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Posted 10/1/14
Where's my insomniac brothers and sisters? I've been plagued with insomnia my whole life and have probably been prescribed damn near every sleeping pill to almost no avail. I have my good nights, but most nights I can hardly manage to get 2-3 hours of sleep and that's after trying to fall asleep for hours sometimes.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Hey my insomniac brother!
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21 / M / Tiphares
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Posted 10/1/14
Well... I had it as a child...
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Posted 10/1/14
Sounds painful.
Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Turn off the internet for a week. I bet you will get a lot of sleep :p
Posted 10/1/14
I find that doing physical things during the day helps me fall asleep + better quality of sleep.




I played 5 sets of tennis and slept like a baby I wish I could play sports every day. The problem with me is that... I don't find sports fun unless the partner i'm playing with is as competitive as me.


My tennis partner asked why I treat this like I'm playing in a Grand slam (because I keep the scores from previous matches). But I just love to be competitive and he's so fun to play with because his skill level is the same as mine.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I find that doing physical things during the day helps me fall asleep + better quality of sleep.




I played 5 sets of tennis and slept like a baby I wish I could play sports every day. The problem with me is that... I don't find sports fun unless the partner i'm playing with is as competitive as me.


My tennis partner asked why I treat this like I'm playing in a Grand slam (because I keep the scores from previous matches). But I just love to be competitive and he's so fun to play with because his skill level is the same as mine.


^I'm going to agree, physical activity seems to greatly help.

Another suggestion I add is reducing your exposure to blue light after sunset. There is a program called "F.lux" that automatically adjusts the levels on your PC. I don't even notice it since it transitions so slowly.

Above all though stress levels need to be managed... that I have no answer for....
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
Hmm.. For some people, Kava Kava doesn't affect them much.. But for me about 3-6 500mg capsules of it gets me drifting away pretty fast.. (considering you have insomnia, you would probably have to take closer to 5-6) Usually I'll take 3 to begin with, then take 2-3 more if I am not feeling that within 30-60 minutes... I get some pretty high quality stuff though from a place that I know I can trust from previous experiences/the other herbs I have bought from them.. Although, that goes to say.. I have had some spells of insomnia before...
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Posted 10/1/14
I have insomnia. It is awful I hate the feeling I have from it. You know how you feel tired but can't seem to manage to sleep ?
I recently have tried a triple dose of I believe it was called Meletonin if I remember correctly. It totaled to 900mg but I usually can fall asleep now to manage 3-5 hours if I'm lucky. Also, I agree most sleeping pills don't help one bit.
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I used to have really bad insomnia in middle and high school but it has gotten better as I have gotten older. It comes back from time to time, but it is becoming more and more rare for me to not be able to sleep at all. I went to get acupuncture and it has really helped. Western medicine did nothing for me.
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furytime wrote:

Turn off the internet for a week. I bet you will get a lot of sleep :p


this ^

stop staying up so late with computers or gaming devices and such (anything that plays videos). That stuff causes Insomnia. I guarantee if you stop doing these things for at least a week, you will get a much better night sleep.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14
I can't recall how my sleeping patterns were as a child but in 2011, when my anxiety (among other things) peaked, my sleeping issues begun. It was likely a result of rarely leaving my room (I wouldn't go to school, or I'd pretend to), not eating and a clouded mind.

People suggest exercise. I definitely think it's worth sticking to some form of exercise regime not just to help you sleep, but to benefit you in many other ways. I was playing a minimum of 9 hours of soccer (I was playing in a Club and for State, I also did Futsal during off-season) every week during that time period. I had already been playing with that club for 3 years prior, so I was relatively fit. Due to my anxiety (which caused me to vomit almost everyday), not eating and so forth, my health deteriorated and I wasn't able to run for more than 5-10 minutes without vomiting. I ended up quitting because I was suddenly incapable of continuing.

I was always tired, always fatigued. I still am and it's been 3 years.

In 2012 I rarely slept. I would go to school, come home and nap until dinner (a hour or so) and although I would get into bed at 10-11pm I would still be awake by the time I had to get up to get ready for school. Note: I always turned off my PC and put my phone on my desk when I got into bed. My panic attacks worsened and became more frequent.

In 2013 I had a small (actually, it was huge) love affair with Energy Drinks - bad idea, don't do it. With the stress of personal issues and my 5th and final year (yes, in Australia high school is 5 years long) things continued to get worse, but in different ways. I began over-sleeping (12-15 hours), my stress induced vomiting returned, I began emotional binge eating and I was constantly having panic attacks. It got to a point where I became scared to sleep though, due to incidents and dreams.

This year has been all over the place. I've been trying to rectify my sleeping habits. Sometimes when I try I screw it up within a few days, and other times I've lasted 16 days, or even a month! I've never been able to keep it up though. I've taken sleeping pills before but my doctor said I should resort to them again if things don't get better. I don't even know.
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Posted 10/1/14 , edited 10/1/14

And the Gods did bestow upon man the mystical pill.

And praise them, man did.
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Don't use the computers, TV or phones or any device for 3 hours before you sleep.
The blue light emitted from them has proven to make sleeping difficult.
Also try to get more exercise done during the day, to tire you out at night.
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Posted 10/1/14

StateAlchemistAlex wrote:


furytime wrote:

Turn off the internet for a week. I bet you will get a lot of sleep :p


this ^

stop staying up so late with computers or gaming devices and such (anything that plays videos). That stuff causes Insomnia. I guarantee if you stop doing these things for at least a week, you will get a much better night sleep.


I had insomnia long before I started using the internet or watched tv unfortunately (I was the kid with the weird parents that didn't believe in watching tv so we had none or computers)
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