…Sweet Dreams…

Well I did it…I took a HUGE step in my journey thru menopause mania…I stopped taking Ambien to sleep. This may seem like a no brainer to some, but for me this drug has been my friend. After 2 years of severe insomnia, it enabled me to get 6 to 8 hours sleep each night for a year now, no matter what time zone I was in or how many hot flashes I had! But, the time has come to allow my bioidentical hormones work their sleepy time magic so I am going to take this step of faith.

When I saw Dr. Grossman for the first time, he recommended I take Tryptophan and Melatonin for my insomnia. I tried it 2 nights – forgoing the Ambien – but it didn’t work. Both nights I had strange and disturbing dreams that woke me several times, so I gave up and went back my little yellow pill.

This time I am trying a new approach – First I’m going to rid my system of the Ambien and then try the Tryptophan and Melatonin again, if I need to. (This is one of the cool things about the BodyLogicMD program – if it doesn’t work at first, you can tweak it, until you get it right for you, personally.)

Tonight will be my 3rd night without my friend. Saturday night, I tossed and turned all night, finally fell asleep around 6 AM and slept for 2 hours…then wide awake. Last night not quite as bad…I forced myself to stay awake until around 9 PM and fell asleep fairly quickly. I did wake up several times due to hot flashes though, but at least no weird dreams….

I have no idea how long it will take to get it out of my system but I am going to give it a few more days. If I am still not sleeping well then I will try the Tryptophan and Melatonin again. If that still doesn’t work then I have another appointment with my BLMD doctor next week and hopefully he can give me more ideas…I will let you know…sweet dreams!!!

 

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  • Jennifer DeShazo

    I’m a women of a “certain age” and I know it is sooo hard to sleep. I haven’t taken any pills though. I have tried melatonin, it does nothing! A glass of wine helps but, then you wake up a couple of hours later. I’m so used to not getting a good nights sleep its just normal to me. I feel it is that way for most people unfortunately. I’ve even gotten rid of most caffeine. I’m thinking about trying bioidentical hormone therapy myself. But, mainly because I feel very jittery and I find my hands are shaking, like an old woman.

    One of the reasons I wanted to respond to you is I LOVE the way your web-site looks, good job!

     
     
     
  • Diane

    Thanks Jennifer! and let us know if you decided to try bioidentical hormone therapy. We love the hear your stories!

     
     
     
  • Laurie

    I am on 3 different anti depressants, one of which gives me a full nights sleep as I was getting about 3 to 6 hrs. of sleep for a few yrs. I was totally worn out. I am hypothyroid with Hasimotos auto immune disease. I am in a fog 24 seven. I am looking into bioidentical hormones. I hope it can help me….I am a mess.
    Things are looking up just looking around on these pages.
    LAURIE