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Re: Wouldn't you think one's body would just colapse without sleep?

Re: Wouldn't you think one's body would just colapse without sleep?

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Posted by Tina on September 17, 2000 at 23:28:45:

In Reply to: Wouldn't you think one's body would just colapse without sleep? posted by Susan on September 09, 2000 at 01:34:40:

: I've only been getting like 2 hours of sleep last few nights, and I feel like I'm about to die! I am also suffering from anxiety/panic disorder...which leads to the insomnia. It's horrible! I am sooo exhausted, yet I can't sleep! I've tried many sleeping pills from Dr., tonight i'm trying haloperidol. Has anyone ever tried hypnosise for insomnia?

Dear Susan,
I've had numerous 2 hour nights of sleep. Believe me I asked myself the same question. I too deal with anxiety. I had the anxiety long before I developed the insomnia. I used Ambien for a little while, then eventually it wasn't effective. I've read a couple of books, "Say Goodnight to Insomnia", and "Desperately Seeking Snoozin" BOth have been somewhat effective. I am no longer afraid of sleep and believe it or not , am able to function on 2 hours of sleep. Their are tons of people like us who suffer the same. Once you realize that sleep will eventually come naturally, then you won't be so anxious. DOn't get me wrong, I do have insomnia still but it has improved. What are you doing right before sleep? I used to do tons of stuff, even little things, and apparently that was affecting my pre-sleep ritual. Now I just totally relax and lay down and read or something. It has been working til today for me. I know exactly what your going through. One time I went through 3 days with only 12 hours of sleep total!!! By the 4th day I was totally exhausted and went to sleep for 10 hours. I thought I would sleep longer being that I missed so much sleep, but I felt refreshed and ready for the day. I know its hard, but hang in there. I stopped taking medication because that would not cure me, its only a temporary bandaid. I didn't want to add to my insomnia problem with a sleep aid addiction. Sorry never tried hypnosis, don't believe in that. Also if you decide to read a book before bed, make sure it is not an interesting one. Write back, I wish you well, and remember you are not alone!!!!

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