Monday, June 13, 2011


SLEEP has always been a frustration for me.

Before the accident, I didn't want to sleep because there was so much that I wanted and/or had to do. I didn't want to have to stop being productive to rest.

Then, I was in the car accident. It was difficult to sleep because of being in so much pain. Over the past few years, there have been various side effects from medications that affected my sleep.

So, INSOMNIA has been a struggle for a long time. I've tried sleeping meds - sometimes effective, sometimes not (if they are, they normally wipe my memory... and I wake up about 8-9 hours after I take it and can't get back to sleep).

My doctor started me on Melatonin a month or so ago (I had tried it some before my accident, but it didn't help). Around the same time, I started taking CoQ10 twice a day. I thought that it might be the CoQ10 that was causing me to have trouble sleeping, so I started taking my PM dose a few hours earlier (I also take Lyrica in the PM). But, the trouble sleeping continued. It's been taking me thirty minutes to several hours to get to sleep, and then I wake up after only a few hours have trouble getting back to sleep.

I looked up Melatonin information online, and I found that taking high doses of Melatonin can actually cause sleep disturbance. I've stopped taking it for a week or so, and I've been getting to sleep alright. My doctor wanted to increase my dose, but I haven't tried that yet... not sure I even want to.

Here's hoping for more restful sleep...
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