Insomnia 6 months so far

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  • #28994

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi

    I’m Paul been having an awful time with sleep since I had a nasal infection 6 months ago which kept me awake , was worried if it was something more sinister at the time but just a devated septum after scans etc. My sleeping has not returned,  the headaches back at the beginning with no sleep was awful,  doctor gave me sleeping tablets which helped but no answer , then put me on mirtazapine which gave me a full  nights sleep but don’t want to be dependent upon them, have come off them , sleep problems now again.

    I find myself worrying in the day about going to bed which is a big part of my problem , did manage two normal lovely sleeps last week when I managed somehow not think about sleep.

    Best regards Paul

    #29024

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Welcome to the forum, Paul. First of all, those two good nights of sleep last week prove that there is nothing wrong with your sleep system and that you are capable of sleep. So, please bear this in mind!

    It sounds as though you have developed some worry about sleep, and unfortunately this makes sleep more difficult. The good news is, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your sleep.

    First of all, can you describe a typical night? When do you normally go to bed at night, when do you get out of bed in the morning, and roughly how many hours of sleep do you get on a typical night?

    #29037

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Martin

    Thank you for your reply,  well normal at moment is going to bed 11pm but I think to much about dropping off to sleep and hour passes and I get back up, the less sleep I have makes the next even worse as my head is so knotted up, until the weekend comes and go out and have beer and I drop of straight away,  then Sunday evening starts all over again.  Last night got back up after an hour and took half 7.5 mirtazapine after a 3 week stop , did sleep then from 1am to 8,30 am, feel like me today and ready to take on the day and enjoy!

    Paul

    #29244

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Do you feel sleepy enough for sleep when you go to bed at 11:00 PM? When do you get out of bed to start the day in the mornings? Are you keeping a consistent morning ‘out of bed’ time?

    #29273

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Martin

    I was doing good last week took half a mirtazapine 7.5 mon Tues,  slept good until sat think a few things playing on my mind people upset me for a few reasons so think that knocked me back,  Sunday felt rough with little sleep and disappointed I took half a mirtazapine but slept thankfully , Mon eve no tab dreams all night up twice looking out of window with my head touching the cold window pain helps me go sleepy again then all dreams until up at 9, I’m not working at moment

    Paul

    #29522

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Have you tried CBT-I, Paul?

    #29539

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    No I haven’t,  been to hypnotherapy, helped me a bit, but that was four months ago and acupuncture,  now trying chiropactor which I needed.  On holiday at moment so been drinking a few beers every evening,  knocks me out for 5 hours then go back to sleep but so rough un rested feeling nexted day, so haven’t drank now but taken 7.5 mirtazapine to sleep because I felt I was spoiling my family holiday because I was feeling awful.

    Around 10ish when I should be feeling tired winding down,  I get like a headache pain at back of my head as if something stopping me winding down , not relaxing down

    #29894

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    How are you getting on, Paul?

    #29924

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    I’ve started taking magnesium seems to help with relaxing me and head but sleep still rubbish unless I take 7.5 mirtasipine then I sleep but don’t want to be taking them but as now I am reliant on them no way to live a natural life. Found a few beers on Friday and Saturday night are doing me no good now so got to stop another thing I enjoy which is no good for my mood happiness.

    Paul

    #29940

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    I’d encourage you to give CBT-I a try if you are ready to make the changes needed to improve your sleep for the long-term. Good luck, Paul — do keep us updated with your progress and let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any help.

    #29943

    Slarus
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Paul. Definitely try CBT-I. Start with Martin’s two week free program. I’ve gone through much of what you are going through and started CBT-I program on my own before I found this website. It requires heavy duty commitment and strong discipline. The first few weeks are brutal but I am sticking with it and starting to see improvement. It is not a speedy process and requires patience and re-learning. I worried so much about going to sleep I would actually worry myself into a full blown panic attack. I’m past that now. I’m a nurse and you know how stubborn we can be!  I’m not well yet but I know I will get there and now I know what to do if I relapse. I tried every OTC sleep aid available before I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired and committed to giving CBT-I a try.

    #29947

    Mouse
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi Slarus and Martin thank you both with your replies,  yes I have contacted a cbt practice near me and waiting to start.

    best regards Paul

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