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Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly)

Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly)

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Posted by Tina on July 17, 2000 at 05:13:32:

In Reply to: Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly) posted by Jody on July 17, 2000 at 02:28:29:

: : I've been dealing with insomnia since 10/99. I've tried Ambien and decided it wasn't worth the headaches and weird feelings the next morning. I also sought a Naturopathic physician for other remedies( 5HTP, cal/mag. supplements, magnesium citrate, herbal teas, etc.) NOthing is as powerful as the sleep medications though. I read books and thought at one point that I was getting better, however the insomnia has returned. This is an example of some of my nights: Sleep at about 9pm, then get up a couple hours later and cannot fall asleep again. I get up and start to get frustrated. One other night I was really tired and fell asleep at 8:30pm, woke up at 10:00pm, managed to fall asleep again shortly after, but then woke up again at 1:45am, and was unable to fall asleep until 4:30-4:45am. It's just horrible! I feel so alone. Is there anyone out there that experiences what I'm going through? Could use your input and support. Please respond... greatly needed and appreciated!!

: Hi. Well I have been having sleeping problems for 8 years now. I have tried different prescriptions but they too give me really weird side effects. My disorder is a little different. I go to sleep about 4:00 or 5:00am each morning. I have to get up for work at 6:30am. I have learned to survive with just an hour or two each day. My fiance just told me tonight that I don't need a lot of sleep - so trust me I need some support too. My doctor tells me I am very stressed and I need to clear my thoughts before going to bed. I have been advised not drinking anything with caffeine in it before going to bed to just using your bedromm for sleeping. Nothing has worked. The worst part - in the past years I have steadly gained weight. I am munching at 2 or 3:ooam and it's catching up to me. Your not alone in this world - there are hundreds of us walking around, doing dishes, watching TV, surfing the web late into the morning hours. Hope this makes you feel less alone - Jody

Thanks Jody!
Your message really helped... It's so unfortunate that we have to suffer. Can you really function with 2 hours of sleep? Do you exercise as well? I keep praying that one day this will be behind me. I remember when I first started having insomnia, I was scared because I thought if I don't get enough sleep, how am I to function? My thoughts made the insomnia worse. I started to read a book called" Say Goodnight to Insomnia" I refer back to it and must continue reading it because I started the program but then got better and stopped reading it. I don't like to take medications so I just suffer. I am 30 years old and have 2 kids. I also work and have many responsibilities that involve concentration and accurateness. Who doesn't? I always seem to let my thoughts get in the way... It's extremely hard to think "it's just sleep, find something else to do". I've always been a good sleeper. I don't know what happened last year. I guess it only took a couple of sleepless nights to trigger anxiety about insomnia. Now it seems like it won't go away. I sometimes just sit and cry because its so frustrating!!! My husband is no help being that he snores. He's asleep before his head hits the pillow ( very annoying) I thank you again for your input... I do feel better being that you are up too...... I have faith that one day we will retain our precious Z's and will never have to deal with insomnia again! Keep
in touch so that we can be support for each other.

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