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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2004, 04:07:29 PM »
No, Victor you are not alone.  I've had terrible problems sleeping during the past three months that I've been studying for the LSAT.  My class is from 6 to 10pm and it can take over an hour to get home.  So I walk in the door after 11pm.
I can't just get home, get into my jammies and fall asleep.  But I wind up staying up too late and then being unable to go to sleep till 5 am waking up at 11am and wasting basically a whole day that I could have used for study.

I hated the idea of sleeping pills but went to my doctor and was given Ambien.  It really helped.  The first night I took it, I woke up feeling so refreshed, that I could do a normal day's work and start to reestablish my body rhythm.

I also started swimming lessons and that helped to tire me out enough to sleep with out the pills.  I rarely have to take it now.

If Ambien is taken exactly according to Dr's instruction, it's safe and effective.

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2004, 04:15:43 PM »
Like one night i'll stay up late (anywhere from 1 AM to 3 AM) studying/reading/ or watching a movie and i'll have a problem going to sleep afterwards. So I'll be up till like 1 PM that day, and thats when i'll sleep and wakeup like 6 PM. And this becomes my new sleeping pattern ( 1 PM to 6 PM). No matter how hard I try to sleep when it comes time to my normal sleeping patter (11 PM), it seems I have a hard time correcting the matter. It's weird because now i'll be asleep during the day and awake all night, when I veritably want to sleep during the night and be awake at day.

Now I bring this issue up because im afraid this might effect me when I want to take the LSAT. Has anyone else had this problem? Any safe remedies to the problem?

You could have a Circadian Rythmn sleep disorder. Basically, people with this disorder have the circadian rythmn of a nocternal animal.  They can adjust to day-living (as normal people can adjust to working at night), but they naturally want to sleep during the day, so if they start sleeping during the day, it's hard to stop. 

YOu should see a sleep specialist.  I'm saying this because you sleep between 1pnm and 6pm.  That's kinda strange.  Even people who pull all-nighters don't usually get into that kind of habit. 

Good luck!

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2004, 04:20:28 PM »
What are the potential side effects of Ambien?

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2004, 04:22:42 PM »
What are the potential side effects of Ambien?

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It can make you really groggy the next day.

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2004, 04:23:18 PM »
LOL!!!  That is so funny.  Whenever I'd see those commerials for Viagra or that other drug and they say that, I keep thinking "so is 3 hours normal?!?"

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2004, 04:32:20 PM »
Like one night i'll stay up late (anywhere from 1 AM to 3 AM) studying/reading/ or watching a movie and i'll have a problem going to sleep afterwards. So I'll be up till like 1 PM that day, and thats when i'll sleep and wakeup like 6 PM. And this becomes my new sleeping pattern ( 1 PM to 6 PM). No matter how hard I try to sleep when it comes time to my normal sleeping patter (11 PM), it seems I have a hard time correcting the matter. It's weird because now i'll be asleep during the day and awake all night, when I veritably want to sleep during the night and be awake at day.

Now I bring this issue up because im afraid this might effect me when I want to take the LSAT. Has anyone else had this problem? Any safe remedies to the problem?

You could have a Circadian Rythmn sleep disorder. Basically, people with this disorder have the circadian rythmn of a nocternal animal.  They can adjust to day-living (as normal people can adjust to working at night), but they naturally want to sleep during the day, so if they start sleeping during the day, it's hard to stop. 

YOu should see a sleep specialist.  I'm saying this because you sleep between 1pnm and 6pm.  That's kinda strange.  Even people who pull all-nighters don't usually get into that kind of habit. 

Good luck!

I absolutely cannot adjust to waking up before 10:30 am. I think the reason I have been doing so poorly is because I have been going to sleep at midnight and waking up at 8:30. Last night I went to sleep at 2 and woke up at 9:30 (getting an hour less sleep) and I did wonderfully today.
who knows...

I feel best when I go to sleep at 2:30 and wake up at 10:30

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2004, 04:34:38 PM »
But this dude is sleeping from 1pm to 6pm.  That's a little different than 2am to 10am. 

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2004, 05:47:41 PM »
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What are the potential side effects of Ambien?

Yeah, not everyone responds to medications the same way, but I would strongly caution that if you're going to try a sleeping pill to get your sleep back on track in time for something like LSATs, test it out before then.  You definitely don't want to try a sleeping pill for the first time Saturday or Sunday night before an important Monday.  (Conversely, if you work, try it on the weekends.)

I once tried Ambien had an adverse reaction which kept me up an entire night hallucinating and puking.  I know it works wonderfully for many people, so it's probably worth a try, but definitely give these things a practice run when it's not going to matter if you're zonked the next day.

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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2004, 05:59:53 PM »
What are the potential side effects of Ambien?

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If you are posting on this board, you are likely thinking of pursuing the study of law, if you are thinking of pursuing the study of law you have problems and depression is likely one of em (i don't care how many of you argue with that, it's a prerequisite). One of the oldest anti-depressants in the book is called Trazadone and it's extremely effective in aiding insomnia and sporadic sleeping habits. You take it right before bed, it knocks you out, and you don't feel groggy in the morning. Plus it's non-habit forming (one of it's poorer qualities, I think) and the side effects are minimal to non-existent--with one exception, lol. a very rare side effect is "painful erections". However, plenty of the dudes on probation that i meet with take this medication with no difficulties, so chances of you popping a painful chub is extremely rare...but still possible :o
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Re: Am I the only one that has sleeping issues?
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2004, 06:41:49 PM »
As a person who has suffered insomnia for a long time, I can definitely relate to your problem.  I've always found smoking pot to be an effective sleeping aid... if you can get around the whole "illegality" issue.  Honestly, the American government is so stubborn on that one...

The only side effects include TEMPORARY short-term memory loss (ie: only while you are high, so don't get stoned the morning of your LSAT), the obvious negative health effects related to smoking, and... a serious case of the munchies!   :-*

Perhaps it isn't a viable solution for this week, because I don't think it's good to try introducing your body to anything new just before a big exam, but it might be a consideration for you in the long-term.
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