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Unhappy What is my (sleeping) problem...? - October 14th 2010, 09:44 PM

I have problems sleeping at night. That, I know. But I'm not exactly sure what it is and why I have it.
I have a rough idea of what insomnia is, but I'm not sure if that's what I have. I haven't gone to see a professional about this because I'm in a country where that kind of help is not always available.

I can only bring myself to sleep very early in the morning, and only if I feel exhausted like I'm going to pass out. It's hard to explain but in a way it's as if night and day were swapped in my lifestyle - and I'm not living like that on purpose. I don't/can't even think about sleeping before midnight, and if I try to go to sleep I have to wake up and do something because I feel like there are more important things to do.
I'm not sure if this is just psychological or if I've actually got some sort of sleeping disorder. Either way, it sucks because I'm still in school and sometimes I have to call in sick on days with tests because I cannot stay awake during the day.

Sorry this post isn't very clear. It's my first time writing here and I'm just typing things as they come to mind. I hope some of you can relate or give me some advice while I try and find some sort of medical help.
   
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Re: What is my (sleeping) problem...? - October 15th 2010, 01:10 AM

Before you go to see a doctor, try and see if there's anything in your lifestyle that may be causing the sleeping issue. 90% of the time, people who have issues sleeping need more excercise - even if it's just going for a walk every day, it varies for each person. If you're already pretty active, look into your diet(or any prescription drugs you may take, I know one of my prescriptions can literally make me stay up for days on end if I'm taking too much or taking it too late at night), you might be consuming too much sugar or caffiene. You could always try the old, read a book, meditate, stay away from the computer or tv before bed - but that's unlikely to work if you're body is off-cycle. These are good habits to develop to keep you on schedule though.

If you're still having trouble sleeping, then maybe try a more natural alternative to just get you back on a more desirable cycle, valerian capsules are pretty effective for me. If that doesn't work, then I'd consult a doctor. They might prescribe you sleeping pills - but try to look at the pills as a short-term solution. Use them to train your body to fall asleep at night, and when you're adjusted to that schedule you shouldn't need them anymore.





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Re: What is my (sleeping) problem...? - October 15th 2010, 10:13 AM

Hey there,

It sounds more as though it's just a problem with your sleeping problem. Obviously we can't diagnose anything on here, we're not medical professionals! My counsellor was able to give me a few tips on sleeping. One in particular really helped me. It's about as simple as it can get. When you're tired, get into bed. Keep telling yourself that the bed will hold your weight, and that it doesn't matter if you can't sleep. Once you get comfortable try to move as little as possible. I know it sounds simple, but compared to the medication, on a whole it works an awful lot better!

If you have any questions don't hesitate to message me.
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Re: What is my (sleeping) problem...? - October 16th 2010, 03:07 PM

Thank you so much for your advice.
I will try some of the suggested things and see if they work out for me. :3
   
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