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i have insomnia that comes in random episodes, and I've noticed this thing recently where I can't fall asleep and almost don't want to because I don't want to wake up an hour or so later and then notbe able to fall back asleep because it just happens so often. it's gotten to a point where I stay up until I'm physically unable to anymore because that's the only time I stay asleep through the night. I know it's unhealthy but that's the only way I really ever get good sleep. I know a lot of the causes of my insomnia is linked to my mental health, examples: -when I'm stressed, I just won't sleep and won't feel tired for a night or two (and I mean if something stressful is coming up as well as if something stressful has just happened). - I also can't turn my mind off which is probably adhd related ).I literally can't clear my mind. I've never been able to do that. ever. - I'm not sure if I have ocd but I have compulsive behaviors, one of them being going to the bathroom at night. if it even crosses my mind when I'm trying to sleep, it won't go away until I get up and go. I've tried to ignore it, but no matter how sleepy I may be, I can't physically fall asleep until I go. - this is probably sensory sensitivity (I'm autistic) but I have to have my hair pulled back to where it won't touch or tickle my face at all or I can't sleep. it physically like makes me mad for my hair to be just brushing even slightly on my face. -probably linked to my autism as well, my fan makes this noise that I just cannot sleep when it makes, even though it's so quiet and hardly noticeable and only like once every few minutes, especially with my white noise is playing. The above things i listed aren't the root cause but are definitely contributing factors. I had a sleep study done before about a year ago and didn't get any answers. I've tried so many things to fix it, like prescriptions, supplements, meditation, guided meditation, progressive relaxation, and guided progressive relaxation to name a few. I'm not asking for anyone to offer a solution, but I just want to know if anybody else has or has had the same issues and what your experience is like and if you've found anything that works for you. sorry if this is poorly typed, I'm on my phone and I hate typing on it

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    • blacskul

      313d

      @Droopy07 I'm the same I wake up in the middle of the night after falling asleep. I get only 3 to 4 hours and can't get back to sleep. It is really frustrating. Hopefully we all get better soon.

    • zoeywayne

      359d

      I relate. I have had an extreme chronic case of insomnia for 30 years. Low doses of various anti depressants which have a side effect of making you tired helped for about 20 years but I had to keep going up on the doses and adding in more pills. I went off them entirely for a few years but became very depressed from the insomnia. I am back on 6 meds and 2 cannabis gummies and still only get about an hour and am then groggy for the next 24. I meditate (2 different forms) 3x a day, exercise and have tried every supplement out there and nothing has made a difference. Wish I had better news for you. Cbti is the latest "treatment" and it's basically sleep hygiene. You might want to look into it but it's expensive and hard to find therapists who do it.

    • Droopy07

      445d

      I don't have anything that could help unfortunately but I just wanted to say I relate to alot of this. I'm currently awake, haven't slept since I woke up at 7am yesterday morning and I know my son will wake up in only a couple of hours and the day will start again. I find it so difficult to wind down most nights and if I wake up in the night the cycle just repeats and I'm awake again for hours. It's exhausting, I really feel for you.

      • blacskul

        313d

        @Droopy07 I'm the same I wake up in the middle of the night after falling asleep. I get only 3 to 4 hours and can't get back to sleep. It is really frustrating. Hopefully we all get better soon.

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It seems that you are experiencing insomnia due to various factors related to mental health, stress, and sensory sensitivities. Some people in similar situations have found relief by establishing a bedtime routine, using melatonin, trying relaxation techniques, or making adjustments to their sleep environment. It's important to remember that everyone's experience is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It might be helpful to continue exploring different strategies and consult with a healthcare professional to find the most effective solution for your specific situation.

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