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Dealing with Insomia/Nocturnal sleeping and Education.

How do you do it?

It's one of my main issues. I can get a good sleeping pattern for say 3-4 days, but i'll just have one night where i can't sleep and end up sleeping about 6am, thus messing up my entire sleeping pattern which results in me missing lectures and tutorials for a week until i can get it back on track again.

Even when i wake up, i feel like i've not slept. I'm a terrible person to get up unless it's something really really important - aka, if i don't get up, i'll be affecting someone else. Affecting someone else/letting someone down is probably the only thing that gets me up.

I also am very much so a night person - I just wake up at night time. It doesn't matter if i've been awake and busy since 6am, it reaches 8pm and i just wake up - the fog that i go around with during the day seems to thin and i feel the need to procrastinate less.

The problem with having sleeping tablets is of course doctors won't prescribe long-term. The thing is I'd only want them for those nights that I can't sleep at all.

I've only just got my diagnosis and apparently strict routines work. The main problems come at weekends - If i don't have to get out of bed, i won't. And then everything messes up. I think i need to find something constructive at the weekends to stop this.

But yeah, any suggestions ?
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Re: Dealing with Insomia/Nocturnal sleeping and Education.

Hey AshT. Probably everyone on here (except for NTs) could relate to this. I take Melatonin (3mgs) when I have a difficult time falling asleep. I don't live in the UK, but they are not something you need a prescription for in the U.S. Benadryl is also helpful and is over-the-counter.
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Hey AshT. Probably everyone on here (except for NTs) could relate to this. I take Melatonin (3mgs) when I have a difficult time falling asleep. I don't live in the UK, but they are not something you need a prescription for in the U.S. Benadryl is also helpful and is over-the-counter.
Hey, thanks for the reply . Yeah i found out it's an ADHD thing with some research and speakling to my Mum who is also diagnosed ADHD =).

I've tried Melatonin however I have the triple strength 10mg ones lol...and i think they make me even more drowsey when i wake up. I might give the lower dose ones a go.
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Re: Dealing with Insomia/Nocturnal sleeping and Education.

Yea, you might have to do some experimenting. I find that wearing myself out helps. Have you tried exercise not right before bedtime but maybe a few hours? This helped me a lot in the past.
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Re: Dealing with Insomia/Nocturnal sleeping and Education.

Prescription sleep aids are the only thing I've found that come close to combatting my chronic insomnia. I've been taking Ambien for eight years. I suppose it's not ideal, and people might jump all over me for saying that, but it works for me.
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Re: Dealing with Insomia/Nocturnal sleeping and Education.

I've had insomnia since I was a little kid. Nothing over the counter works on it's own.

Over the years I've tried various prescriptions: ambien, sonata, clonodine, trazadone, doxepin, and am currently prescribed remeron (mirtazapine). The mirtazapine worked pretty well until recently, ocassionally requiring a third to a half a doxylamine succinate tablet (OTC Unisom) as well. Lately, I've been taking half to 2/3 a doxylamine tablet, 1mg of melatonin, as well as the mirtazapine, and its kind of working..still take a long time to fall asleep, but *do* fall asleep...but tend to wake up before I need to for some reason....that was always my problem with melatonin, it will get me to sleep, but only for a short time, less than half an hour, and then I'm wide awake again.
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Yeah i had thought about it but it's quite hard to fit in with studying. If i work out too much, i'm too tired for the evening to do work =(.
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