Looking for a sleep med that really makes you sleep?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by forfink, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. forfink

    forfink New Member

    Just wondering if anyone has found something that will put you to sleep for a full 6 or 7 hours other than xyrem? Too affraid to try that just yet. I have used Lunesta and Halcion, but still don't ever sleep all night. Love to hear your opinion.
  2. JanesGrama

    JanesGrama New Member

    Dear forfink,
    I too tried all kinds of meds to sleep and they all seem to have multiple problems and side effects. I sleep like a baby now, with no side effects from my meds. I can sleep 10 hrs without waking if I want too. I went to a sleep specialist and got a sleep study done. I found out I had sleep apnea, circadian rythm disorder and restless leg syndrome. I take meds for the disorders, not sleeping pills and I'm doing well sleep wise. Pick a Dr. that does a 2 day sleep study, not just 1. The first day is to fully diagnose your problem and the 2nd is to fine tune the treatment. For example on the 2nd day they gave me the medicine and then tested me under the effect of it. Fitted me for a breathing machine & adjusted the parameters on it until they got it just right while I was sleeping and they could see the results on my brain waves, --no guessing. If you live on the MS gulfcoast I can tell you just who to go to. Not the greatest bedside manner, but he really knows his stuff. You can get hooked on sleeping pills and then have a terrible time getting off. You really need to find the exact cause of your insomnia. Hope this helps.
    Linda
  3. forfink

    forfink New Member

    What's it like to go to a sleep lab?
    And how does one get use to using a cpap machine? They look so strange, how do you move around in bed with a mask on?
    Thanks for your input, this is very interesting. I live in Dallas, so I'm sure I have many many choices.
    [This Message was Edited on 10/18/2006]
  4. blonderescue

    blonderescue New Member

    Hi,

    Ten year campaigner here. No sleep means no life!

    The only thing that gets me through the night is Temazepam. Without it my symptoms are worse and if I dont take it at all my ability to do anything goes down to 0. I have to fight with new doctors to get it, but not having it leads to crash and burn for me.

    With any medication you have to work out what is best for you - take strong sleep meds and sleep or put up with status quo. Also dont forget to check reaction of sleep meds with other meds. You also may have special situation that I don't know of - ie. other illnesses.

    Hope this helps.

    PS. If you cant get Temazepam, try other "azepam" research on net. I am in Australia and may have other brand names where you are. I take 20mg. but started on 10mg.

    I feel for you.

    Sweet dreams

    xxx

    Kaz
  5. forfink

    forfink New Member

    I remember using this med 20 years ago AND BOY it sure did do the trick. It sure did knock me out. Guess with 2 little kids to take care of I didn't stay on it. But I agree with you it's great for sleep. My body seems so sensitive these days not sure how the med would affect me. Will talk to my doctor the next time I see him, he's always wonderful about helping me, thank goodness.
  6. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I take Trazodone and it gives me about 9 hours sleep a night, sometimes less.

    My hubby takes the Peaceful Nights supplement that they sell here at Pro Health and likes it.

    Hugs,

    Nancy B
  7. Kkatie

    Kkatie New Member

    Ambien really works well for me. My doctor, however, will give me only 20 a month, so the other two nights a week I take three Benadryl (with doctor's approval). The Benadryl doesn't work nearly as well and results in my waking up about 2:00 a.m. with aches and pains, but it's the best I have on off nights.
  8. roseylisa

    roseylisa New Member

    my dr just put me on Lyrica and I have slept so good the last couple of nites the only thing is Ive been having really bizarre dreams since starting it not bad ones just strange. but the sleep feels wonderful. But then I found out that my insurance refuses to pay for it I have regence.It costs about 240 a month so I only bought a weeks worth now I dont know how I will be able to keep taking it since my insurance wont cover it!
  9. Abbycat

    Abbycat New Member

    There is a difference between sleeping long and sleeping well. I've woken up 2-6 times a night for for as long as I can remember, (since about 5 years of age). The best sleep I have is with Lyrica. Tried Ambien, Sonata, and they give me a hangover.

    I can't get myself together the next day. Lyrica is for nerve pain, but it has a relaxing quality to it that helps sleep.

    I still wake up during the night, because something doesn't feel right. I go to the bathroom, but then I'm so tired I get right back in bed and fall asleep.

    It's the best sleep I've had in a long time. It's not perfect, but it helps more than the "sleep meds". I still woke up with them, but felt disoriented the next day.

    There is no magic cure.

    Abbycat
  10. YOGIBOO

    YOGIBOO New Member

    What helps me sleep is Xanax 0.25 mg and 100 mg of Trazadone. When I take this combination I can sleep through the night and don't feel hung over the next day. I tried Ambien and others and none worked or left me hung over.
    Worth a try.....