Getting to sleep the night before a big event?
February 25, 2013 5:13 PM Subscribe
Lately I've been having this horrible anxiety/insomnia the night before important presentations or other work events. How can I fix this?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (21 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The last few times I've had to give a big presentation for work, I end up awake almost all night the night before. Even if I know I'm prepared, I can't seem to shake the anxiety. Usually the anxiety shows up as shots of adrenaline right before I'm about to drift off to sleep. It is very frustrating because I know what is happening but I can't seem to do anything about it.
I've got some big presentations coming up and I need to figure out how to get some sleep the night before. I'd like to come up with something relatively failsafe, like a sleeping pill that will let me make sure I am asleep when I'd like to be. Is this a terrible plan? I've never taken a sleeping pill before and I have no idea which one would be best. I need to be sharp the next day, so anything with a "hangover" type effect isn't ideal. Should I try to get a prescription for a sleeping pill? Which one would be best? Is there some anti-anxiety medication that would be better than a sleeping pill in this type of situation? I realize this is a lot of medical advice, but I live in a foreign country and don't speak the language very well, so I'll need to go to my doctor prepared. Any advice (also non-pharmaceutical solutions) appreciated.