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    I never had sleep issues until about 3 or 4 months ago. I allowed major personal issues and financial issues to come to a head and had what you may consider a nervous breakdown after about two months of poor sleep. I am working on both the personal issues and financial issues, but the finances will remain an ongoing issue anywhere from 6 months to over one year. I was diagnosed with major depression and prescribed Zoloft, anxiety medication and sleeping pills. After one month I am only taking Zoloft. While it may have helped with depression (along with psychologist and therapy), the anxiety remains throughout the day. I occasionally take a Klonopin (clonazepam) which helps with reducing anxiety and even sleep if taken at night, but I don’t want to become dependent on or tolerant to a benzo, or worse, addicted. Some nights I fall asleep within 30 minutes, others I can stay awake for 3-4 hours. I’ve had one or two nights of zero sleep over the past two months, but I’ve also had two nights of regular sleep (7-8 hours). I average about 4 hours per night. I have been unable to take a nap for the past 3 or 4 months, meaning I will lay down with my eyes closed but I won’t fall asleep even if I allow 2 or 3 hours for the nap. I started speaking with a sleep psychologist who practices CBT – insomnia and she prescribed sleep restriction. My concern is that I’m only sleeping 4 hours on average and the minimum sleep allotment time is 5 to 5.5 hours. I don’t see what will allow me to sleep longer than 4 hours. Please help with any suggestions, recommendations, etc. Thank you!

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