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Thanks LCF! I wish you strength and restful nights!
Hi LCF! How are you now? I post you a long reply but I guess I did not submit it. What things are you doing to get you through the night? I am out of the sleeping pills and the doctor I see now will not prescribe me any and it still 10 weeks till my CBT-i . Do not understand how to make it until then
Hi LSF! I posted you on the other thread and then saw this one. I am so sorry you suffer from insomnia so badly. I feel my sleep problems are a lot like yours. I was sleeping OK while I was taking sleeping pills (lorazepam and Ambien) on daily basis (for 20 years), then retired and decided to quit. I tried to go without pills and I barely survived 3 months and started taking Ambien again. I understand you very well regarding inability to drive. I was hoping I could do so many things when I retire, but I am staying at home on the days I do not sleep
I had thyroiditis and I remember racing heart all the day, dizziness when standing up, inability to sleep, etc.
I try to exercise no matter what. I do weights, bike, anything I can do this day. I walk on the days I can’t do anything else. Do you exercise?
Do you still take HRT 20 years after menopause?
LSF, thanks for responding.
I was taking 0.5 Lorazepam and 5 Ambien for 8 years and many years Ambien 10mg. Did not have much sleep problems while being on them. I tried to quit a year ago and was able to stop Lorazepam.
After 3 months I resumed Ambien at lower dose of 2.5mg (half of a pill) but it never gave me enough sleep so I went to the sleep clinic.
Sleep doctor did not tell me anything about going off Ambien, I was told I could benefit from CBT-i . They sent me a spreadsheet (sleep diary) asking to fill it every morning, which I do. So far I have 90% sleep efficiency but the total sleep average is 5.5. Ambien knocks me out but not long enough to feel recovered.
LSF, how do you sleep now? Do you use any supplements for sleep? Did you do CBT-i ?