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Re: Insomnia, sleeplessness

Posted by Louise in UK on May 4, 1999, at 17:47:13

In reply to Re: Insomnia, sleeplessness, posted by shelley on February 24, 1999, at 19:53:21

> >the only time I felt better was coming out of a general anesthetic. good luck - k
> Me, too!!!! Glad to know someone else with FMS. It's driving me crazy lately, esp. w/out sleep!! - Shell

Shelly, I'm not sure whether this relates to you but I've struggled with insomnia for years, and have accepted the fact that I need drugs to help me sleep.

What has helped me is that I've realised that reasons I'm not sleeping can vary.

e.g. if I'm feeling hyper / mind racing / stressed, a tranquiliser such as chlorpromazine helps

If I can't relax but my brain's not doing overtime, an antihistamine like phenergan helps but makes me really tired the next day, even if I manage to sleep for hours after taking it.

If I just can't switch off and I'v got something important which needs a lot of concentration the following day, e.g.exams, I take the occasional tamazepam.

What I've found is that if I get on temazepam, it's very, very hard to sleep without it after a night or two on it (it took me a year to get off it) so I try and avoid it unless I'm desperate as it makes things worse except for the very short term.

I hope this helps.




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