Post # 1
I have suffered from insomnia on and off since I was a small child. It usually lasts a few days to a week or so and then goes away. However, I have been suffering this latest bout for about 3 weeks now. It is REALLY starting to wear on me mentally. I have an appointment with a new doctor on August 9th to discuss it and in the meantime my gynocologist prescribed me Ambien. I am really scared I will get hooked on it though.
I feel like I am starting to get depressed due to my lack of sleep. I am ALWAYS tired and feel run down. I find it hard to feel happy or laugh. My husband tries to be supportive but he totally doesn’t get it. He always tells me, “It is simple. You just have to shut your mind off.” It is not the simple. If it were, I’d be able to sleep!
I have always had anxiety issues and I am not sure if that is the cause. It really doesn’t make sense though, the wedding is over, I am on summer break from school, and there really isn’t anything to be anxious about. My mother mentioned that it may be a neurological issue (something about synapses always firing) or anemia. I don’t care what it is I just want it fixed!
Has anyone else dealt with this that can offer words of advice? I feel so helpless right now. =(
Post # 3
Do you exercise? Eat at regular times and not late at night? Do you go to bed at the exact same time every night? Do you go to bed with a light or tv on?
I don’t have insomnia but for a long time I had the HARDEST time sleeping. But the things I mentioned above are things that helped me fix some of my sleep issues. Regular exercise, regular eating times, regular bed times, NOT sleeping in a room with the tv on. Your body really does thrive on habits and while those things might not cure insomnia they can certainly help your bottom establish waking and sleeping patterns. Funny enough though: my friend has insomnia and those things are what her doctor recommended to her in addition to her ambien.
I’m sorry you’re feeling so down. I totally hear you. I get miserable when I’m exhausted. Miserable. But just know this is temporary. I really hope your doctor can help. 🙂
Post # 4
@claireos: I do excercise and eat on a failure regular schedule. When I do sleep, I go to bed from 11pm-12 am pretty consistently. I do usually go to bed with the TV on though. I have heard that it is bad because it stimulates you but I feel like that is the only way to get out of my own head. Maybe I should try it more consistently with some tranquil music or something.
Thank you so much for the advice and kind words! I appreciate it 🙂
Post # 5
How’s Ambien working for you? I’m a fairly chronic insomniac as well (don’t think I’ve had a good night sleep in about 6 years now) and starting to be pretty desperate. My over the counter sleeping pills have stopped working 🙁
Post # 6
They’ve done studies that show the sleeping pills really don’t get you as much good sleep as your brain “thinks” it is getting – the perceived sleep is much longer than actual sleep.
The gold standard for treatment is CBTI or congitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. VERY often the problem is rooted in sleep anxiety (you’ve trained your brain to feel stressed about the whole concept of sleep/no sleep).
So you have to retrain your brain. I found a therapist who worked wonders in 2 sessions. This was after I had an insomnia problem cresendo to the point I was getting 1-2 hours of sleep per night and tranquilizers were no longer effectively sedating me.