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Can Our childhood affect us
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Founded by geminigirl1963 on February 13, 2011
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Can Our childhood affect us

Is it possible that a  disruptive childhood have any affect on our sleeping patterns as adults,I know that I would not go to sleep until I knew my father was home and sleeping..my childhood was rather sleep less..
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anythings possible Margy... past trauma if it affects how you still feel today than sure all that does/would affect your sleeping patterns or the inability to relax.

can't say it theres any correlation for me though, parents were home and in bed by 9p.m. everynight!! :))
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Margy, that is a good question and one I have wondered about more than half my life.  I was molested at night (and during the day) until I was 11yrs old, and I believe that is a huge reason I find sleeping At All so difficult.  An 'inability to relax' like Opus says.  And it doesn't matter how tired I am or how little sleep I've had, I NEVER just fall asleep, but have relied upon 'help' for 32yrs.  Not good :(
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See my reasoning for mentioning it, is that my father was out drinking a lot of nights , he was military and was under a lot of stress, he would come home and start yelling and abusing my mom, so I do remember waiting for him to come in ,and somehow my sleep most of my life has been waking up at intervals and never really sleeping well .I am sorry you were molested Jade, shouldn't happen to any child but does to far too many, as we see on the forums here ..
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My Dad drank too, Marg.  I remember the fights.  And the vomiting.  That scared me the worst because it meant the situation was getting out of control...

Thank you for your kind words - I've been able to make peace with the 'issue'. I am sorry for you as well. It truly sux not getting enough sleep to function properly.  I don't know about anyone else, but I always feel 'odd' from the lack of.  On the rare occasion I should get four or five hours straight, I feel so clear - like a different person.
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Lordy I had a bad night last night , Tweety jumped around, I couldnt get off to sleep, I sat up twice and put the TV back on in the end I went off at 1.30pm was awake by 4am.....and I need a good night tonight, for tomorrows bash hey Happy Thanksgiving ..all nighters ....lol
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That happened to me Margy, I had to give in to Ambien the last 2 nights to get the sleep I needed.  My daughter say she sometimes she takes a generic for Unisom and it helps her...anyone know what it's called?
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Linda, I googled, and Doxylamine Succinate looks to be the generic.  I have never tried an OTC sleep aid.  Maybe I should.  I was taking Ambien off and on, too.  It never worked real well for me AND I was finding myself taking more than 1.  THEN, I was finding myself wondering what they would do during the Day, well, they blank out your memory completely is what they do.  Sooo, since I don't need another 'problem', almost a year ago, I thought it would be in my best interest to stop renewing the rx.  

Margy...sorry you had such a bad night before the 'big day'.  Is there any way Tweety can sleep elsewhere?  This year, there is no way I can let Jade sleep with me.  I let her sleep on the bed while I watch tv, but once I'm ready to go to sleep, she has to go in the living room.  She seems to have RLS and kicks her legs in her sleep, besides changing her position every hr or so, and all that continually wakes me up. I hate to do it, but I gotta get my FOUR HRS! :)

Big News...After 4 days in a row of only 3hrs of sleep each night, I slept FIVE hrs straight last night!  What a difference in how I feel!
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I am afraid Tweety is spoilt and has the run of the house, she chooses where to sleep lol and I cant change ...I am finding ways of curling my legs round her now , shes good company on my big bed ...well still getting messed up nights, I have been eating more with the holiday and also drinking wine so thats probably one reason for a disturbed night ...lol back to normal tonight ...I may get the same 4 5 hours you do Jade
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Thanks, Jade for the google on Doxylamine...don't know why I didn't think of doing that.  When i go to the Dr. Wed morning I will ask him about it.  I had told him I wanted to get off of Ambien, I too had gotten to the point of having to take 1 1/2 so consequently I ran out and had to literally beg him over the phone to send in a 1 month prescription to Walmart.  He did but I feel like you, it erases away your memory and my husband says it makes me irritable, which I know it does and I believe it also contributes to depression.  
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Jade, just saw the last of your post...so glad you got 5 hrs straight sleep!  Continued success!
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I tried the OTC sleep med my daughter gave me...that ingredient is the antihistamine in Nyquil at a much larger strength.  It made me sleep but severely dried out my mouth, eyes and sinuses.  Last night I had a pretty good night with just a half an Ambien....maybe that's ok.
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humm maybe I will try it, so its Nyquil with more anti histimine in, i bet I get some side effects .but may aswell see ...my eyes are dry all the time and sore anyway and I sneeze non stop .
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Doxylamine at 6 mg per TBSP X2 in Nyquil is far less than the 25 mg per  pill in the OTC sleep med that I took (Kroger brand Sleep Aid Tablets). It was just too much for me.

I'll either stay with 1/2 an Ambien or maybe a swig of Nyquil. Maybe I'll alternate.  My Dr. wants to schedule me for a sleep study in Jan.
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