I've had anxiety for about 4 months and it would only get bad at night every couple weeks. Well this last week, it's been bad every night but one. I'll feel fine when I'm in bed checking my email but as soon as I close my eyes to go to sleep the anxiety kicks in. It gets so bad that I can't even keep my eyes closed. I used to take .25mg of Xanax but that's not enough now. Last night for example I took .50mg which paired with anxiety, made me feel groggy and uneasy. I was eventually able to get tired enough (4am) where I fell asleep.
Can anyone recommend a way for me to avoid this? One thing I was thinking was to try sleeping in another room. Any ideas?
Maybe it's the email that's making it hard to sleep. The email, the email, what what the email. Have you ever tried Valerian Root? It's an all natural supplement you can get at any health food store and it's cheap. I've been taking it the past few nights and I've been sleeping like a baby. I take it about an hour before I'd like to go to bed. When my head hits the pillow, I'm out in 15 minutes or less...this coming from someone with the worst anxiety I've known. Hey, not everything works for everyone, but maybe this could help you. Also, if you smoke or drink caffeine, both aren't recommended for at least two hours before you plan to sleep. Hope this helps.
Do you play internet games? I do that. Sometimes I get up at 2:30 am just to play a few if my mind won't rest. Bejeweled is a good one to zone out with. I have horrible anxiety so I know how you feel. My heart palps nonstop, I can't breathe and I'm shaky/scared for a long time. Internet games and my electronic times crossword puzzler are my two saving graces. The later has a lit LCD screen so I can play it in the dark. Do you have some whitenoise in your room like a fan? I have one of those too so there is a constant buzz which makes it easier for me. I also have to be very cold and everything needs to be organized for the following day. Sometimes I will take an ativan but mostly I have just cut out caffeine and afternoon naps.
I also have a sleep meditation cd that I uploaded to my ipod. The woman's voice puts me to sleep when all else fails.
Thanks for the help everyone. A lot of the time the anxiety will get so bad I can't even close my eyes or try to sleep so I get up and go online for an hour or so. I also don't drink caffeine or smoke so that's not a problem. I'm definitely going to try putting a fan in my room to quite my racing mind.
I've tried the 1 mg Klonopin as well as a Calcium/Magnesium supplement. I'm sort of at the opposite end of the spectrum. I get about 7 hours of sleep a night, I exercise fairly regularly (at least three times a week for 45 minutes at a time, work up a decent sweat) - but I can still fall asleep at the drop of a dime.
I am glad to read this. I have been having anxiety problems for about a month. When I "try" to sleep at night my body wakes up having the "jitters" as I call them. My mind is racing. Heart is fine. Just can't get my body to quit feeling like I'm about to get on a roller coaster. I am presently on zoloft 25mg. I am calling dr to see if I can go up to a whole tablet. This anxiety sucks. It came out of nowhere. I am worried about nothing except maybe now...if something physically is wrong with me. But have had colonoscopy, heart checkup 1 yr ago and a great physical in which the dr said I was "disgustingly" healthy for my age, 57. I take no meds. Who knows?
This is going to sound really wierd...but NyQuil never fails me. I am on buspar and seroquel and i take that before bed along with a few sips of nyquil and im out in like 15 min. I also get thouse weird shake thingies when i wake up in the morning i thought i was having a seizure. But i dont care asbout that as long as i can get to bed. You could always try a shot of vodka lol j/k
For me it's 1g. melatonin ,2 advil and 1 kava kava. You can feel it kick in and then I'm out. There are also herbal sleep aids with valerian root that seem to work well. I'd try these first before I'd try a prescription sleep aid.
I would like to warn people to check online of drug interactions associated with the drug(s) you are mixing together. Certain medicines for colds (expecially cough syrup) contains chemicals you shouldn't mix with many medications for anxiety. I would feel leary about NyQuil... please check online for legitamate websites for info about the drugs you are taking. Even though chances of bad interactions are rare, BE CAUTIOUS!
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