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Do You Have Sleep Issues?
A MyChronicPainTeam Member asked a question 💭

If you have sleep issues and need some advice, I have been through 5 years of sleep issues and have a whole bunch of knowledge and advice when it comes to sleep. I know this isn't really a question, but if you don't know where to go next to help with your sleep issue I may be able to help out and give some recommendations.

posted July 30, 2016
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A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I use 600 mg of Serquel to sleep at night and it works most nights as long as my pain is not severe. I've tried Cognitive Behavioral therapy, ambien, lunesta and all the over the counter things they have out there. I did have 3 sleep studies trying to get to the bottom of things and they found out I have sleep apnea. Which I have a machine for but my brain doesn't completely shut down while I'm sleeping,, it has the activity as if I'm walking around. I also take a hot bath before bed to try and relax my muscles. And if I'm in bed and can't fall asleep I get out of bed. That was the most helpful thing I learned in the therapy. If you have any specific questions I might be able to help with please don't hesitate to ask. I've been through a lot with the sleep issue💜

posted August 10, 2016
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

i have been given Amitriptyline to help relaxe me and help me to sleep, it really works. i know its an atidepressant but that not what i an given it for, mine is used as pain relief

posted August 1, 2016
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I take a multi-vitamin every night with melatonin in it. It is helpful for sleep issues and is all natural sleep aid.

posted July 31, 2016
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

@A MyChronicPainTeam Member I believe they may be barking up the wrong tree with sleeping pills. Are you taking pain medications nightly to help you sleep? When they found out I had EDS (which also makes sleeping uncomfortable and painful) we switched a lot of my sleep meds to pain meds and i could sleep a lot better.

posted July 31, 2016
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

@A MyChronicPainTeam Member they will just help check up on whether or not your sleep scheduling is in order, as in helping organize what you do before bed and how you prepare etc. Another idea may be to try melatonin and 5HTP taken an hour before you go to bed, they are natural and non-harmful and can sometimes help out insomniacs.

posted July 31, 2016

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