Sleeping troubles

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jmartinez
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Sleeping troubles

Post by jmartinez » Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:42 am

If any of you all have any suggestions on helping me with my sleeping issues please feel free to give advice. I haven't been able to have a good nights sleep with I quit passing out. I need help.....
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by tricky89 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:39 pm

jmartinez wrote:If any of you all have any suggestions on helping me with my sleeping issues please feel free to give advice. I haven't been able to have a good nights sleep with I quit passing out. I need help.....
Thanks J.
If you go to the VA, and have a care provider you might want to try trazadone, it works for me, maybe 5 hours tops, but it's some sleep anyway, i know how it is, iv been strugling with it now for 20 years, it's hit and miss, but we do what we can do. A it may be diet, or just depression, or somthing just troubleing you. But you have to get to your primary care provider and let them know, just skip to the chace and ask to see Mental health, and it will go easier. Wish i could help more.
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:00 pm

Same here, my trazadone is a sleep saver
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by redfish » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:32 am

Along with the meds:
cut out the caffeine
plenty of exercise
try reading before bed
try melatonin
cut out the alcohol
eat earlier

** Like tricky said speak to your doc. It may be depression our anxiety. A med change may be in order. For nightmares, Prazosin has helped me. Let us know. Good luck to ya brother
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:34 pm

I just got back from teh VA and they up'd my Trazadone so I could sleep better. Before it was able to get 4-5 hours a night and hopefully now I can get 6-8.
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by lmsnh » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:02 am

Lorazepam works for me and I don't feel hung over in the morning, still only 5 hours sleep. I have also found that Yoga relaxes me to the point that I actually get a full nights sleep. Don't laugh there are guys in my class. Yoga is about getting the energy paths open and your body working correctly more that excercise.

My co-workers husband is an OIF vet and he gets Reiki treatments, which are also very relaxing, to help him sleep.
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:26 am

Well, I climbed in bed last night around 10pm after taking 200mg of Trazadone around 9pm. Other than waking up at 5:50am to take a leak, I slept until 10:30 am this morning.

I have not had that much nonstop sleep since my throat surgery about 8 years back. They drugged me up back then too and I managed to talk them into piping some oxygen into my CPAP mask which made my sleep so much more refreshing. They hooked up the little oxygen hose to my mask and set it to 10%, as soon as she left I reached back and cranked the valve wide open to 100%. When she came back in several hours later to take my vital including the thing on my finger that check my blood oxygen level, I was so much higher than before and I actually felt much better overall.
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Re: Sleeping troubles

Post by Bakaruda » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:37 pm

I took another route. In August of last year I started going to the Vet Center in Fort Worth. I am now part of a group that meets on Tuesday night every week. It has helped me alot.
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