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  • #8485

    ginger2003
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi All. My name is Nikki I'm 38 and from the UK. I have suffered bouts of insomnia on and off for past 9 years. I can go months at a time with no problems then have a bout of it again. My problem is getting to sleep- this time I have been awake for 2 nights and I am wondering how I am going to make it through work tomorrow. I also have two small children to look after so I'm finding it very frustrating. I don't take any medication, I'm not a fan and last time my doctor gave me sleeping tablets they didn't work anyway. I find it very hard not to lie awake worrying about how I will function the next day even though I try to accept the insomnia and carry on as much as possible! I worry that I am just going to go on for days with no sleep, it's hard.

    #12964

    Mike Hooker
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi, Ginger, welcome to Insomnia Land. I'm glad you found us.

    #12965

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Welcome to Insomnia Land, Nikki and thank you for introducing yourself. Do you find your bouts of sleeplessness to be triggered by anything in particular, or do they just appear at random?

    Just remember you aren't alone – we are all here to support you. I look forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you better.

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    #12966

    Mike Hooker
    ✘ Not a client

    Hey, Nikki, sorry I addressed you as Ginger.

    #12967

    ginger2003
    ✘ Not a client
    'Mike wrote on '16:

    Hey, Nikki, sorry I addressed you as Ginger.

    Thank you- don't worry it's fine 🙂

    #12968

    ginger2003
    ✘ Not a client
    'Martin' wrote on '15:

    Welcome to Insomnia Land, Nikki and thank you for introducing yourself. Do you find your bouts of sleeplessness to be triggered by anything in particular, or do they just appear at random?

    Hi Martin, thanks for the welcome.

    Sometimes my insomnia is triggered by obviously stressful things or if I know I have a particularly important day or event coming up but sometimes nothing obvious triggers them- like this time around.

    Nikki

    #12969

    Caers
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Nikki! I hail from England myself. Ugh, I know the having no sleep for days and working and having kids. I can't take sleeping meds, they work the opposite for me, keep me up for days.

    You say you often worry about the no sleep factor. Have you ever tried medication for anxiety? It doesn't “cure” my insomnia, since I've had sleeping problems since I was a baby, and all my life, but I do find that it helps me. It's something I put off until just a few years ago, and I was quite surprised it was at all effective, but it works enough for me that I stick with it.

    You know, I always hate when people say, “Have you tried this, or that?” because invariably I have. But you didn't mention this particular thing, so I thought I'd bring it up. Anyway, looking forward to seeing you around the board 🙂

    #12970

    deblevey
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Nikki from the UK! I've had insomnia problems all my life! Lately I've started a walking program (back story…Im forty lbs over weight, struggle to lose weight due to asthma, diabetes and chronic joint pain. I also take quite a bit of medication.) Back to the walking program. I started at a mile, just an easy 15 blocks in my town, and increased by two blocks each day. I missed 2 days due to a bad cold & cough which affects my breathing, but got right back at it yesterday. I walk every morning, even when I feel as if I haven't had any sleep. I walk briskly. Any faster and i'd be running. I'm up to two miles, and have been able to get to sleep every night except one & i think that night;s issues were due to 'medicine head' as I had added cough & cold medicine to the nightly mix. I have to watch for med interactions all the time. Any way just wanted to say that good advice about exercise I'm always hearing and reading about sure works for me!It's been a few weeks since I started with 20/21 success rate! 😀 Hope this helps!

    #12971

    Nikki
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Nikki from the UK, this is Nikki from the US 🙂 I understand the feeling of lying awake and worrying about what you will feel like the next day. I lay and worry about everything, my thoughts race. Its such a vicious cycle, you can't sleep so you worry and that makes sleep even more difficult. I am new here also but already am feeling the joy of talking to people who understand. Good luck.

    #12972

    Nikki
    ✘ Not a client
    'Caers' wrote on '18:

    Hi Nikki! I hail from England myself. Ugh, I know the having no sleep for days and working and having kids. I can't take sleeping meds, they work the opposite for me, keep me up for days.

    You say you often worry about the no sleep factor. Have you ever tried medication for anxiety? It doesn't “cure” my insomnia, since I've had sleeping problems since I was a baby, and all my life, but I do find that it helps me. It's something I put off until just a few years ago, and I was quite surprised it was at all effective, but it works enough for me that I stick with it.

    You know, I always hate when people say, “Have you tried this, or that?” because invariably I have. But you didn't mention this particular thing, so I thought I'd bring it up. Anyway, looking forward to seeing you around the board 🙂

    I am also looking into anti anxiety. I was nervous to try them because I do know that they can be quite addictive but I am desperate. I figure even if I can use them once a week, at least its something.

    #12973

    Caers
    ✘ Not a client

    Well, I take medication everyday to help with my anxiety and panic attacks, and it's not that it's addictive, but that your body finds a way to help with it's deficiencies and it doesn't want to give that up. There's a huge difference. Most anti anxiety meds aren't just a once in a while thing, it's an every day medication. I completely get your hesitation to turn to something like that though. Like I said, I only did a few years ago. There's such a huge stigma attached to it, but there really needn't be. *hugs*

    #12974

    sleeplessinky
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Nicki Welcome. We all understand what you're going through. You've come to the right place.

    Sleepless in KY

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