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insomnia due to anxiety

Going on 3 nights and days without sleep.waves of anxiety from stomach up to my chest .anyone else experience this along with not sleeping for days ?

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  • jake12070 jake12070 ralph96593

    Yeah anxiety can do that, I couldn't sleep for about 3 days the other week because of how much my anxiety was messing with me making me worry, I didn't eat or drink either.

    Are you anxious about anything or just things in general?

    • ralph96593 ralph96593 jake12070

      Seems like anything will trigger me to anxious mode like if I get upset , stressed or even getting excited over something good which will kick me into insomnia.2 years ago I went 7 nights and days without sleeping which was my darkest times ever I thought I was gonna die.i couldn't eat .I slowly got better but have never felt the same.i always had that little anxious feeling up till today.i felt like these past 3 nights I was in relapse but thank god I slept last night . But this Anxiety thing came out of no where in 2012 .

  • holly_t holly_t ralph96593

    Hi Ralph

    This was me 4 weeks ago. I was a total mess. I ended up dreading going to bed as was scared of feeling anxious and not sleeping. It was a total cycle. I've been on citalopram since then and am feeling much better, but am also seeing a therapist on Thursday to discuss how I can prevent/cope in future. 

    The first 2 weeks on citalopram were a nightmare, I found it even harder to sleep but my doc prescribed amitriptyline alongside to help me sleep. I am now feeling 90% better. I am not trying to be a pill pusher as each to their own, I just wanted to offer my advice to you.

    Good luck. It really is horrible. If you want to try naturally, you can look into valerian capsules which are herbal, get calming tea infusions (valerian/lavendar/camomile), have a hot bath before bed, stick to the same bedtime routine every night for a while (which can be boring). If the last thing doesn't work, try staying up until you are physically exhausted. Try this for a few nights, and then gradually go to bed half an hour earlier each night until your routine returns.

    Let us know how you get on x

    • ralph96593 ralph96593 holly_t

      When this disorder first hit me in June of 2012 , I finally went to doctor in Aug of 2012 after going 7 nights and days without sleeping.he also gave me celexa which made me feel more anxious and only took for 2 days.i had gotten better still felt a little anxious all the time and not having insomnia if I did it was maybe after 6 hours of sleep at least which I will take over 0.i have been doing herbs like 7 blossoms tea , chamomile , etc. And trying to avoid getting upset , worrying , etc. But it's hard .I really don't want to have to take pills that are for the mind cause I think in the long run it will be worst after building a tolerance and then have to up dosage and loose touch with reality and have no feelings .I was on prozac in my mid 20's and that's how that made me feel.thanx for your input I really appreciate the feed back.anxiety and insomnia is a nightmare especially when u can't sleep for more than a night .god bless.

    • holly_t holly_t ralph96593

      I know Ralph it really is. I'm glad you got some sleep last night that's great. Don't let yourself suffer too long, though. You don't have to be on tablets forever. Alot of people have succesfully been on citalopram for 6 months/a year/2 years and combined with therapy this has worked. It helps you to rewire your thinking habits, which in turn, becomes habit. They aren't addictive, yes they can be tough to come off but that's only advisible when you're ready. Please don't just go from my experience but I just wanted to make you aware you do not have to suffer long term. I hope this is short term for you though! biggrin

    • wowendy wowendy ralph96593

      Hi Ralph hows your insomnia now. Haa it eased at all. Ive just started to get it after being quite ill. It's stress related im sure after what happened to mw in hospital. Im going several nights with no sleep and am exhausted. Constantly worried about not sleeping. Just wondering how you are doing now.

  • lifelover2015 lifelover2015 ralph96593

    i have been there, so many horror nights, that feeling like you are in nightmare, foggy head, nausea, chest pain etc...  its just a page of anxiety book !!!  dont worry u r not going to be crazy or die lol try to relax its gonna pass smile  wish u the best !

    • ralph96593 ralph96593 lifelover2015

      Thanx for the comment.ive been waiting 2 yrs.and 4 mos.for it to pass .i just went 3 nights and days the other day finally slept monday night and didnt sleep last night again.its frustrating .i used to go to sleep no problem and not wake up till 7am like a biological time clock .that all changed in june of 2012 .feel like im gonna die everytime i dont sleep especially if it goes over one night .

  • thomas23086 thomas23086 ralph96593

    Are these symptoms of anxiety - At night I will get a warm feeling on the left of my chest sometimes where the heart is and sometimes below that. Also I get a strange sensation in my legs when lying down go go to sleep. I've had an ecg and they've I'm fine but they did say I had an irregular heartbeat which they called palitations so they have me some propranolol which is a beta blocker and they didn't seem at all concerned but I'm not convinced.

  • New85 New85 ralph96593

    Yes, I've been there. Full on insomnia is probably the worst thing I've ever experienced, I thought I would go completely mad! Lack of sleep makes the anxiety worse and it's just a downward spiral from there. I was trying to still go to work on no sleep and it just made it worse- I was a complete mess! After days without sleep I needed sleeping pills to regulate my sleep cycles back to something resembling normal, then started a real regimented pattern of good sleep hygiene stuff and an SSRI to help with the anxiety. Was a real journey but those nights I spent pacing around my flat feel like a distant nightmare now, I feel for you. It can get better and I hope you find the answer you need x

  • Zerodark Zerodark ralph96593

    I have a serious sleep issue, I just cant drop off and I am using alcohol, the doctor knows, I know it makes axienty worse, but what else am I supposed to go, tried yoya, medatation, music, tens all sorts, I dont want zDrugs as I am on enough right now. I just want some sleep.

    • gill 55675 gill 55675 Zerodark

      it's awful mark isn't it? And It's impossible to try to explain it to anyone who hasn't experienced it. I was wake all last night and came on here to see if anyone was up so I didn't feel alone but no one was on. It's just the loneliest thing to go through and you feel so crap the next day when you haven't slept. X

  • jordan73092 jordan73092 ralph96593

    I get this odd tingly feeling in me head I feel spaced out, weak, numb and tired but I can never sleep or relax when I feel like this. It can start as early as lunch and not go away until I somehow fall asleep late at night. It is making me miserable. I feel like I'm shaking in my head but not physically. I also get chest pains and feelings like my heart is pounding but this does not bother me as much as my head does. Does anyone feel like this. It is starting to bother me almost every day

  • thomas23086 thomas23086 ralph96593

    Someone please answer my questions, I'm scared as I don't know if I have anxiety or not

  • raphael75496 raphael75496 ralph96593

    I also had anxiety, depression, racing mind that lead to insomnia. 

    Anxiety was healed by jack up Vitamin D level. Level was way off the min. Anxiety went away when D level backed to normal range.

    Only thing left behind was insomnia, that I tried many things but no help until I tried 2 things : Taurne 500mg and plain gelatin (the ingrdient to make Jello)

    It works for me and hope it also works for others.

  • chels18099 chels18099 ralph96593

    I feel for you all I am 24 years of age and I have suffered anxiety and panic attacks since I was 16 but only this year I have suffered really bad insomnia due to my anxiety I have went through episodes four times this year where I haven't been able to sleep for days and I am currently going through a episode where I have been struggling to sleep for days it started four days ago and I have managed to get little sleep but still been ill so used zoplicone sleeping tablet on Sunday and managed to get a full eight hours I felt great well rested but still tired managed to make it into my work and bought nytol over the counter at the chemist so I took one at midnight and it didn't work I was up all night tossing and turning watching my partner and dog snoring away feeling jealous wishing I could be snoozing away with them so I got a prescription of more zoplicones 7.5 for five days because these have worked really well for me in the past and normally after three days of taking them with three good nights rest I feel back to normal and i am able to naturally drift to sleep again they have been life savers I used to be scared of sleeping tablets because I read there really addictive but honestly they have helped me at times when I haven't been able to sleep for four five days and it was that bad I was being sick thinking I was away to die because so I would recommend them if your struggling don't be afraid like I was I gave up and took them because I was desperate and wish I did it sooner when I got them they work a treat but I would only recommend using them for a short time a week Atleast Hi E everyone's better and I hope now that I have my five days worth il be able to get a good few nights rest and not stress

  • chels18099 chels18099 ralph96593

    Also when I went to my doctors this morning and got my zoplicones I was going to wait til tonight to take them but I was sick this morning and it gave me a scare so tried taking one and a half to sleep but I couldn't so phoned nhs to see if I could take the other half tonight and they got a doctor to assure me that I would be fine to take the other half as they have a really good safety margin I was worried incase I would overdose because some people are like oh you can't take two in the space if 24 hours but he said it was fine so don't worry yourself if you ever need to take more than one to get a good night's sleep I'm hoping I drift away tonight I will let you all know how it goes in a few days when I have my sleeping pattern back

  • stephanie01768 stephanie01768 ralph96593

    I have recently begun to have some anxiety problems. I was getting headaches and head pressure really bad, along with a foggy head. I couldn't concentrate, everything felt weird, I didn't feel like myself, it was really scaring me. I had my first panic attack at work. I was terrified and had no idea what was going on. I originally thought it was my blood sugar dropping. My sister rushed me the ER and they told me it was just anxiety. At the time, all four of my wisdom teeth were impacted. I got them removed thinking that was the issue. Things got a little better, but not much. I woke up from the surgery in a panic attack. After that, I kept waking up panicking at night. Luckily that has gotten a little better. I went to the doctor to see if they could figure out why my head was foggy and causing me so much distress. My blood work and everything came back normal. My doctor prescribed me Celexa. I tired taking it but everything got worse. I also have to mention that I don't sleep well, especially now. I constantly wake up in the middle of the night. When I do sleep, I wake up in the morning not feeling rested at all. Recently, I've become almost afraid of sleep. Every time I lay down, my heart starts beating fast, and I can't sleep. I might get a couple hours a night, but that's it. I am tired constantly. I can't tell if I'm not sleeping because of anxiety, or I have anxiety because I'm not sleeping. Before this whole thing started, I remember telling my fiancé that I wasn't getting enough sleep. Basically now I'm frustrated, exhausted, scared, and have no idea what to do. I've never had anxiety problems before this. My sister keeps telling me that it's all just anxiety and to take the Celexa. But I had the foggy head feeling before any anxiety symptoms showed up. Does anyone have any ideas as to help me?

  • allie 69437 allie 69437 ralph96593

    I'm going on 5 nights not sleeping. I have taken 900 msg of trazadone in the past 24 hours and still can't sleep. Along with daily trazadone, Remeron, intuniv, nyquil and Xanax (all which are very sedating). I have dealt with this problem since I was 2 years old, I never have been able to sleep. No matter what they put me on, if my anxiety is high, I won't sleep. I'm not sure if I'm too anxious or if medicines just don't work on me. I got my tonsils out in April and even the Percocet didn't make me loopy at all. I feel very in control no matter what I take or how much I drink and my friends never know when I'm drunk or on medicines. I have tried everything from baths, meditation, lavender, allowing myself HOURS to wind down every night. I need help and I'm scared. If ANYONE has any tips to help me I would appreciate it so much!!

  • gillian28761 gillian28761 ralph96593

    Hi just wanted to say im going through my second night of feeling high anxiety and not being able to sleep. Everytime i try to sleep my body kinda jolts me awake and my heart starts racing so i have to calm myself down. Its such a scary feeling.

  • mike41259 mike41259 ralph96593

    Yes I did some years ago when I had a work related breakdown... I contacted a company help line which referred me to a counsellor which worked a treat. Good luck and yes it does feel like your the girl in the 'Exorcist' stumach churning, heart exploding and can't sleep. I did get over it after a couple of months but as soon as I spoke to a cousellor I started to sleep a little better straight away. Maybe its just telling somebody your problems ...Good Luck

  • anetta94863 anetta94863 ralph96593

    Ralph are you still around? I am having the same problems, days without sleep. Has your problem gone away hopefully?


    • sam10799 sam10799 gillian28761

      HI GUYS, what are you feeling now? Im exactly like what youve described, im on 4 days now without sleep and my body feels so week already, been drinking alcohol late at night for me to be able to sleep but wakes me up every 4hrs and wasnt able to go back to sleep. All my mind is thinking that i can’t sleep and im so anxious, i tried everything. Please help!!

  • notw girl notw girl ralph96593

    currently going through this but waking almost every hour rolleyes my anxiety has been worse nothing seems to freaking help i hate this

    • peter88910 peter88910 notw girl

      Hi there, im 46. I have anxiety disorder and insomnia for 1 year now. I have been thru some very bad days and nights, now I am getting better. For those of you who suffer from insomnia for more than 2 weeks, you should go see a psychiatrist and get some sleeping pills like imovane (short effects) or quetiapine (long effects) . And take vitamins B and omega 3 during the day. These medications are addictive but will at least enable you to function during the day. Hope this help

  • momo7 momo7 ralph96593

    Not able sleep since last three nights for a moment. I'm taking 1.25mg Clonazipan for sleep and anxiety. In fact I was taking 1.00 mg before n sleeping ok then I have to increase 1.125mg n now 1.25mg but no sleep. Whole night racing nagative thoughts not stoping for a minute. It's killing now. Don't know what to do?? Off course I am old aged mentally and physically sick dependant going through grief and agony of disconnection by married son and his family under his same roof without giving any reason. We live together since last many years happily but all of sudden something may have hurt them or my prolonged sickness may be the reason. I tried talk but he refuse to talk his wife n kids behaviour and attitude also changed. So far he has not kicked us parents out of house. BYW my my old wife is also very sick these days. Daily emotional stress anxiety and Dipression along with racing nagative thoughts, fear, humiliation, agony and torture don't let me sleep whole night as mind is not accepting this changed situation of abandonment which elevated my anxiety, Dipression and stress at very high level. My mental sickness already treatment resistant and no treatment helps. Increasing dose of Clonazipan naxipan increase pressure and dryness in My both Gulucoma eyes due side effects. Don't know how to overcome this miserable condition at this stage and age of our life as having no resources or energy to do anything. Loneliness and disconnected from all friends and relatives already due sickness and our reputation not giving courage to talk or some outsider involvement in confidential

    Family matters. Don't know... health is deteriorating, loosing sleep n peace. 

    Stress, anxiety n Dipression enhancing!!! In addition many physical sicknesses already paying like short of breath n tight chests, reflux's, solar throats and digestive problems, blood clott in lungs, itching dried Gulucoma eyes.  etc etc Needs support, advice and help if possible. Therepy, counseling not helping besides all efforts to talk or communicate with son failed as he refuse to talk all the times.  My mind is freaking and frustrated all the time restless and relax less.. 

    • holly_t holly_t momo7

      Hi Momo

      That sounds rough. Can I ask what country you’re in/from? Clonazipan Is very addictive as far as I know so I’d be wary of taking this long term.

      Can you talk to a doctor about SSRI medication which takes longer to work but isn’t addictive? I started taking citalopram and was prescribed a weeks worth of zopiclone (sleeping tablets). I took half each night for a couple of weeks and then the citalopram has slowly started to kick in and the sleep had got better - I recommend trying this.

      3 years down the line I am still on citalopram, but I don’t care if I have to take it forever, it saved my life and I’ve had no bad episodes since. 

    • momo7 momo7 holly_t

      Give holly-t,

      I'm in USA and from Subcontinent Info-Pak....... I used Ambian and Lunesta both are miserable for me after wakeup. I'm 

      Now treatment resistant, besides the daily torture enhanced my stress. Anger and anxiety besides mental and physical pains. Trying communicate with son but he is not responding nor facing me under same roof although he knows I'm suffering badly under same roof but don't know why he behave like stone. I am not able to cope with the situation. Not able to relax, eat, sleep or even simply lay down. Sevre headatch, earatches and heatatch with whole body pain unbearable.  Awaiting every moment for his contact as I sent him several txt massages but he is not responding any...... Me and my old sick wife are badly devastated and helpless, hopeless and supportless right now. No options or choices in hand. How to live and spend life like this??? Don't know... 

      having no resources/Eligiblity and energy to do any action. Relying on prayers. This unexpected situation crippled our lives. 

  • jeff92165 jeff92165 ralph96593

    It's going on 3 days for me that I haven't slept.  I'm so high anxiety right now nothing I take calms me down or helps me sleep.  I haven't taken ambien before and a doctor just prescribed that, I haven't taken it yet either will do tonight (it's currently 1 pm).  But the problem is my blood pressure and heartrate are high so I can't calm down.  I feel like I'm going to die soon and it sucks.

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