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Insomnia

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Mia, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. TheSaltyStray

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    Also read up on Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. I know I do not fall into deep REM sleep until 2-4am with my best hours of sleep happening between 2-6am.
     
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    You are being manipulated, dont feel guilty.

    This is an old thread, so i wonder what happens now. Is it still the same?
     
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    Hi, i know this is an old thread. But i would like to know if you still have this "cannot fall into a deep sleep" insomnia problem. What works for you in the end? Does the magnesium work?
     
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    So you mean, you manage to sleep 6 hours straight without waking up? And do you feel fresh after you wake up?
     
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    No, I wake intermittently through the night, total sleep time is usually about 6 hours. I feel brain-fogged if I've slept less than 6 hours.
     
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    I see. But it's good to hear that you manage to get some sleep. How do you feel the next day, do you feel fine, even though you wake up intermittently?
     
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    I made a mistake of giving my insomniac husband 5mg melatonin. I didnt know that it's a higher dose. He fall asleep but after an hour he wakes up, as usual.

    But what is unusual is, he wakes up with uncontrollable anxiety and shakes his legs.. he said that he feels like want to jump down the building. I am shocked because usually even though he couldnt sleep, he wont have anxiety as worse as this, he didnt feel as suicidal as this.

    After some net searching, i found out that although melatonin works for some people, but many people experience worse anxiety and depression after taking it, and it didnt work for them.

    Melatonin User Reviews for Insomnia (Page 5) at Drugs.com

    Stupid me, i should know that hormone cant be taken lightly.. pharmacists say that it has no side effects, but that is just because not enough study about it. And they sold me a high dose.. a naive me didnt know anything. And actually pharmacists and doctors, nobody, knows the answer. We can only try and error, but poor husband became a guinea pig. The number of people reported the horrible depression after taking melatonin is alarming. I should have broke the pill into one tenth..

    So i am waking up with him, worry that he might do anything funny. We switch on the light in hope that it can reduce the melatonin. And open a koran recitation audio on the background, which he has been memorizing as a hobby. I heard that koran has calming effect so just we just try. At least now he stops shaking his legs or at least reduced, while hearing this and net surfing with his phone.

    I hope the side effect will be gone asap... Really worried.

    So for people who gonna try, maybe should take the lowest dose.. 0.3mg-1mg.. if it is more than that, break the pill into half or quater.. 5mg is high. Might work for some people, but maybe need caution for depressed people or people with anxiety.

    I should have him tried magnesium and vitamin B instead of hormone. A supplement that was ok is ashwagandha + lavender extract.. not sure if it worked but maybe..
     
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    I've had a few, and I mean 3-4, "good night's" sleep over the past 2-3 weeks but I am also coming off of an exhaustive cycle of overworking with my seasonal jobs. Sleep issues have popped back up recently and I am contemplating going back on my regimen of prazosin. My sleep issues are compounded by cPTSD as well. I can sympathize with anyone that struggles to find rest. Good sleep hygiene is important as well. Make sure you are setting a conductive tone for sleep in your environment. I am tempted to try earplugs but hesitate because of sensory issues (I hate anything inside my ears and recently had an ear infection so bad, it burst my ear drum) and the fact that I have children. I can't keep them safe if I can't hear anything or be responsive to their needs.
     
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    If I've had at least 6 hours sleep, regardless whether I woke up during the night or not, I'm fine. If I slept for only 5 hours, chances are I'll be brain-fogged the next day. Some days I have anxiety or racing thoughts - my brain can't seem to calm down and relax, and I can't get to sleep. Spend about two hours lying awake without sleeping, then wake up at normal time having slept only about 4 hours and then feel tired and/or brain-fogged for the rest of the day.
     
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