Tips for overcoming sleep anxiety?

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Hey all,

I'm at about a month now back at my initial dosage of 40mg Citalopram, after decreasing and re-increasing my dosage. Needless to say, it's been full of ups and downs. I feel like my anxiety has generally gotten better, but I am still having trouble with my sleep, which is causing a lot of distress and foginess.

It started out as my sleep cycle actually seeming to be off from the dosage changes, but I also started developing a lot of anxiety surrounding sleep for myself, as it's easy to develop anxiety over just about everything when the meds aren't at their full force. This week I've at least been able to get more consistent sleep, about 4-5 hours, but I have been taking 0.25-0.5mg Xanax to help me calm my mind enough to fall asleep, and I really don't want to let myself rely on Xanax for sleep, or for anything. Last night I was at least able to calm my anxiety enough to relax, but ended up laying there for about an hour and still couldn't keep my mind from thinking about falling asleep, and eventually gave in and took 0.25mg Xanax, which helped me drift off for a few hours.

My psychiatrist prescribed me Remeron to potentially help, which I may try tonight, but I really just want to be able to sleep on my own again. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for helping your mind not fixate so much on sleep and to let it just drift off into sleep? Also, does anyone on here have experience with Remeron at all?

Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you all.

 

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    Hi your not alone !I've had a terrible time of late, that why I started this discussion for help my GP is good and I'm sure yours will help you also. If you have been prescribed  tablets to help then take them for sleep it's better than non like I have had since January on and off. I'm frightened also had dealt with many things but this is hard and cruel.

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      Yes, some sleep is definitely better than none at all. It's just frustrating when you just want to be yourself again, as I'm sure you know the feeling. You said you were taking zopliderm? Is that a generic of Ambien? I can't recall.

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      Absolutely,  and yes they are tartrate ones not that I'm used to taking medicine have always been quite fit and well until this happened, but think I have to know to rest.

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    Hi, sorry to hear you suffering, I see a lady over Skype or telephone called anne winslow quest therapies, she is on Facebook.

    She re-programs my mind! - it's amazing what she does, definitely worth a look, as the mind is so powerful.

    I hope you feel better soon

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      Thanks for following discussion forum, I think this helped that I'm not alone, I broke down this morning fed up that's hard for grown man in his 50s and always been fit. I'm not on Facebook but will ask my sister in law to look into this lady who fixed u. 

      Many thks for coments and help.

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    Sorry to hear you are struggling. It's not an easy ride. I been on celexa for a while now had my dose increase to 30mg in December and I am still not 100%, I feel really sleepy during the day, but soon as night hits I can't sleep. Than my anxiety kicks in and the mind starts going. I just switched to taking them at night to see if that will change. You could try taking melatonin the 10mg its natural and should help u relax and fall asleep.

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      Hi thanks for advice I have been taking ginkgo to help with multivitamin would these effect my zolpidem as only get about 4 hrs at best? Any advice appreciated :
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