Clonazepam and Insomnia

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Hi. I'm in a horrible 6-month cycle insomnia, with the two last months being very severe. I need to take sleeping pills to break this cycle because I've done everything alternative--the meditation and diaries and the playing-with-the-toes stuff and nothing helps. The doctors are very nasty and are worried about "addiction" rather than the severe problems this insomnia is causing me at work and in my daily life. They offered antidepressants, but I'm not depressed!!! I need to sleep and I can't do it naturally. I've taken clonazepam and other sleeping pills in the past in small doses and short periods, because I suffer from insomnia and I can't control it once it is set up. I need to break the cycle and the only way is to take something to help my body learn to sleep naturally again. Does anyone know where I can get sleeping pills, please?

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    You need to get sleeping pills ( Zolpidem, Zoplicone) from a doctor. I try to go to bed an hour before I fall asleep, so I'm in the relaxed zone. I only use pills when I have to take a flight in the morning or my mind is like a washing machine, and I know i won't fall asleep. Do try to convince yourself that you will eventually drop off, and do not look at the clock. I say to myself, ahh, if I don't sleep well tonight, tomorrow night will be great. I also have blackout curtains, a big dog that snores lightly, and a soundproof loft. I know it is not possible to have these 3 things, but double lined curtains as well as great windows are a lifesaver. The dog is for safety- If anyone would dare to break in, they would find a nasty surprise.

    From an ex lifelong insomniac

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    Go to a natural store. I don't remember what it was called but I think it's Valerian or something like that. Also, don't do any exercises before bed. It actually keeps you up. I have a terrible time sleeping also. Some antidepressants actually help you sleep. It's considered off label.

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    The docs who worry about addiction are right, especially with benzodiazapines . Clonazepam is regarded by some as the most addictive.

    If I were you I would see a sleep specialist who if appropriate will conduct a sleep study, it may be in the day or night and that COULD explain why you don't sleep. If so, there may be a safer solution than popping Clonazepam. Good luck!

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    Have you tried natural GABA increasing remedies like taurine and theanine? (Note: do not take GABA supplements directly). Those will increase GABA activity in your brain naturally (which is basically what these drugs do, plus side effects). If you want me to elaborate more, please PM me. I suffered chronic insomnia after withdrawing from a benzo based drug but recovered thanks to supplements and meditation, which you mention. And yes, doctors do worry about addiction because it can get to be a real problem.

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