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Old 04-08-2009, 08:04 AM   #11
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This is strictly my opinion, and it differs from the others I've already read.

To me, the big question is why your mind won't "shut off". If it's due to a chemical imbalance, meds are probably the best thing for it. Racing thoughts can be a big sign of a chemical imbalance.

I guess I'd ask the doctor why he/she chose that medication, and what they think the problem is. If it's everyday, ordinary stress, the meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, etc. could work with practice.

As someone who does have a chemical imbalance, I see the other side of the coin. It's easy to say "oh, do meditation, relaxation therapy, etc.", but until you've been through the stuff that goes with the imbalance, there's no way you can understand the godsend that meds can be. Again, this is just my take on it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:38 AM   #12
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If this is an anti anxiety med as Jan says DO NOT come off of it or reduce the dosage with out talking to your doctor. I have heard of some very bad side effects from not coming off anti anxiety meds improperly.

In line with miccisue I am a firm believer in meditation and relaxation therapy, but they do not always work for every body in every case. Use every tool available, if prescribed medications work use them and talk to you Doctor about your concerns.

If you can't sleep and sleep deprivation is not good, knit small baby blankets for premature babies,turn the lights down, soft music and knit.

Disclaimer, I am not a medical professional and do not even play one on TV.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:55 AM   #13
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I totally wound yarn balls in my head last night. I didn't even get through one before I was OUT. I love yarn so it was very relaxing.

I hope you get your sleeping under control- that has to be so frustrating. I have suffered with bouts of insomnia but nothing more than a couple weeks- I can't imagine how aggravating it is to stay that tired & have so much trouble falling asleep.

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Old 04-08-2009, 01:25 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Simply_Renee View Post
I totally wound yarn balls in my head last night. I didn't even get through one before I was OUT. I love yarn so it was very relaxing.

I hope you get your sleeping under control- that has to be so frustrating. I have suffered with bouts of insomnia but nothing more than a couple weeks- I can't imagine how aggravating it is to stay that tired & have so much trouble falling asleep.

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Old 04-08-2009, 03:02 PM   #15
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I took my pill, but went to bed before I was really ready. Found myself thinking about all the stuff I had to do, frustrating obstacles with the house, ect. I'm working on a felted bag in the round and the repetition does make me sleepy, I should work on that for a bit before bed.
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Found myself thinking about all the stuff I had to do, frustrating obstacles with the house, ect.
If they are thing you HAVE to do get up and do them. However, if they are things that you need to do sometime soon or can't be worked on until the morning, do the job at hand, sleep. As each thing you have to do comes to mind, tell it that I will work on you tomorrow, I'm going to sleep now - GOODBYE. Don't dwell on the issue, if it comes back tell it that I will work on you tomorrow, I'm going to sleep now - GOODBYE. At night sleep is the only priority, if you are well rested then you can do more in the morning.

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I'm working on a felted bag in the round and the repetition does make me sleepy, I should work on that for a bit before bed.
Have a night time project that you do just before bed time, time just for your self and that is relaxing.

Take control of your mind don't let it take control of you.

Now to be honest, I know these things work and do use them, however, because of traffic and commute I get home at about 6PM and need to get to bed by no later than 9PM to get 7 hours sleep before starting over. Between eating, honey-do's and general life there is often little ME time in this period. In the rush of life I don't always apply these techniques as I should do and there are some nights I am knitting well past 9pm trying to relax.

We are creatures of habit, not sleeping can be a habit as well as being able to sleep at the drop of a stitch. Thing will get better!
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #17
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I've heard before, if you're having trouble getting to sleep because you are thinking of things that need to be done, keep a notebook and pen by your bed. Whenever you think of something that you need to do, write it down. That way you won't forget. My problem is thinking of things that I need to get at the store or little things that I should do. I'd have 1000 lists if I wrote it all down!
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I would be very concerned about being only 28 and needing something long term to help with sleep. I would talk to you Dr about it. See a sleep specialist, determine WHY you can't sleep and try alternative methods to help you.

It may be that in the end you do all that and still need pharmaceuticals but I would want to know that I had explored every avenue available before continuing medication long term.
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As someone upthread said, there's a difference between chemical imbalances and something else. If I were you, I'd talk about this with your doctor and see what s/he recommends.

I consider myself lucky to know that when I have insomnia it's either because I've been making really poor food choices, or it's because of stress. The first is easier to fix than the second, but both can be fixed. If I can't sleep, and things are bothering me enough, I'll get up and take care of some of those chores. I've cleaned the refrigerator at 3 am when I couldn't sleep before.
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if you're taking an anti-anxiety med, then DO NOT mess with the dosage.

I deal with an anxiety disorder (my former pcp put me on celexa, which caused me to gain over 100 pounds in just under a year and made my PCOS worse so I stopped taking them and became so bad i couldn't leave my house... my new doc has me on valium for now but i won't take them because it's an as needed, but she's going to end up putting me on something else because it's really bad now) and understand the inability to sleep which leads to an inability to function and being over tired allows all of those thoughts and chemical responses by your body to become much worse.

Call your doc.
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