Patient Comments: Insomnia - Experience

Please describe your experience with insomnia.

Comment from: barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have had insomnia for about 40 years. I couldn't fall asleep for hours; when I woke up in the middle of the night I couldn't go back to sleep. About 10 years ago, my doctor prescribed trazodone. About 95 percent of the time, it puts me to sleep within a half hour. I take 1/2 to 1 pill before going to bed; when I wake up in the middle of the night, I take another 1/2. Most nights I get 6 1/2 to 7 hours of sleep. Trazodone has been an absolute life changer for me, and I take less now than when I started. Plus, it's cheap.

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Comment from: ziutenka, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have been an insomniac for 12 years, since the menopause hit. First with great hesitation I tried sleeping pill zopicone 7.5 mg, it worked for many years, I slept 7 to 8 hours, and felt great in the morning. Not anymore. I am up at 2 am and pour myself a drink, alcohol and then I sleep. I have hangover in the morning. I tried to quit the pills cold turkey, after two sleepless night I was so exhausted that my blue pills were necessity to my existence. Insomnia is a physiological l disorder of the brain, like depression or schizophrenia. And I tried everything, yoga, acupuncture, milk, banana, walk, positive thinking, breathing....I am never sleepy and I never yawn.

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Comment from: pks, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I'm a retiree for last 12 years. I had a busy working life, particularly there was disturbance of sleep in the night due to frequent telephone calls as per demand of the job. After retirement, sleep disturbance started leading to no sleep at all. For the last 11 years I'm taking 5mg zolpidem and .5mg alprazolam 10 minutes before dinner time (9pm). After dinner I fall asleep instantaneously. I do daily brisk walking 5/6 km and physical exercises for 30 minutes. Physically I'm very fit. I have hypertension and am taking 5mg amlodipine and 25mg losartan.

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Comment from: ingenuechan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

My sleep pattern is as follows: I lay down tired and instantly feel awake. I toss and turn until I fall asleep. As soon as I start to fall asleep the sweating starts. I kick off my covers and I"m cold and sweating. I"ll fall asleep around 11 and wake up between 2 and 3 am with my heart pounding. If I turnover, sometimes it feels like I get an adrenaline rush and I am instantly awake for the rest of the night. Then I will get tired around 10 am and pass out if I can, usually this isn"t the case. I have always had some difficulty sleeping ever since I was a child but in the last 3 months I have to say it has gotten exponentially worse. I do realize what some of the underlying stress factors are and am trying to reconcile those issues. I wonder if it is just insomnia or if I have hyperthyroidism.

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Comment from: aly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I find sleeping quite difficult although there is enough time. I have daily mood swings, low temperance and get angry quickly.

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Comment from: Debbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

Ever since I had bariatric surgery I wake up in the middle of the night every night. I am bipolar so my psychiatrists said to take my morning klonopin when I wake up. I also have sleep apnea and that doctor put me on Sonesta. I take it and sleep for 2 hours. I hate this. I used to have trouble falling asleep but now I pass out because I am so tired.

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