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Sleeping problems? - December 14th 2011, 11:55 PM

For the past few days, seemingly no matter how late I go to sleep, I will always wake up at anywhere around 3:30-4:30 AM for no reason at all, and will (usually) be unable to go back to sleep. If I do, I will still wake up before 6:20 AM, which is when I usually get up in the mornings. This has been really affecting me in school- I'm constantly tired, and I can barely stop yawning. I try to go to bed later than usual so that maybe I'll sleep till at least 6:00, but I believe because of medication I take for OCD that I get very tired very early. Could this be caused by my medication? Also, do you have any tricks on falling asleep? I'm seeing my psychiatrist soon, so I suppose this'll be something I could bring up.
   
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 12:09 AM

The number one thing I can think of for trying to get to sleep is to not force it. If I can't sleep, I have a tendency to freak out because I need sleep, and then it's just this ridiculous cycle and I get no sleep. So don't put any pressure on yourself to sleep, and that will help a lot. I also count, and focus on the numbers because that stops me from thinking random things, which is why I can't sleep.

I hope you get this figured out soon =]
   
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 12:24 AM

Thanks, Ill try that the next time I wake up in the middle of the night (hopefully I don't have this problem, but if I do I'll try your trick!)
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 03:00 AM

Your body is probably having a hard time producing melatonin, which is the chemical in our bodies that helps us fall asleep. Try buying some Melatonin from the store. LITERALLY. They sell them in the vitamin aisle. One pill will help you get to sleep, no problem.











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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 03:11 AM

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Your body is probably having a hard time producing melatonin, which is the chemical in our bodies that helps us fall asleep. Try buying some Melatonin from the store. LITERALLY. They sell them in the vitamin aisle. One pill will help you get to sleep, no problem.
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 10:41 AM

Yes. I'm assuming you can. They're in the vitamin aisle in any pharmacy.











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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 01:02 PM

Vitamins are fairly harmless so there's no age restrictions that I am aware of.

I would suggest Melatonin as well. It's a safe vitamin and I've heard you don't get loopy on it like you do with a prescription.

Also, if you find you can't sleep and are wide awake, try getting up for 15minutes and reading a boring book. By boring, I mean try to read the dictionary. Something so boring you want to sleep.

I hope you get some sleep soon!

Also, I do not suggest using Melatonin long term for anyone under 18 due to it being a hormone supplement. It may effect the development of people under 18. Though, small doses for short times should be fine.
   
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 08:15 PM

Thanks to all of you, I will try all of your suggestions.
I've met up with my psychiatrist and were going to try and change the time I take y medication- usually it's right before bed, but now I'm going to take it in the mornings and see what happens. If that doesn't work, I'll look into the melatonin (I'd consult my psychiatrist first- I don't know if the melatonin would have bad effects with my other medication). And I'll also try the other tips, like reading a boring book, etc, tonight, since I'll be waiting till tomorrow to take my medication (:
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 15th 2011, 08:56 PM

What's the name of your medication? Usually, vitamins don't have any affects when taking medication since vitamins are obviously good for you. I could be wrong, so definitely talk to your doctor about it.











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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 16th 2011, 11:37 AM

I know melatonin reacts with sleep medicines, but yes definitely always a good idea to consult with a doctor first So glad you talked with them and I hope you get some sleep soon!
   
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Re: Sleeping problems? - December 18th 2011, 03:58 AM

Maybe you should try taking some sort of medication to help you get to sleep. I can't remember the names of some of them on the market, but I know they help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. If not, you should try to make your mind blank. Just close your eyes, and lay still without thinking about anything, it really does help you get to sleep faster. You could try being really calm before bed too, like reading for maybe half an hour before you sleep so your body can relax, it makes you go to sleep faster.
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