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Day 3 of no sleep

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Chesh

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I have been having issues with anxiety and depression made even worse lately by stress. Lately my body will not fall asleep unless its absolutely exhausted sometimes I can go days with no sleep then shut down completely. Is this an anxiety thing? i'm not sure myself I just dont want to sleep anymore not to mention I'm stress eating like crazy.
 
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Could be stress related? :hug: is anything stressing you out when you try to sleep? like thoughts going round and round your head? :hug:
 
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alll the time I've always had a bad relationship with sleep but latley I have been having panic attacks. I was put on medicine for it but I jsut can't seem to calm down.
 
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I can identify with this quite a bit. Although I do tend to crave sleep in later years I mostly accept that I have to settle for around 5 hours.

Stress was what kicked all my stuff off way back. I often had trouble sleeping right back to childhood mainly because I find it difficult to switch off due to an over active imagination and playing over scenarios in my mind. Far too much caffeine even before adulthood obviously didn't help and together with over exposure to extreme noise also contributed to developing a hearing condition known as Tinnitus (roughly a virtually constant whistling in the ear(s)) and also diagnosed with Hyper Sensitive Hearing which I was probably born with. These in turn added to my stress and so on like an ever decreasing vicious circle. Unluckily I have lived most of my adult life in neighbourhoods where there can be a lot of noise at night making it even harder to get to sleep even after a good day.

I have no idea how it may help with general stress and anxiety if at all but I bought something called a Soundwave Radio from the deaf society (UK) for my hearing issues and eventually cut right down on the caffeine and red wine which both exacerbate Tinnitus as they contain tannins. This machine has the usual features of a standard radio but also settings to play sounds from nature and the sound gets gradually slower and helps me drift off to sleep, the alarm can also be set so you wake up to a chosen sound (for example the lapping of waves on a Desert Island beach - peace at last!).

A friend of mine recently mentioned that he has found something similar he can play over his computer which helps in a similar way making it easier to relax and he is disabled and in a lot of pain most days. Another thing I have come across recently is a feature on Windows 10 known as Night Light. You can set this so you get warmer colours on your PC between certain times. This has helped me even more. Having realised how much staying on a PC until late was having a negative effect on me, I have been trying to shut down earlier and read a book before bed - this is a work in progress but I am enjoying it.

I know that I have not quite cracked insomnia because a few years ago, I had to go into hospital and did not sleep at all. So I know I am very reliant on this wee machine.

All the work I have done on myself over the years has helped to cut down anxiety and panic attacks massively but this does include a lot of avoidance strategies. I basically don't go out a lot but generally like being at home as I have lots to keep me occupied. Apologies for straying from the point somewhat.
 
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Hi Chesh,

Sorry to hear about your trouble with sleep. You have a severe case of insomnia. I was in similar situation last year. I went 4 days without sleep completely until my body couldn’t take it anymore.

It’s your anxiety that’s causing you to have insomnia.

Have the doctor prescribed you anything for a fast relief? Any benzodiazepines ? I know they are addictive but once in a while for a quick relief isn’t going to get you addicted. Sometimes you need it especially if you can’t sleep for 3 days. Insomnia and anxiety feed on each other. The more anxious you are the worst your insomnia is and the worst your insomnia is the worst your anxiety gets.

Or ask your doctor for Trazodone.
 
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Hi Chesh,

Sorry to hear about your trouble with sleep. You have a severe case of insomnia. I was in similar situation last year. I went 4 days without sleep completely until my body couldn’t take it anymore.

It’s your anxiety that’s causing you to have insomnia.

Have the doctor prescribed you anything for a fast relief? Any benzodiazepines ? I know they are addictive but once in a while for a quick relief isn’t going to get you addicted. Sometimes you need it especially if you can’t sleep for 3 days. Insomnia and anxiety feed on each other. The more anxious you are the worst your insomnia is and the worst your insomnia is the worst your anxiety gets.

Or ask your doctor for Trazodone.
I do have panic attack medicine cause my heart was going crazy but it doesnt help with long term anxiety. I have to get therapy before I can be prescribed medicine like that but I guess I dont have much of a choice but to go.
 
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I do have panic attack medicine cause my heart was going crazy but it doesnt help with long term anxiety. I have to get therapy before I can be prescribed medicine like that but I guess I dont have much of a choice but to go.
Have you tried melatonin?
It’s an over the counter medication that helps regulate sleep.
 
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I do this with eating I will not eat for a week. Just bits and pieces Like your sleep I know how you feel. My sleep is okay I did get up at 2am this morning. Wishing you well. Lots of hugs
 
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