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Problems with severely interrupted sleep.

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Guiseley17

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I’m 63, and am currently recovering from a bout of Winter Flu virus that has now kept me off work into this third week.

The physical symptoms of the flu are now, happily, receding, but I picked up an immensely worrying set of side symptoms along the way that are threatening to completely cripple me emotionally and mentally as well as completely wearing me out.

The flu - as well as being the worst I’ve ever had - left me very tired, with the result that I would often want to sleep at any point during the day. This was, I believed, quite normal, and just something that came along with the flu, but then I started to develop some very frightening disturbances to me sleep, that have now become even worse than anything I experienced with the actual flu.

The main problem is that I will decided to have a nap, and whilst all seems fine at first, any background mental images I have will suddenly distort into entirely random things, or any mental chatter that I might hear will suddenly become totally illogical with random words being dropped into my mind and causing me to suddenly wake again and struggle to try to control back of my mind.

I’m now in my second week of this and have been back to the doctors, who have simply put it down to anxiety and stress from the flu virus. I have been given Zopiclone to help me sleep at night, and was also given a low level (2mg) course of Diazepam, too, to try to calm me down throughout the day. However, although the Zopiclone has helped in every respect, the Diazepam didn’t seem to work at all, so I’ve stopped taking it completely now.

It shouldn’t be the case that sleep is something that I fear instead of looking forward to each night, and I am desperate for this to end, and to again have control of my mind. My fear now is that as I have lost control of my mind during sleeping hours I may now see the condition slip over into my waking hours, too, and render me completely insane.

Does anyone have any direct, recent or current experience of anything that sounds like this, and is there anything anyone can say to me that might help.

Any help that anyone could give me would be very gratefully received.

Regards and thanks
Graham
 
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Guiseley17

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Have you thought about Ambein?
I’d no idea what it was until I Googled it just now. Would it be available on the NHS and have you personally tried it yourself?
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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I don't know sorry. No I never tried it myself. Some people have had success with it. Some haven't. Maybe you should talk to your doctor about giving it a try.
 
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Guiseley17

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I don't know sorry. No I never tried it myself. Some people have had success with it. Some haven't. Maybe you should talk to your doctor about giving it a try.
OK, I’ll bear it in mind, but I’ll stick with the Zopiclone for now.

By the way, I can see your mental sate as being ‘scared’. That’s my state, too. You have my sincere sympathy. It’s horrible, isn’t it?
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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Thanks for your concern. Yes it is. I am very overwhelmed. I hope you get some good sleep soon.
 
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Guiseley17

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I hope you find some peace, too, I really do.
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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Thanks. Me too. :hug: Keep posting here. You will get lots of support. :hug:
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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I'll talk to you later. I need to go to my dentist appointment.
 
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Guiseley17

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A little bit of hope...

I'll talk to you later. I need to go to my dentist appointment.
Dear FubarLady

You’ll see that I’m now using a different name as I had to change my previous one due to something about using it on another site.

I hope you’re feeling a little bit better today, and I hope things are looking up a little bit.

To bring you up to date - and to report a bit of progress - the weird and random thoughts have continued throughout the week, but I tried something earlier today that seemed to really work.

I was tired from all the sleep I’ve lost, but this time, rather than trying to get up and just carrying on wearily through the day, I decided to resign myself to just letting the thoughts have sway and do what they would with me. Strangely, in doing this, I then started to try to practice a meditation technique I learned years and years ago, and have practiced at various times since then.

I’d had success at all with it on the previous 5 or 6 times I’ve tried it as I couldn’t manage to cut through the usual ‘mind chatter’ that everyone has to contend with at these times, but today was quite wonderfully different.

Deciding to just ‘give in’ to whatever might happen somehow allowed me to find a brief ‘window’ of peace in which I manage to gradually ‘slip below’ the weird and random thoughts and find a safe and quiet rest in which I consciously rested with a quiet mind in a fully awake state for the first time in around the last two weeks.

I don’t know the science behind it, but what seemed to be happening was that the weird and random thoughts may well have been still popping round in one part of my brain whilst I was temporarily ‘somewhere else’ and operating out another part of my brain altogether.

I do hope you didnt mind me sharing this with you. I still have a lot of problems to work through, but I thought it might be good to let you know that I found a bit of progress along the way.

Regards as ever
Graham
 
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IWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH

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I'm glad meditation helps you. It doesn't help me. Journaling helps me though.
 
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rosiered

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So sorry you are going through this. I can understand how you feel, it can be quite scary. My sleep is pretty messed up and when I sleep I usually wake up every hour or so and have a hard time getting back to sleep. There have been a couple of times in the last few months when I was under a lot of stress and worry and I had scary episodes throughout the night that left me too afraid to go back to sleep and I was even afraid to be alone at night. I had to get someone to come over and stay with me because I was afraid I was losing my mind. As time went on and the stress and worry eased up I started to feel better and all of that scary stuff stopped and my sleep went back to my normal, which is waking up many times through the night with nothing unusual happening. Stress and anxiety can bring on a lot of scary things and I hope that when your stress and anxiety over the flu eases up and you are feeling better that your sleep will go back to normal. Take care.
 
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