what helps you sleep at night? I often see things in the dark or am faced with disturbing thoughts and imagery when trying to sleep. frequent nightmares make it harder, and I find myself jolting awake often. I've been told I shake and whimper when I sleep. often I can't seem to sleep at all without another person to cuddle or at least music in the background, if not both.
Anxiety (Including GAD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Complex post traumatic stress disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I use a lot sound app that you can listen to animals or water or household appliances to sleep to
I take benadryl and if that doesn't work I put something really borning on the TV to make me fall asleep to if that doesn't work then I'll open a book and read it usually makes me sleepy
I always have to sleep with a TV on, sometimes I put like YouTube on my phone too lol. I also take Benadryl, CBD and edibles(if you can/are willing to take stuff like that) really helps me sleep as long as I'm not too anxious. Having someone to cuddle with does help me a lot but I barely can have that happen, but my dog and cat personally sleep on my bed and love to cuddle lol.
On bad nights I use comfort music to prime myself for a minimal nightmare sleep. Also, having a pillow fortress and blanket walls that limit my sight upon awakening really help with making me feel secure 💕
Nightlights are critical for me since I can't sleep in full darkness in fear of waking up and not knowing where I am/waking up with sleep paralysis & hallucinations. I also like Sleep With Me podcast with Scooter since he has a very distinct speaking voice (easily recognizable to my foggy brain) and is very boring (by design, to help you fall asleep) really helps with my insomnia!
Melatonin helps me sleep tremendously. Sometimes medications haved caused me to jerk awake at night or to not be able to sleep well. I avoid this by taking my medications in the daytime and nowhere near when I go to bed.
The melatonin really improves my sleep quality. It's best to start at 1mg and increase it gradually from there. You can take up to as much as 10mg safely.
I smoke but it probably isn’t the best coping mechanism
trying to sleep is the hardest part of the day for me - primetime for my brain to play the lowlights reel of traumatic situations. if i feel like i’m just stuck in a thoughts loop rather than processing, i put on an audiobook until i finally fall asleep. i also have spent some time intentionally arranging my room to feel as safe as possible - @dearmodern on instagram has a really accessible way of explaining how room arrangement can make us feel safe or unsafe.
Melatonin paired with low dose seroquel helps put me to sleep in 30 minutes. I used to have terrible insomnia before and this is the only thing that puts me to sleep. Talk to your psychiatrist about it before to see if it’s an option.
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