I'd LOVE to get down to the bottom of this!! Here are the answers to your questions. Sorry it took so long to post them here...Still getting the hang of messageboards!!! 1. How much uninterrupted sleep do you get? (go to sleeep, sleep for x amount of time and wake up) At least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep are necessary. Note: this is not total sleep. A. No, sure don't get THAT much uninterrupted sleep. I'm taking Elavil to help me sleep, but I still wake up every couple of hours or so. I have to sleep on my sides, can't sleep on my back or stomach. My arms go to "sleep" and start "buzzing" (I've got a bulging disk in C5-6 and have had my left shoulder operated on twice to take out the AC joint) and hips start hurting and wake me up (plus, I usually have to go to the bathroom at least once -even though I don't drink a lot after 7 or so - don't drink alcohol at all - just decaf tea and water at night. One vanilla coke at 11:30 a.m. with my lunch!). I just bought a "sound conditioner" to block out night sounds (we live in the country so we hear frogs, crickets, etc., plus we've got two dogs and three cats who are inside all night (but really are good - most sleep through the night or only get up when I do and then settle right back down!!)) 2. Do you snore? Snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea where you stop breathing and then startle awake as much as 15 times a minute. Creates a "fight or flight" situation each time and floods the body with adreniline each time. Does all sorts of nasty things. A. I "snorkle" if I try to sleep on my back (that is one reason I don't even try to sleep like that!). I've got a bulging disk at C5-6 (thanks to a car wreck). 3. Do you nap during the day. Napping can cause havoc with sleep. A. Don't nap - work from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. I do try to steal a nap on the weekend sometimes! 4. Do you use any sleep aids like Prosom, Xanax, Remeron? The benzodiazepines interfere with the restful sleep. A. Sleep aids - Elavil. It does seem to help some. Before I started taking it I didn't even get as much sleep as I get now! 5. Do you have Restless Leg Syndrome? That can flood you with adreniline, also. A. I don't think I've got Restless Legs Syndrome (from what I've read about it). I do get Charlie Horses in my calves if I have been standing on my feet for a long time. Do you think there is any hope for me? Am I doomed to be this tired forever? I hate to whine, but I am just SO tired of being tired!!! Thank you so much for any help you can give me, madwolf! I am SO tired of being tired! I don't know if I need to try to reduce my work time (from 40 hours per week to 32) or what!!