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    I suffer from it terribly. I've tried so many sleeping pills, chamomile tea, meditation...Nothing works!

    I would sincerely appreciate advice as this is really starting to affect my everyday life.

    EDIT: I suffer from insomnia due to pain, so I've tried the strong pain killers to help me nod off...Still nothin',
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    I'm happy to say that I only remember once in my life when I couldn't fall asleep - and I can't even remember anything about that one time, just that it happened!

    I don't usually have any trouble, but I can suggest something for you that might help. There are lots of iPhone apps that play various sounds (and binaural beats in some cases) that are meant to help you fall asleep. I tried a few and a couple of them were amazing. As I said I normally fall asleep quite quickly, but with this app it's like I passed out and went into a deep sleep within 5-10 minutes. When I woke up it was as if I was coming out of a coma - it wasn't the best feeling and I was a little groggy, but it definitely felt like one of those very much deeper than normal sleeps.

    If you have an iPhone let me know, I'll dig up the name of the app. But even if not, I know there are things you can download to play on your mp3 player - they require stereo earphones or headphones, especially if it's binaural beats, but they might work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    I suffer from it terribly. I've tried so many sleeping pills, chamomile tea, meditation...Nothing works!

    I would sincerely appreciate advice as this is really starting to affect my everyday life.

    EDIT: I suffer from insomnia due to pain, so I've tried the strong pain killers to help me nod off...Still nothin',
    I take 8 panadeine forte a day and I still can not sleep for pain...you kinda get used to it I guess

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    I've got a friend who suffers from fybromialga (sp?) and she used to have really bad insomnia. She decided that she had had enough so read and researched and decided she was going to implement a routine in her life. She has breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time each day, she goes to bed at the same time each night (I think it is 10pm). If she can't sleep she watches DVD's in bed, but she always gets up at 7.30am no matter what time she fell asleep the night before. Gradually her body got used to being tired and about 5 nights out of 7 it now only takes about an hour or two to fall asleep on the good nights. She still does have some issues when the pain is really bad but she still sticks to her routine, and she says that once it becomes a 7 night thing she will try and relax the routine because it does make it a little hard if they want to go out or they have friends over but she would prefer to sacrifice "play" time for more sleep.

    I feel sorry for people that have insomnia as I suffer from it when I am stressed and that sucks enough let alone to go through it on a nightly basis.

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    Dis - my workmate used to suffer from terrible insomnia. She is getting over hers with the help of accupuncture. Bit unusual I know, but it's really working for her - she actually sleeps through the night nearly every night now. I do accupuncture for a couple of different things and it's amazing. Maybe it'd even help with your pain?

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    Sorry you suffer with this Disney. It's must be just awful.

    I rarely have problems sleeping but my 17 yr old son does and it has been a major contributory factor in the problems I talked about in the other thread. His doctors seem to think depression caused the sleeplessness but I always thought it was the other way round. He couldn't sleep, so he couldn't get up, so he missed alot of school, if he managed to go he couldn't concentrate cos he was so tired, fell behind, got more depressed, started having stomach problmes, diagnosed with milk and wheat food intolerances (I believe caused by stress) anxiety and pain made sleeping even harder - viscous circle. This is why we took him out of school to concentrate on getting his health right without that pressure to 'catch up'

    We tried pretty much everything except sleeping pills, the doctors refused to give him them. I can see why, they wanted to get to the root cause of his insomnia rather than just medicate him. Binaural beats do seem to work for some people and did for my son the first couple of times he listened to them but then it was back to normal. Maybe he should have persevered with different ones but he had convinced himself they wouldn't work and, I think, with attitude like that nothing will work anyway. Maybe give these a try, you can Google them and there are various free downloads you can try.

    Have you tried a TENS machine for the pain? I did use one when I was in labour with some effect, but not sure how good they would be for chronic pain. I know some people swear by them though.

    The good new for my son is he now sleeps better most of the time. Not all, last night was particularly bad so I know it will be a struggle to get him up for work at 11am but the last few days he has been up at 8am, which is something he wouldn't have been able to consider 6 months ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I take 8 panadeine forte a day and I still can not sleep for pain...you kinda get used to it I guess
    I take them too...They seem to knock everyone out but they don't do anything for me.

    Thank you for all your kind words and suggestions. We do have a TENS machine, but to be honest I haven't used it in a very long time. I think I may try it today so I can see if I can get into a more normal sleeping pattern before school starts.

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    Oh, at night time I take two Temazepan (I've tried every other sleeping pill there is) three is what seems to really help but my doctor isn't comfortable with that.

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    i have trouble sleeping.. its due to my old job. I would start work at 4pm and finish at 12am, but i wouldnt be able to go to sleep until 2am. But i would be up by 9 am. I could do that for a couple of days then i would crash and sleep all day.

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    Liza, the iPhone app sounds interesting. Mind giving me the name?
    Dis, I have never had any trouble falling asleep except for those rare nights. When I do have trouble however, I take a glass of milk mixed with a spoon of honey, heated. It knocks me out straight away.

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