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Anyone else waking up super early

Does anyone have advice for waking up super early? I'm in a current major depression, medication is being adjusted, but this has been going on for months. Any advice on how to get back to sleep? I do take something for sleep, but I would like to come off of it eventually because I wonder if its creating this problem. I set my alarm for 5:15, yet I wake up at 3:15, 4:15 even on weekends when I don't set the alarm...sometimes I cannot go back to sleep. Am I alone in the "waking up early" thing?

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Good morning BlueBelle! I am in a very similar situation as you. I try my best to go back to sleep, but I feel too awake at that point. Then there are other times that I fall back asleep. It was worse when I first started taking medicine, but I have noticed it has gotten better now that it's been in my system for a few weeks. I am sorry you are going through this, I really hope it gets better for you.

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No I have trouble my own self. I can wake as much as every 2 hours, stinks don't it. Sadly I don't have the answer. I did hear if you brush your hair for 5 minutes vigorously it will help you sleep. Haven't tried that one yet. Have a beautiful day. Love, peace, light, joy & hugs for you!

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Hi BlueBelle,

Sorry you're having trouble sleeping. Sleep is important for our whole well being. My problem is that I sleep too much. It's good that you are getting your meds adjusted - maybe that will help? Would exercising help?

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I’ve been working on that since we made our pact that day :) maybe if I keep doing it, it will help the depression, then help the sleep

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I have to admit that I have not been exercising since our first walk day - but this is a good reminder that I need to exercise for many reasons and will start walking tomorrow. The pact continues! :-)

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I’m in! Doing it tomorrow! We’ll try our best!

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Me too! And I will check in and let you know how I did!

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Nope. Lately I’ve been having a really hard time falling asleep, cause I gasp for her air in the middle of the night and now I’ve been waking up strangely early. And I have to stay up because it’s hard for my body to go back to sleep now.

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I've been waking up early for years, & when it happens now, I listen to a half hour tape that includes deep breathing, muscle relaxation, & visualization. Often I can fall back to sleep afterwards, but even if I don't, it's good for your mind & body & still relaxes you.

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Hi bluebelle06, may I ask is the med that you are trying to adjust to, is it stronger or less of a mg? sometimes it does take a while for our bodies to balance out.

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I’ve just started a new med and coming off of another so you’re probably correct that there will be some time to get used to it

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oh my, I remember when I did that. It is kinda rough. your body needs at least 1 month to ween off a med. let alone doing it with another at the same time. at least, that is what I did. just be easy on yourself and don't expect things. just let your daily routine fall into place. try not to try so hard. ... does that make sense...lol

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Yes makes a lot of sense- thank you. Definitely some side effects and i tried to do too much today and then kinda crashed for a bit. Can be rough but hoping it will be worth it

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ahhh, that is what happened. how about regulating or setting goals for each hour, that way you feel like you have accomplished something which is a positive feeling and you can keep going thru your day not over doing it and then crashing. I do that quite often myself. I need to set better boundaries and stick to them. lol I tell my kids, limits, boundaries and rules are all pretty much the same thing, they keep us on the right path with a better state of mind. :) take it in segments, one step at atime, one day at time. cross off the day on a calendar and pretty soon, you will see how far you have come. Also, write one positive thing down on a calendar each day. so you can look back and see, yes I am a good person, I am worthy and I am making progress. I choose joy, I choose peace, I choose to never be that way again. these are the things I tell myself... for reals.... lol

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well you can talk to me anytime. Im getting ready for bed. but I value you and how you are doing. keep in touch hope to talk soon.

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