I'm curious to hear what others are struggling with when trying to either fall asleep, constantly awakening in the middle of the night, or both. Personally, the hardest thing is just going to bed and closing my eyes, however, I also wake up over and over and over. Anxiety tends to keep me up despite being completely exhausted nearly every night. I can only describe it as having a feeling that I am going to miss something, or that something is gonna happen and I won't be able to react. This happens every night, and it does't stop there. Once finally asleep, I get an hour, maybe two, and begin the cycle of constantly waking up. Sometimes it is just tossing and turning because I am so uncomfortable and wound up, other times I semi-awaken and think that I am interacting with people and things that aren't there, hypnagogia I believe it's called, which is pretty unsettling for me (entertaining for my wife). This cycle has gone on for a few years now. During vacation or holiday "off" time is when I can attemp to catch up, but its never enough to recharge the batteries. Currently my weekly routine is quite difficult. I panic more, I'm constantly confused, unfocused or daydreaming, and I lose steam by about 10 AM. Honestly the only thing that gets me going and allows me to even show up to work is the adderall for my ADHD I take when I get up in the morning. This only lasts a few hours, and has been helping less for the ADHD every day. These are my issues. Does anyone else have similar troubles, or maybe some advice that would help me? Do you have trouble sleeping, and if so, what do you have trouble with?
Insomnia - What keeps you awake at night?
- 31 Jul 2010 by zev51104
- 17 August 2010
Sounds like a little OCD in you but i do remember why i took my xanax when i had insurance it was because i worried so much i would wake up in the middle of the night and start working. I could not go to sleep with something unfinished it was very unsettling for me. You definantly have anxiety potential and need to see a psychiatrist. You need to mention everything i think they might give you something for the anxiety for sure a potent yet addicting medication is xanax there is also valium,ativan, and klonopin they may try. You definantly need something however and you need to see a doctor a.s.a.p. please tell me you will im concerned for you cause this is not healthy. Sincerley michelle.
Hi zev, My neighbour's GD barking beagle keeps me awake!!!
Just ribbin' ye. Actually everything keeps me awake. Just can't turn me brain off, which bites, quite frankly.
I take melatonin, a natural sleep aid, which can be purchased at any pharmacy or health food store. Have you ever tried it?
If I am still awake at 2am, I take benadryl... once in a while. It tends to knock me out.
Wishing you sweet dreams,
Well, I have anxiety issues for 1. I can't fall asleep for shit(sorry). I'll either think of what was suppose to happen today like getting a phone call or text, little things, but a big problem for me cause I basicly have no physical friends. I think of what I didn't to today and should of done. Sometimes I get hungry very bad thing to sdo at night since I don't eat well do to my deression. I also have PSTD. Sometime all of a sudden out of no where I might think of something that happend years ago and it won't drop from my memory. There are some horrible stuff that has happened to me so the crying spells strat with my thoughts and won't go away. I am tired all the time. Sometimes I am so exsausted at night I just want to go to sleep , I really don't care what time it it. I'm prescribed ambien which has stopped working at most, 2 mg of klonopin where if Im still up at 2am I sneak another 1mg. Sometimes that helps.
I started to take my Abilify at bedtime yesterday cause it was making me sleepy. Sometimes out of no where also my cat starts crying or somethin I dont know anymore if I'm almost asleep or not. So I worry about them. I am alone and no I am so that keeps me up. I worry about things that has not even happened yet. Sometimes I also have scenarios of where I'm talking to the doctor and hes listening and he gives me answers(not real) just thoughts. I also sometimes drink cammomlie tea right now cause the extra sleepytime tea was outragiosly priced to help me sleep. Oh if I do fall asleep befor 4am, Im up 2-3 hrs later from a nightmare or somethin or have to go to the bathroom I just lay there thinkingit would go away, cause If I get up Its hard for me to fall beck to sleep, thats where I take another klonopin if I havent already and again only sometimes that helps. My appointment is not for another 3 weeks and Im gonna suggest valium for bedtime and the 1/2 mg of klonipin for daytime if needed.Valiums are stronger and it may help. Can't try xanax cause I need a lot of them after a while to get it to work again. Ok Well if I can just stop thinking my meds will work(except the ambien, I've been on it for way too long) and no the nurses do not call you back anymore from where I go when I have a large complint about my sleeping.
Maybe your ADHD could be keeping you up and don't know it at night. You said you think you may be wound up. Do you take any sleep medications or anxiety meds? Do you just go to bed when ever or the same time..yah look whos talking,lol. Your suppose to set a schedule which I don't anymore cause I've just been so depressed. Go to bed around the same time everyday and wake up around the same time. Also 30min before bedtime your suppose to shut off the TV, computer, make your room very dark, put away any clutter sorround your room and put some white noise on like a fan and settle for bed. You also need a pad in your room if there are any racing thoughts to write them down(though I can't see the purpose than your back up with the light on writing, I come on here like now I cant sleep and get my thoughts out) Well try the getting ready for sleep thing that I found on an article for better sleep. Maybe I will get a pad... If you try this Let me know if it worked for you, ok
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