Sleeping troubles. Is it anxiety?

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Kiyuri
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   Posted 6/22/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted a few times about having panic attacks a few weeks ago. I have been having small ones off and on for a few weeks now. I think they aren't nearly as bad as they could be. I start talking myself out of them, I think. I still have a few questions about anxiety.. My main concern is my sleeping. I've always had trouble sleeping and getting GOOD sleep. It wasn't until about 1-2 years ago that I started to sleep really well. I think it's because I changed my eating habits, was very happy, and active. Now I'm starting to have trouble sleeping again. I'm a full time babysitter (a 10mo old) and her mom's schedule is ALWAYS different which means my sleeping schedule isn't always the same as it has been the past 1-2 years. The past 1-2 weeks, I have felt like I haven't gotten any good sleep.. sometimes feel like I haven't slept much at all. And sometimes I feel great! But usually in the afternoons/night, I start to get REALLY draggy.. inattentive bad. I feel like I'm crazy and I'm dreaming all the time (while I'm awake). I start thinking weird things.. things that doesn't make any sense that would only appear in dreams. Like today, ok this is weird.. but, I was outside and thought "Wow, its really bright out there, maybe I should turn off the ligh--wait, what the hell?"..And another thing.. I dream A LOT when sleeping & have been waking up a lot through out the night. Maybe thats another cause.. But the fact that I feel like I'm half-alseep all the time worries me. I wake up extremely anxious for some reason and even when I lie down at night.. I get really anxious. Why is this? I feel like I'm totally out of it. My brain doesn't seem to be functioning well and ughhh.. I'm tired of it. :( I'm going to get a hold of a doctor soon. I'm not sure what is going on.

Oh, and when I start getting really nervous/anxious.. I urinate a lot and even have to use the "bathroom".. but on the days I'm feeling fine, my bathroom habits are normal and I don't have all those awful tummy aches! I hate that its so off an on like this. I feel so unbalanced. I worry that it could be something serious.. I'd really love some advice and some input.

Post Edited (Kiyuri) : 6/22/2008 4:20:19 PM (GMT-6)


Celey
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   Posted 6/22/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking any medications that might be causing you to have these sleeping troubles?

Anxiety can definitely cause you to have problems sleeping... And when you don't get enough sleep, it makes your anxiety worse... So, then it ends up in a vicious kind of cycle...

It's definitely a good idea to talk to your doctor. At the very least, maybe the doctor can get you something to help you sleep, and maybe it'll help with your anxiety a bit.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Kiyuri
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   Posted 6/22/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I'm not taking any medications.
And I totally agree with you about the viscous cycle, that is certainly what it is. I have plans to see a doctor about my anxiety and also try to have a routine checkup, to see if its anything serious, just to clear my head. There's also a Sleep Diagnosis place near by that I think I may check out. Ugh, I have a feeling this is going to be a pricey treatment.. :P

Celey
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   Posted 6/22/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
In the meantime, try relaxing before you go to sleep. Listen to some soft music... Pamper yourself. Rub some nice-smelling lotion on your body. Take a hot bath...

Relaxing might help you get to sleep... And make you less anxious about going to bed... //^_^\\
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


stkitt
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   Posted 6/22/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

Great advice by Celey.  I also like the idea of a sleep study as you may have sleep apnea and do not know it but do see your physician as something is not right.

It could be anxiety but I am not a  professional so I would really recommend you get a good medical screening exam.

Let us know how you are doing and we are here for you.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Kiyuri,

I've had a sleep study recently, and I think the price listed on my insurance form was only $200-300. That was the actual cost of the treatment, not what my insurance wanted to pay. It surprised me how low that was, and I live in a pretty rural area with not a lot of high-scale medical facilities.

My insurance did cover it though, but it needed to be requested by my physician in order for that to happen.

percycat
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