Anxiety Nightmares - another whinge - sorry!

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   Posted 11/29/2006 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya, I only get about four or so hours sleep a night and I'm finding (like during x-mas) when my anxiety is right up those short bursts of sleep are full of violent nightmares. Or spider nightmares.  I usually only sleep for an hour, wake up for an hour or too, go back to sleep and then start up with the nightmares again.  I've accepted the insomnia, but these nightmares are exhausting me.  I don't feel like I've had any "escape" in sleep, just more anxiety.  I hate it. eyes
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   Posted 11/29/2006 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
HUGS...I know my depression does that to me when I get more and more depressed I sleep less and less and the 4 or so hours of broken sleep I get doesnt cut it. You just feel like you are running on empty and waiting for it to all happen again. Hang in there.
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   Posted 11/29/2006 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
That is horrible, im so sorry you have to deal with that. I have horrible insomnia, but not to bad of nightmares, i hate that for you, i cant think of anything that would help that, but your doctor might be able to, thats to much for someone to go through all the time. I agree with lil one, just the insomnia makes me feel like im running on empty, so dreams making it worse.....:( i hope you can get some relief soon, have you taken any kind of sleeping medicine? huge hugs, and best wishes for some relief
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   Posted 11/29/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sleeping quite alot and that is usually my way of coping with depression and illnesses and I am going thru a bad crohns flare right now Have not ate anything but a bit of chicken soup in almost 3 days everything I try to eat I thro up right away so I go back to sleep .........sorry I have not been round much and not as supportive as I would like to be
Take care all I hope you feel better Nervy real soon and get some uninteruppted sleeep
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   Posted 11/29/2006 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello nervymeg
 Honey I'm sorry your going thru this. I have always had nightmares as long as I can remember even as a child. But since I have been on my meds I have had strange dreams that don't make any since...wired dreams. I do get to sleep better then 2 or 3 hours at a time but am still usually awaken but a stupid dream then the anxiety is way up there. Hugs hoe you get some sleep soon hun.
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   Posted 11/30/2006 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks the support everyone, makes it that much easier when I know someone understands (hugs)....I would love some sleeping meds Shell, but just getting valium is like pulling teeth here.  I have to be on a contract.  Wednesday, I have work issues but I dream of harm only to my family...does that happen to you???  Normal, I'm really running on empty....can I borrow some gas??!!! Lyn.....sorry to hear you are feeling so low..keep up the soup.  Ms Kittie, thanx as always ((hugs)).  I'm considering having a few glasses of wine tonight to sleep.  I hate to do it but???? running out of options... eyes
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   Posted 11/30/2006 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I hate nightmares! So sorry you are having them so frequently..

When my A/P flared up along with pot-partum depression 10 years ago, the first thing my Gyn questioned was my sleep habits. She said that one of the most "successfull" forms of torture during Vietnam was Sleep Deprivation - it really messes with your mind and emotions. In addition to starting A/P/depression meds, she gave me a mild sleep aid (one where I would still be able to hear the baby cry and function). What a difference it made!

Anyway, I would try to push for something mild. There are also some OTC sleep aids available. For the nightmares, have you tried doing deep relaxation (in bed) before your fall asleep? That seems to help me get to sleep faster and sleep better.

Hope it gets better soon!

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   Posted 11/30/2006 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks karen, I might go to a chemist tonight and see if they have any advice.  Sleep deprivation really is torture!!

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