Member's Daily Roll Call Monday, February 23, 2009

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
G'Day Mates!
The sun is beginning to rise and my site is almost ready to launch :)
Have you been sleeping well lately?  Does your sleeping patterns mess with you anxiety?
Please make your posts informative and proactive. . .
Your Bro Sam :)

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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Sam I am.............

Luv you Bro......... No I have not been sleeping well but that is due to the events in my life right now. 

Normally with a little help from my Trazone I sleep very well.  I am a person like nikki, I need to sleep or I am  soon in a downward spiral.

Great questions.



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   Posted 2/23/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have bad sleeping problems and usually only get 2-3hrs a night I take Tamazepam to help me sleep but it does not seem to work to well. I do try and get a sleep routine to help me sleep such as listening to music which does help me get to sleep but the problem I have is staying asleep. Being tired all the time really does make my anxiety a lot worse and makes me feel on edge. I also get bad nightmares/night terrors which I have had for as long as i can remember so when I am asleep I often wake in a panic due to the bad dreams. My therapist said that you should only use your bed for sleep and if you wake up you should get up and listen to some music or read until tired then go back to bed which helps your sleeping patterns.

Sleep is a real issue for me and i hate feeling tired all the time and get frustrated that what ever i try does not seem to help me get back to normal sleep.

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   Posted 2/23/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not been sleeping too well lately, but that is because my husband has bronchitis and has been coughing alot at night. But normally I sleep pretty well. Usually get about 7 hours a night. There are times that if I don't get enough sleep it will amp up my anxiety, but I haven't experienced that in awhile.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 2/23/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I sleep well when I am not under stress. When I am under a lot of stress, I can't sleep. It's just horrible because it affects my anxiety and I feel ill until I am able to get some sleep. sad It gets worse to the point where I start to become oversensitive about things and I am very anxious throughout the day.  Getting enough sleep is probably the most important thing for me.

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   Posted 2/23/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I go back and forth with sleep.  Sometimes I sleep great, have no problem getting to or staying asleep and other times I lay in bed for hours and when I finally do fall asleep I wake up every hour.  I haven't paid much attention to what's going on during the rough times, but I imagine that I have more stress going on or am worried about something.  Thankfully it doesn't last too long.
It definitely messes with my anxiety when I don't sleep well.  I feel miserable, funky head, shaky, and those are symptoms that I get with anxiety, so it makes me more uptight. 

Green Grove
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   Posted 2/23/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I don't feel lonely now!

I have not been sleeping either, getting maybe 4 hours and I like many of you, need my sleep to function with my anxiety cause it makes me feel weird. But it will be okay. I do practice my relaxation exercises when I need to go to sleep, and it works quick most of the time :)

Take care and I hope the Sandman comes tonight with good dreams!

Lot's of love. . .
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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"Although the world is full of suffering. . . it is also full of the overcoming of it."
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   Posted 2/23/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sam :)
You write so well, and leave such beautiful comments here and there, my soul is healed just by reading your posts. :)
No joke. Not trying to flatter you either. You have a way with words, your words are so beautiful. :)
Thanks for being here. You're a gem.
Melodee :)

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   Posted 2/23/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had major sleep issues since I was 13.  I have been taking trazadone for the last couple of years and it has made a huge difference for me. If I don't take it I don't sleep. I can get to sleep fairly easily on the trazadone. I sometimes wake up a couple times a night but I am now able to get back to sleep usually fairly quickly. I used to get a few hours a night because it would take me two or three hours to go to sleep and then I would wake up and not be able to get back to sleep. Trazadone has been my savior for sleep. When I don't get enough sleep my anxiety really kicks in.

Green Grove
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   Posted 2/23/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Just want to say thank you Melodee for the compliment :)

You write very well also and so does most of the members on here. I think we all are creative people in our anxiety :) It helps me a lot to hear this, cause I've been writing articles/blogs for my new website and I want people to enjoy reading my work.

Your a gem too my friend!

Your Bro Sam :)

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   Posted 2/23/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I sleep for a long time, but often still feel tired... Probably because I'm a bit low in iron right now... Maybe if I ate more, I'd have more energy...

And I know sleep messes with me... I remember when I wasn't able to get any sleep... I'd be as anxious as a rabbit in a trap...
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.

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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't really fall asleep until like 5 or 6 in the morning. I'm afraid to fall asleep at night because of my panic attacks. I feel like if I fall asleep I won't wake back up. I don't know. Maybe it's just an over-reaction but that's how it is with me. If I don't get enough sleep, which I usually don't, I'm nervous all day long. It's just horrible.

Really that's all I have to say about my sleeping issues. It's not very informative and I apologize for that. It's a really good question though.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
My sleep has been great lately...I havn't had to take anything for it. Although last night I just couldn't sleep and yes it definatley played a part in my anxiety level not only through the night but well into the next day.


"Define the moment or....the moment will define you!"



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   Posted 2/24/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
My sleep has been awful for the last month- my parents are overseas and im house-sitting & minding the cat. the cat sleeps on my bed at nite, then wakes me round 4am to be let outside. my sleep is fractured and unrefreshing. and it certainly contributes to my anxiety, 100% sure that poor sleeping patterns make me very edgy, nervy, agitated and generally more anxious than normal.
i cant be prescribed sleeping pills as doctors freak out when they see im on 4mgs Xanax daily..
Im on Zoloft now and its pretty good with sleep, just the odd rough patch, howeverv when i was on Tofranil, then Aropax, then Prozac, i was a total insomniac and i barely functioned.
Loves to you all,
Maz XX
p.s Sam, doing a great job of roll call XX
            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
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Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
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   Posted 2/24/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried Melatonin for insomnia.  My father is 78 and on Buspar and Effexor, and uses Melatonin for insomnia.  I was recently diagosed with anxiety disorder and depression and started Pristiq and Xanax.   I'm having trouble sleeping and thinking about trying melatonin, but wanted to see if there's any experience.
Thanks for any input or advice
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