Hey guys. I've been a lurker on this subreddit for a while and one of the things that I have struggled with during my insomnia is fear of not having anyone to talk to and to calm me down. When I'm up at 3am, a lot of my friends are asleep and i usually just end up scrolling up and down facebook in the hopes of seeing someone that is online that I could talk to to forget about my sleep worries. It is usually at times like this that I feel the most alone in this world. Has anyone else ever felt this way? What do you guys do to combat this fear of being alone with insomnia?
PS: I decided to try and start a slack group where fellow insomniacs could talk/spread positivity to each other at times like this to help us personally deal with this issue. If anyone would like to join it, please message me and I can add you to it <3.
The past 2 or 3 weeks I've been dealing with sleeping problems. I get anywhere from 0-4 hours of sleep these days. It's seriously destroying me and my mood, I have no energy left for anything anymore. I've always struggled with falling asleep and it always took 1-2 hours, but now I just can't at all I'm tired, but still just can't sleep. Is this just a short phase or will I deal with this the rest of my life?
I've always had insomnia, but over the past 2 months I've been feeling more and more depressed and having some anxiety. After a really scary health incident I've felt traumatized and really haven't slept the same since. I'm up for at least 24 hours, now it's turning into 40 or 48, before I finally sleep. I panic every time I lay down When I do sleep and wake up, I'm already panicking if I will be up 24 hours or more again tonight. I've been to my doctor, been given belsomra, then trazodone, I've asked for a referral to a therapist but that can take awhile. Help =(
About 6 months ago it felt like a switch in my brain got flipped - one night i just couldn't sleep. Well, ok i thought, that's not a complete surprise. It happens once in a while where i get this period of few days or a week of insomnia. Usually i would just man up and not sleep for 24 hours and it would all revert back to normal. Well it didn't work that time. Nothing worked actually. I tried meditation, herbal solutions, sleep meds i had available, calming music etc. - nothing worked in a long run.
I was kind of desperate after about of 3 weeks as it was messing me up really bad and i did not have anything up my sleeve that i could use to fix it. So i went to see a psychiatrist as i really wanted to try CBT. Unfortunately all of the CBT experts were super busy (at least a month of waiting time) so i went to see a doctor that was available at the time. He kind of dismissed CBT and was more than happy to feed me pills. He prescribed Zopiclone, Ambien and Mirtazapine.
They did work at first. But very quickly like few weeks or so later they stopped. Upping the dosage didn't really do much either. If i would not take them for a day or two (not sleep as well) then they would start working for a few days and then stop again. So i kind of realized that drugs won't help. So i went cold turkey - cut them off completely. At that time i was in a worse stage than i was before - i had insomnia and also withdrawals from those drugs.
Since i couldn't get help that i seeked initially i've downloaded a mobile app called "Insomnia coach" and started applying Sleep restriction therapy on my own. And it worked. But it was rough.
Basically all i had to do was to be very strict about waking time. Every day get out of bed at the same time. No matter what. If i recall correctly the app recommended sleep cycle for me (after filling out the questionnaire) was 2 am to 8 am. I started using valerian root supplements to kind of get me somewhat sleepy. I would also meditate during the "winding down" period before going to bed. What really worked was the "body scan technique" it helped a lot. Some days when i wasn't able to "turn off" i would put on some very relaxing music (like ambient or chillout) and concentrate on it. This also helped in combination with SRT and meditation.
I would imagine that CBD should be great as well. Unfortunately where i'm at it's illegal and quite hard to come by.
After 6 months i have some observations about insomnia. I think it's mostly due to anxiety. Now the causes for it might be very different. And oh boy is it tough to manage it consistently.
What i would recommend is to try and change your sleeping place. Try to sleep on your couch. As for me after a month or so my bedroom/bed was an object of despair. I would know both consciously and unconsciously that i won't fall asleep there easily. So switching your sleeping location (at least temporarily) should help.
You should probably also consider what is the cause of anxiety/worry in your life. Maybe it's your partner that you are sleeping with, or your job etc. What is the thing that keeps you awake. And when you figure it out just move away from it asap.
Anyway - that was my stream of consciousness. It might be poorly structured and i most definitely forgot to mention a few things. And it is hard to describe that feeling of despair and hopelessness when you can't sleep. The personal kind of hell that your are in. But take my advice - don't expect a quick fix. It will take time. Don't loose hope. Stay off meds (if you can). My heart is with all of you guys and girls that can't sleep. I wish you best of luck.
Please recommend me your favourite background noises. Rain? Ceiling fan? Cars driving by? If you have the exact link for a channel I can listen to amazing white noise podcasts on, that would be fantastic. I’ve looked at sleeping with silk and unfortunately half of their tracks aren’t playing? I really like the soft spoken voice, though. I even feel I could get to sleep well if I just listen to someone tell a story in that soft spoken asmr voice
This doesn't happen frequently , I went to sleep at 11:30pm, woke up at 1:30 and it's almost 5am and can't sleep, what's up with that? , I drank coffee close to noon and when I drink coffee I normally take melatonin and usually does the trick to get me to sleep like today the only thing I woke up and gave insomnia, also I been feeling a lil depressed these days.
Took some Adderall to get a long homework assignment done, (also prescribed to me,) took an Ambien, nothing. That was six hours ago. No sleep. It’s 4:30am now, have to be up at 8. Didn’t do anything either. Just been laying in the dark doing absolutely nothing.