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Sleeping too much then nothing at all

Hi! It’s 5:30 at my place, I’m already awake for two hours. It’s stress. I feel my head being tightened up, my breath much shorter and faster, my belly bloated. I went to bed at midnight and furtanetely fall asleep quite fast, I suppose within half hour. Yesterday for a change - where there was no stress, just anxiety - I fall asleep and slept like never for the last year. I needed to wake up at 6 but did it with no pain and I felt much better. Then when I came to my parents place after the psychologist session I could only sleep. First I just wanted to lie down by my mum but it turned into 7 hours sleep. And if I wouldn’t have to go to work, I would probably sleep all day. When anxiety is strong, I sleep well without waking up or just waking up for few minutes. I just sleep too long, sometimes cannot wake up, sometimes don’t want to. Generally speaking last month I spent on sleeping for 16 hours per day while all the period of depression I would not be able to fall asleep until 4/5 am and to sleep until 3, when on meds, I would fall asleep after taking but wake up after four six hours and then fall asleep again at the mentioned pattern.

Sleep is scaring me. I definitely prefer to oversleep than to be insomniac. In any case, I would actually love to be normal and sleep like the whole world is, 8 hours without waking up or having trouble getting to sleep or the worst being so numb and so tired.

I really wish this whole drama to end.

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What have you tried to help you sleep and stay asleep?

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From this advices of sleep hygiene, everything. Staying out of bed gets me completely crazy. I definitely keep to the rule of not using any light, and if so to have it as dim as possible, very warm. I also sleep with my dog, and even if I’m insomniac, cuddling him helps. I read, much often bible. I also found out that anything warm helps a lot - the best is person, makes me fall asleep the fastest, but even the electric mat works ok.

From pills they put me on so many. To fall asleep the best was zolpidem. To stay asleep kwetaplex. But most of the drugs would have the zombie effect on me, most uncomfortable was vision problems, usually it would take me two hours to get back my sight.

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Dang girl! What about some warm milk? Or going for a walk before bed? Melatonin helps me fall asleep. I know what insomnia does to anxiety! I'm trying to get off my meds and the insomnia is killing me!

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As I have Weimaraner walking before bed is a must! Unfortunately don’t help. Milk... I don’t feel like it, but I’ll try!

Sleeping by your son doesn’t help?

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My son is too old to sleep by his old man! There are some nights that I really just need some sleep and I take a generic over the counter sleeping pill from Walmart. If I can fall asleep, it makes me stay asleep. Might make me a little drowsy, but the sleep is worth it

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Definitely! :)) I suppose that there is at least six hours difference between us so I wish you very good sleep.

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Not having much success so far. Been laying here for 2 hours now! You up for the day then?

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I still have half hour that I’ll use for just lying down. The worst is that if I would start my sleep now, I would sleep so soundly.

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I'll let you be then. Hope things get better!

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Todd, I have the repetition tonight! I guess it’s too stressful in my life currently. I didn’t get to make my day as by 7 am I manage to fall asleep and after half hour I resigned from any action, then slept like a baby until 2pm, dreams included, and that happen very rarely. How are you? Did you manage to sleep yesterday? How is tonight?

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Did you try anything different? I didn't sleep very well either. I don't remember much if I dream, but imagine I do. Lol. Still up tonight and having a hard time. Lot's of stress in my life right now and I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. Trying to learn to let some of that stuff go. Talked to an old friend today and he helped me to put a lot into perspective. I've been trying really hard recently to change my life around and take it back from anxiety and depression. It's taken me 20 years to get to where I am today. But I'm a fighter

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Have you spoken to a doctor about your sleeping patterns?

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To all of my doctors, including GP neurologist and many different psychiatrists. Almost all of my sessions with psychotherapist start from sleep. Whenever I mention it, at that is a huuuuuge problem of mine, they seem to completely pass it by with zero interest. Most often I hear that I need to keep the chart (checking hours unfortunately kills my sleep to zero) it to stay out of bed until I’m falling asleep - unfortunately that when depression occurs and I’m out of bed cause I’m not sleepy... I’m never sleepy, until 6am.. so this advice is a killer to me.

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I wasn’t trying to offer advice. I was just starting with the obvious. I used to stay up all night and sleep all day. I wasn’t to concerned about it. I wasn’t working or had any responsibilities at the time. I enjoyed the silence at night.

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I meant the advice of the doctors :-))

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And now? How is it?

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