Here is my reasoning for the sleeping meds:
I have always been a good sleeper, just ask my mom :) My husband has a different idea though. I have what is called Restless Leg Syndrome. Chad says it is like I am playing soccer in my sleep. I have always recognized that I move A LOT in my sleep, but until I moved in with Chad, it didn't bother anyone. Chad is a very LIGHT sleeper, so he wakes up to any movement I make. This has caused many problems!! I also woke up 8-10 times per night, which made me wake up tired, and feel unrested. The other MAJOR problem for me with sleeping is that I had HORRIBLE dreams. I cannot even tell you how many traumatizing, terrorizing dreams I have had.
Basically, I was waking up after 8-9 hours of "sleep" feeling completely unrested.
I have tried many things for my sleeping. I went to bed earlier, read a book, practiced deep breathing, etc. After talking with my doctor, we decided to try a sleeping medication-Amitriptyline. This is a medication prescribed for depression, but is also used for sleep problems.
This medication has worked wonders for me.
I sleep through the night. I get 8 hours of sleep and wake up feeling rested. My nightmares have stopped, and my restless leg syndrome has calmed down, a little bit :) I have also experimented with cutting down on this medication. When I don't take it, the nightmares return immediately and I am not able to stay asleep all night.
What should I do?? This is a medication I CANNOT be on when I get pregnant...so I have to figure something out...
My recent attempt at getting off this medication has been pretty successful. I haven't taken it in 2 weeks and have been trying something different- TEA!!!
I have NEVER liked tea. Ick!! But I saw Sleepytime tea a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. I make a mug of tea about an hour before I am going to go to bed...I have been pretty impressed with it's effectiveness. I have been sleeping through the night, for the most part.
However, it has been taking me HOURS to fall asleep. All the tossing and turning is driving Chad crazy!! When I don't sleep well, he doesn't sleep well.
I am going to continue the tea every night and hope to get this under control...
WHAT IS YOUR SLEEPING ROUTINE?
HAVE YOU STRUGGLED WITH SLEEPLESSNESS??