I can't sleep anymore :(

United States
March 18, 2007 6:12am CST
I have not slept in three days. I was diagnosed with insomia but for the past year I've been sleeping fairly well. A lot better than I could ever imagine. However, what happens is I feel like I have to pee...so I get up and go to the bathroom..and then I don't have to go so I go and lie back down but then I feel like I have to pee again :-/ And I can never get to sleep. And then I think about everything... Point is, I'm angry because for the past year..that is the first time I've had a night's sleep since I was like five. I seriously never sleept at five..I would cry sitting on the tiolet because I couldn't understand that I just had anxiety. What do you think I could do to go to sleep? Does anyone have the same problem? Should I go on sleeping pills?
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I have insomnia which I can remember having since I was ten years old. I am in my late 20's now. I have tried various things to be able to sleep. Here are a few suggestions. I would only use sleeping pills as a last resort as they can be habit forming and generally not good for you. Plus the new perscription sleeping pills haven't been around long enough for the really bad side effects to show up. If you have anxiety, perhaps if you get treated for the anxiety then it will take care of your insomnia. You could go and see a Psychiatrist and they might be able to help you with that. I have depression, I am on Prozac for the depression and that regulates my sleep/wake cycle and pretty much takes care of my insomnia. Which was a blessing and a benefit that I didn't expect to get, but I consider it to be the best thing about this medication. You can also try several other option such as a anti-histamine aka benadryl (that is what is in over-the-counter sleeping pills anyways and it is much cheaper to buy the genetic allergy med. But I wouldn't suggest that for long-term use. I also tried prescription allergy medication as a sleep aid (suggested by my doctor) and low dose anti-depressants so both of those may be options you want to look into. Your insomnia sounds pretty dire, therefore I strongly suggest you go and see a sleep specialist. He will know the most about how to help you get some sleep. Good luck.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I think this is the best advice I saw on here. Even herbal preparations can be harmful if you don't need them and don't know what you are doing. I think too that you should go to the doctor or to a sleep specialist too. They can test you and know what questions to ask about this specific problem. Good luck to you.
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• Philippines
18 Mar 07
You will have to see the doctor regarding your problem. Take natural vitamin C it helps greatly. Those fruits like apples, grapes, guavas, papayas, pineapples,lemon and lime juices, they will all help. Try ordering Intra. This is a botanical drink which was formulated in Canada. Try looking it up in the internet. Lifestyles.net. This will do miracles for you. I have been taking this product along with Bio Enzyme Plus (a Filipino product) and I am feeling perfect now. I have been having sufficient sleeping hours for more than a month now. I believe Switzerland is producing natural vitamin C capsules. Try looking it up in the net. I am not very good at it. Good for me that they are selling it in the Philippines under the brand name of Fern C. It's okay, really, get hold of Intra now and those natural fruits if you can't have natual Vitamin C capsules from Switzerland and Bio Enzyme Plus from the Philippines. I hope you will pull through. Lots of my friends suffering from health disturbances have recovered this way.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 07
yes, i agree -- you need professional help if it's really troubling you. also, the above poster is right --- taking vitamin c, particularly the kiwi fruit, could aid in giving you a good night's sleep. i wouldn't suggest taking sleeping pills, though, unless, of course, if they're under a doctor's prescription.
• Netherlands
19 Mar 07
Thats horrible. This can take over your whole live. I have some nights that I can't sleep very good but I always fall asleep laterone. I try not to think I want to sleep becaurse than I can't sleep at all. Mayby yoga will help you. It helps you to relax.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I think it would make life unbearable
• India
19 Mar 07
dear u can go to sleep without tension only when u take proper medicines go to the doctor and have some good treatments and then u can go to sleep easily . so forget thinking about it and then just cheer up and go to sleep and if u need the help of the doctor then just let me know i will give u the address of the good doctos.
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@jurazg (409)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
19 Mar 07
Try to get so tired at night to sleep. For example run, or do some hard excersice. Good luck
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• Philippines
19 Mar 07
I also have an insomnia and sometimes i cant sleep for a week, i can sleep only 1 or 2 hours a night and its not a good feeling the following morning, I suffered insomnia since im in grade school, and there's a time that i want to sleep and ask my doctor to prescribed me a sleeping pills just for once so that i can sleep. Now there is a time that i can sleep well and sometimes not. Drinking milk before bedtime is a big help for me.
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@j27366 (294)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
Take Melatonin 1mg at night. You can take it up to 3mg, but don't jump to 3mg right away. Remove caffeine from your food intake like coffee, chocolates, tea (though chamomile tea is ok coz it has no caffeine),softdrinks, sodas, colas. Caffein acts as a stimulant, making us more alert and our heart beat faster. Do not sleep during the day. Don't take synthetic artifical sleepings pills yet, unless, you've tried everything and still failed. but make sure that you are 100% guided by a qualified doctor/medical practitioner. the above are all what my mom did when she suffered from insomnia.
@j27366 (294)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
oops! i forgot! about your frequent urination, have your urine tested for UTI(urinary tract infection). frequent urination especially at night is one of the symptoms of UTI. the test is called Urinalysis.
@exodamus (1629)
• India
19 Mar 07
it is a problem if you think it is. Before going on any sleeping pills please try meditation. that will help you a lot.
@exodamus (1629)
• India
19 Mar 07
For effective meditation we need to be able to silence and purify the mind. In the beginning this means stopping thoughts from entering our mind completely. In the beginning this may seem a little daunting however there are various exercises which can help us to achieve this: 1. Firstly we need to purify the mind. We can do this by repeating a mantra many times. For example we could repeat the mantra AUM or Supreme. When chanting the mantra we should feel that the mantra embodies a meditative consciousness. As we repeatedly chant the mantra our thoughts cannot enter. 2. Identify with our soul. We should feel that what we are is not our mind. We should try to identify with our own soul. The soul is the inner, divine part of ourselves which is by nature pure and unencumbered by thoughts. We can say to ourselves "I am the soul". Feel that for our meditation exercises nothing else exists excepts our inner soul. Sri Chinmoy says: "The moment you can say and feel, "I am the soul," and meditate on this truth, your soul's infinite purity will enter into your heart. Then, from the heart, the infinite purity will enter into your mind." Purity in the mind means that thoughts will no longer bother you. 3. Asserting Control over the mind. When we meditate we should feel that it is we who have control over the mind and not the other way around. 4. Control of Breathing. To silence the mind we can focus all our attention on our breathing. Our breathing should be soft and gentle. The breathing should not be unnatural. The secret is to focus all our attention on our breathing and not anything else. As we breathe in we focus on this, as we breathe out again we become one with this sensation. By concentrating totally on our breathing we slow our mind down. With nothing else to think about our mind becomes one pointed and concentrated. 5. The inner flame. Visualisations can play an important role in meditation. Try to imagine a candle flame burning in your heart. This flame symbolises our inner aspiration, the yearning for something higher and deeper. The flame also symbolises light. You can feel this light is burning away the impurities of the mind. 6. Throw out thoughts. Each time a thought comes feel you can take hold of the thought and screw it up into a small object. Then this object can be thrown out of your mind. If you constantly reject thoughts you will notice two things. Firstly you become aware that thoughts are separate to our real identity. Secondly if thoughts are never allowed to grow they will stop coming altogether. 7. Value silence. We live such hectic lifestyles that silence often seems something unattainable. Complete inner silence may seem like exploring unchartered territory. However we should feel that silence embodies a very powerful consciousness which embodies peace and inner joy. "There was a time when I love you, O my thought-world. But now I love the beauty of a silence-mind and the purity of a gratitude-heart." - Sri Chinmoy All meditation exercises can be effective if practised soulfully and regularly. The more we put in the more we will get out. However we shouldn't expect results overnight, we also need to develop the capacity of patience. .................... About the Author S.Guy is a member of Sri Chinmoy Centre in Cambridge
• United States
19 Mar 07
I'd say talk to your doctor about this for sure. Pills should be the ONLY answer but it may be necessary for you to get some good sleep. So defently talk to your doctor. Keep us updated!
@zapatee (477)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
i pretty much agree with the rest of the guys here. sleeping pills should only be taken after seeing a specialist about your sleeping problems. i have irregular insomnia. most days when i'm really stressed out or depressed i cant sleep well. but when i'm relaxed and having good days, i can sleep well and even late into the morning, hehehe. so try seeing a doctor first before committing to the pills coz from what i hear, sometimes these pills can get addicting if you rely too much in them. i never used them once. a glass of warm milk and a relaxed mind can help you lull way into dreamland, too, just try em. good luck!
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
21 Oct 10
Well for depression, medicines are not solution. Do Meditation, try breathing exercise, it will help you balance and handle depression.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I dont like pills but I wouldnt like not sleeping either it would make me miserable.
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
Actually that's is one of my problem too. I wanna share with you something that im doing, for me to get a well rounded sleep at night. I am not taking pills bydway just to help me to sleep well coz i dont wanna be dependent with it. What im doing is that, i always make sure that im feeling tired before sleep time so that, it would be easy for me to sleep right away. Sounds like im desperate huh? Well yeah i think so. But that the only thing i know to help me out of my insomnia. I do have an insomnia and its really hard for me to sleep well at night. I dunno, they said its psychological and i think yea it is. There's a tendency that its really hard for me to catch a good sleep coz there's a lot of things that lingering on my mind. But then, even its bedtime now, it is still hard for me to sleep. It really su**s my life for about 6months now. I am not sure how to cure it but im doing such a lot of efforts just to over come this insomnia of mine. Have a nice day ahead!
• India
19 Mar 07
customer service ok! now plz do yoga everyday and don't miss it. then plz do some workouts. other things just go walking for two hours. eat less food and physical is a must.
@jolope (988)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
maybe you should consult a gynecologist too.. i used to feel like i have to pee and then nothing really comes out and i also cant sleep properly..the doctor said i had u.t.i..i took some medications and then it was gone..
@psmanian (40)
• India
19 Mar 07
Do not go for sleeping pills. Just consult with doctor first. To get good sleep, mind should be at peace. I do not know your profession and the work load. Either you should be a computer person or should have some family worries always disturbing you from behind your head. To get rid of this problem I can suggest two things. 1. Give some tiring work to your body. 2. Do meditation.
• Singapore
19 Mar 07
Hi this is Venkat from Hyderabad, India, well i can understand your problem, you are thinking a lot regards the pee aspect due to which you are not concentrating on your sleep, first solution that you must follow is that try to eat oranges or banannas or black grapes after your dinner, and also try not to eat any junk foods ouitside, other suggestion to you is that try to do a little bit of Meditation so that your mind will be relaxed and you can happily go to sleep, if possible try to go for a long walk in the evenings..
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
Before I had an insomia. For straight three days I could not fell asleep even for minutes. I was then so so scared that I thought I might become insane so I consulted a doctor. He prescribed me vitamins and a sleeping pill only for one day. I was so thankful that the medicine has a very good effect. The following night, my insomia was gone. But insomia can be avoided. Stess and anxiety is the major cause of this. so, to eliminate this problem, we must firs avoid stress. Although, it is very hard in one's life that we must face the truth we cannot avoid it but somehow we can eliminate it. More so, from time to time we must relax ourseles. If not, it will bring us some problem like insomia.
@onlyu2008 (172)
• China
19 Mar 07
Oh,you are in so bad situation.Sometimes I have the same problem.I think you should release yourself to get asleep.
@zsseven (62)
• China
19 Mar 07
i think right now you shouldn't have sleeping pills because you just don't know the reason why you could't sleep.you had better see the doctor and tell him the sympom you had,i think you will be soon later!
@livvy092002 (1003)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
I think insomnia is also like a psycholigical disorder. Please dont get me wrong, maybe you should consult this to your psychologist or psychiatrist. I also dont suggest taking sleeping pills. There's a risk that you become too dependent on them to the extent that you become addicted and overdosed and who knows what the side effects are. Try also drinking a glass of milk before you retire at night, I believe milk can calm you and put you to sleep better. I heard about aromatherapy in scented candles, maybe it can work for you. I hope you solve your problem! Good luck!