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No Sleep At All For Who Knows How Long Now :/

by Michael
(Denver, CO)

My name is Mike, 19 years of age, and ever since sometime last year, I've been having trouble sleeping. It would be difficult to sleep without tv, then tv was what made it worse, but eventually I was able to go to sleep at some points of the night.

But ever since new years it's been different. I haven't been able to sleep nearly at all since then with 3-4 day intervals without sleep. I'm currently on a 3 night spree of not sleeping and I can honestly say that I've tried almost everything. I own a medical card and live in the state of colorado, so I smoke medical marijuana, and have smoked for a while now (about 2-3 years) and it used to whisk me away to sleep every time. It was perfect, but now it doesn't help at all! I've tried going to bed without it and that doesn't work either.

I've tried tea, melatonin, htc pills, and ambien as well, yet I STILL can't go to bed. I try getting out of bed when I haven't gone to sleep for 20 mins, try not to do anything stimulating before I go to bed, I've tried sheep, numbers, counting backwards, but nothing works. I don't usually drink coffee ever and caffeinated drinks as well. I have soothing music on every night to help but it doesn't, and when theres no music it's even harder not to think.

I have ADHD and my thoughts are always running but now it's not stoping and I'm honestly a little scared that I'm going to go crazy. I'm in college and have multiple responsibilities as well as stress from thinking about things I want that I don't have, or not being as good as other people.

I was thinking about if it was because of something traumatic but all I can think of is what happened on new years eve. It wasn't 'traumatic' as you might compare to other things, but I had a bit of a stressful trip on some LSD and haven't really been able to sleep well since. Now it's not like this was my first time for tripping or having a bad trip in general, so why would it mean anything this time? I don't know, I doubt it's that, but whatever it is I'd like to know ASAP as well as how to fix it.

Any help would be most needed, thank you

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