I can’t sleep. Can anyone offer some help?


So this a little unusual but my wife finds the Dan Jones Sleep Stories for Adults put her right out and keep her that way. Based on something called Ericksonian hypnosis. I’ve tried and found it… interesting, but I don’t really have any trouble sleeping. She does, though, and totally swears by it. I think there is a subscription fee but it’s modest, and anyway it doesn’t require putting any more drugs in your body.


3 days without Ambien as of today. My brain is somewhat less foggy, but I’m back to not sleeping well. Not wanting to cause permanent memory loss, I’m inclined to go with less sleep and less chance of brain damage.


Dave, has Ambien been linked to brain damage?




My thanks to everyone who responded to my questions about sleep. I found all the responses helpful. Thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas about how to get a good night’s sleep. This is a great group!



Thanks for starting this interesting thread. I take one drug (clonazepam) to fall asleep and another (trazodone) to stay asleep. I’ve been able to cut back on the trazodone with increased exercise, but the falling asleep is still a problem.

What I really wanted to share is that I have turned to listening to audio books right before sleeping to turn off my brain. I set a timer to stop play after 30 minutes and most times I know it worked because I have no clue what’s going on in the story because I missed some of it! Sometimes it takes another 30 minute session, but at least my mind doesn’t go it the crazy circles as it is inclined to do.

Hope you find something that works!



Several people have mentioned Benadryl/diphenhydramine as a sleep aid. I learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea if one suffers from Restless Leg Syndrome! Due to serotonin uptake issues with Benadryl, I was tap dancing all night in spite of my prescribed Med (Baclofen)!


This works like a charm


I am 71, type 1 for 62 years and insomnia started creeping in about 4 years ago. Ambien increased my BG, so I cycled through several meds. that were ineffective like valium and Ativan. Melatonin was good for about 3 days. I never thought it had to do with my diabetes because I had read that insomnia is a major concern for seniors/geriatic patients everywhere. My internist prescribed 3 mg. Lunesta 2 years ago and I have not had a problem since. I do stop watching TV and no computer after 10:00-10:30 and head to bed. I take Lunesta at that time and read on my Kindle until I almost doze off. Also, I have found that if I turn off the light on my Kindle screen and read by the light of a small, bedside, gooseneck lamp directed toward the screen, I get sleepy within an hour. Hope this is some help.


Thanks very much Kathlyn. I have been sleeping better almost since the time I posted this topic. A couple of weeks ago I changed my brand of melatonin and upped the dosage to 2 mgs. I am sleeping very, very well now. I am so glad that you found something to help you sleep. Several years ago, I was given samples of Lunesta after Ambien was no longer working and for some reason I never tried it.

Looking back in my medical files, I see that I have had trouble sleeping for the last 20 yrs. I too try stay away from screens before bed. It does help.