Mises Posted July 29, 2009 Share Posted July 29, 2009 It has always been difficult for me to fall asleep. The older I get, the harder it becomes to get sufficient sleep, and even more so, my ability to function without adequate sleep. I'm about 40 years old, male. There is no 'underlying condition'. I've seen several doctors. I've read the stickies. I'm not looking for advice about CBT or a change of behaviour. I already know a lot about that. For me, insomnia is not an occasional problem. I may have it every day, for many months. And sometimes, I have no serious problems for weeks or months. No obvious cause. The nature/pattern of insomnia also varies. I have a doctor who's willing to prescribe benzodiazepines. For me benzos can work quite well, not just short term. Especially if I occasionally switch from one benzo to another. But in the long run, tolerance catches up I can also get antihistamines for sleep, but that's also a tolerance issue. I did some research on trazodone. Studies suggest it either works only if you are depressed as well, they work for only 1-2 weeks, or there is no evidence that it works at all, only anecdotical success stories. Depending on the studies. I tried a TCA once (for sleep), very unpleasant, I won't use antidepressants for sleep. There is melatonin, but it doesn't work for me. The same for Seroquel. My insomnia has little to nothing to do with not being able to relax, or stop thinking. My body just refuses to fall asleep. I have no positive experiences with herbal stuff. If anyone can come up with a medication that can be useful for sleep AND IS AVAILABLE it would be much appreciated. My doctor won't prescribe barbiturates, chloral hydrate, Placidyl and other 'older' medications. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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