sound like a newborn.

There's always an excuse for poor sleep.  Pregnancy, babies, toddlers, kids...teenagers.  Forget about sleep when you have teenagers, especially when you have four teenagers, especially when most of those teenagers have driver's licenses and cars, and especially when they are teenagers with driver's licenses, cars and a penchant for "experimentation".

After surviving 4 teenagers, perhaps my sleep deprivation is a result of posttraumatic stress disorder.

If it's not that, then it's pre-pre-pre-perimenopause, pre-pre-perimenopause, pre-perimenopause, perimenopause, plain ole menopause, or post menopause.  I've been told any and all of these pauses can go on for decades.

It's been said that there is no rest for the wicked.  I don't get it.  I'm a good girl I am.  

I've tried all kinds of things, natural and otherwise. The most success I had was with Ambien.  I LOVE AMBIEN!  But to be honest, I got a little forgetful on Ambien.  The morning after taking it, I can’t remember entire conversations I've had with my husband.  However, I do vaguely remember that sex feels really good with an Ambien buzz.

One morning I noticed one of my sons had called me at 11:00 the night before.  I returned his call..."Hey, Nate, I saw that you called."

"Yeah, Mom, I talked to you last night for like 25 minutes."

"Oh Nate, you're such a tease.  You're so funny."  Nate really is a jokester.

"Mom, listen to me.  You and I talked last night.  We talked about my job and classes."

Hard as I tried, I couldn't remember talking to him.  Nothing.  Nahda.  Zippo.

Self-induced Alzheimer's.  How ridiculous.

I read recently that when you take Ambien, you should hide your computer and your cell phone.  Yes, drunk dialers aren't the only ones with all the fun.  

I learned this the hard way.

I quit drinking several years ago.  Good decision.  But several months ago, I took an Ambien and kept walking around doing stuff.  All of the sudden, everything seemed unsteady.  I was woozy and tipsy and slurring my words.

That night I went out to my office.  I was emailing a friend.  Although I didn't remember it, I was able the next morning to see what I had written.  Here it is, exactly as I wrote it:

"Wow, ’m really cutting loose now...like this feel really good...i feel alittle dizzy...dramamine? or just sleep. ...must put winter coat and boots on for short walk back to the house where silence greets me at the door and husband ha sequesterd himself in a place where the TV is so large, you’d swear your crazy for having it. ...so since i’m woosy which could potentially be considered drunk, even tho it’s not the same thing, does this mean I have to start going to meetins and saying how weak and shitty i am...i won’t do it i’m tell you right now.  

I had no memory of writing this and therefore am not responsible for any of it.  The Ambien made me do it.

I decided 3 nights ago my wild and crazy Ambien days were over.   I've been taking some 5HTP and "Stress Reliever" instead.  

So far, it's not working.  I'm exhausted.  During the day I've been a walking zombie.  I'm sleep deprived.  I'm full of memory but cranky.

I went to bed 2 hours ago.  I've just been laying here....hmmmm, hmmmm, counting sheep, tossing, turning, yawn, sigh...dummmmdeeedummmdeedummmm.

Time passes ever slowly...it's 3 hours since I went to bed...4....

I'm determined to get some sleep au naturel.  But if it doesn't come, I'll live with that.

I've decided I'm going to be like a rock star and sleep when I'm dead.

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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Ambien scares the crap outta me...I’ve tried it once and didn’t like how it made me feel when I had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night...lol...I felt like I was walking with lead feet...and my movement was so exaggerated...My mum takes it now and she walks around, making tea for herself and then falls asleep without drinking it..the next morning she has no recollection of what she did the night before...

      One night she went into the kitchen and fixed herself a bowl of cereal (mum hardly eats cereal) My daughter and I watched as she fell asleep in the bowl of milk and cereal..no lie..we laughed so hard..but it really wasn’t funny..something bad could have happened to her..I threaten to take them away from her...but I’m still her child and I don’t feel like getting my butt whipped...



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      Leeann wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • I noticed when I go to the gym and workout I sleep really well, I haven’t been sleeping at all and I haven’t worked out in two weeks. I am hitting the gym again.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 17, 2009
    • Some natural alternatives are melatonin and valerian, but even melatonin leaves me feeling a bit like I have a hang over - hard to wake up.
      I am convinced it is hormonal though because when I take my hormone balancing supplement properly I sleep better. If I don’t take enough (like today) am still wide awake at midnight. I think I’ll go take some and head to bed. worried



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      Angelcart wrote Feb 19, 2009
    • My husband and I both take ambien and it works quite well for us.  Have you tried taking only half an ambien?  That’s what my husband does.  I have tried melatonin and Tylenol PM but nothing helps me like ambien.  I’m sure it affects people differently though.  Try a half tablet RIGHT before you go to sleep.  Good luck.



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Feb 19, 2009
    • I appreciate all the comments and the cartoon.  Actually, I weaned myself of the Ambien by taking half a pill.  But I still found that I was doing strange things after taking it, and still not feeling very rested.  I’m now off Ambien and taking 5 HTP and gaba.  It’s working just fine and Ive surprised myself.  I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to sleep without some kind of prescription sleep aid.

      Thanks for all the suggestions and the compassion.



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      Onevision wrote Feb 20, 2009
    • I used to take Ambien, then couldn’t sleep without it. Now I take Tylenol PM and it is great! I’ve heard that Advil PM is even stronger.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 22, 2009
    • hotwomen: what else did you try? Just wonder:

      Soft smoothing music?  Candle light?  A bath?  Reading a book?  Fragrance?



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      Jana Toohey wrote Mar 24, 2009
    • 1 mg of Sublingual Melatonin ALWAYS works for me. Once I got 3 mg by mistake and hated it.. and if it’s not Sublingual it’s not the same. If you get it right, you should wake up feeling fabulous in the morning. Good Luck.



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      Mary Henry wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • I used to never sleep through the night and found that I also had more aches and pains. My Doctor who is a very savvy woman told me that lack of sleep can also lead to Fibromyalgia, which I had symptoms of. And also Chronic Fatigue! DUH! If you don’t sleep at night you are going to be fatigued! Anyway, I tried a program to lose weight! YES, and it helped me sleep. It is called Isgenix and I wrote about it on the page for women that need to lose weight. There is a product in the program called Ionix Supreme. It is an Adaptagen Drink (Take 1 ounce right at bedtime) and dream your heart to sleep no hang overs and wake up in the morning like you were young and alive again! Iwas jumping up before the alarm goes off!It has all of these wonderful organic herbs in it, that adapts your body to whatever stress it is under. It was originally developed for Russian astronaunts’ long term space travel and for Olympic Athelets. For adapting to stress and quick recovery on muscles. It is amazing because it also has B vitamins and you can take it during the day and you deal with mental stress better and physical stress but at night if you take it right AT bedtime you sleep. If you take it an hour before you clean your house!LOL
      Go to www.henryandassoc.isagenix.com( that is me) and click on Products and then click on Ionix Supreme. Or email me and I’ll send you a PDF on everything in it.* Tonight**Thursady April 16th there is a free conference call at 6PM PT, 9PM EST with the formulator and founder of Isagenix on this specific product.*  The number to get on the call is 1 712 338-8000 then 5107# but you have to get on at least 10-15 min early because there will be over 500 people on this line! John Anderson, he is called the Mineral Man, is his name and he is brilliant. He has formulated over 2500 products in the health and wellness industry for over 600 private label manuf. but now does it exclusively for Isagenix. I love their whole programs! I am the one that lost 36lbs too, and have kept it off. fitandlean07, Mary



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • Yes, thats me sleep when I’m dead - I only have a full 8 hours when I’m on holiday in France - don’t know if it’s the air - how dark it is - what but the first 4 days after we arrive I sleep for 16/17 hours each day and then bingo I’m back to normal ..

      I’ve never slept a full eight hours since I was about 11/12 years old .....



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      007pouty wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • I took Ambien and Ambien Cr for about 5 years altogether.  My son would tell me I drove him to town and we went to Dr. visits. Or I would go shopping with son.  I never remembered anything! The doctor suggested Clonazepam I’ve taken it for about 2 years.  But, now they have found acute sleep apena and want me to get off Clonazepam and onto either Xanax or Ativan.  I need something I can use to help fall asleep and when a panic attack starts.  I’m trying to cut down on medications because I take too many already, last count 17.  I can’t use advil because of my stomach and can’t use Tylenol PM, because of blood pressure.  I usually get 4 to 5 hours sleep a night and feel draggy most of the morning, but I do take Adderall XR 30 and Adderall 30 to pick me up some.  It works for about 4 hours.  My goal is to get off ALL medications.  Good luck on your quest for a full nights sleep!



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      Diane17 wrote Nov 3, 2010
    • I had never taken Ambien but I have taken Lunesta and Trazadone.  Lunesta really knocks you out.  

      I have to get up at least once a night to go to the bathroom.  Usually I can go back to sleep, but sometimes I can’t and that really stinks.  Every now and then, once in a blue moon, can I sleep the whole night without waking up.
      Tylenol PM also works.

      Some people have complained that taking these sleep medications make them groggy the next day but I haven’t had any issues.



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