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I Find It Really Hard To Fall Asleep

by Mariah

My problems with sleeping have always been pretty frustrating. This is because even if I am really, really tired, I can't fall asleep. I don't know why or how, but it happens to me all the time. I try not to stay awake past 23:00, but most times it is almost impossible to accomplish that.

This is my last year of school, and I have always been a pretty busy person. So it is not like I don't do anything at all during the day so that by night I am not tired. It also happens to me that sometimes, when I'm trying to sleep, I feel the NEED to move my legs. And it is a very unpleasent feeling. Most of the times I have to stand up, take a little walk and the feeling just goes away, but sometimes it doesn't.

I have gone to a lot of doctors to see what's going on with my sleeping problems, but I never get an exact answer. I've been taking sleep pills for like three years now. At first I took melatonin, but they didn't work, then I started taking (with my doctor's concern) muscle relaxants, but by the time I had to wake up is when I was finally getting some deep sleep. And now I am taking sedative pills, which I am not very fond of because I've heard that they are addictive, so I don't take all the time. So i pretty much don't know what else to try!

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