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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