I have tried many different meds at the urging of VA doctors. Last med they asked me to try was Benedryl. It works if you don't mind the groggy effect the next day. But, like anything else, one can develop a tolerance and more med is needed.
I used to take a glass of sake ( I say "used to" because it makes me beleive I'm trying to quit). I does helps me sleep through the night although I wake up in a lot of pain and feeling quite dehydrated.
I'm just trying out this vitamin called 5-HTP. It's supposed to aid in hormonal reproduction in the case of seratonin and help you reach normal REM sleep. I took it for about 2 weeks and then forgot to take it for the last week so I probably have to start all over again. I din't think I felt any different during the time that I did take it. But 2 days ago I remembered that I did have an absence of sleep paralysis episodes while taking it since without it I have had one at least every night.
Sadly I've never taken any prescription meds to report the effects. In El Paso, where I am originally from, no one except 2 chiropractors believed in FM. So I just dilly dally with homeopathic remedies till I find some that work.
Yep - oh gosh I feel bad about not checking here sooner -
Trazodone is rarely used as a anti-depressant - but works quite well on many people as a sleep aid. Theraputic dose for depression is at least 300mg - so 25 - 50 is pretty low.
I've been able to wake up in the middle of the night and function if need be while taking this - but don't have some of the side effects that many sleeping pills have.
Speaking of anti-depressants - something interesting - I had been taking Serzone for a number of years - with good results from it - because of my nodding off - sometimes I wouldn't get my daily dose - I started noticing that I actually felt a little better when I hadn't taken it! So, I stopped taking it. That's probably when I started actually feeling somewhat better - wish I could say that I kept feeling better and better - but it sort of leveled off at just feeling kind of yucky as opposed to feeling horrible all the time. Fortunately depression hasn't been a big problem since being off it -
The only pill that I take that is purely for sleep is Klonopin (clonazepam). I started taking it for restless legs. I had been on the Trazadone but it gave me the most horrible nightmares. However, many of the meds I take are sedating: Cymbalta, Lyrica, Topamax, Lamictal, Hydrocodone(for my spinal stenosis), the occasional Requip or Skelaxin. By the end of the day, I'm barely keeping my eyes open. To tell the truth I sometimes have bad daytime sleepiness.
I've had two sleep studies done. The show that I have very mild obstructive apnea/hypopnea. I wear a mouthpiece (mandibular advancement device) which is not at all uncomfortable, had not affected my TMJD adversely and has helped my teeth from my grinding. The second study with the device in place showed that I still have low oxygen levels at night so now I am sleeping with oxygen on. Do I feel better today? I don't know. I was also started on Ritalin to see if I could stay awake more during the day. I think it may help me lose weight! Get this, out of 414 mins of sleep, I spent 382 mins in Stage II. The sleep doc said he had never seen one that high 92.2%. Only 0 Stage III and 5 min REM. No wonder I wake up tired.
I have a lot of daytime sleepiness. I take Adderall for that and it does an ok job. Had sleep studies done. No apnea but then they did test for narcolepsy which it seems I have a mild case of....does not seem too mild to me when it kicks in. Thank goodness I sleep well at night, not that it helps my daytime sleepiness....well maybe it does but I dont think so besides narcolepsy has nothing to do with how you sleep at night.
Good luck on your Ritalin
Anna When they first started me on Adderall about 3 yrs ago, it made me sleepy at first. They are not the same drug but both are used the same way for the same kind of problems. Anyway stick with it for a while and see if it changes for you. You could try adderall next if the Ritalin turns out not to work
For me the best way to keep my sleeping regular is to mix up my regimen. Some nights all it takes is a cup of kava tea, others will find me popping Benadryl if it's past my bedtime and I feel wired. Something that I've been doing lately that works really well is a powdered magnesium supplement taken a few hours before I want to sleep.