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Insomnia and Fatigue

Jun 04, 2016 5:22 AM

God, I am so tired! 😩
But my mind won't shut up long enough to sleep. I swear I am living on Cat Naps and fumes.
Any advice to shut up the spastic hamster that is my mind? And please don't say meditation - I tried that a few times and every time it resulted in an anxiety attack and 3-4 hours of crying 😧
Admittedly after the crying, I slept really well. 😕

Jun 04, 2016 9:07 AM

Ravynn84, crying is a release. I go just so long before I HAVE to cry. I have to either watch a sad movie or just release the pent up tears on my own. My family hates to see me like that and the first thing they say is stop crying so I have to be alone and cry. It doesn't always help sometimes I have to cry with them there and try to make them understand. I use distractions with music, tv shows that I have seen or like but don't have to really get engrossed in. I'll put on a Golden Girls marathon on tv and listen to it and giggle here and there. Deep breathing and (I have trouble with meditation as well) I have to use "guided" meditation and hear someone else telling my mind what to do. The voice is usually soothing and I feel not along and comforted. I have had a panic/anxiety/depression disorder for many years before the pain began so I feel your pain. I wish there was more I could tell you. I have a hard time turning off my mind, thinking ahead and worrying about everything. I live on catnaps and fumes myself. The only upside is I don't work so I can catch a nap whenever my body will allow. I wish you the best and send you reassuring {{{Hugs}}}💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Jun 06, 2016 2:21 PM

Rayvynn, when my mind is on overdrive I play games like Sudoku, bejeweled, Scrabble for about an hour or two. It occupies my mind and makes it focused, then I begin to feel sleepy. That's when I turn my radio on low and lay down, relaxing to soft gentle music. In the past 6 months there's only been one night I couldn't go to sleep. Hugs & prayers you get some sleep soon! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 06, 2016 5:06 PM

I watch tv comedies on repeat, the same episode over and over. It distracts me, is familiar, and feels like I have some predictability in my life. It makes me feel smart too. Is that craziness? Anyways it helps me relax and sleep. Insomnia is a really difficult one.

Jun 08, 2016 3:19 PM

Hi Ravynn

I suffer from the same, it's so frustrating to be so exhausted but you're unable to switch your brain off.

One thing that has massively helped me is audiobooks.
I know it may seem silly, but it's something that you can do, whilst not actually doing anything. You can listen and fall asleep naturally. Unlike music and etc, you have to focus your mind on the book and in there lies the magic - a brain off-switch!

It took me a few books before I got into it and now I can't sleep or walk my dogs without it!

Also it's good if you're in pain, you don't have to hold it or sit up and watch it... Just relax and listen.

I hope this helps you to calm your mind and give you some brain relief :-)

Jun 09, 2016 1:21 AM

Also I have found Tart Cherry concentrate to help with sleep!

Jun 09, 2016 2:22 AM

I have also used audio books, to help me out of depression and with insomnia. I listened to librivox, it's free online and I can recommend the old books about Jeeves. A know all, see all, gentleman's valet to the rescue.

Smiles and ((hugs))

Jun 09, 2016 2:26 AM

Sending you virtual hugs. I'm the same - I've been surviving on 4 hours sleep on a daily basis for the last year because of the pain, I know how you feel.

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