(Closed) GAD and other anxiety bees: nighttime anxiety help!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I actually talked to my doctor about this last week. She suggested Melatonin and meditation. I haven’t tried either to know if they work, but just thought I’d pass that along.

Post # 6
1339 posts
Bumble bee

I used to take melatonin when I worked late nights at a bar many years ago. It worked really well. Now I take my anti-anxiety an hour before bed and read until I cannot keep my eyes open anymore. It’s also ok to leave the light on or have a nightlight. Sometimes I find it soothing to focus on that nightlight. Don’t stop taking your meds though until you are really ready.

Post # 7
4932 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi, I’m a polysomnography tech, we deal with what you are describing often.

1) talk to your doctor

2) try some CBT to re work some of the negative thought patterns

also I have found Rhodiola and melatonin to be helpful, but you should not take melatonin indefinetly. 

Work on some sleep hygiene. Regular bed times, relaxing routines, elimination of situmlants near your sleep area and times, keeping the room dark and cool. If the dark bothers you, a dim night light on a timer may help. 

Post # 8
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have GAD, and for some reason when my head hits the pillow at night all the things that worry me manifest best at that time.

I have never tried melatonin, but I know others have to great relief.

For me, I started going to yoga, and at night I use the technique of guided imagery to go to sleep, something that happens in shivasana during my yoga classes. Basically, you do the deep two-part breath of yoga exercises coupled with a scenario…. like floating in a boat, lying on the beach, in a field… eventually I zonk out.

You can google guided imagery and practice them during the day before you are trying to go to sleep and then recall them when you are trying to go to bed. Just google until you find some that work for you.

Many nights I am too stubborn to do this, so yes, I stay up far past my intended time, but this works for me a lot.

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