Hard to sleep

6 January 2018 - 18:39

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Lately, my sleep has been affected by my intrusive thoughts. The first night, I kept walking up probably 4 or 3 times but each time I would just pass out again a couple seconds later, the second night, I woke up at 3 AM and couldn't go back to sleep because I kept compulsively searching but I didn't feel so tired during the day. The third night I slept very well, a good nights sleep. And tonight, something very strange happened that is hard to explain. I laid down in bed to go to sleep at 1 AM, but my thoughts were keeping me up and I thought that eventually I would just fall asleep, well in between that time I seriously can't remember if I fell asleep or if I just stayed up thinking, because I suddenly check the time on my phone and it's 4 AM. It took me an hour and a half to go to sleep..... does anyone else experience this? And any tips on how to stay asleep or even go to sleep ?

6 January 2018 - 21:49

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I experience the same problem, I have this fear that if I go to sleep, I will start enjoying and engaging with the intrusive thoughts, this makes me go to sleep really late and takes a toll on my wellbeing. However, one of the things I do is breathing exercises or drink chamomile tea, which relaxes me a lot.

Hope this helps,

7 January 2018 - 10:50

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Sleeping can also be difficult for me too. I am not entirely sure that what I suffer from is 'intrusive thoughts' but that's how I categorise them, as they're very similar in that the thoughts are overwhelming, consistent and cause me much anxiety.

Anyway, I sometimes struggle to sleep because when I close my eyes that's when my brain works overtime. Many people say that they think about everything when they're trying to sleep, which causes them to stay awake until the early hours. I am very similar in that it's hard for me not to focus on my intrusive thoughts, to concentrate on something that doesn't cause me anxiety. Therefore it can keep me up until around 3am, which is painful on a work night. I have had two or three ocassions in my life in which i have had 0 hours sleep because of it. I will try to watch TV to distract myself, and then fall asleep watching it. Although I will say that once I am asleep, little can wake me.

You're not alone in the sleepless nights department. I'm sure there are many others.

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