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    11-04-2012, 02:39 AM
Unhappy I Just Want To Sleep...

For the past 2 weeks(and other times before) I have not been able to get to sleep until 4am and even then it's not restful. I have no idea why it's basically just like I can't turn my brain off. It just keeps going and going. Well, by going to sleep at 4am and waking up at 7am that means I am only getting 3hrs of sleep a night, if that. This, as you can imagine, is taking a HUGE toll on me mentally and physically. I am feeling terribly run down and exhausted and it's really hard to keep focused on anything because my mind keeps drifting.

My sleeping arrangement: no TV, no computer(unless chances of going to sleep is less than none or it's to research something I can't get off my mind in hopes of falling asleep), cell phone is turned off to not recieve mesages or updates, completely dark room.

What I have tried:
- White noise machine
- Nature sounds CD
- Warm milk before bed
- Sleepy time tea the brand Celestial I believe- it's yummy but doesn't work
- peppermint tea
- counting sheep (dumb I know but I got desperate)
- changing pillows (tried everything from super soft to firm)
- going for short walks around the yard outside (reccomended by a friend)
- writing down my thoughts before bed
- sleeping on the couch (thinking bed was doing it, it wasn't)
- laying in bed in the dark for hours
- thinking up story scenarios in my head

The only things I haven't tried are OTC sleep aids. I am so scared to try them because I heard they can be addicting. And I worry that if I take them that is the only way I'll be able to fall asleep and they're not meant for long term use.

I have been contemplating taking Melatonin. Your body naturally creates it so it wouldn't be something foreign I'd be putting into my body right? Any thoughts/experiences with taking Melatonin?

I want to sleep and have a restful night's sleep so bad I'm practically crying over here. Today I fought off headache after headache and I can only believe it's from lack of sleep. Other symptoms from my lack of sleep -dizziness, exhaustion(physical and mental), inability to pay attention, loss of strength, etc

I can't believe it can be this hard to get any sleep. And the worst part is this is not the first time this has happened. Having sleepless nights happens fairly frequently, too frequently, for me.

I'm in desperate need of ways to get to sleep. I'll try anything at this point I just want to sleep.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Also another thought, is this something I should see a Dr. About? I brought it up to my dad and he says no. But I'm 20 yrs old and have my own health insurance so I can go if I want/need to on my own terms. I feel like this is really serious because it's hurting my every day life. I LOATHE going to the Dr's office so for me to even suggest if that is an option means it's something serious.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated. As of right now it is technically 2:30am (even though the clocks just changed back and it says it's 1:30am) and dreamland seems so far away. My body is physically exhausted but my brain won't shut up!
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    11-04-2012, 02:50 AM
I deeply empathize. I take a Benadryl almost every night. I can not take it but I won't sleep. One pill is still enough to allow me to sleep all night. If it ever stops working, I'll try something different as opposed to upping dosage. Melatonin worked for awhile, but stopped eventually.

One thing I will bring up is birth control. I tried a certain pill that not only made me batpoop crazy, but kept me up for two weeks straight. I had gotten my insomnia under control pretty well before then, for a few years, but the month on that pill was enough to shift everything. A year later, I still can't sleep [well] on my own.

Good luck. Not sleeping is terrible. I completely understand the neurosis it causes. *hugs*

ETA: Case in point, it's midnight, I did not take a Benadryl, and I am still awake. I usually take it around 830 or 9, so I can wake up at 6 without feeling groggy.
    11-04-2012, 04:23 AM
I can so relate, I am exactly the same as you are. It's 3.20 am here and I am wide awake as I am every night. I rarely go to bed before 4am, have to be up at 6am with the kids, and then usually sleep again for a few hours.

I am sick of my life being upside down, and not able to participate in normal morning life.

For me, it used to be that my mind wouldn't shut off. But it's been going on for so long now (years) that I think my body clock has just adjusted to my nocturnal life.

I smoke, and at times of stress, I drink too much so I will not take a sleep aid. I know I have the personality type that would get addicted very easily.

Something that helps from time to time, but it's rough, is if I force myself to stay awake all through to the next night. That day is hell, but I do go to sleep at a normal time the next night, as I am totally exhausted at that point. It doesn't work for me for more than 2 nights though.

I send myself insane if I just lay in bed, so I do better when I am reading or on the computer - but honestly I have not found much that changes anything.

Sorry that I am of no help to you, but I do know exactly how you are feeling.
    11-04-2012, 04:28 AM
Apologies for the double post, I don't think I will have time to edit my previous one to add this.

My sleep issues started the same way that yours did as my brain would not shut off, it's since turned into a habit. That was stress related for me.

Is it possible that it's stress or possibly depression related for you? If so, the lack of sleep is a symptom and not the problem.
    11-04-2012, 04:32 AM
I get this, it sucks. I often ,onto my floor if I can't sleep, works like a charm. My mom gave me the ylangylang sleep spray that you spray on your pillow, which helped a bit and is totally not addictive and smells nice. Keep drinking the tea and o
Do something quiet (read, watch TV, calming things) for an hour or so until you go to bed and don't wash your face of brush your test right before bed do that before you start relaxing.
    11-04-2012, 04:33 AM
I get this, it sucks. I often ,onto my floor if I can't sleep, works like a charm. My mom gave me the ylangylang sleep spray that you spray on your pillow, which helped a bit and is totally not addictive and smells nice. Keep drinking the tea and o
Do something relaxing and quiet (read, watch TV, calming things) for an hour or so until you go to bed and don't wash your face of brush your test right before bed do that before you start relaxing.
    11-04-2012, 04:34 AM
Whoops double post
    11-04-2012, 07:57 AM
Dramamine, Benadryl, or any type of melatonin can help you get to sleep. They're all OTC and nonhabit forming. Heck a slug of Nyquil works too, but I only take that when I'm sick.
    11-04-2012, 08:04 AM
Do you work out? Maybe adding a good run into your day will relieve some of your stress/anxiety.

Do you nap during the day? For awhile I was sleeping for an hour after work. Waking up at 2:45am, 4am-4pm workday, then 5pm-6pm "rest period". I could not go to sleep when bedtime came. So I cut out naps. It was hard at first because my body was so used to them...
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    11-04-2012, 10:52 AM
Green Broke
Take a long walk just before dark. Work your body.....you need to be tired to sleep well.

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