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Olivegrape

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I am on Paxil for my OCD, and my doctor prescribed it to help with that and my sleep as well, since my sleep can be affected by my symptoms. My sleep quality has gotten a little better, to the point where I can go into REM some/most nights. However, I still struggle with getting to sleep because I have somatic OCD which makes me very aware of my body and it keeps me awake until everything is in the right condition for me to fall asleep. I also am still extremely tired during the day. I’m only at 20mg of Paxil right now, should I up my dosage or pursue getting meds specifically for my sleep?

    • nerdikat

      250d

      Talk to your psychiatrist if you feel the dose isn't therapeutic, and you can ask about a sleep aide. I find that listening to something comfortable and familiar like a favorite TV show or audio book helps get me out of my head and fall asleep. I listen to the big bang theory like every night as I fall asleep. I haven't tried it yet, but I just saw a trick on tiktok that covering one eye with your hand makes your brain kinda shut off and helps you fall asleep

      • Olivegrape

        250d

        @nerdikat I need to talk to my doctor again, just worried because he tends to invalidate the severity of my sleep problems 😅 When I sleep with my girlfriend she puts on shows and it seems to hurt more than help, I’ve tried ASMR videos and they seem to help a little, though it’s a little hard with a roommate. I definitely will be trying that trick though! lol.

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One user mentioned that they had increased their Paxil dosage from 20mg to 60mg and then went back down to 40mg, which was beneficial for them. However, it's important to note that everyone's experience with medication can be different. It would be best to consult with your healthcare provider about your symptoms and concerns to determine the most appropriate course of action.

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