Can't Sleep Without Taking Ibuprofen

A few weeks ago I was having trouble sleeping so I searched online and found out that Ibuprofen might help with that even though it's not a sleeping pill which is odd but I decided I'd go ahead and try it. I've also never taken a sleeping pill before this so I had no knowledge whatsoever on this. 

When I tried it, it really did help me. I slept like a baby that night so I continued using it, not missing a single day. I don't know why I didn't stop but I should of because once I forgot to take it a few days ago, I couldn't sleep at all. The next day when I did take it, I slept good. Which was odd to me, so I stopped taking it a few hours before bed and I just can't sleep without it. I don't know what to do anymore. I just lie wide awake on my bed, not feeling sleepy at all. I don't feel tired either and I'm afraid of that. 

I have a doctor's appointment next week but until then, can anyone help me with advice or tips on what to do?
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  • Hey there and welcome to the forums, first of all! Thanks for reaching out. The first thing I thought of when reading your situation was "do you know what triggered you to not be able to sleep in the first place?"

    It seems like it was a relatively new development and I wondered whether maybe there's certain life stressors, something causing you anxiety, a change in situation that's causing you to not be able to sleep well.

    My first response to not sleeping well would always be to look at that - and also to try and possibly identify whether or not there are environmental factors too...too much caffeine?

    I also find if I exercise and physically wear myself out, I tend to sleep better too...maybe that might help?
  • I've I gotten into these phases before and for the first few days it really feels like an impossible task to get to sleep without any help but if you do stop then eventually you get used to it. Ibuprofen as I've heard is not very good for your heart too so that's another reason to stop. Just deal with the first few days and employ a few tactics that might prove helpful such as not looking at bright screens an hour before sleeping and completely shutting out all light sources at night time.
  • Thank you very much, Kassie. I'm not sure at all, I've always been able to sleep on time but it suddenly happened. It's not the caffeine either as I don't drink coffee... but I will try to exercise later in the afternoon. Thank you for the tip, I'll report back and let you know if it worked. 
  • @Tata, wow I never heard about Ibuprofen being bad for the heart. I'm always taking it for all kinds of pain because it completely takes it away. That's my problem though, I depend too much on pills. As for the tactics, I'll try the first one. I'm not comfortable with the latter because as embarrassing as it might be to admit, I'm afraid of sleeping in the dark. Thank you so much though!
  • @cryingcanary glad to have been able to provide some useful information, especially one that sounds serious if left unchecked. I also kind of used to take ibuprofen very frequently but now I don't anymore at all just because of the things I've been hearing from friends and family though admittedly I've never looked it up myself before until now and apparently there does seem to be truth in it.

    http://news.health.com/2015/10/08/is-ibuprofen-bad-for-your-heart/
  • @Tata, a quick update: I didn't take the Ibuprofen last night and I did manage to sleep for a few hours so that's good. Someone recommended me to drink more water to flush out toxins and 'leftovers' from my body and it might of work as I did sleep for a bit. One question! What would you usually take the pill for?

    As for the article, I'll read that tomorrow. Adding it to my bookmarks, thanks! 
  • @CryingCanary I would only recommend it to someone that has sleep insomnia. Though I would only recommend taking it very rarely.
  • It's about time you stop taking in Ibuprofen. An excessive amount of that drug in your system can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding. You don't want to have more problems on your plate as you already have a lot to deal with at the moment. Have the conviction to be independent from it. There are many ways to sleep well.

    I do hope your doctor's appointment will go well. Perhaps you'd consider going herbal. If you want to sleep well at night, herbs are the way to go.
  • I agree that daily Ibuprofen is not healthy....Sleep issues are common and so many turn to prescription drugs, but that isn't always the best remedy...Some say meditation works well...or a guided meditation via youtube.... listen as you fall asleep or as you sleep.... it helps me sometimes to put a speaker on if i can't get back to sleep in the middle of the night...like a spiritual guru or a meditation...it helps my mind focus on that sound instead of the hamster wheel in my brain...

    our brain works all the time, even when we are sleeping...but when we want to sleep and can't, sometimes it's due to anxiety and thoughts racing...and listening to something else can help the brain relax....

    also, reading helps me get sleepy....no tv before bed....no ipad, phone, facebook, etc. wind down, do some deep breathing....focus on your breath....

    sending you good sleep vibes :)
  • @cryingcanary I used to take it for headaches as I get migraines a lot during certain phases though not as much anymore these days thankfully since I've been sleeping more regularly. Also if I happened to come across drowsy inducing ones in the past I'd be all over it and use it every night to sleep until I ran out. Nowadays I don't take anything to help me sleep anymore though and I never worry about falling asleep at night at all because fortunately I've sort of settled into a routine. I'd just like to add that I just checked the official website of our biggest medicine manufacturing company here and even their official site recommends that their ibuprofen pills only be taken at the lowest dose and as infrequently as possible.
  • @Okaviator, I don't have insomnia and I intended on it being a one time thing...

    @xTinx, oh no. I've read about that and now I'm just scared. It's like I'm having a pill fest. What kind of herbs would you recommend? I'm open to trying anything that'll help me at this point.
  • @dominica, thank you so much for your advice. I'll make sure to follow some of these as they might be helpful to me. Especially meditation, I've tried it before and it relaxed me to the point I just napped for the longest time.

    @Tata, I see... I take it for any pain I feel. I never intended on using it as a 'sleeping' pill but it kind of happened and it's as if I've dug myself in a hole now. I haven't taken it in two days and I've only had two hours of sleep but my appointment is coming soon so hopefully this issue gets resolved. Thanks for all your help!
  • @CryingCanary Most detox, decaffeinated Jasmine, Chamomile, Acai berry and other flower and fruit-based teas soothe your muscles and nerves, helping you sleep well in the process. Drinking milk right before going to bed also helps in giving you a good night's rest. You can find more information here: http://www.christopherhobbs.com/library/articles-on-herbs-and-health/herbs-and-natural-remedies-for-insomnia/. The article author is a doctor who promotes herbal use.
  • Ibuprofen can be very hard on your liver and your stomach (can cause ulcers). I know that isn't what you asked but I just wanted to give you a heads up on that. Others probably have mentioned it as well. Have you tried Melatonin? I have heard excellent things about it and it is all natural. I believe you can get it at most any store. I hope you can find other ways to help you fall asleep. A hot bath before bed helps and also reading can help too. 
  • A dependence on extra medications notwithstanding Ibuprofen misuse may need the support of a recovery focus. On the off chance that you or your loved one is struggling with a reliance on Ibuprofen, step by requesting help and looking for an authorized instructor or specialist who can address the reason for this.
    At Addiction Hope, I can see how confounding the procedure of discovering solid and tried and true tend to an Ibuprofen reliance can be. So here I would suggest Addiction Recovery Rehab focus of Illinois - http://chicagolandmedical.com/services/addiction-recovery/
  • Update: I went to the doctor and I still haven't gotten a proper diagnosis. I was sent to do a blood and urine test and the results should come in after a week or so. But ever since that appointment I've been sleeping way better - a few hours more than usual when I don't use Ibuprofen. 
  • Hi CryingCanary,

    Don't know if you're still checking messages here but I registrated ro the forum just to ask you how have you been. I also have sleeping problems so I got curious if you could fix yours.

    Hope all is well!
  • @Nilay hello and welcome. i do hope you can figure out how to fix your sleep issues. i know different things work for different people.

    what have you tried to resolve this?
  • @Nilay... Sorry to hear you've been having sleeping problems. Have you ever tried this?
  • Hi @Nilay
    A few things that I find that work for me: Passionflower Extract, Yogi Calming Tea, Traditional Medicinals Organic Nighty Night Tea, 3-5 mg melatonin (careful not to take too much as it can cause you to stay awake. It is hit or miss with me so I rarely use it), Saje Natural Wellness Sleep Well Remedy, Himalayan Salt Lamp, Hot Bath, Yoga, Meditiation, Spa Music.
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