Anxiety When Trying to Sleep- Very Worried

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always been a light sleeper and a deep thinker.  A month a half ago, I took a trip halfway around the world to relax with my family.  I never had any sleep issues there before.  The first night I was falling asleep and my wife gave my a Halcion.  I shouldn't have taking it since I was sleeping anyway, but I did.  The next night, I was starting to fall asleep again, but I would suddenly wake up with anxiety.  It kept doing this all night.  I stayed awake the entire night and then, again, the next night.  The following days I had to take a Halcion in order to sleep.  I got back and went to a doctor and he scolded me for the Halcion and gave me Ambien.  I did have some stresses in my life but I can usually deal.  To make a long story short, I can't sleep at night and for the past two month I've had to take something.  I weened myself off of Ambien for about six days, then had a relapse where I didnt sleep the entire night.  I've tried Lexapro but that makes me feel sick.  I am currently on Ambien CR and Xanax.  I was tired all weekend and tried to take naps, but everytime I started to fall asleep, the anxiety would keep me awake.  I can sleep on Ambien but I wake up early with the same anxiety.  It's driving my insane for its all I think about.  I'm going to see a sleep therapist but I dont think that will help since its in my head.  Has anyone had a problem like this?  I am really scared.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there
I have always had problems faling asleep as my mind just wont shut down at all keeps going like the Everready Rabbit ........

I had taken halcion about 25 yrs ago and I will NEVER touch that pill again ........It made me worse than I was to begin with for whatever the reason......

I now take trazadone and it helps my mind to shut down keeps me asleep for a few hours no hangover effect and no tiredness during the day has been a lifesaver for me ........

Is that what is going on with you your thoughts wont stop or the thoughts of not being able to sleep wont stop ??

I would go back and have another go around with your doc and let him know this is playing seriously with your personal health and well being
Sleep deprivation can cause the or some of the worst Anxiety there is at times

I do so hope you will stick around and become part of the family here at HW and on this forum...

I am up and about by 4 5 am each morning so hopefully if you cant sleep we will catch up

Welcome to HW sorry for the reasons BUT you are not alone in this anymore my friend

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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you so much for your reply.  I will stick around and talk more on this forum for I need to have a place to go to.  I think I'm driving my family insane because I am obsessing with this problem 24/7.  I just want to be normal again.  I think it the anxiety would go away when I am trying to relax and sleep, I could start to be better.  I don't understand why I have anxiety right as I fall asleep when sleeping is what I've been wanting to accomplish for the last 2 months.

A family member did give me some trazadone to try the other night but I didn't fall asleep.  I had to go right back to the ambien.

I keep thinking if I hadn't went halfway around or the world or took that Halcion, I would be normal right now.

Anyway, I appreciate your reply and hope to continue talking with you.



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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally understand what you are going through!  I am the queen of over thinking when I get into bed.  It's like lyn said, the energizer rabbit is ruling my brain, I just cannot shut off the thinking and then of course the anxiety that comes with it.  The only way I've been able to change this pattern is to run a constant, and I mean constant tape in my head of positive self talk.  I think it gets to the point that I just exhaust myself and finally fall asleep.  It's the worst feeling, and I really do feel for you!  I have been leaving the tv on at night, volume way down so I can hear noise, but not hear what anyone is saying, as kind of a distraction and it does help some.  But honestly, the best thing for me is to just challenge every negative thought and run those positive thoughts over and over.  Hope you get some sleep soon, I know it's miserable and dealing with the anxiety is so much harder when your tired!
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