Hey guys and girls, I posted on this site at least a year ago or so. All my life I have been going through bouts of insomnia. About two and a half years ago, it has gotten out of hand again. I'm 24 years old, and have been in generally good health, I have a history of anxiety and depression on both sides of my family. I am however, more prone to suffering from anxiety which in turn causes my insomnia to get worse from time to time. For a while I've gotten better and have been sleeping pretty well, but I had a bad relapse a couple of weeks ago. I work nights at my job, so I typically work from 11pm to 8am. During the weekends I slip back to sleeping during the night and waking up in the day. I also tend to wake up anywhere from once to 4 to 5 times a day or night I sleep. If my stress or anxiety is worse, I'm prone to waking up even more. I have considered looking into a day job or changing shifts if I can. My insomnia has gotten to where I've been unable to report to work.
To make things worse, and I'm sure you guys get this from time to time, but I learned about an illness called "fatal familial insomnia" and a "sporadic fatal insomnia" thanks to a friend of mine who told me about it a couple of years ago... against my better judgment I read up and watched the documentary about it. Not a smart move at all I'm afraid, that drove me into a panic, and every time I go through a spell I naturally have that fear or suffering from such a rare illness. I've seen my Dr. about my insomnia and anxiety, I was prescribed Vistaril which helped for awhile until I developed a tolerance to it. Last week my Dr put me Ambien, but I am concerned about the side effects and dependency for it. I did take it the other day which helped me and then had little effect the next day. I slept good yesterday, but I was unable to sleep today. And I have to run to work tonight so it will be a long and dreary night.
My biggest problem for the most part when I can't sleep is that my mind races and Im always tossing and turning, and the thought of SFI just makes my anxiety even worse. I know it's stupid and irrational. I know I don't have it, but it's that darn fear that really messes with me.
But anyways! Thanks for taking the time to read this, any advice would be very appreciated. I have considered trying to change over to a day job or shift. And also, Should I consider seeing a sleep specialist, or a neurologist?
Thanks again for reading this!
Look into circadian rhythm disorders. Sounds like it could be delayed sleep phase syndrome or non-24 hour circadian rhythm. Look into them and see if it sounds like you. If you do happen to have any of the circadian rhythm disorders, it will not benefit you to go to a sleep specialist and pay for sleep tests etc. You can take sleep medications to help you fall asleep and possibly switch them up to avoid becoming dependent on them. Try melatonin if you haven't already. Light therapy also seems to work with circadian rhythm disorders. Get some black out curtains for your windows, or a really thick blanket to cover them up, take some sleeping pills and relax in your bed. Set an alarm and in the morning (or whenever you want to wake up) expose yourself to a strong light, this will reset you biological circadian rhythm, do this for awhile. **Light therapy has shown to be effective, however most people do relapse.
Your insomnia is also most likely psychological, if that's the case perhaps see a psychiatrist =p. It might be the anxiety, and you could be getting so anxious about not falling asleep that you are psyching yourself out.
Good luck, I've also got the same problems =p
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My insomnia has also gotten terrible this last year. I recently went to the doctor although I really don't want to be prescribed medication, and have been trying to do some research on herbal remedies. At first Chamomile and Passion Flower tea REALLY worked, and the next day I had absolutely NO grogginess or anything, but now that doesnt work, neither does OTC meds. Have you tried herbal remedies?
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