questionsdoes your body clock ever go out of sync?

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I feel for you. Consult your GP about what he/she feels about your options, but it appears you exhausted every remedy except for drugs. Not narcotics, but sleeping aid supplements. Well, some narcotics may help as well...

I have taken melatonin and it appears to be the least harmful sleeping aid I have come across. I don't have chronic sleeping problems and it is generally suggested to only use melatonin to fix short-term sleep issues like yours. It's available over the counter in both liquid and pill form. The best combo is to get down a glass of warm milk with a few drops of the liquid melatonin.

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Mine does after I spend a week on-call for work and I get paged a lot in the middle of the night. It will sometimes take me a week or two to stop waking up at 3am. I'll go downstairs and have a cup of chamomile/herbal tea and read or clean for about 30 minutes and then I can thankfully go back to sleep.

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My body never really had a "sync". From an early age I always had problems with sleeping on a schedule.

And any basic sense of night/day I might have once had was destroyed by 17 years on night shift..

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Melatonin was a huge help when I was told about it about a year ago. It's just enough to get you back in sync.

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@curtisuxor: My wife had serious issues sleeping the whole night through. She would often wake up three or four times a night. She started taking melatonin and the problem completely disappeared. She is waking up fully rested and has just one less thing to stress about (not sleeping).

Not sure how long she can or should be taking it though.

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Suffered with insomnia for several months with no lasting relief. Tried ambien (worked the first few days, then nada), Advil PM, Excedrin PM. The best results I had were from Ativan (which only helped when it was "stress" waking me up) or beach imagery relaxation techniques (when stress wouldn't let me fall asleep to begin with). A friend kept telling me about melatonin but I never got around to checking into it.

The issue came back up recently, since the work schedule of myself and my husband has been all over the place the last month (new jobs, quitting jobs, switching jobs, jobs then switching shifts, etc). I used a product called "Dream Water" (because I got it free at CVS) and it worked fantastically, and like above, it's basically just a mixture of Melatonin, GABA, and Tryptophan. I slept soundly and woke up very refreshed, not groggy at all.

For all I know, Dream Water may be overpriced compared to straight melatonin. I haven't really researched it. But it works, at least.

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I normally joke that my body's clock has a 30 to 32 hour day, though this number is just something I've pulled out of my posterier.

According to my CPAP machine, which I use whenever I sleep even if just napping, I sleep an average of 7h9m each 24 hours (this is over the course of three+ months).

However, when I am well rested, I am not tired after a "normal" day (ie. 17 hours later) so I frequently will stay up another five to seven hours or just not sleep at all. This happens whether I use caffeine or not.

I also take one to three hour naps, get up to check the new woots and do stuff for a few hours and then catch an hour or two of sleep before getting up for work.

It is rare that I wake up and then cannot get back to sleep, whether I'm up for a few minutes or an hour. Falling asleep and staying that way aren't my problem. Stopping whatever it is I'm doing and trying to sleep is my problem (I don't do it).

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Yes. It seems to be "out of snyc" EVERY Monday morning.

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Yes, but that is because every now and then I force myself to be awake for more than 24 hours.

The last time was because I had to clean the apartment because of an inspection that was supposed to occur the next day (we had less than a 24 hour notice).

The time before that, I had to write a paper... and had writers block.

I have never used sleeping aids, out of the fear that I will have to up the dosage over time as my body develops a resistance to it over time. Already have to take a higher dosage of ibuprofen and I'm only 22.

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@jha1223: I only bring up the thing about long-term use because the long-term effects have not been explored properly. My GP told me that long-term trials were not sufficiently performed in order to determine all the possible consequences.

I did notice that when I took it for an extended period (I worked as a graveyard UPS sorter while taking college classes and my body couldn't adjust properly) that I would get dizzy spells when I woke up. This is one of the more common side-effects, but I noticed it would be more pronounced the longer I used it. I also noticed that I built up some kind of tolerance as I would start waking up about 4 hours after falling asleep after a month or so. I would be able to go back to sleep, but it was a little annoying.

I am very glad that it has made your wife's life easier (and accordingly--I assume--yours as well). :)

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@curtisuxor: Thank you for the information. I'll pass that on to her ask about any noticeable side-effects. She is so happy to be sleeping that she might even deal with the dizziness if that were one of her experiences.

And yes, it is wonderful to have her getting some solid sleep. It has improved her mood considerably :)

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OMG! Yes. Every since I played that video game until 6 a.m the other morning and slept until 2 p.m. I have been unable to readjust. NOthings works for me sleeping including trying to pass out drinking lol

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Nope, but usually happens to me during daylight savings and travelling some timezones.

What sucks though is that I could never get my body to adjust to make me sleep a certain time though, hence why I can never be a morning person. Well, that's just me I guess.

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I'm not certain...

There are times where I will sleep for 12 hours and other times I'll wake up after 5.

I rarely change my habits, so it's odd.