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Hi ladies. It looks like I need advice for yet another one of these horrible perimenopause symptoms.
A month ago I started having very bad anxiety/health anxiety, worry about my heart and terrible insomnia. I always had the anxiety on and off but last month they escalated to unbearable hights. I went to a naturopathic doctor and she gave me a very expensive practitioner's only brand of pills that have many good vitamins and plants, black cohosh, St John's wort, Kudzu, calcium, B vitamins,folic acid. For sixty dollars a continer (a month's supply), I felt really good with my anxiety. They calmed me down, my health anxiety was dormant and I felt energised and stronger.I still do actually, given the circumstances. Alas, they did nothing at all for my insomnia. Nothing, nada, nix. I can fall asleep easily but wake up after 3 hours every night, without fail and just can 't get back to sleep. I twist and turn for a couple of hours, I sleep again for another hour or two, a sleep full of weird, vivid dreams, sometimes nightmares, sometimes plain weird and that's it. What makes it harder is that I have to wake up at 5 every morning to go to work. I am asleep by 10, wake up at 1 stay awake till 3,sleep again until 4-5 and then it s time to wake up. Sometimes I get so frustrated that I have panic/anxiety attacks when I wake up. Most of the times I just try to relax. I have tried listening to meditations, do deep breathing, nothing really works. Surprisingly enough I do not feel as exshausted as one would expect, I think it's the very expensive pills at work but hey, I can't go on like this for ever. I need to regain my six hours of undisturbed sleep back.
Any experiences, advice, suggestions much appreciated. I will buy magnesium citrate and triptophane, I am already taking L theanine and rhodiola. I don't drink coffee, my diet is generally clean and I exercise 3-4 times a week. I will NOT go down the sleeping pills road and I don' t want to take hormones be it bioidentical or not. Have any of you been there? What did you do to battle your insomnia? Did it work? Does anything work after all?
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