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I struggle to sleep because of racing thoughts due to anxiety
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I often have racing thoughts and its recently been happening often at bed time. I can't get to bed and I've started taking melatonin to help me sleep. I am worried I'll become dependent. What can I do to stop my brain from going on all the tangents while I'm trying to fall sleep?
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I am sorry to hear your racing thoughts are preventing you from a good night's sleep. Let me tag a few other Carenity members to see what tips or tricks they use for falling asleep.
Do you have racing thoughts? Do you struggle to sleep? What is your bedtime routine? How do you help your mind quiet down?
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I do have struggles with sleep and have tried so many different things. What I have discovered is that the medications I have tried worked well for a while then I guess my body got used to them and would stop working, there was one medication that was prescribed to me, it was new, worked like a charm for a while then it slowly became less effective, and soon after that my insurance stopped paying for it because it was so new. A good night sleep for me is 3-4 hours, most nights it is usually 2-3 hours, mind going 500 miles a minute. I try to keep a routine, lights out by 11pm, some nights I have music on others the TV which helps me some, I will also do deep breathing, spend some time in conversation with the Lord, tell myself over and over to relax.
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@LizziB I have trouble sleeping. Been having it for awhile. The doctor prescribed me meds. There were a couple of different ones but they made me sleepy in the morning. One morning I was so sleepy that I was on a windy road and fell asleep. I ran off the road and had a compressed vertebrae. Went off the meds immediately. Couldn't et to sleep until 1 or 2 in the morning. Some nights I didn't sleep at all until the following night. I have restless legs and have trouble keeping still. I also have vivid dreams when I do sleep so much so that they really bother me when I wake up. Also since the accident, I have had no motivation at all. Any ideas?
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I have the same problem sometimes. I do relaxation technique where you lay on your back with your eyes closed. Starting with your feet say to yourself "all the tension is leaving my feet, my feet are totally relaxed" you imagine the tension moving up your leg. You continue up your body doing this with each part. Ankles, calves, knees and so on. By the time you get to your head you imagine the tension going out the top of your head. I know this sounds kind of weird but it really works, it works great on kids too when they can't sleep.
If you are prescribed meds for this, only take them 15 minutes before you turn off the lights.
tons of weird things happen when you decide to take it earlier. Melatonin is great. But take it with your last meal. Those hours make a difference. If that doesn’t help, try deep yellow wraparound’s like bono does. It gives your a look resembling dusk. Try to put them on around 60. Your circadian rhythm will thank you for it.
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Thank you for sharing your experience, it is very valuable to me, although now I have more pressing questions. But, sadly, writing has never been my strong suit. My writing abilities are really limited, so even the most basic chores present several challenges. When I needed to prepare this type of task, I turned to research proposal online help. And it allows me to do my responsibilities effectively and on schedule.
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