i tried taking tramadol in the past and had too many side effects. I am trying it again, cutting my dosage down even lower and seeing if there is a point that it is helpful and i can tolerate it. i noticed that when i take it i am sleeping better and wonder if pain keeps me from sleeping without my being aware of it. it is not that i am taking it before bed, by the way. when i took tramadol in the past it depressed my breathing, so i am afraid to take it at night, but want to be conscious and around others just in case. i am also not taking it on a regular schedule so that it would be built up in my system, but more as needed. still, i am dreaming less and don't seem to wake up during the night. this is a huge improvement for me. do you think it is just the narcotic-like effect of the drug that is still active many hours after taking it? keep in mind, i take a child's size dose. just curious and trying to get a good picture of how this medication is affecting me. thanks.