Am I really that abnormal???

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   Posted 11/8/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that insomnia is a very common thing.  However, I would think that most people who have insomnia brush it off and it ends up getting better through time, lifestyle changes or medication.  I have had different episodes with insomnia for over 25 years.  When I was younger, it went away with time.  As I got older the episodes became more serious.  I have always had a fear of never being able to fall asleep.  It is strange, however this makes my insomnia worse.  I rarely have had insomnia and just have brushed it off to the fact that I'll  get over this.  I make it the focal point of my life.  Why can't I just shrug it off and deal with it like a normal person.  Obviously stress brings this to the forefront and I have had it over the past few months with losing my job, my wif losing her job and then the subsequent financial worries.  My wife has a great new job, I start my job on the 20th, our bills have been paid, although there hasn't been much left to spend on fun things.  I was never really nervous however about the job and finances because I knew I would find a job.  Why then did this anxiety about sleeping suddenly enter my life again.  Will I ever be able to deal with it?  I took .25 mgs of Klonopin twice yesterday and it worked during the day however at night it did not.  Maybe I should go to .5 at night.  I also have been taking Zoloft for over 5 years 100mgs.  This now doesn't seem to be working.  Should I increase this?  I am going to a doctor tomorrow.  I have tried recently to stay away from psychologists/psychiatrists since they reall have not helped me.  Actually the one that did has moved away.  I know that if I did not fear insomnia, I would eventually get better.  I feel very scared that I am never going to get better.  I felt great up until Monday.  I was excersising some, not as much as I used to.  Doing chores around the house etc.
I hate to ramble on here however I am at a loss.  Does anyone out there stress about insomnia?  Is taking Klonopin ok?  Please, please help.

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   Posted 11/8/2006 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I stress about insomnia. Mostly, since I am not working I don't have to go to bed early because I don't have to get up early. I want to though but I've always had trouble falling asleep. Is your insomnia mostlly about "falling asleep" or "staying asleep?" Also, not being able to sleep is also a sign of bipolar. Since you mentioned that it comes and goes, perhaps you should consider that. I came across a link that gives a little quiz:

Congratulations on your new job. Perhaps the "routine" will help you to sleep simply from sheer exhaustion. Feel better.
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   Posted 11/9/2006 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wiley
Hopeful as given you great advice here and I would check into it hun plus I do think perhaps those K are old you did say you have had them quite some time right
Ask for another RX and if you can increase both meds IMO........... I personally take Trazadone to get to sleep have a hard time falling and staying asleep and they work for me ......
Congrats on your new job and
keep us posted on appointment with doc okay
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   Posted 11/9/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   

get a book on home massage and ask wife to massage you

I also have severe anxiety and have tried everything, have you tried melatonin, it helps some but not me

upping the zoloft may get it working again

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   Posted 11/9/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wiley,

My father has had bouts of insomnia on and off throughout his adult life and he doesn't suffer from bi-polar. I believe that stress is what causes his insomnia. I think it's insomnia is pretty common it's just with having anxiety we tend to worry more. Worry about all sorts of symptoms that anxiety brings with it. For instance right know one of my main symptoms is not being able to relax at times, my body shakes inside and out, my muscles get tight. Because of my anxiety worry worry and I freak out worrying about how I’m feeling which makes the feeling worse. My father has done acupuncture, which has helped his insomnia tremendously. Most Chinese doctors have sleeping pills that are herbal that doesn't cause the hangover feelings the next morning. Although I do pretty well at sleeping I too have had times where I felt it was impossible to sleep worrying about my finances, my job ect... When it happened the more I fought trying to sleep it always made it worse. When I just accepted that I was having a hard time sleeping watched a little T.V. or grabbed a book, did some relaxation that generally worked. Hang in there.

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