Tired of the Sleepless Nights

I haven't had a good nights sleep in almost a month. For some reason I keep waking up after two or three hours of sleep, then staying awake for another three or four, and maybe falling asleep for another hour or two. This routine is getting really old, really fast. The wort part about it is that I'm taking a priscription sleeping pill, and it's not doing me any good.

lilbopeep25 lilbopeep25
22-25, F
13 Responses Oct 16, 2006

Hi lilbopeep25

Your story struck me because not long ago I was researching what they call 'sleep maintenance insomnia' and discovered some interesting lines of thought about how once it was regarded as quite normal to wake up in the middle of the night - basically before the industrial revolution when people were forced into more hours of darkness and so would have 2 sleeps, often getting up to do something else in the night. You might want to check it out as it could at the very least bring you some comfort to know that despite it being a 'sleep disorder', some think that it's not going to do you any great harm:-)
Here is the results of my research and you can follow through my article to find the original sources. Someone even had enough material to write a book on the concept!

Lots of people sleep with fans to drown out noise and calm them down. Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine don't help at all--they'll just make it worse. Check out www.sleepfans.com. They have a lot of good suggestions for helping people with chronic insomnia.

I relate, big time! Same here. It's the never ending battle for consistent, sustained sleep hours. Wal Mart gets boring at night......lol....

hello everyone, i too find not being able to sleep very annoying and after awhile of only 3-4hours if that of sleep i begin to feel really paranoid and kind of frightened. i havnt been sleeping well for the past 2 or 3 months and most recently like for a week or two now i havnt been sleeping much at all. i am 25 year old male and i take OTC sleep aids, mealatonin supplements and klonpoins, and somtimes the non caffenated teas. these things only seem to help some of the time and if i try very very hard to fall asleep. usually i try to go to bed around 9 to get an early start because i know im going to be up for hours battling my anxiousness.I may fall asleep for a couple hours around 10 or 1030 but immidietly wake up around 130 or 2 and just lay there untill about 4 or 5 in the am until i am so exhausted my body just forces itself to shut down. It is absolutely ruining my life and now when i wake up each new day i get very deppressed about trying to fall asleep again later on that night. It really is a vicious cycle and im losing touch with myself and reality with so little sleep. im scared of taking more sleeping meds because i dont want to become a zombie and be dependent on chemicals that cover up the underlying problem. ive had a pretty stressful life and its very hard to forget about things that have happened to you or bother you to the point where its just stuck in your mind and no matter how hard you try to think of somthing else it all comes back to your mind over and over like a broken record.When i lay in bed i have repetitive thoughts in my mind that i cant seem to get a grip on, maybe because i am slowly losing my mind with all this sleep deprivation. and like someone else said earliar on this topic it is VERY lonely when you are the only one awake.i dont really have money for a psychiatrist and do not want to commit myself to a psych center because i will just get a huge bill later on and that will just stress me out even more. I have a friend who is friends with a nurse and thats how i get my klonopins, i know it isnt strictly legal but when you have limited funds and limited sleep you become very desperate. But like i said earliar i do not try to take much of these because i dont want to become addicted to somthing that may make things worse for me in the long run. Before a few months ago i would say i was pretty normal and slept very well 8-9 hours straight everynight with no disturbances. Now i feel like a totally different person and it really sucks bad. If any one has any suggestions please feel more than free to comment on my post, any advice would be very helpful and much appreciated. Thanks everyone.

Me too hav same problem buddy...n I knw hw it feels...jus stop spending money at some rubbish meds n start saving for a psychaitrist

I have had insomnia for many years and I have tried all of the tricks of the trade several times over. I have pretty much given up as nothing seems to work. Unfortunately I have tried all of the sleeping pills as well: ambien, restorall, ativan, klonopin and all of the sleep herbs that are recommended. I think my problem now is that I am on too many meds and they have completely screwed up my sleep cycle. I want to just stop taking all of the meds, but I'm sure there are withdrawal symptoms. My doctor recently prescribed doxepin which is a mild antidepressant. The reviews say it knocks you out, but it might as well be a stimulant to me. I don't want to have the same issues Elvis had so more than anything I want to get off of every single one of my meds. I just don't know how. I have a family to support and if I don't take any meds I get zero hours of sleep. If I do I may get 3 or 4 hours of sleep, but I can al least do my job with some sleep. This whole thing called insomia is hell and for those who have never had this issue, they simply don't understand how someone can not do something as easy as fall asleep. Right now the only thing that make me feel a little better is that others have experienced this living hell. Hang in there everybody. I am thinking of finding a presc<x>ription drug detox center to get all of this crap (sleeping pills out of my system). Does anyone have experience with this?

I know exactly what you are going through.. I have been fighting insomnia for four years now! It truly is a living hell. I am completely dependent on sleeping pills. And this scares me. But at the same time, i will go days running on only an hour of sleep. and by that time I am so desperate to sleep even a little that I dont care how addicted i am. I can function on 4 or 5 hours of sleep! but its simply awful.. you are not alone!! i promise. i get it. :( stay strong! and i hope that sweet dreams will find you!

I have insomnia and I know how it is. I sleep better when I have absolutely nothing to do the next day so I have no worries about when I wake up. Unfortunately, that's not realistic to deal with on a day to day life. I would recommend changing medication. I've tried everything from Seroquel, Ambien, to Lunesta, to things like Vicodin and Valium the ONLY one that works everytime for me was the Seroquel. But there is a warning out that it can cause cancer and diabetes so I got off of that. But try doing some stretches and changing sleeping meds. Hope this helps!

i recommend the Equate Sleep Aid tablets. im 14, and the box says to take 2, but i only rly need 1. you gotta take them like 30 mins b4 bed. it works 4 me and ive had insomnia since i was 2.

I have insomnia and it stinks. I've been trying for years to find something to deal with it. All of the advice out there is good. What kind of medicine are you taking? Just because one thing doesn't work does not mean you should stop trying - even similar medications work differently on people. It's worth it when you find one that works!

Try Chewing Some Valerian Root.

There is a common ingredient in our food which can cause this behaviour. This is just being recognised, so it is not listed as an allergen on our foods. Anyway, try going without eating anything which has high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it for a week. Regular corn syrup is okay, just the HFCS does this.

Ok, first of all opiates (vicodin, etc.) actually keep you awake!<br />
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So does alcohol and coke/coffee/greentea, etc.....<br />
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Sleeping pills, whether OTC or prescription, will stop working after a while. <br />
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Having been through intense periods of insomnia, I can offer some hints which may be of use.......<br />
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1. There are a LOT of potential causes, but many times it is your normal instinctive "fight or flight" hormones kicking in. These, of course, keep you awake so you can fight off the beasts!<br />
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2. Consider whether it is the time of your life when you might be going through major crisis/change/spiritual growth. If so, give in to it - don't fight it. "It's natures way of telling you somethings wrong".<br />
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3. Stop most substances....booze, drugs, etc. - Maybe a weak tranq like Ativan, Valium, etc. is OK, as are some OTC sleep aids. NO OPIATES late in the day!<br />
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4. Do not eat big meals after 5PM.<br />
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5. Do not watch disturbing TV shows late at night or program computers, work hard, exercise, etc.<br />
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6. Start a ritual of winding down to bed a few hours early. Have a cup of herb tea, maybe a piece of bread or snack. Read something (not something visual or disturbing). Books on spiritual or self-help matters - if they interest you - are ideal<br />
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Many people exhibit self-defeating behavior such as drinking booze, eating too much, etc....which only aggravates the problem. Take the above steps and 3/4 of you should get much better.

Maybe you are stressed about something. maybe fixing that will make the sleep issue go. I know when i can't sleep like that something is bothering me.

I have the same problem. I'm so friggin grateful and surprised when I can sleep (solidly) for more than two hours. Sometimes, I wake up every hour on the hour....I'll get up, smoke a cig, drink some diet coke then go back to sleep. It sucks so bad. All this sleep deprivation is probably making me crazy! I had oral surgery a few weeks ago...they gave me vicadin....THAT didn't make me sleep, either!!! And, it's so lonely when you're the only one awake, isn't it?