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I DONT wanna take DRUGS!!!
by Anonymous
December 12, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I have insomnia and the docs think the only way to help is by giveing me meds and when i have taken them i dont like that they knock me out cause i have 2 kids. I have tried everthing that my family as brought up... telling my self a story, reading a book, not eating or drinking certian things before bed, just laying down with your eyes shut and have your mind blank. Nothing has worked. When i lay down i can toss and turn for hours and not even relize it untill i finally have to get up to use the bathroom and see how late it is. I am looking for any new ideas to help me. My kids are both in school now but i still dont feel right takeing meds to help me sleep cause what if something was to happen and my kids couldnt get me awake ( im a single mom) i do try and get a few hours of sleep when they leave for school and always up before they get home but its just really getting to me either i feel like i havent got enough sleep if i sleep at all or when i finally do fall asleep i still wake up feeling like crap cause i feel like i have slept to long. I have had this problem since i was younger but i always got told its just me and there isnt nothing wrong i just need to get up early and go to bed early and i have and there are weeks here and there that i can go to bed early and get up early and feel fine but then there are the weeks like that past 2 weeks that i havent been able to get much sleep or feel like i slept to much.

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  • momoftwo0406
    December 12, 2012 at 2:46 AM
    Smoke a joint you will sleep just fine and its 100% natural with no side effects :)
  • wkukid
    by wkukid
    December 12, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Go get a product called midnite at Walmart. It works for me and sleeping pills won't even work.

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    December 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM

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  • Sassy762
    December 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Won't she get hungry???

    Quoting momoftwo0406:

    Smoke a joint you will sleep just fine and its 100% natural with no side effects :)


  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    December 12, 2012 at 2:48 AM
    As a single parent there isn't much you can do. You have to be accessible and alert when needed.
    I take ambien here and there. It works but my dh and I co-sleep with our two yr old so if I take an ambien I have to sleep in the guest room so I don't like taking it.
    You can try over the counter stuff. I would discuss a better option with our doc. If they don't help maybe see a naturopath?
  • melakay1981
    December 12, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Maybe see about getting 5mg of Ambien and cut it in half.  That is how I started taking them and they never "knocked" me out enough where I did not wake up easily.  Just beware they are addicting.  I have been on them for 3 years now and I am really OK with it.  I would much rather be able to fall asleep when I lay down rather than toss and turn for hrs on end.

  • ColieO
    by ColieO
    December 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM
    Try melatonin.
  • wkukid
    by wkukid
    December 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    I sleep walked, made sandwiches, and freaked out my SO while on that, on the nights it's actually worked. It's dangerous for some people.

    Quoting melakay1981:

    Maybe see about getting 5mg of Ambien and cut it in half.  That is how I started taking them and they never "knocked" me out enough where I did not wake up easily.  Just beware they are addicting.  I have been on them for 3 years now and I am really OK with it.  I would much rather be able to fall asleep when I lay down rather than toss and turn for hrs on end.


  • samanthastaatss
    December 12, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Annnnnnnd cue the smoke a joint comments

  • ms.momo3
    December 12, 2012 at 2:51 AM
    I dream prep. Try to figure out what i want to dream about that night. Block out all bad thoughts. Works once in awhile.

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