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Re: Getting Good Sleep without medication...Help!

Posted by JohnL on October 25, 1999, at 12:44:34

In reply to Getting Good Sleep without medication...Help!, posted by Janice on October 24, 1999, at 19:57:13

Hi Janice. I know you are interested in sleep without drugs. If you were to reconsider, either low dose Trazodone or low dose Remeron are commonly prescribed for sleep. Both are antidepressants as well. Sleep is so important. And if an AD will help you do that, it seems to me the benefits outweigh any other concerns.

In the herbal arena, chamomile tea and/or passionflower an/or hops are known for relaxation and sleep. Kava kava also, though the package labels warn against using with an AD. I've taken these teas and they did indeed help me nod off. Problem was I had to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Then it was hard to go back to sleep. I ended up making the tea super concentrated, not very pleasant, with less water. That worked pretty well. Didn't taste good though.

I think a sedating AD like Trazodone or Remeron would be best. Or one of the TCAs. Probably wouldn't need much of a dose. To get up out of bed, set a timer to some bright lights and have them turn on regularly each morning instead of an alarm clock. And set a coffee pot near you so you can smell it. Set a timer to it the night before so it begins brewing a few minutes before the lights come on. The bright light and the aroma of coffee and the sound of coffee brewing will impact all your senses and should help set the atmosphere.




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