Attila Girl comes up with a working definition for “insomniac”:

[I]t’s the person who doesn’t even bother with over-the-counter soporifics, because they are a terrible waste of money.

Sounds about right to me, though I have enough of them on hand to knock out a regiment, just in case.

And apparently Lunesta has been “suggested” to her:

Because its profile was better “for long-term use” than that of Zolpidem or Triazolam.

Except that they don’t want you taking these things long-term in the first place, because the stuff tends to make you dependent on it.

My own experience with zolpidem (Ambien) has suggested that after about a week to ten days, it doesn’t work anymore: the body apparently develops a tolerance for the drug. So I’m fighting my current difficulties by alternating between it (in a reduced dose) and OTC stuff, in a pattern that I hope prevents both dependency and tolerance.

Although I am curious about this:

[M]y sister-in-law once gave me something for bad menstrual cramps that knocked me right out; I should get the name of that stuff from her.

I’d like to know that myself — not that I’m anticipating menstrual cramps or anything.


  1. Tatyana »

    17 December 2008 · 8:49 am

    But why your mind doesn’t want to go to rest?
    Judging by very scientifically negligible segment of population, me, there are times I can’t sleep, sometimes for 2-3 nights in the row. It is always connected to some unresolved anxiety, conscious or not. Once I sort out the issue (negative outcome is still an outcome), the sleep comes back.

  2. CGHill »

    17 December 2008 · 9:35 am

    I have enough unresolved anxiety to keep me up for months.

  3. McGehee »

    17 December 2008 · 9:42 am

    There was a time many years ago when I regulated — with some success — a bout of insomnia with a nightly dose of NyQuil.

    Until I decided it was probably the alcohol doing the trick, and I seem to recall having worked it out that NyQuil is more expensive per gram (or whatever) of alcohol than almost anything in the distilled spirits aisle of the supermarket (I was living in California at the time).

    I was given a scrip for Lunesta back about the time I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and I think I actually stopped taking it before the srip ran out.

  4. Tatyana »

    17 December 2008 · 9:47 am

    Chaz, the operative words are “negative outcome is still an outcome”. Once I conclude, upon internal examination, that I’m an idiot, a weakling, etc etc – merciful Morpheus extends his friendly hand of sleep.

  5. CGHill »

    17 December 2008 · 8:25 pm

    Much as I’d like to declare closure, I never quite manage to persuade myself that I have it.

  6. Mel »

    17 December 2008 · 8:46 pm

    Just another use for magical Tequila!

  7. CGHill »

    17 December 2008 · 8:54 pm

    Now comes an idea: a NyQuil knockoff with a shot of Cuervo Gold in every capful. People would be yearning for flu symptoms.

  8. McGehee »

    17 December 2008 · 10:52 pm

    Just leave out the worm.


  9. Mel »

    17 December 2008 · 11:23 pm

    TyQuila! ™

  10. Tatyana »

    18 December 2008 · 12:51 am

    Mmmyes, now I see you ARE desperate. TyQuila!

  11. mmclassics »

    18 December 2008 · 11:10 am

    Have you ever tried Melatonin?
    A friend who has always had problems going to sleep, gave some to her daughter with the same problem. Her husband is a physician and quite careful about things like supplements. She said it really helped them quite quickly.
    [link deleted, was 404] is one link that I found on the subject. Our children go to sleep with quiet steady music. Since we still use the room monitor, that passes on to us. God Bless

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