Posted 9/4/2020 11:21 AM (GMT -6)
For sleep, I take Melatonin from the health food store, although it may be sold in drug stores and grocery stores in the health food section.
It's not a doctor medication so I don't consider it a drug.
However, I also take Lithium stabilizer and Mirtazapine anti-depressant, since I'm bipolar.
Without taking those two meds, and just by taking a Melatonin or two, I'm not going to sleep.
With emotional issues, like bipolar, I need doctor meds to take care of that. Then, if I can't sleep,
the Melatonin might and does help.
So, if you're going to wing it without meds with your anxiety attacks, that also might include side issues such as sleepless nights.
As they say, the lack of sleep may not be the main problem, it could be only a sign of something deeper, like anxiety attacks. If you decide you're not going to treat the anxiety attacks, you're probably not going to be able to treat the sleep problem with heath food products.
I've been off meds and tried to treat my sleep problem with a health food item and it didn't work. You may find different.
As for Melatonin, I take 4 (1 mg) an hour or more before bedtime, 1 at bedtime, and if I wake up at 3 a.m. and can't get back to sleep, I might take another one. (Although some Melatonin now comes with extended release, meaning it can slowly release over hours of time.
I've had anxiety attacks and once it breaks free in your brain, it seems to set up a pattern for it to occur again. My 1st anxiety attack was from being treated with an antipsychotic med for my bipolar that did not suit me at all.
My 2nd group of anxiety attacks was from being treated only for depression when what I really had was manic depression.
The anti-depressant alone (with no stabilizer like Lithium which I now take) pushed me into mania and anxiety attacks.
Since Lithium was added to the anti-depressant, I've had no more anxiety attacks in 25 years. I think there is a correlation.
Medicine has side affects but not taking medicine can have side affects also. You're experiencing two of those.