A night of zero sleep + inability to nap, I'm crying

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Hi,all,

like I mentioned before, I've been suffering from early awakening insomnia for years now, living on about 5 hrs of sleep a night. My whole life I've been unable to nap, and this, combined with insomnia at night, has made my life pretty much sh**, sorry for the expression.

Last night I didn't get any sleep. Part of it is my fault, I was at a colleague's birthday and stayed too long. I got home around 2, went to bed around 2:30 and as I couldn't fall asleep immediately, my heart started to panic as it was very close to dawn. To no surprise, dawn soon came and my sleep is no more.

Since I can't nap (I sometimes get this anxiety when I try, other times I just lay there calmly but sleep just doesn't come), I am forced to wait until tonight to try again. That's about 48 hours straight of no sleep. 😦

Honestly, does anyone else have this!?

I know people often write that they haven't slept all night, but I always assume they napped a little to some of the edge off. I am only 31, but I honestly can't live like this anymore, it's a meaningless, rubbish way to live.

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    Hi edgar. I've noticed that you have posted on here alot lately. I can't obviously say what is causing your sleep problem but i can't help thinking that it's being fuelled by 'sleep anxiety'. Edgar we've all been there & whilst i agree it's bloody horrible unless you get to the root cause it's a difficult issue. As i mentioned in another post, for me it was all about acceptance & that helped a great deal. It's got alot to do with the mind & the majority of insomnia cases are often caused simply by the way we think about sleep. I think a trip to your doctor might be called for as we can only advise. Good luck & you are not alone with this. I've had bouts of insomnia for up to a month at a time. It's hard, i don't deny that but i get through it by simply not worrying about sleeping.

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    hello edgar , what i can see from your posts is i assume sleep anxiety, number 1 insomnia cause, try to make yourself believe that you will sleep, its a long road but eventually your mind will follow it, and you will sleep. From my personal experience i have very severe anxiety about sleep, which has became more of an ocd and also depression its really depressing when im going through phases like that i dont think nothing elsenother than negative intrusive thoughts about sleeping, CBT would be a good choice for u if ur thinking behaviour towards this issue is mild, but in severe cases like mine medication plays an important role!

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    Thank you both for your responses.

    I too believe insomnia is all in the head, and I'm sure most cases it starts from a single thought (doubt) )popping in your head and than feeding on that doubt indefinitely. Sadly, that doesn't mean it's easy to convince it to go away.

    You're right, Michelle, that I'm posting a bit more frequently lately, it's just that I haven't had a zero sleep night in a long time. Since I can't nap I practically live SR and a bit of CBT by default. That's why most nights I fall asleep quickly, though staying asleep has been a persistent problem, as I've mentioned.

    I agree with both of you that it's time to see a doc and maybe see if the world of medicine can offer something. I've already been to my GP months ago who referred me to a psych, but I didn't dare go trough with that. I still have the referral in my drawer, I just have to gather the courage to use it. I'm worried what my colleagues will think, but more than that I 'm worried about my driver's licence. We'll see.

    You, Michelle, seem to be anti-drugs, and ai used to be too, but I think I am now a severe case like any090422 and will probably be needing some pills, at least for a little while.

    I've beaten insomnia through acceptance once before, but now it is way stronger than me. I can't find a way to get around early morning awakenings except maybe with therapy.

    But for now I have to get through this crappy day.

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    I have had this and I am now sleeping almost normally. Chronic insomnia for several years. If you want to know my story you can private message me. I can share with you how God helped me if you want to know. Saying a prayer for you today.

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    Hi edgar. I'm not anti drugs persay i just don't feel they are the answer in the long term particulary people like yourself who have suffered severe insomnia for a long time. You need to get to the root cause of your sleep problem which i believe is 'sleep anxiety' but in the short term i'm not opposed to medication but i do understand when enough is enough. But try to get to the real cause as i think that will be more productive for you in the long run. Good luck.

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      sorry if I misjudged you on the point of pills, I know people are usually anti so I assumed in advance I guess. You're right, pills are meant for short term use, but I have to say I like having them around at all times, though their efficiency is questionable by now. I think I know the root of my problem, but knowing doesn't automatically mean fixing, sadly.

      thank you for your kind words. I slept good the night after, now I'm a bit sorry for panicking and complaining, but zero sleep nights really get to me. hopefully things return to their usual unusual now.

      derek - yes, nights out disturb sleep, especially if they last to almost morning. I like to have the whole night ahead of me reserved for sleep, when that is disturbed, well, things get bad.

      I haven't tried CBD oil, not sure where I would get one, honestly. I would love to try, I heard good things about it.

      anyway, sorry for the rant, hope I get my routine back now.

      thanks for your responses, and good luck to you, too.

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    After being out it not unusual to have a disturbed night. Did I ask previously if you have tried cbd oil ?

    While it was not cured my insomnia it has helped in other ways and I'm more relaxed about my bad nights now.

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