Jwags, is melatonin something you buy at health food stores? I don't think I've ever heard of it before. Does it interfere with others meds at all? I'm just wondering if it relaxes your restless leg syndrome whether it would perhaps relax my stomach nerves?The melatonin is a natural hormone so there are no side effects. It does help me get into a deeper sleep. I only take about 3 mg and it also has theanine in it which is a form of green tea. It really does relax me. Before starting it I went for about 4 months with just a few hours of sleep a night. I don't like sleeping pills either. Some nights I also get restless leg syndrome and the melatonin helps relax them.
Thanks for the advice Moon I think I obviously spend a lot of my sleep time in Stage 2 as I swear I dream practically the whole time I'm asleep. No wonder I don't feel so great sometimes if I'm not getting the Stage 4. I'm alternating nights at the moment... so I don't take the alodorm every night. My doc tells me it's a mild sleeping aide. I'm hoping to come off them completely when they get my meds right for my stomach condition. Although I have had to get temporary assistance before when I've had trouble sleeping... but usually I'm Ok when I'm functioning properly with health. I've had bad experiences recently with anti-depressants and would rather stay away from those type of drugs.Yes, you get melatonin at health food stores. It's very gentle. I tried it years ago for my fibromyalgia but it wasn't adequate for me.
What you are taking is a benzo and addictive, not the best sleeping aid in my opinion. Because of my fibro I know quite a bit about sleep meds and recommend one that enables (doesn't block) stage 4 sleep which the benzos do.
I can recommend trazodone (if you get that there and your doc knows about it). It's very safe, an old med with a long track record, not addictive. I've taken it for years and know scores of people who also do/have. It's marketed as an antidepressant but prescribed more for sleep at this point. I sleep through the night, don't wake up groggy, and don't know what I'd do w/out it. I tried a half-dozen meds before settling on trazodone years ago.
Honestly, I'd talk to your doc about alternatives to benzos -
I'm up every morning at 5.30 am for work. I test my BGLs at that time of course. I used to be up at 4.30 am when I had my exercise routine happening... the only time I fitted it in. Nowdays I can't wake up any earlier as I struggle with getting to sleep in the first place. I tend to crash on weekends though.... obviously my body wants a catch up with lack of sleep during the week.Turning the issue around, I've for years had the problem that I wake up early, 5-6am. I have no problem sleeping otherwise. I've tried to test with insulin dosage whether it's because I'm too low or high, but without success. Does anybody else wake up too early? And found a link to diabetes?
NyQuil helps some people sleep, but bear in mind that it raises your blood pressure.interesting thread...
I never tried melatonin but i never experienced insomnia before I got on anti depressants 3 days ago. does drinking NYQUIL night help to fall asleep? i dont like taking sleeping pills. :/
The melatonin is a natural hormone so there are no side effects. It does help me get into a deeper sleep. I only take about 3 mg and it also has theanine in it which is a form of green tea. It really does relax me. Before starting it I went for about 4 months with just a few hours of sleep a night. I don't like sleeping pills either. Some nights I also get restless leg syndrome and the melatonin helps relax them.