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Old 02-25-2020, 06:27 PM #11
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I swear I replied to this. Maybe it was another similar thread. Anyway, my doctor gave me a whole list of things to improve sleep. I knew most or all of them already so you can probably Google for your own list. I'll name a few though.

Ones that work for me
-stop using electronic devices (tablets, cellphones...) for at least an hour before bed. (a quick peek is ok, as I use my phone to set my alarm and that seems fine).
-darken the room and quiet the home. sometimes I can still sleep with light and sound though
-have a set bed and waketime, at least with only a few hours (no more than 2) every night.
-use a lavendar scented diffuser (is that what it's called?) it helps with relaxation
-do some light yoga like an hour or even 30 minutes before bed.
-have a regular exercise routine with weight training.

Things that don't work for me
-limiting all computer useage. I find that checking my sites and/or engaging in some light conversation helps put me in a relaxed mood.
-eating like 3-4 hours before bed. while i don't want a full belly, i can't sleep if I'm hungry.
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That's what I can think of off the top of my head. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear about the strict bedtime rules your hubby has for you to follow. Sometimes mine has certain requirements, like if he has a bad headache, all the tvs and lights (well most lights) need to be off. This is more rare though. The common one is that when it's time for him to go to bed, the bedroom light must be out as well as the bedroom tv. And on a few occasions, he'll require that I help put him to sleep. I have to stay with him until he falls asleep or else he can't sleep. This one I can totally relate to though because generally speaking, that's my requirement. No lights, no noise, and him by my side. Unfortunately, he sometimes has to work from home and late at night or early in the morning. This always wakes me up, but usually I can go back to sleep now. It's when he's working or on the phone and I'm TRYing to sleep, that I struggle.

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Today has been a good day for me, I got some good sleep last night
And nothing much has rattled me today

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Sleep problems seem common. I sleep well most of the time unless I have a major worry causing anxiety. I never get cross with myself for not sleeping.

I tend to wind down in bed and when I turn out the light, I find a comfy position, turn over then back again (not sure why) then imagine myself in a safe environment and create a story in my head of how my ideal life would be there. I seem to just zone out shortly after.

I really don't like labels. There is a condition cyclothymia which seems to be a milder form of bipolar. I prefer to think we are all the way we are because of our genetic's and our upbringing. Neither of these do we have control over.

Most of us do a wonderful job of managing ourselves. It is hard when our needs don't match what our partner needs.

I send best wishes to you and your husband.
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I'm checking in here I posted in another thread but decided to censor myself and delete it. I'm having issues sleeping. I also try to stay away from ''the news'' and talking about the ''thing'' which is always in the news I'm sorry about that. It's hard to find places where people are not talking about that (I mean, in my threads I prefer not to talk about it...

I wonder if anyone here has had a good result from lamictal? Or has a doctor or anyone else recommended it as a possible helpful med?
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I am on lamictal and a lot of other meds to sleep and address my anxiety.
lamictal is my only mood stabilizer.


I am on a lot of haldol, 30 day injector type and then 5mg twice a day with cogentin. twice a day as well.
my main pill for anxiety is tofrnil, it makes me nervous because it is an anti depressant useful for treating anxiety. I also take 1mg of klonipin the am and 2mg at night!!!!!
It took a nervous break down to get klonipin back in my life again,sigh....
It is 9pm and I have been up about 11 hours and I am yawning.
I like the PA that I saw again Lauren PA, I asked her if I could have her as my provider? She said yes, so that is great!!!!!


I am disassociation a lot, For about 20 minutes I felt a sleep.
While I was hospitalized I would zone out of my body and see myself in a coffin it had a small light in it,,,I would call out jeffs name and he would never answer me they felt so real. Like I got lost 2 times in the building....
I could go on and on about my dreams vs reality, I left there worse then I went in.
jeff was so angry no one call him back he tried every day to speak to a pdoc...to no avail.


I need to go to sleep now we may watch downton abbey together.
that would be nice.


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Been trying Gabapentin now for like a month or two (?) It immediately started working to relax and keep me asleep, even if I still struggle slightly getting to sleep. But I feel pretty good and rested...unless I oversleep, and then I'm drowsy all day. Bleh! So weird!
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