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Need support about insomnia/anxiety at night

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Im frusterated. Been feeling so good. More confidant, organized, excited about life. Coping and working through stress. Tonight I cant stop waking up feeling so pacicky. My brain wont quit. When Im in this state I never know how to calm myself down. My insomnia is worse when I know I have to get up for work. Have to be up in 3 hours and slept maybe an hour. I could freak out and cry. My counslor hasnt figured out anything for immediate relief that shes comfortable prescribing yet. Any tips or advice?

Please anything...

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Sorry I wish I did? I'm in the same boat, the only thing I can suggest is getting a sleep study done? That's what I'm going to do in about 3 months, waiting for my medicare insurance to come through, it'll be cheaper for me. I have had one done in the past I had sleep apnea. I get stressed out when I know night time is coming. I don't go to sleep till noon the next day.

Hello... I know exactly how you feel. I’m sorry you have to go through this. I’m 66 years old but still full of life, in love, and retired. I raised 4 children now in their 30s and 40s... and I had to learn how to cope with only 2-3 hours of sleep every day. I didn’t know why back then. In 2004 I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and panic attack syndrome. Anxiety, panic, insomnia, restlessness alwa manifesting itself in different ways, and your feeling of uneasiness is constant. It’s panic. It’s stress. It’s worry. It’s shaking. It’s nausea. It’s headaches. It’s consuming. But you still find ways to work through it. Every day is a battle between you and your head. So do not give up. I just think you might need some help from a Psychiatrist, although that’s a decision you make with your counselor. I took xanax same dose for 15 years. It helped me to be functional and successful and not many people knew about it. 3 years ago I decided to drop it cold turkey. Very hard but I did it. This past May got pneumonia and prednisone triggerd my anxiety and I’m back to square one. I won’t give up! We are better than any depression or anxiety. So talk to your counselor, keep active, eat well, exercise and love. God bless and hoping you’ll get better. Let me know.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story! I feel better knowing im not alone! Its awful at night but somehow I always learn to manage. It becomes like survival mode dealing with all the struggles of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Cant wait to talk to my counselor at my apt tmrw! Ill post about it tmrw on what she says.

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Keep us posted♥️

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Hope you’re feeling good today!❤️

Unfortunately the meds that are working and reliving my depression and anxiety are also causing interruptions in my sleep patterns. I do, however for the most part, get 6 hours of sleep and my psychiatrist is okay with that (based on my age, etc). Does your counselor think this will work itself out eventually? Or is a change/addition in meds indicated? Some med side effects are insomnia. And we know we need sleep. When I’m awake when I don’t want to be, I try to keep myself busy (on this site, researching interesting facts, reading, painting, etc). Just keep posting and let us know how you’re doing. We are all here for you. ❤️. Lynne

Hey friend! This is something that has been happening long before the new meds. So im really not sure. I am planning on eating a healthier diet and may need to restrict on certain things.. as buspirone can cause nausea. Which I am just learning about. I had felt nausous a lot last week and didnt know why. Ill post after my counselor apt tmrw about what she says. Thanks for all of the support.

Hang in there. One breath at a time😎

Well, yesterday I did fine on lack of sleep. Last night I fell asleep early but woke up in middle of night again... Today was okay up until about 2 hours ago... (1pm) my apt is in 2 hrs just need to make it there! Im still breathing... just a headache... metaphorically and physically... haha ugh...

Let us know if counselor has any suggestions. Good luck.


Really sorry to hear how you are feeling. I find that it helps to get up and make myself a nice hot cup of weak tea, but anything low caffeine that you enjoy would be fine. I find tea comforting. I have some sort of treat with it such as a small chocolate. That seems to relax me and get me back to sleep. I go to the loo while up so I do not have to get up to go again after drinking tea by the way.

The other thing that works for me is an over the counter medication called Nytol in the UK. Any thing you can get with antihistamine in it would be the same however. Try not to increase the dose as they can be additive and only use occasionally.

Easier said than done is to try not to worry, you will cope in the day even on less sleep and the next night stick to a normal good bed time routine, not going to bed too early and you should get a good night's sleep.

Think how well you are doing generally which is amazing.

Best wishes.


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Thank you so much! Yes! Im constantly getting up to use bathroom. And going to see what teas I can drink. Just found out green tea makes me nausous. Ginger tea my be better. Thanks for your personal tips and kind words. Night 2 of insomnia, luckily have a counselor apt tmrw!

May be better*

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