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- November 15, 2019 at 5:10 am #33935
Just wondering if anyone is struggling with as little sleep as I am right now., Last night I got no sleep at all, felt very anxious as just started some antidepressants, and on other night I get between 2 & 4 hours. This has been going on for 3 mths now through anxiety. What don’t understand is I’m not tired during the day at all, I’m thinking it’s my adrenaline pumping round. Does anyone else experience this?
The insomnia really does suck!November 15, 2019 at 10:23 am #33936
Davy✘ Not a client
what you have i have for a year and a half .for me not sleeping makes me anxious
your fight and flight respons can be so strong and so mestup it can overpower your sleepdrive
my is so bad i can be awake for days. you are right is the adrenaline that keeps you awake.
its natures cruel joke it plays on us.November 16, 2019 at 10:57 am #33947
It’s just awful, when I say to people I don’t sleep there like yeah I wake up at 4 or 5 am, only get 5”6/7 hours…I wish!
Are you looking st any medication Davy to help with anxiety?
MarieNovember 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm #33948
Davy✘ Not a client
yes and no i take zyprexa but only when i really need it
i take it when in really need some sleep but i will ,not take it all the time i don’t want to become addicted to it
the most powerful drug is your own mind positive thinking relax a little more reason and logic in life trust me when i think it about it it all makes sense but it’s incredibly hard to do but practice makes perfectNovember 23, 2019 at 1:00 am #34038
Martin Reed★ Admin
Hello Marie72. If you don’t feel tired during the day, what is it about your sleep that makes you feel anxious?November 23, 2019 at 7:45 pm #34064
I’m incredibly anxious all the time about my insomnia as it is having such a negative impact on all of my life. I’ve been struggling for 3mths and it scares me that this is how it’s going to be (I’m used to 8 solid hours sleep) Reluctant until now to take medication but have had sleeping pills last four nights as I just needed sleep…which I did get but know not that answer…although my mum can come off sleeping pills no problem.
I’ve just started to take antidepressants to help with my increasing anxiety.
Just have a constant worry, hows it’s affecting my job, family and general life…& constantly looking tired!!!November 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm #34071
Martin Reed★ Admin
What is it about your insomnia that makes you anxious? What is the though you are having that is creating the anxiety? When you feel anxious, what is going through your mind?
Since you said that you feel fine during the day, it seems as though concern about daytime function isn’t a concern — so let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this and figure out the specific thought you are having that is leading to anxiety.November 24, 2019 at 5:29 am #34085
My anxiety is totally about sleep, I’m constantly thinking about it, a little obsessed as just so desperate to get it cured.
My antidepressants seem to have made the situation worse also as they ironically give side effect of insomnia!! I just seem to take one step forward and two backwards!!!
It’s starting to ruin my life, I feel desperately lowNovember 24, 2019 at 9:55 pm #34093
Sorry you’re struggling, Marie. We’ve all been there and insomnia is horrible. It’s caused by anxiety though, so pills will not help you. You become conditioned to associate going to bed with anxiety. So you need therapy specifically for insomnia that will break the conditioning. There are two types of therapy. One is called cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and Martin Reed, the founder of this website explains it here. Another is based on a therapy called ACT and was developed by Dr. Guy Meadows. You can find information about this on his website, The Sleep School. Also, he has a book, The Sleep Book, that explains it very well. Many of us on the ACT for Insomnia thread read the book and are having good results. Some people get faster results with CBT-I though.
Please get help for this. Many times it does not go away on its own and can even get worse. I had it for 10 months but now have recovered. I was miserable and very low like you are now, so I was so relieved to find therapy that worked.November 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm #34097
Thanks Deb, I definitely need help just so costly. I was so reluctant to go the tablet route but felt no option as my sleep had been so bad and worried what doing to my health 2 to 4 hours sleep some nights. May come off the AD today as they’re just making sleep worse and have a few days on sleeping tablets to get some much needed sleep. I worry so much what this is doing to my body also my blood pressure is getting high…thanks for your support? Not sure people understand if not been there themselvesNovember 26, 2019 at 3:23 am #34108
There’s a lot of people here doing the therapy on their own. Read Martin’s stuff here and The Sleep Book. Martin also has a free course here and lots of free videos. Also Sasha Steven’s book The Effortless Sleep Method is good. Then put it into practice, tell us how you’re doing and get feedback on the forum.November 29, 2019 at 6:25 am #34172
How bad was your insomnia? I’m so worried as only getting a couple of hours sleep a night for the last month, before that not much better. I e just started taking Citalopram which I’m not sure is helping.
When your insomnia was bad how much slept were you getting?