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Insomnia Is Ruining My Life...

Let's just say - it's 2:30 am and I'm not even a bit tired. I have been a severe insomniac for the last 2.5 years of my life. When I was younger, I always had a hard time getting to bed on time, but it never really affected my ability to function during the days, as I was still getting around 5 to 8 hours of sleep at night. Then, my sleep took a huge turn.


After several life traumas in a row, my brain decided it was in "fight or flight" mode all the damn time. And has been for over 2 years now. I have tried over 9 different sleeping medications and nothing has worked. If it did work, it was only short term (3 days or so) and then I was back to my normal non-sleeping self. I am completely functional at zero to 4 hours of sleep at night for about 5 days straight. But after that 5 day mark, I start to get crazy. It's not like I haven't tried anything - I've done it all - from medications, to hypnosis, to counseling, to relaxation tapes, to exercising so hard I thought my legs would fall off - and nothing, body gets tired, but my mind does not.

Insomnia is ruining my life because when I can't sleep, I can't focus in class. I can't remember important things, like test dates. I have missed school and work several times in the past year because of my sleep problems! (not because I need time off to sleep, but because it's been so long that I've slept that I cannot walk or even function!) It's to a ridiculous point, obviously. And it's not like I crash for the next week either to "catch up". I might sleep 7 hours on the 5th night or something, but then after that, it's back to the average of 1 to 4 hours. When I get 5 hours of sleep at night, I am like a new person! It is pure bliss! :) Just think of the things I could do if I got the normal 7 hours of sleep A NIGHT!?! I'd be on top of the world. And that is a small part of my sleep story. Good Night, for some of us. :)


Kevin: I empathize with your struggles, and thanks for sharing your story. "...body gets tired, but my mind does not." This makes me think that maybe it's an issue of your biological clock (brain area in charge of your body's schedule for releasing sleep-inducing hormones) being a bit off schedule. Something you didn't mention for things you've tried is shifting your biological clock, through bright light therapy for something of the sort. Not sure if it will help you, but it is what comes to my mind. I'm working on articles that will be of relevance to this, but in the meantime maybe give a look to the delayed sleep phase page to see if any of the information there is relatable.

All the best! I hope you do reach on top of the world status with a little more sleep! In the meantime, stay safe, and keep learning. You'll conquer this thing.

Warmly,
Kevin

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Dec 07, 2011
I wish I could sleep even 4-5 hours NEW
by: Cathy

It's 4:33am on Wednesday morning. I have slept 4 hours since the previous Friday. As mentioned by others, I've tried meds from melatonin, xanax, PM pain relievers, Ambien..all of it. They don't work. I've gone to the doctors, they don't know what to do, and are of no help.
I'm 55 years old and have suffered the past 40 years. I have to work full-time and commute 28 miles each way. Driving is dangerous to say the least.
I have tried yoga, pilates, exercise, all to no avail. It's not good that I'm praying to God to take me out of desperation. Unless someone deals with this, they have no idea how isolating it is. I used to be a fun person with a great sense of humor, but not any more.

Jan 14, 2012
yeah i deal with same thing NEW
by: Marissa

Its 4:30 am Monday mornin have school the next morning anfonly have 2 hours of sleep sometimes but when I do sleep someone has to wake me up I dnt know if I have insomnia but it sure feels like it then later in the day I wake up but then I'm jus soo angry that I can't sleep at night

Jan 24, 2012
destroyed NEW
by: adrian

im from portugal i dont sleep at all for soo long i lie down and close my eyes and nothing happens i think in a milion things but i dont go of...this is soo anoying the worst is when i go to sleep i actually have fear of not sleep and then i dont ,,i used to go to gym ,i used to be a person full of confidence now i feel like i want to shoot my head ,sometimes i sleep but i have to smoke weed and i dont like weed i just smoke weed to sleep my life is destroyed because of this hell ...

Mar 17, 2012
Alpha-Stim unit... NEW
by: dave

I feel for ya. Try a device called "Alpha Stimulator." After a decade of severe sleep deprivation (You said flight or fight? Mine went from bad to severe following a cold turkey w/d off of Methadone. I've never been the same. Pain Clinics fault. They killed me but I'm still alive. Until a month ago, when I got this unit, I'd get around 2 hrs. a day, 15 min. at a time. All I could do was cry. I have a disease I believe I may have gotten from the Immunizations we got in boot camp. It's like a severe case of Ankylosing Spondylitis (much of spine fused by the disease) and RA and Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Fibro Myalgia. I take lot's of pain killers. I totally understand when you said it was "ridiculous". That's what I think when it hurts the worst.

Jun 25, 2012
It's in our heads NEW
by: Anonymous

It's all in our heads. That's what I believe. Like you I had stressful events underlying which were dilemmas I'm still dealing with. My psychological issues involved (and still do to degree) fear of hell, rejection by God for sinning and other spiritual deeply convoluted dilemmas. I know what it means to wish for sleep more than anything in the world, fear not sleeping, getting ok night sleep after 5 days of 1-4 nighters and preparing for next sleep deprivation terror. I can only say after 3 years of this I managed to knock myself out of wishes cycle by breaking thought patterns about the spiritual issues that tormented me. I'm much better now, not sleeping well couple times a week and getting normal sleep otherwise. I suggest dig deep in your psyche and see what needs to be fixed there, only you know.

Oct 31, 2012
Exam Ruined NEW
by: Anonymous

I always had trouble going to sleep during school and also in college and if there was an exam,couldn't get more than 2-3 hrs sleep.Yesterday I tried to sleep at 2.30 couldn't sleep till 7 'am and had a National Exam that focused on Math skills.My preparation was good, and got good marks in practice test.Also been a bright student,but I crapped all over the paper.30 Q's in 70 min. and I was too slow.

I mediate now and then,read philosophy,sci-fi,origin of life and evolution,but when it comes to my own mind control I totally fail at it.

Now I am going to get stuck in this stupid job for one more year and will try to ace then exam next year if the mind willing to sleep.

Don't have a happy place.Smoked weed before CFA exam and was able to get 3 hrs sleep but thankfully cleared the exam ,preformed very poorly in Quant section however.

Life is shaped a lot by entrance exams in my country and if performance in poor ,then its going to be dark and full of regrets.

May 19, 2013
Wish I could just unplug my mind NEW
by: Amanuel

Kevin all the things you explained apply to me. I wonder if you have found something which helped you.

I just can't take it no more and no one seems to understand what I am going through.

What kind of mariguana helps, I have tried few to no avail.

Someone out there please help!!!

Sleepless in DC.

Jan 13, 2014
I can't take it anymore. NEW
by: Anonymous

I started having problems falling asleep in the 3rd grade. It wasn't until my 30's that my insomnia got out of control. I just turned 40 and the problem I have of falling asleep is destroying my health and quality of life. Sometimes I'm wide awake and can't fall asleep. Other times I'm sleepy but my brain is in overdrive. Then there's the worst case - I'm so sleepy my eyes burn, body aches, and am completely exhausted bc of 4 nights with 2-3 hrs of restless sleep BUT I STILL CANNOT FALL ASLEEP AS SLEEPY AS I AM!!!
It's torture, embarrassing bc it is now affecting my immune system so I keep getting sick!!!
I've tried every sleeping pill as of 2009 - then gave up.
My anxiety doesn't help either...
I'm exhausted and desperately need something to get me to fall asleep...
Thanks for reading

Apr 17, 2014
Fear of not been able to sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

I've just had my third night of no sleep, I manage to get bout an hour a night then feel dreadfully next day, this has gone on and off for over 10 years now and I usually only get a decent night after at least 3 bad nights maybe more.
My body is exshausted but has I go to bed my brain wakes up I need to get out of this cycle have three small boys and want to be on too form for them have tried tablets alcohol meditation everthing even a mantra mat but to no avail,I'm really fed up now wanna wake up feeling good

Apr 17, 2014
Fear of not been able to sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

I've just had my third night of no sleep, I manage to get bout an hour a night then feel dreadfully next day, this has gone on and off for over 10 years now and I usually only get a decent night after at least 3 bad nights maybe more.
My body is exshausted but has I go to bed my brain wakes up I need to get out of this cycle have three small boys and want to be on too form for them have tried tablets alcohol meditation everthing even a mantra mat but to no avail,I'm really fed up now wanna wake up feeling good

Jul 02, 2014
insomnia taking over my life NEW
by: Amris

hi I have been having problems sleeping for the past 1 and half years, for me every night is a struggle and every day is a fight, I have tried all different types of medication and terapy but no joy for long term cure, I realy need help because I feel like im slowly dying, no one understand my problem and the only support I get is from my sister but how much and what can she do,if there is any help out there please some one let me know,i can feel the pain all you people are going through because im feeling the same

Sep 24, 2014
Nice that I'm not alone. NEW
by: Gerald B

Sleep ? What the hell is that ? Anytime someone tells me that they "fall asleep the second their head hits the pillow", I want to puke. I tell them be grateful for your gift.

Sleeping for me over the past 30 years has been a total chore. I have to work myself up to get drowsy and by the time I make it to the bedroom, I'm awake again. Very emotionally draining. My body says "sleeeeeep", but my mind said "forget about it". Mine stems from severe anxiety.

Don't know what to do anymore. Insomnia will most likely be the death of me. You eventually run out of steam...Sleep is suppose to be a natural thing..HA !!!!!

Sep 24, 2014
Nice that I'm not alone. NEW
by: Gerald B

Sleep ? What the hell is that ? Anytime someone tells me that they "fall asleep the second their head hits the pillow", I want to puke. I tell them be grateful for your gift.

Sleeping for me over the past 30 years has been a total chore. I have to work myself up to get drowsy and by the time I make it to the bedroom, I'm awake again. Very emotionally draining. My body says "sleeeeeep", but my mind said "forget about it". Mine stems from severe anxiety.

Don't know what to do anymore. Insomnia will most likely be the death of me. You eventually run out of steam...Sleep is suppose to be a natural thing..HA !!!!!

Sep 29, 2014
Endocrin system NEW
by: Anonymous

Fix your endocrine system and you will sleep.

Oct 14, 2014
Me Too! NEW
by: Eudoxia

I can completely sympathise! When I was a little kid (5-11) I would get about 9-10 hours every night. Then when I was 12, I would get 7-8 hours. From then on, my nightly hours would change about every 3-6 months. For the past year(I'm 16 now) I've been getting about 6 hours, until about 12 weeks ago where I've been getting 7-8 hours on the non-school days (sounds like a good amount, but I'd fall asleep at 3, 4 or 5 am and wake up at 10, 11, 12 or 1 pm) and 3-4 hours on the school days(fall asleep at 3 or 4 am, wake up at 7 am).
Today I was meant to go to school but didn't fall asleep until around 6:30 or 7 am and got woken up at 7:30 am. I told my mum I only slept for half an hour so I missed school and slept 'til 1 pm. I've always felt slightly tired, but for the past several weeks it's been so much worse and it's constant now. I'm hoping for that I'll get 3 hours at the least. I can function, but I feel like shit all day. Occasionally I'll fall asleep at 12 or 1 am, and two years ago, I feel asleep at 9:30 pm; holy shit! That was amazing.
I think I've missed about 6 days of school in total due to being way too damn tired.

Oct 17, 2014
insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 25 years old and for years i have battled with insomnia on and off. I finally managed to get it under control this year with the help of a sleeping pill. Works great until i have something really important on. Today i had another uni exam and alas, about 2 hours sleep last night. Bed by 930pm and I lay there until 4am and was awake before the alarm at 6am. I cant even describe the frustration of studying so hard to feel like its all taken away on exam day because you are too tired to think straight. I get so anxious about not sleeping for something important that i don't sleep. I wish it was as easy as "not thinking about it" but it doesn't work. It feels like my body just wants to sleep but my brain ticks over hour after hour. I wish somebody had some kind of cure, i feel like i will never succeed in life because lack of sleep is ruining me.

Nov 15, 2014
Insomniac Abuse NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had sleep troubles my whole life. When I was younger I thought is was normal but now I am 25. The past couple years I have been trying different medicine and sometimes it works, but now I have developed a tolerance for what I used to take. I would take Nyquil every night to try and knock myself out, and increase the dosage (pretty much abuse it entirely.) I would take advil PM and instead of taking the recommended 2 pills I would take 3 or 4. I have tried melatonin and trazodone, but those pills simply do nothing. Any other options?

Nov 17, 2014
Insomnia sucksand has ruined my life NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey guys, how are you? I really can relate with you and i have been searching for answers if I could turn back time because when I was 15 at a young age, i already experience insomnia in my life. It didn't wait u til i get 40 or above. And the. It ruined my dreams as well as my personality. Luckily seoaking, i was able to graduate high school with honorable mention and really tirdn my best to be on top of class. It seems that my visions and goals were gone. Until such time, i lost appetite all the time and when i remember people hurting me i tend to hurt my self either and just grasping about my past and worrying about the future, i have been to medication and hypnosis as well but it seems i have created a system that only me can understand that you know i was able to keep it for 6 years continuing of my existence. I don't know how to be happy or when to laugh i just seem to be sad all the time. And coming from a jolly perosnlaity. I lost self esteem and really gets demotivated if i remember my past, i think i really do have a clinical depression that turned to bipolarity and psychosis. I just don't know. And then i already attempted lots of ways of suicidal attempts but yet i am still alive. I know it is really embarassing but they just don't know what the feeling of unable to sleep all the time until such time i became an insomniac and i just doubted myself so much an worries alot my future... I hope you could me guys just ti have amnesia for me to fucking move on sunce i already lost faith in God....

Feb 12, 2015
Insomnia,vigila, it is terror...Portugal. NEW
by: Anonymous

Not just insomnia but Vigilia killed my life and I was full of it, sick of it and with it forever in weakness and pain, everyday of ny youth. Seemed like I was being punished and condemned to hell through what should have been my best years as a young girl, from the age of twelve to eighteen . It’s so lonely and isolating and no one understands the terror of that kind of pain, losing it hopelessly with no hope of recovery or with no tomorrow. Blame it on traumas, I was deeply traumatized and made fun of as a child. Robbed from my birth mother while I was asleep. I used ice inside kitchen cloth and I tied it around my front head to bear the pain, to withstand the sickness, the terror of the sickness of years of total lack of sleep. Pure exhaustion it is. Every little pleasure was stolen from me with that disease. My life changed and as I couldn’t work I was forced to hide in studying languages and literatures because my math ability vanished forever with lack of sleep. It has been hell living with that handicap.
Completely sick in bed dying at 21, with bowel infection, mumps, renal infection and thin to the bone, my sort of adoptive mother asked me if I wanted to see a genius psychiatrist, a Nobel prize then on TV, as last resource. I was dying quickly and a lot of being discredited by healthy people strongly contributed to it. My body was giving up but my mind never stopped to rest with anxiety and more restlessness the more tired my body was. Nothing relieved my severe pains, dizziness, lack of concentration, memory loss, etc, you name it.Like in a plague I was robbed of my brightful mind .I was very intelligent before. I was saved though.
I needed psychoanalysis but no one would spend that amount of money on a wreck like me, so the doctor begged my parents to accept to pay psychotherapy three times a week until I could pay for it fully. And that's how I got saved!.t took me a lifetime to recover, even today , at 52, I still bear the scars of total lack of sleep, the sheer terror, nothing compares to that suffering, not being able to be myself was more than hell.I tried and kept on making efforts and all sacrifices called for to not think about ittoo much. I still lighten and empty my mind and try sincerely to never think of this "horror"or anything that upsets me before sleep. Please solve your problems, accept whatever it you have to accept and let go. Accept yourself we are worthy o the highest value even when our pain is silenced and suffocated. Just let it go, let it be. You deserve to give yourself that rest. All the best.

May 05, 2015
Insomia? there's a cre!!! NEW
by: Oscar

First of all, please don't take any sleeping pills. It won't help you at all. I won't spend even a centavo. I would like to share what have healed me. It's the best of all. Have faith in God almighty. If you really missed those days or nights thsat you hava had a deep sleep, then take Jule of the Orient. Let's see then who would quit if your eyes would always love to sleep. Please keep me posted after you've tried even just 5 small bottles of Jule of the orient. Share it to everyone.

May 05, 2015
Lack of love takes sleep away. NEW
by: Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance does happen though no one beleves it! Personally I think. it was lack of pure love.i all boils down to it in mycase.No blood ,caring relatives.Allalone inthe crowd, anonymous.There was a miracle, I told you before, so I am alive though still lacking the basic skills to feel alive, I barely survive.Guess, I don't love myself enough to break away from bad relashionships; I just lack the skills to love myself beyound all doubts and constant put downs througout life's hazards.
I didn' t have anyone to care enough for me, to love and support me in my real afflictions and traumas, as a child.
As an adult, the consequences are one estranged daughter,27 and one depressed son,23.
After divorce and as a single mother noone cared about my pain again. Left Australia thin to the bone.Back to Portugal and no one cared because no one knew me.Then, health failed me again.I got cancer and depression and worked like mad.No sick leve and no right to complain aboutbecause I had two kids now and not much money.Husband stole it back in Australia.I bought a flat to get rid of thelack of control over my kids, everyone ordered me around . No one would care for my kids while I worked for nine or 12 hours non stop, until 11 pm at night.

My son is recovering very slowly at 23 and my blood children were both deeply affected by my cosntant crying like mad while I was raising them with np pychological support.I needed attention but I didin' t get any kind of attention, love, affection, real understanding because I was getting quickly depleted financially after the awful divorce.My ex -husband did all sorts of betrayals back in Australia and I raised my kids in a little village, evil , like hell.
Good luck on you all though. I love you all for the pain you withstand with lack of sleep.I love you all, for the courage to open up and stay strong and please love yourselves, please love yourselves, even if it seems noone does.You owe it to yourselves, then let go and you will find someone, somehow who willfinally help you by really listening to you.God sees all.Let's believe ina higher power and better justice will be done hopefully if you keep on believing in yourselves.My son sticked by me, thank you my God!

May 12, 2015
REST by Le-Vel NEW
by: ThrivetoWakeup

Have you heard of the new sleep aid, REST, by Le-Vel? It came out Monday and is almost sold out online. They expect it to one of the top sellers of the nutrition company's products!
www.thrivetowakeup.com

May 13, 2015
RECOVERED INSOMNIAC NEW
by: ANA

I SUFFERED FROM CHRONIC INSOMNIA FOR ALMOST 6 YEARS. IT TOTALLY RUINED MY LIFE. TOO TIRE TO WANT TO DO ANYTHING. I TOOK PRESCRIPTION PILLS, WENT TO SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, TRY SLEEP HYGIENE, YOU NAME IT I TRIED IT AND NOTHING WORKED. AT THE BEGINNING I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY MIND OR WOULD JUST DROP DEAD FROM EXAUSTION. BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD SOMEHOW I KEPT GOING. SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE THAT I READ WOULD HELP ME GO TO SLEEP FINALLY WORKED! BECAUSE I JUST DIDN'T BELIEVE IT WOULD WORK I NEVER TRIED IT. OUT OF DESPAIR I TRIED IT.... A HOT BATH ABOUT ONE AND HALF HOUR BEFORE GOING TO BED.
YOU CAN ADD BUBBLES TO MAKE IT MORE PLEASANT IF YOU LIKE. I TURN THE WATER ON AS HOT AS I CAN TAKE IT AND SIT IN THE BUT FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR. MANY TIMES I HAVE FALLEN SLEEP IN THE TUB. I THEN RINSE OFF WITH COLD WATER. I STAY UP FOR ABOUT ANOTHER HOUR TO ALLOWED MY BODY TEMPERATURE TO DROP. BEFORE I TAKE THE BATH I MAKE THE BED SO WHEN IS TIME TO GO TO SLEEP ALL I HAVE TO DO IS GET IN BED. I FALL SLEEP WITHIN MINUTES AND SLEEP ABOUT 6 HOURS A NIGHT BUT IS DEEP SLEEP. I TAKE THE BATH ABOUT 930PM AND GO TO SLEEP AT 11PM AND WAKE UP ABOUT 5AM. SO I WENT FROM SLEEPING 10-14 HOURS A WEEK TO 30 HOURS A WEEK!
I SUFFERED FOR SO MANY YEARS AND SPEND SO MUCH TIME AND MONEY, NOT TO MENTION THE HELL I EXPERIENCED WHEN THE SOLUTION WAS RIGHT AT HOME AND IT DIDN'T COST ME ANYTHING. BUT I BELIEVE THAT THIS HORRIBLE SUFFERING HAS BROUGHT OUT IN ME A MORE SENSITIVE CARING PERSON. I NOW APPRECIATE MY LIFE MORE THAN I DID BEFORE AND I CERTAINLY DON'T TAKE MY SLEEP FOR GRANTED. I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE. GOD BLESS.

May 16, 2015
i need sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

I need sleep
Without it i think I am going to die or at least go crazy and be locked up in a house somewhere. To be honest, I'm so tired that being locked in a house would probably help, at least I would have space and calm to sleep.

May 18, 2015
From sleeplessness to survival and life! NEW
by: Hyper-vigilant

My heart goes to you, I undersatand. I have been throuh it.We don' t meet with affection and understanding about this exhausting struggle.The fact is that you have to keep trying to find the right medication , looking for better doctors who take you seriuosly.Keep trying to look for the right help, everyone is f«different and there is a different solution to everyone.Good luck in your search for a solution for such a disturbing situation.Be brave to survive and the, keep looking for an answer withot getting upset while surching.It's a big challenge on your body and mind.Sometimes, it's a lonely path to struggle to find our health and if you do meetwith sarcastic people, ignore them.They don't have a clue wht you are gouing through. Ido.The best of luck and keep your corage.Don't forget my heart is with all of you, keep believing in a solution and in yourselves.Ignore the ignorance and evil, relax, by accepting and praise yourselves for being one of the bravest persons on earth.

May 18, 2015
From hyper to life! NEW
by: Hyper-vigilant

My heart goes to you, I understand. I have been through it.We don' t meet with affection and understanding about this exhausting struggle to recover our health.The fact is, that you have to keep trying to find the right medication , looking for better doctors who take you seriously.Keep trying to look for the right help, everyone is different and there is a different solution to everyone.Good luck in your search for a solution for such a disturbing situation.It's a tremendous struggle to regain health and you may fell lost at times.Be brave to survive and then, keep looking for an answer tringo to no get too upset while surching for the right answer.It's a big challenge on your body and mind.You are the only one who knows it.Sometimes, it's a lonely path to struggle in a seemingly endless surch to find our health and if you do meet with sarcastic people, ignore them.They don't have a clue what you are going through. I do.The best of luck and keep your corage high.Don't forget my heart is with all of youwho are suffering. keep believing in a solution and in yourselves.Ignore the ignorance and evil; relax, by accepting and praise yourselves for being one of the bravest persons on earth.

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Jun 06, 2015
What has helped me NEW
by: Ben

Hey Guys,

I want to share what has helped for me. I still suffer from insomina from time to time, and I still rarely wake up with the same feeling of refreshment that I did as a kid but something that has really taken the edge of a lot of the frustration Ive suffered over the years is Vipassana meditation. Im sure many of you have tried meditation to no avail but Vipassana really tries to get to the root of the problem in the mind and that is craving. What is the biggest craving we have as insomniacs, craving for sleep! But there are other cravings we have cravings for acceptance, craving for friends, craving for better friends, cravings for our friends and family to understand the frustration we are going through, craving for all the things in our life that we dont want to just go away etc etc. Sometimes we dont even know how much we are craving :) If we can find just a tiny bit of acceptance for our current terrible situation then it helps a lot and thats where Vipassana helps. It helps to just observe the present moment and not generate anger (however extremely unpleasant it is) and when you stop being angry about not sleeping then it is very possible that some sleep will come back into your life. Definitely Vipasssana meditation has been the biggest help out of all the things Ive tried.

Jun 11, 2015
support helps NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am a bit grateful that I have found other people who suffer like me. It is scary and emotionally traumatic when it goes on for so long. It feels lonely and no one understands what your going through most of the time. When someone says 'just relax' it is probably the worst thing you want to hear. I think accepting the insomnia was a little bit of help for me. It takes a long time to do but I keep telling myself don't be scared, don't be angry and frustrated just accept what is happening and just convince myself I am relaxed and tired even if I am not. Whether it may not improve the hours of sleep I find it improves my quality of sleep and also by just resting or lightly snoozing I feel better than having only a few hours and feeling anxious and stressed about it. I have set small goals, rather than see the big picture of the wonderful 7 hours or 8 hours, I am aiming for just 5. I hope that we all improve our sleep. I think talking about it helps as well. We are all nice people and sleep disorders should not change how people view us.

Jun 18, 2015
Sleepless in Deland NEW
by: Anonymous

I have suffered from insomnia for over 40 years. I have had some good periods but I go back and forth between lunesta and ambien. I do not care that I am dependent on meds for sleep, I just want to sleep. I am starting a new job next week and I am scared to death due to my sleep. Is there anything stronger?

Jun 21, 2015
I can relate NEW
by: Anonymous

I can't sleep! Its been three days and not a wink. I don't know what to do. I want to scream cry shoot my head but if I don't get sleep soon my body is going to give out. Pain all the time. God please help me!

Jul 09, 2015
Insominia NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Guys, I'm so happy I could relate to all of you. I thought I was the only one. For the past 2 months I've been getting 2-3 hours a night! Before that I was getting like 5-6. I went to my doctor, went to the emergency room a lot, and all they did was prescribe me ambien and other sleeping pills. They all didn't work. When they did work, I only got like 3 hours of sleep a night! Plus I don't want to be addicted to sleeping pills and then have severe withdrawals when I stop taking them. I've stopped drinking alcogol and going out with friends. I'm not even a heavy drinker, but I didn't want the alcohol to make it even worse because alcohol gives u restless sleep and messes up your sleep schedule. I stopped working this summer because of this sleep issue! Every day I feel like I am going to go mentally crazy or die like this. I tried setting a time every night to go to sleep; it's usually 10pm, but I keep waking up every 2 hours or less! This is pure torture! I hope it gets better for all of us! WE don't deserve this psychological torture! We want to sleep like normal people and function!! We can't function, well at least I can't or if I do, I barely function. Good luck everyone!

Jul 14, 2015
Toasted NEW
by: Anonymous

Going on now for 6 months. Soooo toasted and wired...it's only 830 AM....and how 2ill I get through the day. I miss my old life.. my sleep. No one can help me and I could lose my job.God...please help me

Jul 14, 2015
Hypervigilance, is disheartening.. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hypervigilance, is disheartening...people made fun of me, put me down, but the show must go on.So I did go on.A doctor saved me after eight year out of six, zero sleep.At 53 I my sight is failing and my mother has kind of Alzheimer, my dad died from it.My son is still sick at 23 and my daughter doesn' t give a damn about it.Well, please God help me.The show must go on but my strenght is faltering.
I cried so much for so many years and I am still looking after others jobless for the last four years:I can' t keep up with sleepers.Please God help me.Thank you all for sharing your life stories.At least I am not alone, it heart warming.I'm not alone!Neither are any of you!

Jul 22, 2015
willie NEW
by: Anonymous

i have insomnia for 40 years, 40 years taking sleeping pills like alprazolan, clonopin,ambien.
DESPERATE now. Pills killed natural sleeping, but believe me, all these professors know nothing about sleep,it is brain.I feel that drugs damaged brain:
they kill natural sleep.Why? Because brain cannot relax without drug,vicious circle.

Jul 31, 2015
New to thiss NEW
by: Hayden

I developed Insomnia seemingly out of nowhere 2 weeks ago. I have had quick bouts of it before maybe for a couple days but never anything like this. I moved to New York City 2 months a ago and a month and a half in decided to go visit my parents back home in Washington. I had a great trip and remember sleeping well! After I came back it was all over. I stayed up all night until morning and maybe fell asleep for an hour or two around 11am, then up again all day. Luckily I'm a student and school has not started so I have the rest of the month to myself. I obtained some OTC sleeping aids and have been taking one a day at odd times and forcing myself to sleep all day (even though I maybe sleep 45 mins at a time ) I emailed my doctor and am waiting to see if I can get an appointment. I feel like my body is a mess all of the time now. I'd be happy to have 3 consecutive hours of sleep! In two weeks I have yet to have more than two. My life feels absolutely takenover.

Jul 31, 2015
to overcome insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

can you get vacations for couple of weeks? Take no medications during this time, it will be torture but your mind would recover for couple of days and you enjoy natural sleep. Pills damage our brain i am sure. Do not listen to insomnia doctors,they know nothing.

Aug 03, 2015
Miserable! NEW
by: LilyRose

To make ends meet and raise my 4 children alone, my in-home childcare was available for business 24-7, 365 days a year for 11 years. I averaged from 2 to 5 hours of sleep per 24 hours the majority of the time. I was always able to function, but never, ever felt at all well. Now I have more time to sleep, but my body and brain are too well trained to not sleep. I have a very hard time falling asleep and can't stay asleep. I wake again and again...and AGAIN all through the night, every night. Lack of sleep has finally caught up to me and I feel like a zombie. My eyes feel like fried eggs all the time, my brain feels like it's taken a shot of Novocain. Everything I do is an effort. I make myself get enough exercise every day and I keep up with my work and chores, but I feel stressed, depressed and miserable. People tell me all the time that I look tired and sickly. I've gotten used to my tired appearance in the mirror, but when I see myself in photos, I'm appalled at the exhausted, worn ragged person I see. Last night I woke from a vivid nightmare that I was being stalked all through a dark night in the woods by a large, horrifying demon. I woke in a panic, turned on the lights and was awake the rest of the night. The demon in my dream probably represented my insomnia. I don't know how much longer I can handle this.

Aug 10, 2015
I feel you. NEW
by: Anonymous

PLEASE READ THIS GUYS! THANKS

I been struggling with insomnia since may 2014. None the less, I was very depressed at the time because of my sexual orientation and had no one to talk to and I felt extremely isolated, in hence living in fear on a day to day basis. I mean life was tough, and like you i have tried everything from over the counter medicine to prescription drugs but sadly nothing work for me. HOWEVER, since 2015 my sleep has been improving slightly. I did come out to a few people and alone that helped me boost my confidence and it reduce a massive amounts of thoughts going through my head. and that made it a bit easier to rest every night. since 2015 I'm probably getting on average 5 hours of sleep a night. Thats a whole lot better than a year ago, when I only have 1 or 2 hours on average, I felt like a zombie.

So I'm on edge with you about insomnia, it is in fact, a life ruiner. But I think that you can possibly treat it or in fact, maybe cure it. Over the past year what i have learned from insomnia change my whole perspective on life. I mean growing up I was this grumpy, high-tempered kid that would just let my emotions get the best of me and anytime something bad would happen I would really get mad and frustrated. then the frustration would get stuck with me for a while. and oh my, I wish there was someone there at the time to tell me that everything is going to be okay. Boy! I was a stressor. To this day I still tag on some of those characteristics, but I must say I'm a whole lot different now then a few years ago. And that change actually happened a just year ago. My insomnia might conquer me for a while, but it made me a person I never thought I would become. Because of my insomnia I was able to have an deeper insight on how to live a happier life. During my time of sleepless nights I did endless research on insomnia and have found a few treatment options that are available, but honestly most of these treatments don't often work. At some point in my life, I felt like I was just gonna give up and that I'm just gonna let it control my life. Until one day, I found a videos on youtube that changed my life. Gay people coming out. This alone has tremendously give me courage and a whole new perspective on life. I was something that made me feel very proud and happy. That that point, I remember my sleep was coming slowly back. I was happy. It made me a whole new person and I changed my lifestyle and personality shortly after. Even though I still carried some of my old traits and habits, its just me being myself and it takes time and determination to be who you want to be and live a happy life. HAPPINESS IS KEY TO SUCCESS. Okay I think this paragraph is getting too long so Im just going to List the things that I have experiment with that has helped me with my insomnia.

These are the one the best methods that has helped me with insomnia. (In order of importance) note: this information is what I learned from experience and may not be completely accurate, however has helped me a lot in dealing with insomnia.

MOST IMPORTANT -DON"T STRESS- I know that sounds a whole lot easier than it is to do. Here's is maybe a helpful tip.
recognize the issue and tell yourself that if the outcome is what is going to be then why should I worried about it, I should just accept it and know what are the available options to take. know that everything its going to be okay. Stay positive! ps.
(stress is so powerful that often times it overpowered prescriptions drugs and other treatments.)


Be mindfulness: Try to think of nothing.
heres a video that explains it better :)
-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Pfs3VuizM

Find people to talk to constantly, if your at work find people to talk to, go to a bar, make some friends, go to events, make new friends, volunteer for an event (feel as if your an important part of the community. Don't be scared to approach people, people love to hear your stories.

Please go outside!!!do something! even hit the gym show off those muscles! I notice the longer I stay in the sun (Put on sunscreen) doing my favorite activities (I like to fish, boating, paddle board, kayaking) I have a better sleep quality. Notice! (When you do these activities you won't think about anything because your having fun! and this will definitely put you to sleep later. Your mind will become sleepier at night.

Have a diet plan: you don't have to be so exact with this one.
important thing to keep in mind EAT YOUR BREAKFAST. you need your body to create energy every morning, i mean imagine a car running on an empty tank of gas. Fill up your tummy with food in the morning so your body doesn't stress!!! also don't eat too much at night rices, veggies and fruit are recommended at night 1-3 hours prior to bedtime.


Always have a goal and purpose in life. This will make you feel that you will always have something to reach for. feel as if you are really high on life.


Lastly, (for bedtime). know that your a sleeper. Remember when you had that wonderful 8 hour sleep? what was going through your mind? the answer should be NOTHING.


FOR INSOMNIACS:

Bedroom tool recommendation:
humidifier( cleans air, easier to breath)
white noise machine (blocks out outside noise) takes a bit to get used to.

Important essential oil to considered:
Coconut oil (helps me with mindful) very healthy a great anti aging food. take 1 - 2 table soon everyday morning and evening with food.
lavender oil: calm and relaxes the body.
hempseed oil: reduce inflammation in the body

Important food:
Spinach (reduce inflammatory)
Blueberries: antioxidents
avocado
rice ( helps sleep at night)
yogurt (helps sleep)

Important Supplements
OMEGA -3 reduce inflammation, improve brain function
L-Tyrosine: has helped me focus when I don't get sleep
Recommend taking on an empty stomach in the morning 30m-1hour prior to breakfast.


THERE YA GO MY INSOMNIACS I HOPE YOU WILL HAVE BETTER SLEEP AND A HEALTHIER LIFE. NEVER GIVE UP
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE
KNOW THAT THERE ARE OPTIONS
KNOW THAT YOU CAN CONTROL INSOMNIA
KNOW THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
SHARE YOUR STORY
GO SOME WHERE
HAVE FUN
LOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INTEREST
AND REMEBER THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY

PEACE!





















Aug 12, 2015
Insomnia NEW
by: Ariel

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. I'm 18 and my insomnia started about 4 months ago when something traumatic happened and I've had problems sleeping ever since. I can't remember the last time I had a good nights sleep. I've been to the doctors and they told me to take melatonin and unisom and it helped for maybe 2 nights but then I began to have sleepless nights again. My body is exsausted but my brain doesnt go into full sleep mode! I'll be laying in my bed for hours and it's gotten to the point where I'm only getting maybe and hour or 2 of sleep a night. I used to be a happy, bubbly person but now with my insomnia I'm exsausted all the time and it's hard to function.

Aug 14, 2015
Tried it all? READ THIS NEW
by: Anonymous

http://gutcritters.com/why-cant-i-sleep-part-two-leaky-gut-endotoxemia-and-inflammation/

Click on the above link and read through this guys pages. Cutting edge stuff here!! More and more research is showing a serious link between our gut health and mental health, including insomnia. Many people have tried "everything" so now it's time to take a different approach and insure your gut it healthy. Studies also show how much stress affects your gut bacteria balance so you need to correct that. Again, some cutting edge research which may help some of you!!

Aug 14, 2015
Tried it all? READ THIS NEW
by: Anonymous

http://gutcritters.com/why-cant-i-sleep-part-two-leaky-gut-endotoxemia-and-inflammation/

Click on the above link and read through this guys pages. Cutting edge stuff here!! More and more research is showing a serious link between our gut health and mental health, including insomnia. Many people have tried "everything" so now it's time to take a different approach and insure your gut it healthy. Studies also show how much stress affects your gut bacteria balance so you need to correct that. Again, some cutting edge research which may help some of you!!

Sep 19, 2015
Did anyone g get out o of insomnia? NEW
by: Southpaw

I have not read anyone telling that their insomnia was cured. Do people get out of insomnia?

Medicines never work for anyone
Exercise and meditations also don't
How will people ever get better?

If you find anything please let me know

Sep 29, 2015
Chronic insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

My insomnia started when I was five months pregnant. I couldn't get to sleep for nothing. I would just lay there right awake. I tried ambien and amtropline. No success. I was scared for my life and thought I was dying. After I had my baby I still couldn't sleep. It was pure hell. I started taking trazadone which gave little relief. Then I went two days with no sleep and couldn't take it. Finally I was put on lexpro and could get sleep again. I though I would be cured from the insomnia but that was not the case. My sleep was never the same.15 years later and I'm still struggling. I need help. Does anyone have positive feedback or hope.

Oct 05, 2015
fuck insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

What is life?
What have I done to deserve this. I can only imagine how good it must feel to sleep. The white thing is everyone is always on About how they didn't sleep well when they sleep 7 hours and it makes me feel like craps.

Oct 27, 2015
Insomnia horror NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been struggling for almost 2 years. Started from health scare - I was completely fine but thought I had cancer. Started waking up after 3 hours and since that time it went down. Was put on Seroquel 300 mg plus Remeron which I discontinued and for 2 months was having 2 hours of sleep. Started Trazodone was getting 5.5 -6 hours of often interrupted sleep. Had to take Ativan on some nights, but now I take Ativan every night and my sleep is still interrupted. My whole life stopped because of this insomnia. Why where is no good treatment??? They now cure even cancer...

Nov 02, 2015
sleepless NEW
by: Karen

I am familiar with insomnia as I have had this issue for 22 years. It got worse over the last 5 years. Tried combinations of things and they work shirt time. I feel terrific if I slerp all night. Try monitoring g yor slerp with a slerp app and must try a sleep study. I do not have speed as pnea. Try this if you csn. It is 3:00 am and your mind feels motorized but your body is sick tired. Lift your legs up the wall as you lay on the floor or bed. The cortisol levels immediately stop. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes if you can. Chances are you will be able to get a few more hours in before the alarm clock strikes. Yoga breathing works too, but the legs up the wall saved me last week. Let me know if anyone has had success with this small suggestion. Happy zzzzs, Karen

Jan 03, 2016
Insomnia plz go away. i am innocent guy,,if u have the courage go and catch the guilty peoples NEW
by: Anonymous

hi evrery one...for the last couple of days i didnt sleep. Last night i just slept for 2 hours...i am suffering from this disgusting disorder since 2008 although i was just 17 years old that time.When I stat my grad school it became so sever that made me to take piles. But after some time it also stop working.I really fall in tremendious problems during my grade exams When i tried to sleep at night to get up fresh in morning for paper, but the whole night i feel like i am repeating my subjects preparation again and again in my dream. To me the major causes of insomnia are depression and tensions. So its my humble request to honorable readers to not take tensions in your life otherwis you will start feeling that why " i cant sleep"

Jan 11, 2016
i m feeling broken NEW
by: nick

My insomnia started july 2015 when I went back to night shift after being off for several months due to health reasons. Had immeadiate insomnia,went to ER several times and doctor gave me ambien for a bit that didn't work. I am now on .5mg Ativan and Trazadone 50mg but the Trazadone only worked for a month. had a cruise booked with my brother and couldn't do it since the trazadone petered out. I feel worthless and I feel my future is ruined. I was so full of life and energy but 6 months into this I am no longer that man.going to try Lunesta and maybe get a sleep study again....couldn't fall asleep at previous study.god help me.

Jan 11, 2016
Sleep deprivation terror NEW
by:

Hello, everyone, thank you all for you resilience and perserverence.I am so happy to have found you and this site.I felt so inferior and put down before I found you.Now, I know I exist and all the shame and criticism I have been a victim to, allmy life is fading away.I am not alone, thanks God!No one here makes fun of me to have looked like a zombie.Always try calmly to accept and find the solution to sleep deprivation terror.I know the PAIN and the HORROR.

Jan 26, 2016
insomia NEW
by: david

Yes I can relate to this I have been insomia for like 4 years straight just due to stress and depression problems and its pretty bad throughout every day my mood is down I dont even have an appetite things just aren't the same as they were. I constantly like am in an argument with myself about it will be ok but even tho im not sure like ive just had a bunch of traumatizing bad experiences after another and its just completely left me soulless and empty and I usually dont talk but its gotten pretty bad but I praying everyday for a way out but yea I have experience it. Wel hope all the best noone should have to have that

Jan 28, 2016
??? NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you to everyone whose left comments. You are all very resilient people.
What's your advice? I used to think a lot & analyse situations, look at patterns in behaviour & want to solve my problems when sometimes you need to accept things as they are.
This year my resolution is to not stress, be happy & leave work on time.
So far I'm doing really & I'm choosing not to stress but why when I go to bed can I not break of falling asleep late? I'm 26, eat healthy, have amazing friends & like myself & my life.

Feb 13, 2016
suffering from past3 years NEW
by: George

Hi I am suffering from insomnia since the age of32.I have tried every possible medicine.
Plz help me if there is any cure.

Apr 20, 2016
Totaly failin ppl who beg for t benefit of the doubt will lead to roual moat situations NEW
by: Anonymous

Iv have etreme insomnia i slept last night i got sum oxycodine off a concerned woman on my walk she looked at me and sed jesus u need to go to hospital but id rather die than be thobed off again iv always had no concentration as a child id say i had adhd iv overaome ocd,histerical episodes iv been sectioned i signed to stay im for 28 days but they just sed i hsd to go home after 10 days i had no help explination meds or anything st all except from the amazing people from MIND.!!! waitin fir cbt from them but when i was sectioned i was a angry raging loonatic i phoned the police to come round to fight them im obviously deeply ashamed but get no after care when i could of hurt people wot the hell i think id of got bipolar meds if i lied and sed i got depressed and suicidal but i dont so no matter how much i beg the doctors i get nothing im ptetty certain i have polar mania my brain is finkin hundreds of thoughts whilst speakin changin subject i cant stay on a subject for a minute its embarrasig so im totaly isolated even from my children its not healthy to be around me im anxious so id scare them thru my fears id stalk em incase they goy hurt ect i dont n av never sufferd depression if been sad but the drs should know the diffrence,now iv just started to over come my trubles with the help of mind its a charity support org i fink but insomnia is gona take my life if i dont get heard iv had 4hrs in 7 days so last nyt id accepted i was gona be dead by today but the oxycodine help usualy nothing works at all except seroquil.ppl try to live n desperatly want to keep ther life but cant so il never giv up or become suicidal i hope,but im bein stupid its not a choice ppl make obviously sorry if i offended anyone!!! Iv heard you can only live 11 days with no sleep and im so close so im going to have to turn to the papers my poor boys are goin to b embarresed n laffed at n ur mams a looney its so unfair but t drs r over cos iv had ppl go in bein discustin wer im polite alwayd n the doctors prescribed em 108 800ml gabapentin,58 tramazipam20 ml,90 solpadine that contain 30ml codine n somet else and lactolose and setraline in 1 prescription n t ppl r scroungin bums they wer wearin a camera or getting grasses up for dealin heroin so i go public n the drs r in deep poo fed up of there neglect

Jun 02, 2016
Sleep NEW
by: Anonymous


If anyone has any solutions on how to resolve the 2-3 hours a night of sleep, that would be much appreciated. Thank you.



Jun 10, 2016
my experience NEW
by: Z

Tip from an adult with chronic insomnia (+3 years), take them seriously, because they really do matter, THEY REALLY DO.

1) Put ALL lights out after 8 PM in the evening.
2)Install a light dimmer for your laptop and for your smartphone, it will decrease the intensity to the bear minimum you need to create enough Melatonin.
3) Put a NightMask on, to cover your eyes so you don't wake up early because of light.
4)Put ear plugs in, so you won't get distracted by sounds.
5) Sleep ON TIME, maximum at 11PM, and put an alarm to go to sleep, try to be militant about the timing that you go to sleep. Our bodies are very stupid, they need repetition, habits..
6) Make sure it's not too warm in the bedroom, your body needs to lower a couple of degrees to fall asleep.
7)Make sure your pillows and bed are comfortable to sleep in, prepare them well.
8)If you do all of the above, and can't fall asleep, it might be that your "off" button has been destroyed (happened in my case). Don't berate yourself for not being able to fall asleep, it's not about your thoughts, it's not about doing something wrong, you just can't sleep anymore. in that case go to the doctor, and get a benzo prescription. Not an antidepressant! they are ineffective and only make you more emotional, or mess you up.
9) take the benzo and you will sleep more. Keep on taking the benzo to restore sleep, then later after you finally feel better, slowly taper off.
10) you will have healed.
11) Take into account that some of your abilities will forever be gone. Sadly sometimes I feel like I will never recover some of my past capacities to remember easily or to think sharply. That's depressing but it would be an even bigger disaster to have more cognitive decline. it's about stopping the mental destruction, and teaching yourselves tricks to work around them.
12) Learn to decrease stress, cortisol fucks up cricardian rhymn.
13) exercise.
14) Don't give up.

Jul 07, 2016
I cured my insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

I empathize your stories. For two years and six months I suffered chronic insomnia. I tried everything but nothing works. I thought I wouldn't recover. Night and days were seem hopeless. I cried for God's help. I prayed to HIM that he would take away my sufferings. Until such time came God answered my prayers. I discovered effective ways on how to cure my insomnia. I tried the ways for only 3weeks and yes it was really very effective! I was really very happy that God cured me. If you want to cure your chronic insomnia you can contact me on skype, my skype id: diogen.caburog
I will explain to you how I cured my chronic insomnia. I am willing to help because I know how it feels on having that. God bless.

Jul 07, 2016
I cured my insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

I empathize your stories. For two years and six months I suffered chronic insomnia. I tried everything but nothing works. I thought I wouldn't recover. Night and days were seem hopeless. I cried for God's help. I prayed to HIM that he would take away my sufferings. Until such time came, God answered my prayers. I discovered effective ways on how to cure my insomnia. I tried the ways for only 3weeks and yes it was really very effective! I was really very happy that God cured me. If you want to cure your chronic insomnia you can contact me on skype, my skype id: diogen.caburog
I will explain to you how I cured my chronic insomnia. I am willing to help because I know how it feels on having that. God bless.

Jul 07, 2016
I cured my insomnia NEW
by: Anonymous

I empathize your stories. For two years and six months I suffered chronic insomnia. I tried everything but nothing works. I thought I wouldn't recover. Night and days were seem hopeless. I cried to God for help. I prayed to HIM that he would take away my sufferings. Until such time came, God answered my prayers. I discovered effective ways on how to cure my insomnia. I tried the ways for only 3weeks and yes it was really very effective! I was really very happy that God cured me. If you want to cure your chronic insomnia you can contact me on skype, my skype id: diogen.caburog
I will explain to you how I cured my chronic insomnia. I am willing to help because I know how it feels on having that. God bless.

Jul 10, 2016
Hi i wanted to tell my story too NEW
by: Anonymous

So I'm a normal teenager and this summer I was sleeping like 10-12 hours sleep and i miss that.Its been idk i think that my entire life was like this.Now insomnia is running my life.When i go to sleep I can sleep when I get maybe 40 minutes of thinking or something,but then I wake up hour by hour and its so hard to sleep again.It's summer and i really need to enjoy it but instead im lying on my bed and waking up so early and i cant really sleep anymore is like closing my eyes even if im dying for a little bit more sleep.
I didnt use any sleep pill and i dont see them useful.I just dont believe at those meditation bc it didnt worked for me and its not going to.I just hope that one day we are going to have normal sleep again and just have a healthy life like we used to:)

Jul 30, 2016
Really Really Really Sleep##!**× NEW
by: karen

Talk about an annoyance of life,I've been thru this for over 25years,and the ridiculous part about it,I have not have the trauma's and extreme stresses that some people go thru,that may be a cause for lack of sleep,yet this Giant killer of sleep prevail's it dominance continuously in our lives,Especially when you seem to have tried everything,going to bed 3am &GETTING UP(NOT WAKING UP)at3:43am is so frustrating you want to cry but can't cause you are so upset angry annoyed,&on&on.I kn at the very rare times when you get some sleep for maybe 3-4hrs you feel like you just won the local Lottery is very refreshing,but seriously those of us believe in JESUS CHRIST,need to keep our thoughts with him because he is our #1soultion I kn easier said than done!!! I'm going to give it another go with our Saviour but this time I NEED TO STICK WITH THE ULTIMATE SOULTION,WHICH IS NONE OF THAN JESUS.With all the love I pray and wish you all some well deserve sleep,really soon.

Sep 16, 2016
Insomnia and anxiety cause me to to abuse booze NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been suffering from insomnia as if it never ends for the last 15 years and have been taking every benzo drug to combat it and the condition has gotten worse to where I started relying on booze and xanax to knock me out to sleep. Because of doing this for 4 years now I have a alcoholic induced fatty acid liver now and trying to reverse that but the lack of sleep not helping. I quit drinking after 4 years of abusing it for sleep and the insomnia has intensified to where i have to overdose on xanax or halcions to get some sleep. Seems like insomnia is a neurological medical issue without a cure and never ending.

Oct 12, 2016
Butt NEW
by: Anonymous

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