Thanks so much to all of you for replying to my question about the insomnia problem. It helps so much to know that I am not alone. I will try the benadryl. Valerian root is in one of the vitamins that I'm taking. To anwer Pam's question: the bursts of wakefulness started a long time ago once in a while, but now it's every single night. to teabisqit: interesting I have a thyroid problem, too. I have read about a connection of fibro with hypothyroidism. I have antithyroid antibodies, but a normal TSH. I'm told eventually by thryoid will stop working. I do think I'm hypothyroid, though. I have all the symptoms.Yesterday was the first time I posted a message. I don't know anyone personally with fibro. I am a 44 year old female and live in California. In 1991, I was diagnosed with early lupus. The illness never turned into full blown lupus, and last year I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I'm married to a great guy, have a 19 year old daughter, and a 16 year old son. They all try to understand and be supportive, but I don't think anyone truly understands unless they have this illness. It's been a very tough road, since my children were 7 and 4 when I first got sick. I am on permanent disability and have been for over 3 years. I never thought that would ever happen to me. I have taken almost every drug including steroids. Now I just take advil 800 mg which takes the edge off the pain, I think and lots of vitamins and try to eat healthy. I've been feeling a lot better lately except for the insomnia problem--the bursts of wakefulness. That is really depressing me. It's actually freaking me out. I take Xanax .25 mg at night which helps with the sleep and anxiety, but I don't want to depend on it. My symptoms include aching muscles, which can last for days, weeks, or months at a time, joint pain, a squeezing feeling in my extremities, stiffness, extreme fatigue, irritable bowel, yeast infections, headaches, ocular migraines, insomnia, panic attacks, palpitations, PVC's (premature ventricular contractions), and hair loss. I have a high ANA (antinuclear antibodies) 1:1280 up to 5120, and antithyroid antibodies.Well, I know I went on and on--just venting--but I guess I need to. Write back if you want. I'd love to correspond. Thanks to all of you for your comforting words and suggestions. Thank God I'm not alone!!