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Old 05-18-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Muscle Relaxers. Do they really help as an adjunct to sleep?

Been considering asking the ole doc fix it all for some.

Both the wife and I wake up sore and not very rested. we have a good matteress that is relatively new and still very comfy but I think our schedules and our fat aging bodies aren't very conducive to restfull sleep.

Anyone take them with good results?

Any horror stories?


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Old 05-18-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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I know some people take Amitriptyline to settle their muscles while they sleep. It's a real mild anti-depressant with little side effects. Helps your body relax at night. I think muscle relaxers make your bowels constrict as a side effect.


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Old 05-18-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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Muscle relaxers are the S$^#T for sleep. Doctors give them to me for my back. They don't do a damned thing for my back, but make me sleep so well! Some people I knw that have taken them at night thought it left them in a haze the next day. Not me.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:29 PM   #4
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Years back, I was having trouble with my neck, so my doc gave me a script for Flexeril 10 mg. I popped one on a Friday night, washed it down with a beer, took two puffs of California's finest horticulture, and was out like a light ! When I woke up around 3:AM, I was still holding half the beer. Didn't spill a drop !
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Try Melatonin. No script needed, and cheap. Just a little dorwsier than normal in the AM.
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My father used them for years. I don't ever remember him having trouble sleeping.

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A couple of motrin before bedtime seems to work for me. Only occasionally tho, that stuff is really not good for you all the time.

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Your mattress may be new and feel comfy, but it may not be providing the proper support. I'm not saying that is absolutely the case, but rather, not wanting you to dismiss it as a possible cause. We spend a third of our lives on our mattress. This is one area it's OK to research the heck out of, try different mattress types and spend whatever it takes to get a good night's sleep.
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Try valerian root, cheap no prescription and you will sleep well. Not addictive either.

Want to be super relaxed all on over the counter? 3 valerian and 3 high dose acetominophin. Took it before going in for my root canal and didn't feel a thing!
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I seem to have intermittent success with Melatonin. Now if I combine melatonin with some OTC sleep aid from Costco, things get better.


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