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8/8/18 6:42 A

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8/2/18 1:39 P

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Melatonin works good for me with Chamomile tea. The Melatonin is a special kind where 50% is released immediately and 50% is later time releasad to stay asleep.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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9/22/17 1:52 A

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Melatonin to start with at the same time every evening for a few weeks, then change to Chamomile tea as your body gets use to sleeping at the correct time. Try to form a regular nighttime routine 7 days a week.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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2/17/15 12:38 A

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I'm glad, that sounds really helpful emoticon emoticon

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2/12/15 4:55 P

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Glad to read that you have found something that is working for you emoticon Thanks for sharing!!

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For a week now I have been able to use my nights routine...bath, brush teeth, set alarms, check doors, gotobed with sleep music playing for the night...(on utube..there are thousands of various sleep musics, some better than others) say a prayer which includes getting a good nights sleep...deep breathe for ten or so breaths..relax..and sleep...this has been keeping me from taking the sleep aids...so far..I still have a half bottle sitting by the tv...so I really think about taking them every day but next week I think I'll remove the bottle. and just rely on my routine...I have slipt up on the weekends on not following my routine perfectly..but I find that if I have the sleep music and deep breathing in place I can still drop off to sleep pretty good...but the whole routine works better for me....thanks for the overall feedback I have read each of them and appreciate all the feedback you can give me on your own situations...I think that is why getting good sleep is so hard for everyone is different and we all do things differently and feel things differently..that's what makes us unique...rico emoticon

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C2SUSAN Posts: 1,516
1/30/15 7:39 P

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Woe!! Good advice!!! even if I don't take meds, those tips are helpful!!

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1/30/15 5:10 A

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Thank you for sharing your experience with over the counter sleep aids. I went to my doctor last week to figure out why I am not sleeping (I fall asleep right away, but then toss and turn all night) and he diagnosed me with anxiety and depression - which I had not thought of at the time, but really makes sense. I started taking the Prozac, but was very reluctant to take the Xanax that he prescribed. I took one pill of the Xanax and felt terrible the next morning. Not sure how much coffee you drink, but I highly recommend cutting down on your caffeine - anything after 10am - and start doing a simple ten minute meditation each day. The meditation will help you stop the racing thoughts that enter your head at night.

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I have tried some, but they do not work for me

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C2SUSAN Posts: 1,516
1/29/15 9:28 P

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I found that I could use the 3 mg Melatonin and get the same results... But now I really just drink a cup of Chamomile tea...

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1/29/15 11:08 A

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I use some herbal drops from Holland & Barrett, I don't know if you have that specific company over there but you must have some kind of health food store that has herbal sleep aids.



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1/29/15 11:05 A

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I second the recommendation of melatonin. I've been using a time release 10mg version. It does take a good hour to kick in, and if your insomnia is sufficiently motivated by excessive worries or medication, you still might not realize that you're staying up too late. However I find that if I take it and then immediately get in bed and do something relaxing like reading a book (on paper, not an ebook), then pretty soon I start to feel sleepy and I doze off. I've been trying to get myself into a routine: take melatonin, brush teeth, get in bed, read. It's really difficult for me but at least the melatonin helps.

A side note, some research came out the other day about Benadryl (diphenhydramine) being associated with a marked increase in the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Not all OTC medications that are diphenhydramine are called Benadryl. There's a powerful sleep aid made by the NyQuil folks that's called Zzzquil and it's the same as taking 2 Benadryl pills. So a natural remedy is probably safer. There are no side effects with melatonin that have been documented.

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I've used Melatonin and it's helped, the thing is it takes 1 - 1 1/2 hrs to kick it.

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does anyone else use a over the counter sleep aid to get the # of hrs. of sleep they need?....I get the generic one from wallgreens..seems to do as good as the rest..my wife got me taking them then got off them herself...I'm stuck on them..on the wkends I try not to take them but sometimes without them my mind reals..and spins up ideas and just nonsence stuff over and over before you know it it's 2am...loss of half a nights sleep...I don't want this to happen so I cont. taking them....I even got it down to half of one..but then I'd start waking up a couple hrs. into sleep...just wondered if I'm the only person addicted to a non-addictive sleep aid which is a crock......there is nothing that is truely non-addicting..if you took a sugar pill and thought it helped your body would crave them...physically...I hate it when they state non-addictive......that's such a lie and they know it..or why would ppl. cont. buying them like me...

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