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Old 12-02-08, 11:14 PM   #1
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The Insomniacs Thread

I am a chronic insomniac. I'm no longer trying to fight it since it's a lost cause. Instead, I'm taking advantage of it by working night shifts (shift differential pay FTW).

It started early in elementary school. I stayed awake all night starring at the ceiling. Then in the morning, I was all sleepy. Mom was always fighting with me because I wanted to stay at home and sleep during the day. My teachers were always sending complaints about me falling asleep during class. That continued all the way till high school, where I was nicknamed the sleeping beauty. I was falling asleep in class every day. It was so common that people no longer pay attention to it. Sometimes I'll wake up to find out that the my class ended, my group changed classrooms and some other group was there taking some other class. I even fell asleep during my college entrance exam (I pass it tho). And yet, sleeping during the night was always a challenge.

Once I made it to college, I always chose night schedules and it worked very well. Then in the corporate world, I've tried to land the night shifts as much as possible. It's been working very well so far.

I once tried to treat the condition with different medications. My doc put me on every single sleep medication in the market, trying to find one that work for me. That was a complete fail. Not only they didn't worked, they make my insomnia worst. They don't make me sleepy, instead they make me feel tense and more alert. My reaction times go slower tho, and I feel kinda dizzy and stoned, but not sleepy.

The last medication I tried was the worst. It was supposed to be the most potent sleep drug on the market. And I guess it was... it caused me the most potent reverse effect ever. I went one full week without sleep and I lost it. I started having hallucinations due to sleep deprivation and had to be hospitalized. After that I decided not to fight my insomnia and just adjust my life around it.

I'm usually posting here late at night and I see the same nicknames day after day so.. fess up! r u an insomniac too? what's your story?
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Old 12-02-08, 11:26 PM   #2
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I have insomnia along with my other issues. and I prefer working nights when I get the choice, and shift differential is always awesome. It has been acting up lately and i have been sleeping from 5am-to-noon for the past few days. but I don't mind really. the world is a lot quieter at night and traffic is thinner. after several years of being up at night it changes your opinion on things.


My mom gives me grief when I am living with her about me going out at night. but when I am living alone it can be pleasant. I can't take sleeping pills. the last time I took them they interacted with the topomax and may be part of the reasons I have liver and kidney issues.



and if you ever get bored, get a job on night shift at a porn store.
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Old 12-02-08, 11:28 PM   #3
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Insomniac since 2000.

I was given a prescription sleep aid but I really don't like to put drugs into my body. There were times that I HAD to use it, but I only took half. I don't use it anymore.

But lately I've been getting decent sleep because of a rocking chair that was given to me. It helps me to relax and while in it I try to clear my mind and not worry so much about things. I have to convince myself at the days end that I did all that I can do with all that I had. That way I can put things into perspective and accept that I can't do everything.
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Old 12-02-08, 11:30 PM   #4
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I work days and nights, or is that nights and days. It sucks either way, I want to go to bed.
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Old 12-02-08, 11:53 PM   #5
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It isn't an everyday thing for me but it happens.
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It's pretty cool. When I lived in Jackson it was the best. The perfect quiet, with maybe a few animals, the stars, nothing light sitting out back with a book. Damn I miss home.
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Insomniac since 2000.
+1; right around the same time, more like 2001.

I tried Melatonin, various doses, no help

I was prescribed Rozerem, and even one doctor said "oh we told the drug rep it doesn't work with any of our patients" - 'nuff said.

I even traveled across the borders (Mexico and Canada) and got standard Ambien.

I finally got an Ambien CR prescription early last year and it has been such a great relief. I have a couple of friends that beg me for them when they go overseas; they been great for resetting the body clock.
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No real story . . . I've just always been a night owl. Not true insomnia I don't think cause most nights I fall asleep fairly easy although some nights its toss and turn and stare at ceiling/clock. I try to keep it under control since I do work normal daytime hours. But finding me online in the wee hours of the morning is not uncommon.
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Old 12-03-08, 01:09 AM   #9
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I can't say I'm an insomniac as I do get sleep most every night, but I am a nightowl. Always have been.

I can usually get by on 5 hours of sleep or so which was handy when I was a carpenter and had to be at the jobsite by 7AM. Now that I'm managing a shop that opens at 10AM...my nightowl habits are no problem.

That said, I would like to get my sleep schedule back on track by Spring so I'll have the time in the morning to bike commute. I got lazy this season and slept in a lot, leaving me with only time to drive.
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Old 12-03-08, 02:27 AM   #10
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Amatuers!

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I've been this way since 1975. The west coast chills me out (time zone). Asia would probably cure me. Or outer space.
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Old 12-03-08, 03:27 AM   #11
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Never thought of Asia as an insomnia cure -- but it is kind of like outer space (disorienting, hard to breathe)
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