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(Medical Xpress)   Long term use of prescription insomnia meds not linked to better quality sleep. But users' sleep-walking adventures continue to impress   (medicalxpress.com) divider line
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2021-05-12 1:30:04 PM  
It's so much fun being neurodivergent and bipolar.  The odds are really good that most prescription sleep aids won't help.  It honestly sucks not being able to get my brain to wind down until 11 and waking up between 2 & 3 am, unable to get back to sleep.  I know suffering chronic back pain doesn't help either.
 
2021-05-12 2:37:41 PM  
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2021-05-12 3:05:39 PM  

harleyquinnical: It's so much fun being neurodivergent and bipolar.  The odds are really good that most prescription sleep aids won't help.  It honestly sucks not being able to get my brain to wind down until 11 and waking up between 2 & 3 am, unable to get back to sleep.  I know suffering chronic back pain doesn't help either.


I hear ya! It's as fun as a sharp stick in the eye. I am working on meditating but it's very slow going. My mind is reeling all of the time.
 
2021-05-12 3:14:23 PM  
CSB:

Only sleep walked (?) once I know of. I was recently returned from two weeks in Hawaii. Back home sucked in comparison. So apparently I went back to Hawaii in a dream. I don't remember the dream specifically but I do remember waking up wearing my swim trunks, goggles, snorkel and flippers! Nothing like waking up in bed with rubber duck feet.

/ It was very confusing and as far as I know I've not done it since.
 
2021-05-12 3:35:58 PM  
CLOUD NINE - Sleepwalk
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2021-05-12 3:38:08 PM  
Photek feat. Linche - Sleepwalking
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2021-05-12 3:45:11 PM  
Sounds like a bunch of bullshiat.  Next thing you know these "scientists" will say that filling my tires up with air every morning doesn't fix that nail I ran over last week.

Seriously though, you need to fix the underlying conditions.  If you don't sleep well, find yourself an airway specialist.  That shiat is like dark magic when it works and can be as simple as doing some tongue exercises or wearing a retainer at night.
 
2021-05-12 3:53:46 PM  
Butt users?
 
2021-05-12 4:28:51 PM  
Take my remarks with a grain (a half pound) of salt because the article is about women's reactions to sleeping pills and I'm not.

I've read where the sleeping pill I take lops around 18 minutes off one's falling asleep time. So, I will often wait to take it to see if I'll fall asleep on my own. I wind up taking it around 2:30 AM.  Sure enough, around 18 minutes later, I'll be asleep.
 
2021-05-12 4:38:14 PM  
I tried all the over-the-counter ones and a few prescription. I was lying down and unconscious, but always woke up tired. Melatonin worked, but it can mess with your body's natural production. The weighted blanket really worked.
 
2021-05-12 6:13:56 PM  
Taking Ambien with acidic juices gives me vivid, intense, crazy dreams. Usually do it when I don't have to work the next day.
 
2021-05-12 7:38:32 PM  
Some people don't care about long term effects.
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2021-05-12 8:01:05 PM  
I've had insomnia for about 5 years now.  I started with Ambien and only took it for 3 nights.  First night, HORRIBLY vivid, grotesque nightmares, one after the other.  I'd wake up in the nightmare only to find I'm in a different one.  3 times.  I was terrified when I woke up.  2nd night, I woke up at 3am to me standing at the stove, cooking eggs.  I have no recollection of how I got there.  3rd night, I woke up in the middle of the night trying to start the car w/the house keys.  I took the rest of the bottle and dumped it.  Now I just take 1mg of Xanax.  Knocks me right out and I sleep through the night.
 
2021-05-12 9:20:39 PM  
I had insomnia for a patch of a few years, and often had dreams about insomnia so I awoke exhausted. It mostly stopped with some life changes, including going back to school.

My neighbor had back surgery, and I was mentioning my need for sleep for my classes. He said his doctor had just prescribed new sleeping pills, and he had some herbal sleep aids, nonaddictive, he no longer needed. A couple weeks later, before my 9am to 9pm schoolday, I tried them. They gave me very intense and vivid dreams which were very mundane and normal, but not entirely pleasant. Not unpleasant really, but just off somehow. And very mundane, uninteresting, and bland - and just slightly uneasy.

A while later my neighbor asked if I tried them, and I mentioned the intensely vivid but boring dreams, he said they had also given him similar dreams he didn't like, so he quit taking them. I said he should've mentioned something like that, and he said he thought I might like those dreams.

The worst part of insomnia is people suggesting, "Well, you should just go to bed earlier!"
 
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