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    Default Insomnia

    I have the fatigue that seems to be ever present with Lupus, but I also have insomnia. Not a good combination.

    This week has been a hard one for me, and tonight is another nearly sleepless night. I'm terribly tired, but I cannot bring myself to go to bed.

    As I sat here, finding little things to keep me occupied, flipping through tv channels and infomercials, I think I discovered one possible reason for my insomnia.

    I dearly wish to sleep, because when I do sleep, I can dream about being healthy and normal. However, when I wake, something new gone weird comes along.

    My mind seems to have decided that if I stay awake, I can stop Time and prevent any new, weird, symptom that I have no control over from appearing.

    I wish that I could tuck my overactive mind into a little velvet-lined box far under the ground where I cannot hear it working against my sanity.
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    Default JAYNE

    Unfortunately, insommnia and sleep disturbance seem to go with the territory, and a lot of lupus meds just aggravate the problem. There are some natural things that night help, like avoiding caffeine or exercise late in the day. Both chamomile and catnip teas are calming, so are valerian, kava, hops, and passionflower. You can find them in most natural food stores. I have an oasis sound machine I use at night - it can be set for different sounds like ocean waves or thunderstorms and it really helps me to relax and meditate. Lavender and other aromatherapies might also help. If you're desperate, your doc can always prescribe sleep meds. I try to avoid them because I have to take so many other meds.

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    I used to take valerian; it amused me for some reason as to how it smelled like sweat socks. I may try that again, along with the quiet music to get me over that block that wants to keep me awake.
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    Default YEP, THE VALERIAN IS PRETTY VILE

    I actually do pretty well with catnip tea, sweetened with honey. The only problem is fending off my cat, who thinks the catnip supply in the house is reserved for him. If you don't mind feeling groggy the next day, OTC benadryl also works as a sleeping pill.

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    Catnip tea is one I've never heard of. Benadryl is one thing I can't do. I've used that so often for allergies, it actually hops me up.
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    Hey, how about that potion that (I think it was Solesinger) told us about? It was a hot toddy of water and vinegar. I haven't tried it, but she said that she learned of it through her sister and that it works. Keep us posted and let us know if you find something that works well! Sunshine101

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    Water and vinegar? urgh! I'm trying Valerian right now. The doctor ok'd it with my anti-anxiety pill I take.
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    I've been having some of the same issues lately. I like the idea that I'm struggling because I'm trying to stop time - oh how prophetic that statement is Janedarcy :!: :!:

    I often try hot milk, sometimes with a bit of honey. A lot of times it will help me sleep the whole night. Other times I still end up sitting staring into space, or reading, until dawn. Then I'm so groggy the next day....sigh....

    My doc gave me an Rx for a mild dose of ambien sleeping pills. I filled it, and now it sits on my kitchen table. TAKING sleeping pills? Well, I don't want to take the first one on a weekday night, afraid I'll be too groggy the next day. And on weekend nights? Well, just haven't gotten around to it... so they sit unused. :roll:

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    My problem is that I fall asleep early at night :sleeping: and end up waking up a few hours later. Then I'm awake for an hour or 2, then fall back asleep again. But because I didnt get my 5-6 hrs of sleep, I feel so tired when i wake up and get ready for work. :morning: I feel like I only take naps. I hardly ever sleep through the entire night. I used to take Tylenol PM to help me sleep, but I refuse to take anymore medicine. Oh what to do? :?
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    Default PICK A REALLY BORING BOOK TO READ -

    If I start reading something interesting, I'll get involved and stay up all night. So I keep a couple of my old college sociology textbooks handy - they're so incredibly dull that they make me sleepy.

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