Finding it very difficult to sleep

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I'm not sure if this is classed as having anxiety and unsure if anyone else has the similar things.

This happens every single night I head to bed and am usually so tired that my eyes feel heavy. The moment I close my eyes it's almost like my brain switches from thinking about whatever I've just done last to thinking about bad things. I know I'm lying down trying to get to sleep but the images in my head are so vivid it's like I'm in a deep dream state though I know I'm not.

These things I can think of range from me seeing myself attacking people who I dislike to things like I look back on past events in my life where I feel I embarrassed myself. When im thinking of these things my heart usually races too and my breathing very slightly increases.

I'm writing on here because it almost seems too stupid to tell someone I know. But this happens every single night and can usually take me 1-2 hours from lying down to falling asleep.

Any suggestions what I should do?


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    Ive been having the same problem too. It usually comes during then night i want to rest but my mind starts thinking of evil things. It keeps me up for a very long time my heart race sometimes picks up or I get chills and hot flashes and I have to always catch me breath and relax myself I also have very bad nightmares. You're not alone I'd recommend seeing a doctor to get that checked out.

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    Hi Jamie.

    This can be controlled by you. It's a horrible thing that is happening, but you must learn to dissociate yourself with these thoughts.

    Deep breathing, slow, and concentrating on the 'out' breath helps.

    Another way round this is to imagine you're on the ceiling, watching yourself. That sounds mad, but it works for me.

    Finally - the most difficult one - force ALL thoughts out of your head. Good or bad, just empty your mind of everything. You need great powers of concentration to do this. As soon as a thought comes in, concentrate on blanking it out.

    I hope this might help you. love Tess

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    This has only happened to me the few times I smoked pot before bed. I don't do that anymore. Scared me out of my socks.


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    its not stupid jamie your mind seems to go into overdrive at night this is when it is quietest and things can seem worse it sounds like it could be anxiety with the racing heart try chamomile tea before bed and maybe some gentle music to take the focus away from your thoughts hope this helps 
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