No energy, so tired

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   Posted 1/2/2017 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
How are you all dealing with the winter months and no energy and being exhausted 24/7!? My energy comes along at night and im up til 3,4,5am and the next day completely exhausted until around late afternoon/evening time. I have 4 kids that sleep pretty well thankfully because this depression has me wanting to do nothing. Anxiety and panic attacks have been at an all time high as well. What do you all do for lack of energy and motivation? How do you do it? My body feels like jello I try to be productive throughout the morning and day and feel horrible until night time rolls around. This schedule is awful ):
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   Posted 1/2/2017 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
How is your sleep hygiene? Quiet bedroom? Dark?

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   Posted 1/2/2017 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Staying up until 3, 4, 5am is probably why you are so tired, but another thought is vitamin D3. It helps a lot in the winter months. Start out with 1000iu a day and gradually work up as needed. I take 5000iu, but that is kind of high. Also talk to your doc before starting.

I find moving around gives me energy, maybe take a walk during the day. That always helps me.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 1/2/2017 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
How old are the kids?

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   Posted 1/2/2017 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same issue however mine is caused by childhood trauma and my body goes into hyper vigilance.

I prepare for sleep with a cup of hot lemon and honey water, sometimes sleepy time tea. I am on topamax and have to watch my tea intake.

Then I meditate usually a guided mentation from youtube and then go to bed. I am good for 3- 4 hours sleep before I wake up. Then I repeat the process, and then once in bed again I could backwards from 100 towards one.

Sleep hygiene is a great idea, lots of sites to choice from. You can talk to your talk about it.

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   Posted 1/3/2017 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I dunno where i would be right now without my marijuana.

it is the only pace that matters for me in order to be able to do anything, it makes me willing to stand up from my bed and go for a smoke. which makes my mind release unneeded stress.

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   Posted 1/4/2017 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I use it too for depression and other things. It keeps me feeling okay. It keeps me from getting grouchy. I have another word but can't say it on here. Ha!!!

Kriya, I don't remember you posting much so I want to say welcome to the forum.

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 1/4/2017 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Lights and making sure I'm hydrated helps. I seem to have no problem drinking enough water in the warm months but in winter...ugh.

Music is another helper. Something 'peppy' that I know the words to and can sing along.

In winter, I tend to eat foods with a higher fat content which can make me sluggish too. Try some citrus or watermelon. Fool your body just a bit.

I also take vitamin D supplements from October thru April. I had my doctor take a base line first. While it's highly unusual to have too much vitamin D, it is a fat soluble vitamin meaning that your body stores it rather than eliminate what it doesn't use on a daily basis.
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