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Old 09-21-2008, 04:19 AM
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Ugh insomnia again...Sorry, need to vent

Does anyone else have unrelenting insomnia? I mean, it is 5:17 am right now and I am not a bit tired.

I am as awake and coherent as it gets. I could see patients right now and be competent. I will remain this way until probably about 10:00 am. Then I will get tired and dizzy until I sleep for a few hours, probably until 1 pm. Then I will get up and be fine. (Thankfully, it is Sunday). This probably happens to me twice a week, especially lately.

I think it is caused by my constant anxiety. In the last few months I have:

(1)Quit a job at a place where I was being treated horribly.
(2)Found another job, and subsequently had to quit because they were doing illegal and unethical things. This was awful, especially when the owner offered me $500 more a week just to pretend I didn't know what was happening.
(3)Been taking fill in work over and over in random places which is very stressful. You never know what the staff will be like or how the equipment/patients will be.
(4)Been having a hard time dealing with my job requirements. Sometimes I can't stand the responsibility. I feel like I am an actress and always have to be on--friendly, personable, even if I don't feel like it.
(4)Been waiting for a good job to begin in late October that may or may not materialize. If it doesn't, I will eventually run out of money completely.
(5)Been chased by a crazy lady off her meds who insisted on using her Honda Accord as a weapon while I was driving my car to the point that the police had to come and put her to the ground. She chased me for four miles and tried to get me to crash into other vehicles and pedestrians. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the police finally pried my white knuckles loose from the wheel they had to carry me to the police car. Apparently I was rocking back and forth in the back of the squad car but I don't remember that. Then, I had to listen to her scream psychotic things from the jail while they took my statement. She apparently was delusional and thought I was a 6 foot tall Yugoslavian stripper with tattoos that stole her boyfriend while driving a purple car, magically switching the license plates at will. Now I swear I have posttraumatic stress while driving. I have had two panic attacks where I've had to pull off the road since.
(6)Gotten off the highway and been involved in a road rage incident that I'm pretty sure had nothing to do with me. There was horrible traffic on the expressway for several hours and I was finally able to get off. Some jerk tried to make me crash into his car on purpose because I was going too slow on the offramp. Then, he got out of his car and threatened to beat me up. Yeah well my 5500 lb volvo wagon doesn't go too fast from a dead stop on upward slopes. Not to mention that if he had actually succeeded in getting me to crash into his beat up Pontiac I would probably have flattened the POS.
(7)Experienced horrible flooding from the river behind my house to the point that I was scared to leave the apartment for 2 days and had to take a raft(!) to my car in the parking lot across the street when I finally did leave. I am deathly afraid of drowning as I almost did when I was 8.
(8)Been living with the fear that one day my loving boyfriend will wake up and realize he deserves better. I don't want to burden him with anything so I haven't told him any of this.
(9)Become thoroughly sick of the attitude in the area where I live. People are behaving so angrily towards each other at the slightest provocation that I don't even like to leave the house. Apparently Chicago was just named the most stressful city in the US. I believe it. Yesterday I witnessed a lady take a swing at the post office person with a package of some kind.


Wow...I just read all of my post...I guess I know why I can't sleep

Anyone know of any good relaxation techniques? Or maybe I should just see a psychologist.

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Old 09-21-2008, 04:25 AM
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See someone to help you finding a sleep rhythm.

Sorry you had such a tough time.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:07 AM
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Try to keep the same routine every day. Even if you are not sleepy, get in bed and turn off the lights. Get up at the same day every day even if you don't have to go to work. It won't take too long for your body to get adjusted. Try it.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:06 AM
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As a short term fix, Ambien is useful, in addition to good sleep hygeine. I have recurrent sleep problems whenever I go through stressful periods (like the first month of every school year, guaranteed), and that has helped a bit. I know how hard it is to function when you've spent the entire night blinking in the dark, staring at the ceiling.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:11 AM
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Aw I totally sympathize with you I'm a young lawyer and I feel the same way...plus I've always had insomnia. I think it is the stress and responsibility and knowing you have to be soooo careful and god forbid if you ever make a mistake. Such is life of anyone with malpractice insurance LOL

Plus, you've had so many stressors lately. I totally recommend seeing someone especially if you've been in a low mood or had anxiety for a while and you feel it's been negatively impacting your life.

I've had success with lunesta and trazodone...good luck!
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:13 AM
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As a short term fix, Ambien is useful, in addition to good sleep hygeine. I have recurrent sleep problems whenever I go through stressful periods (like the first month of every school year, guaranteed), and that has helped a bit. I know how hard it is to function when you've spent the entire night blinking in the dark, staring at the ceiling.
Oooh yes. Same here.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:28 AM
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Oooh yes. Same here.
I thank god for adrenaline during that first month, or I'd be a useless lump! My brain just doesn't shut off at night.
How is your teaching going this year?
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:35 AM
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I can't say anything bad. Nice kids throughout. I have a colleague though who is a real nut job. I try to keep away from him, but he's teaching the same subject and kind of organizes everything. He has no idea what he's doing though.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:42 AM
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Yay! I'm glad. Teaching does seem to attract a fair share of nut jobs...I've got a few in my school as well. I love my students and my classes, I'm just crazily busy b/c of my added program coordinator responsibilities. Overall, things are good.

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Old 09-21-2008, 08:47 AM
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Nice to hear that!

Oh ya, sorry for the threadcrap, OP!
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Try to keep the same routine every day. Even if you are not sleepy, get in bed and turn off the lights. Get up at the same day every day even if you don't have to go to work. It won't take too long for your body to get adjusted. Try it.
Forgot to add...It wouldn't hurt to also take an OTC sleep aid. I don't think you should jump to Rx sleep meds without trying out the OTC ones first.
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:59 PM
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I had sleep problems when I was 15 and recently just starting sleeping normally again. I could never sleep till at least 3 am and in the spring time I suffered from insomnia for 2 weeks in college, which was horrible.

I agree that setting a bedtime/wakeup routine for everyday is a good suggestion as I find that has been helping me. I also recently decided to remove all televisions and computers from my room so lights so the temptation to watch tv or fiddle on the computer was lessened.
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Forgot to add...It wouldn't hurt to also take an OTC sleep aid. I don't think you should jump to Rx sleep meds without trying out the OTC ones first.
I have had sleep issues for 9 years... but mine is due to working night shift. I work 7pm-7am and have issues "turning around".

As a OTC med... Melatonin works great. It doesn't make you feel groggy or crappy when you wake up like benadryl does.

I have taken it all- ambien, lunesta, ambien CR (what i take now) but honestly Melatonin works pretty great. It's pretty cheap too. Found in the vitamin aisle.
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^I agree with melatonin. That stuff works wonders. It knocks you out, and when you wake up, you just feel nice and rested and no side effects.
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I suffer from insomnia, some times I go through spells where I have no choice but to take something like Restoril or Ambien. I just took a pay cut to start sleeping at night like a normal person, working nights messed up my sleep cycle really bad.

I recommend no caffeine for eight hours before bed time.
Regular exercise.
A bed time routine like a warm bath (which can cause sleepiness).
NO TV OR COMPUTER at bedtime.
Total darkness.
Soothing music.
Melatonin (which only works if your body is deficient).
Valerian Root works really well too (if you can get over the smell), you can buy this at any health food store.
Benadryl

And if that doesn't work then go for the good stuff like Ambien orTemazepam, etc. I know you feel like you don't need the sleep, but eventually it will catch up with you and break down your immune system.
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wow...thats the second time ive heard melatonin being the choice sleep aid. i really should try it.!!

i totally understand the whole anxiety thing. still in a battle with it after at least 7 years. been on everything. but ur right, chances are ur insomnia is def caused by ur anxiety. look at all that!? u have so much going on!..my advice, and yes i work for a doctor, is to see one. whether its just to talk things out or if all else fails prescribe u a med. its so frustrating not being able to sleep...i cry. i have used lunesta, ambien, rozerum, benadryls and tylenol pms in conjunction with my antidepressants and antianxiety pills...just too much for only being 23. but really ambiens are amazing just to help u sleep for a while....but i think the anxiety prob should most def be addressed first. ive tried a ton of meds to no avail. im actually on trileptal (sp)..i belive its for seizures (no, i dont have seizures)..but it really helps. it stops ur mind from keeping u up at night, which happens to be my prob....but regardless if u want meds or not, talking to a professional is key i think. ull feel so much better...good luck!! :]
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:21 AM
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Ughh...not sleeping again. For the second time in three days.

Mostly because my brother has been diagnosed with manic depression and he is really manic right now and acting crazy.

And because my job that I needed to materialize in late October--yeah, it didn't.

I've been trying to keep a sleep schedule and I've tried taking melatonin. It was starting to work and then this stuff happened. I am also going to see a psychologist soon--for sure I need it.

Thanks for the advice.
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