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  • #759134
    Duld
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    oh sometimes, I lie in my bed for hours, listening to my BF either breathe or snoar, unable to fall asleep, but sometimes I just catch up, like the day before yesterday I fell asleep at 8 o clock in the evening, and mr BF woke me up in the morning after 14 hours of sleep, (but then again, sleep has been a thing I lacked for the past few weeks)

    #759135

    I love to sleep, but just like everyone else, sometimes my rthymes get off. I think it is normal to *occasionally* experience sleep disruption. Things like stress, foods, drinks, habits can add up too. I also have depression & anxiety and take meds daily. My sleep pattern is a big indicator for me as to *how* I am doing. If I’m getting depressed or anxious about something, sleep is the irst place it shows for me. Usually, this happens because I forgot my meds 🙄 , I try not but it does happen.

    I don’t think it’s normal for sleep disruption to go on and on and on. In my opinion, thats when you ought to get your doctor involved. You say you’ve built up a tolerance to sleep meds, maybe you just need a different type of sleep med? Anyway, I too think you should go see your doctor. It’s better safe then sorry!!

    #759136

    I haven’t been able to sleep recently. Right now I’m emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted. I think I’ve had at most 2-3 hours of sleep since Saturday. The exhaustion is so bad that I started to cry at work today more than once. But, that’s for a good reason. I also made some really dumb mistakes and then had to backtrack to find where then fix them. It never fails when you want to get out of work early, everything goes wrong.

    I find I only have trouble sleeping in really stressful times.

    #759137

    I’ve had bad insomnia since I started at post secondary. It takes me hours to fall asleep, and then once I get there, I wake up every 2 to 3 hours.

    Unless I’m sick. Then I fall asleep quickly, and can sleep for hours, but I’m still exhausted by the end of it. But that’s probably because of being sick in the first place. 🙄 So for me it’s probably chronic stress….

    #759138

    Well, I’ve already talked to my doc about all of this. He has rxed me so many sleeping meds to try it’s insane. None of them have really worked, and yes I’ve tried each one for well over a month so that they would take better effect or whatever but still no go.

    I kind of feel better knowing that I’m not suffering alone on here!

    But even people at work can tell when I’m not sleeping again. They say it’s almost like clockwork with me. I don’t like that at all. I’ve even tried playing tetris to help me shut down at the end of the day, it worked really well when I was a bit younger…not anymore. Last time I did that I was up until 6:00am without even feeling tired or even noticing what time it was. lol.

    ADHD, I don’t think that could be a cause. I’m a pretty focused person, at least I think. A friend of mine has it and even she doubts that I do.

    I try to catch up with my sleep on my days off work, but lately I’ve been getting called in and a million different phone calls that wake me up. Although there was that one day where I went to bed and didn’t wake up until 5pm lol. That felt wonderful.

    Insomnia. Funny that the doc never mentioned that to me. I mean in the sense of what’s going on with this madness.

    I’m a very light sleeper when I do sleep which is why I wear ear plugs to bed. So being able to listen to something to put me to sleep even relaxing music or something similar wouldn’t work. Heck I don’t even bother with an alarm clock anymore to wake me up for work, I’m always awake before the darn thing would even go off so I just don’t use it anymore.

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    #759139

    Ugh, I can’t sleep when I’m sick. The only way I sleep when I’m sick is by going to the store and buying like 5 bottles of nyquil and 20 boxes of tissues to sleep with.

    But the whole waking up every 2-3 hours is pretty much where I’m at. Then you gotta add in the fact that after waking up each time throw in another hour or so to fall back to sleep 🙄

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    #759140

    Romeodanny wrote:

    I haven’t been able to sleep recently. Right now I’m emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted. I think I’ve had at most 2-3 hours of sleep since Saturday. The exhaustion is so bad that I started to cry at work today more than once. But, that’s for a good reason. I also made some really dumb mistakes and then had to backtrack to find where then fix them. It never fails when you want to get out of work early, everything goes wrong.

    I find I only have trouble sleeping in really stressful times.

    I feel you on all of this.

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    #759141
    Duld
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    here’s a suggestion, try another doctor, maybe that’ll help, we have a saying here, directly translated “eyes see better than eye”

    #759142

    I would second getting a new doctor. Not all docs are created equal and no doctor should just prescribe you med after med w/o trying to get to the root of the problem. To me it sounds(and I’m NO pro) like your mind/body has almost gone into a mania like state and you can’t get out of it. Plus too, I think when you are in this heightened state of awareness, you can get yourself more worked up by not accomplishing the thing you are setting out to do(like sleeping).

    Either way, I would get a different doctor or talk more to yours and explain that medications don’t seem to be doing anything for you and where should you go from here?

    #759143
    Laurie
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    I’ve been having trouble sleeping but I thinks its because of work. After the last call I just had today I’m sure I’ll be having even more trouble sleeping.

    #759144

    I’ve spoken to several docs about this issue, they all just kept giving me sleep meds to take, even my shrink did the same darn thing. When I got outta bed this morning I looked like I just got into a serious fight with someone cuz of the dark circles under my eyes…almost like a zombie. lol.

    Well I certainly want to get to the bottom of all this. I’m tired of being tired all the time. This whole 2-3hour sleep business is getting outta hand. 😡

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    #759145
    Patricia
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    I am not sure why they havn’t sent you to a specialist. I know a friend of mine has sleep issues and they had her do a sleep study and hooked her up to a bunch of machines while sleeping and were able to figure out what she needed. I know she is doing much better.

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    #759146

    Wow, this sounds very similar to a problem that I had many years ago. I also woke up after 2-3 hours each night even if I took some kind of sleeping pill, and my doctor also did all of the tests and verified that it wasn’t a physical problem. But that was what I’d expected, because I was pretty sure that my sleeping problem was caused by work related stress for a couple of reasons: there were things at work that were causing me severe stress, and my sleeping problem improved dramatically on weekends and when I was on vacation.

    It sounds like your sleeping problem is also caused by anxiety which is caused by work related stress and/or other anxieties (which may be subconscious and triggered by the work related stress). It sounds like you’re waking up as soon as your exhaustion level has been reduced to the point where your anxiety level is able to wake you up (which is pretty much what had happened to me).

    If you’re pretty sure that the cause of your problem isn’t physical, I think the first thing that you need to do is to identify what is causing you anxiety. For example, if you take vacation for a few days and completely detach yourself from work, does your sleeping problem improve? By the way, since you’ve been seeing a doctor about this problem, s/he should have no problem prescribing a medical leave for a couple of weeks so that you can get away from work and rest, and verify if the stress is indeed work related.

    The bottom line is that if your sleeping problem is caused by stress, you need to either change your situation such that your exposure to the things that cause you stress is significantly reduced, or change your perspective so that those things lose their power to cause you stress.

    I was able to overcome that sleeping problem by changing my work situation and also by learning various techniques to cope with stress. Nowadays, I occasionally still have problems with waking up in the middle of the night if I’m under a lot of stress, but its nothing like the problem that I had all those years ago. I found these two books to be extremely helpful in overcoming my problem, and I strongly recommend that you take a look at them in the bookstore:

    The second book was given to me by a friend of mine who had suddenly started having severe sleeping problems in his early 30’s. In his case, he had underlying anxieties which had built up over time and surfaced when these anxieties were triggered by his work situation at that time. His therapist had him use that book as part of his therapy, and he was able to overcome his sleeping problems in ~1 year.

    I suggest that you also take a look at this book, which has good techniques for relaxing and reducing stress:
    http://www.amazon.com/Relaxation-Reduction-Workbook-Harbinger-Self-Help/dp/1572245492/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239304650&sr=8-1

    One other thing that I’d suggest is that you take some time each evening to search your mind and think about anything that might be causing you anxiety. If there is something, think about what the problem is, what the worst case scenarios are, whether you can accept it if the worst happens, all possible courses of action, and select the best possible course of action. This is a technique that I learned from the first book, and it works really well. Basically, a lot of anxiety disappears once you identify the problem and have a clear course of action. And if you think everything through before you go to sleep, it greatly reduces the chance of it being on your mind and waking you up in the middle of the night. That first book has a lot of other techniques like this which I’ve found very helpful.

    The cause of your problem may be different than mine was, but hopefully what I’ve mentioned gives you some insight into your own situation. I know exactly how debilitating this kind of sleeping problem is, and I really hope that you can overcome it.

    #759147

    It would be kinda hard to take off of work for a while to see if that helps, we just lost a few people and now we are under staffed. But work doesn’t really bother me that much. I have more fun there then I do sitting at home. I like being there. It may just be the long days. 10 hr shifts and so on, but they go by pretty quick when we’re busy.

    I was thinking about taking some time off to chill, but kinda can’t now. I’m not sure it’s anxiety though. I don’t think I worry too much. I don’t know. It’s complicated.

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