In my opinion, if you were having to take the ambien to calm you down. The doctor should have given you something for anxiety. Have you tried melatonin or any other natural sleep aids?
Working on the meditation would calm your mind. It would take all the other stuff off of your mind. Start by taking a few relaxing breaths. Then relax every muscle in your body, by starting with your scalp, work to your forehead, your eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin, and jaw. Then go to your neck, front and back. Shoulders and on down. Really imagine your muscles relaxing in your mind. And to make sure that they are, tighten them up and let them relax.
Even if you don't get the whole thing, it will help you concentrate on something other than the thoughts that bother you. We can control our minds, we just have to set our minds up for it. You have more power than you think you do and it is time to start manipulating that. I know that you can do this.
Do you like to read? A nice relaxing book often helps, but it can't be anything that will stir up thoughts, like a murder mystery or any other violent type of books. Sometimes something boring is better. Do not exercise before bed, that only builds up more energy and it is harder to go to sleep.
I really do recommend that you try to take control of your mind and meditate. This could be a challenge for you. Something that you could learn to master. And it not only helps you sleep, it helps you thoughout your life, to have relaxation and peacefulness. The thinking is your problem. I have obsessive thinking and I take the abilify to help that. There was a time that I was always thinking of something, my mind never rested. That can cause so much mental fatigue.
Another trick that I do is when I can't fall asleep. I force myself to hold my eyes
open. Eventually they close and I fall asleep. It is more of a reverse type of psychology, but it works. It may sound funny though.
I hope that you get some sleep tonight.
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies