Hello everyone. This is my first post. I just ran across this site so I'm a newbie, bear with me here.
I have dealt with insonmia for nearly 20-25 years now. I am 40. I have tried everything from over the counter meds (every OTC med that exists, I've tried with no luck) to prescriptions (Ambien, Lunesta and others don't work either) to no caffeine, etc. You name it, I've tried it. Nothing works. Got 10mg Ambien's right now; like taking an aspirin to me. No results. In fact, I take two of them and NOTHING. I'm about at the end of my rope here not knowing what else to do. 3 Tylenol PM's nothing. I have also been to a sleep clinic THREE times. They each tell me that I never get to the REM sleep stage and they do not know why so thats what they leave me with; no cause. I already KNEW I didn't get to that stage. A nurse recently told me that pills do not go in my liver into my bloodstream; they pass right through me. I've also had gastric by pass done and lost about 100 pounds. But the problems did not change after this surgery. I've always had problems sleeping since my late teen's, early 20's. And being overweight which I am not now. Still could use about 25lbs but I'm not sweating over that.
I've tried breathing techniques, sleep CD's, etc. I've basically given up. The Ambien will allow me to sleep all of about an hour if I'm lucky and I'm up every hour after that and today, well, I've been awake since 3:30am. My mother said I was three years old before I even slept through the night and I was born at 3:10am. Is that a curse that I'm stuck with to just be awake during those hours? I've tried exercising, not exercising, don't go to bedroom except for sleeping, raising the bed, tried a CPAP, nothing gives me any relief. I've also had surgery for sleep apnea; I do not snore any more.
Does anyone have such a problem finding anything to work? I've also been to see a shrink and tried any little "old wives tales" people have suggested to me.
Can anyone help? I really would like a good nights sleep. And 4 hours non stop; no wake ups, I'd be good. And so you know, I am happy with my life right now, no stress, no negativity, no drama so none of that is the cause.
Thanks for listening.
Frustrated in Alabama. (Michelle)