(Closed) Chronic Insomnia

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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2892 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 5
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484 posts
Helper bee

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
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1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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.

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