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Nightmares and difficult sleeping

Postby kzk10104 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:50 pm

I’ve had lots of issues with my mental health for a long time so i think my issues with sleeping might be closely linked. I have alot of paranoia, I’ve tried a lot of drugs in the past which this is probably a result of. That was a long time ago, I haven’t taken any drugs since I was probably 19, I’m 25 now. But My mind is so messed up, I was abused a lot growing up, from a kid into my mid teen years. I have such a long list of neurotic problems... I’d probably be here all day if I tried to explain them all. But another thig thats really affecting me right now is my sleeping habits. I’m not falling asleep until about 3 every night and I’m having recurring nightmares or just uncomfortable dreams that are really affecting me. The nightmares dont happen every night, but at least 3-4 times a week... I’m someone who doesnt sleep very deeply and seems to always have a lot of dream activity going on. And I’m only getting about 4-5 hours sleep a night, but even then I’ll wake up a couple times during... but I can usually fall asleep easily at this point. I’ve started calling in sick to my work every now and again when it gets really bad and I feel so energy deprived, just so I can try and nap... but then I rarely do for long enough.

I’m seriously living with chronic stress here mentally and I know it has a lot to do with my home situation and background etc. My experiences have molded me to become so ###$ up like this. My appetite has also been hugely affected... I’m not eating very much... maybe one meal a day which is usually like chicken with noodles and then I snack all day, mostly on junk food and a bit of fruit.

Has anyone been able to cure their sleep issues? Or know of anything effective to help it? I’ve considered maybe buying sleeping pills. Because my life has been hard enough fot a while without having to now be exhausted more than usual all the time. Its so frustrating.
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Re: Nightmares and difficult sleeping

Postby ND07 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:04 pm

Hi there,

It's a shame this forum is so dead. I know this is a late response and you may have stopped checking this post of yours by now but your experience related to mine in a broad sense.

Briefly - I'm 22. At 19 I took drugs, developed anxiety and insomnia a month later, ignored it for 2.5 years until it go so bad that I started researching it and actually trying to fix it. My whole life I've been insecure, introverted and socially paranoid. Altough I haven't been directly abused, this has been a form of social torture and I ignored it back then but now with the anxiety it feels like it's exploding out and I feel like I'm going insane at times(because of the anxiety). As for solutions... I'm still working on that, but I've avoided pills so far. Guess it really depends on understanding the problem first.

There's a lot more to say and more detail to add, but I'll leave it there for now since anxiety keeps me busy and I need to time think before I post. So I may follow up this post with more unless you have something you'd like to say.
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Re: Nightmares and difficult sleeping

Postby fendlestick » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:21 am

Has anyone been able to cure their sleep issues? Or know of anything effective to help it?

I have severe nightmares every time I sleep even when napping on the couch. This has been the case for over 10 years (I'm 36). Nothing can be done, I find its easier to improve the recovery time from the psychological shock than to prevent the dreams from occurring. It also helps to talk to someone if you can, I wont discuss the more horrific but I do talk to wife regularly, when you talk out loud they often sound so ridiculous we even end up laughing.
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