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I had this problem for a long time as well. Every night when I went to bed, the "slide show" started. Everything I could possibly think of would race through my mind over and over.
In my case, now this is my case, I have always drank alot of caffiene and was a late night snacker. I have learned to stop all caffiene and fatty snacks at least 3 or 4 hours before I go to bed. Since I have done this I can lay down and not be as anxious and fall to sleep alot quicker.
I hope this gets better for you soon. The others had some good ideas. Maybe your doctor can make some suggestions to help you too. Please keep us updated and take care. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Hi cali, I'm sorry you aren't sleeping well. I know that feeling. I also take xanax. I don't know if you wait until just before you go to bed to take it or not. but if you take it earlier it might not be as effective. Also I have noticed that when I'm up I don't realize I'm strssing out so much because things are going on. It's not until I hit the covers that I realize I've been stressing. If any of that makes sense. There are nights when I go to sleep easily but not too many of them. I'm usually up until 3 or so. just to wake up again a few hours later and than again a few hours after that. I have had this problem before I got sick. reading might not be a bad idea. I used to read at night and it helped me relax. I need to start again I guess.
I hope somthing works for you.