Hey Nurse! Cyberspace me an Ambien STAT!

  1. I am soooooooooo unable to sleep on my days off, and it's driving me bananas! I sure could use an Ambien right now. It is nooooooo fun waking up between 0230 and 0400 every frikkin morning I'm off! I toss and turn and can't stop THINKING. What is wrong with me, nurses?

    Anyone else have trouble sleeping on their days off? How do you relax and get back to sleep without taking a Benadryl every night?

    Not to mention that my upstairs neighbors are sooooooo noisy during the night. The creaking and squeaking of their floor sounds like they are IN MY BEDROOM!

    Please...any advice? :stone
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  3. by   gwenith
    !) nice soothing music to cover the noise of the neighbours - somthing classical and well, boring. Vivaldi is good.
    2) A good book to take your mind away from whatever is keeping it turning over
    3) A large sherry/port

    It may not help you go to sleep but after a while you will stop worrying about it!:chuckle
  4. by   live4today
    Hmmmmm.......a LARGE sherry/port! Now THAT sounds appetizing! Think I'll pick up a bottle today.......just for the night cap mind you. Thanks Gwenith! :kiss
  5. by   Tweety
    Don't do anything stimulating like come here. Read a boring book or a nursing journal.
  6. by   purplemania
    I keep pad and pen by my bed to write down things that are bothering me so I can feel like I have "done something" about it. Funny, next morning they seem trivial anyway.
  7. by   CseMgr1
    Put a small fan in your bedroom. I can't sleep without mine, for I have always been a very light sleeper, and the slightest creak or noise used to drive me nuts. You can pick one up at Wal-Mart, for under $15.00
  8. by   live4today
    Gosh! I totally forgot about running a fan! I use to do that all the time when I worked nightshift so I could sleep, and it worked really well too. Hmmmm...sherry/port wine, and a fan. Two great ideas to try!
  9. by   CseMgr1
    It's worked for me, for 9 years!
  10. by   justjenn
    I must tell you that I am an ambien junkie. I'm not proud of it, but I need it. Without it, I do not get my Rem sleep. With it, I sleep for several hours before getting up. I have tried to break the habit, since I have been on it for over 1 1/2 yrs., ,but I notice I cannot sleep for weeks. Went for 3 weeks before calling the doctor.

    While on this medication, I do or say strange things. One night, after sleeping about 2 hrs. I woke up & the dog and I went downstairs. Apparently, I went up to my husband and say "Paws (my dog) has a question he would like to ask." The dog, on cue, jumped up on the couch and looked at my husband. I went to get a class of water. Came back in & my husband said "He had nothing to say." I looked at Paws & said, "Well fine, don't wake me up next time." With that, we both (Paws and me) went back upstairs & went to bed. DON"T REMEMBER A THING


  11. by   KaraLea
    I have a "white noise" machine which works for me. Also agree with the soft music/fan ideas.
  12. by   live4today
    :chuckle :roll :chuckle That is hilarious justjenn!
  13. by   Mimi2RN
    Jenn, that is so funny, I got tears in my eyes with laughing!

    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle :roll :chuckle
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've used fans for years now, even in the middle of the winter. They come in handy when I don't want to hear the kids squabbling in the bathroom in the mornings, and of course they serve a twofold purpose now that I'm square in the middle of my "change of life" with its attendant night sweats & other miseries. Yep, white noise and the occasional Ativan work wonders!