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Last night's time trial in sleep medications has proven as follows: Lunesta is indeed the one with the horrible, frightening aftertaste that corrupts any food or drink you try to follow it with and makes water taste like battery acid; I'd tried it years ago and only tried again in case the first experience had had some other tasty cause. Apparently certain folks have an enzyme that interacts with Lunesta and some don't -- I suspect it might be a good sleep aid but someone willing to try it more than once has to do that audition. Still, I think it beats Sonata, where if you don't fall asleep within about two hours it rebounds and you're wide awake. Ambien DOES work for me (though apparently less so when piled on several other meds as last night) but I have to ration because I only have four. *g* The Ativan was just to make me stop freaking out, and is rationed over the course of a sleepless night at about .5mg every two hours. That's the good stuff, baby.

In herbal news, taking 2 or 3 Valerian (also with a stinky aftertaste, but nothing like Lunesta-levels) adds a good punch to anything and tonight I'm going to try a single sleep drug combined with Valerian to see how it plays out. Last night, ultimately, I think it was the melatonin that did it.

And now, to put to bed an issue that was perking in my Ambienated mind last night, a poll:

[Poll #1346042]

Date: 2009-02-09 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
Gorgeous one-year-old grey tabby asleep on the end of my bed is called Harriet, so I'm a little biased. ")

Date: 2009-02-09 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Harriet/Henriette was a tossup which made the list! Went with Henry because Harry was my grandfather's second wife and somehow didn't quite deserve intimate family name tribute. Am I awful?

Date: 2009-02-09 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
Nope, not awful at all! We named Harriet after Harriet Taylor Mill. (Also - he's a tomcat!)

Date: 2009-02-09 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amadea.livejournal.com
Valerian works quite well for me. It doesn't really make a difference in how fast I get to sleep (I don't really have problems falling asleep) but it sure does make me feel a lot less concerned about it.

Date: 2009-02-09 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackcurrants.livejournal.com
I just love the idea of you calling "Henriette!" when you're trying to find her. Of course, in my head you're doing it in a french accent. Not *quite* sure why. "EnriEhta!"
.... Yes. Not quite sure why. Poss too much wine...

Date: 2009-02-09 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pene.livejournal.com
She can't be called Edith 2!!! You'd never have a Hawkeye 2. Oh no.

Date: 2009-02-09 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ainsley.livejournal.com
I hope very much that you're able to sleep well tonight. Sleep is important, and so are you.

Date: 2009-02-09 07:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cyborganize.livejournal.com
somehow Penny feels right. but I also like Henriette if you call her Henry. she's super butch!

Date: 2009-02-09 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malnpudl.livejournal.com
Smith is a way awesome name. But only if she consents to it.

Are you able to take Benadryl (the antihistimine) as a sleep aid? I don't know how I'd live without it, especially since I've entered the perimenopausal years when sleep disturbance is routine.

Date: 2009-02-09 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandysbitch.livejournal.com
Smith is a great name for a cat! You can call it, "Smitty the kitty" (do Americans call Smiths 'Smitty?').

Now I want a(nother) cat so I can call him/her Smith...

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