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Thursday, November 15, 2018

I saw my doctor about my sleep issues!

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 I'm writing this post Wednesday afternoon and I woke up at 12:30 this morning so I'm in zombie mode. Apologies if this blog post is disjointed or there are lots of typos!

I finally saw my PCP about my sleep issues. I made the appointment awhile ago, but apparently unless you have an emergency, there's at least a month of waiting time at my doctor's office before seeing your PCP.p Hill area has a suggestion, let me know!)

<<<<Short background: I went to my PCP back in 2015 to get help with my sleep problems. She suggested 25 mg of diphenhydramine and a small dosage of melatonin. I did that for several months but I started to become immune to the diphenhydramine. I also ended up getting diarrhea for two months straight. I stopped taking melatonin and within two weeks my GI issues were gone. Related to the melatonin? Who can say for sure...>>>>

Now it's over two years later and I feel like over the past year and a half, my sleep issues have really escalated. 

  • My main trouble is falling back asleep after waking up. It is not uncommon for me to wake up at midnight or 1am and never fall back asleep. 
  • This can happen on a weekday or a weekend. It is not associated with work stress. In fact, I rarely think about work when I'm laying in bed in the middle of the night.
  • My sleep troubles used to plague me 1-2 times per month. Now it's at least three times a week.

Before I went to the doctor, my SIL recommended I ask for a short term and a long term solution to my sleeping issues. I need to get to the root of my problem. My SIL also suggested a deficiency in magnesium could be contributing. Her family takes magnesium supplements. She sent me some info about it so I am going to read about it... as soon as I get some sleep!

My biggest fear was going to the doctor and having her tell me to have a cup of tea before bed, read a book, and put on a sound machine. I think if that was her suggestion I would have just started bawling.

Luckily, she listened to everything I had to say, asked good questions, and suggested I try out the prescription drug called Trazodone.

She assured me it was not an addictive drug like Ambien. I wasn't going to sleep eat, nor would I murder anyone in my sleep. (Of course I asked that.)

Trazodone is actually for depression and anxiety, but it's off label use is for insomnia. It's one of the most widely prescribed drugs for insomnia.

Of course I researched the pill and found good things and bad things about it. I am not getting my hopes up that it will be a long term solution but I am hopeful it will at least help me short term. I have a physical scheduled at the end of December, so my PCP and I will touch base with how the prescription is working for me.

I hate taking medicine and I never thought I would want a prescription for sleep medication. But I am at the end of my rope. I need something. This lack of sleep is affecting my life, my happiness, my work, and my relationships. I really, really, hope Trazodone helps me.
Have you ever taken a prescription sleep medication?

Are you familiar with magnesium or magnesium 



  1. Hope this works for you!! Lack of sleep is no joke. My cat has been waking me up this week. Not cool. She might get relocated at night again!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I hope so too. Put your baby in kitty time out tonight. :) My friends tell me to put my cats in the basement... uhhh we don't have a door in our basement! I shut my bedroom door but he scratches and it's loud.

  2. Hi Megan -- just getting caught up from being on vacation! I think this is really good news. I am hopeful this will work for you. I take Mg each night because I have leg cramps. I haven't noticed it makes me sleepy but I think you should try it. I actually take 1/2 Ambien each night when we travel OR if I am out late and want to fall asleep quickly when I get home (since I know I have to get up for work or something). I know it is controversial but I really like it for occasional use and I haven't ever felt that I get addicted. Please keep us posted. I am keeping my fingers crossed and you should, too (especially now that your nails are looking so nice. LOL)

    1. You take Mg of what? I will text you. :) I'm glad Ambien works for you and you don't have any weird side affects! I really hope this stuff works for me. Thanks for complimenting my nails. You are my biggest cheerleader. :)

  3. I am so glad that you saw a doctor about your sleep issues. I'd go insane if I couldn't sleep. I hope the sleep aid is helping!

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