CBT for Sleep??

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 4/30/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
Just wondering if anyone has found that CBT has done the trick for them sleep-wise?
I'm currently taking Zopiclone (don't know for sure what the equivalent is in the U.S.) on a casual basis because of my fear of total addiction to them, though I shouldn't be scared of addiction seeing how I started Effexor last week! After a couple of months of taking them 2-3 times a week I'm thinking/hoping that I'm not totally addicted to them. I think the only thing I notice if I don't take them is that I don't sleep. Can't fall asleep till the wee hours...ending up in getting only 2-4 hours sleep, which isn't great. No other side effects that I'm aware of.
I'd really like to pull away from the Zopiclone altogether and I've heard it mentioned that CBT can be very effective for helping anxiety ridden people get some sleep.
Anyone have any experiences to share?

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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

May I suggest you talk with your physician re using Trazadone in a low dose 100-150 mgs for sleep.  The side effects of this drug will help you sleep well.  I know others that use this or Seroquel for sleep.  I have never been able to talk myself down when the anxiety keeps me from falling asleep but this med has helped me tremendously.

Just fyi as I am not a professional.  Others may have more info for you.

Take care and welcome to our world.



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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   

I recall reading a past post from you regarding the neck/back of head pain you have been experiencing and it is EXACTLY what I have been having as well for the past six weeks. I also get slight tingling on top (crown) of head and sides on occassion. After CT scan, doctor claims all is fine and it must be anxiety. Has your symptoms improved and if so what has helped you though this?

It is a strange feeling since I would not say it is a headache but more related to msucle spasams, nerves, or something similar which comes and goes throughout day with no reasons.
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