Advice for sleeping with sudden insomnia?
August 11, 2014 6:55 PM Subscribe
I haven't been able to sleep well for the past week; this is totally out of the blue, as I usually get around 7 hours of z's. I think it's due to stress. I'm averaging around 3 hours on a good night, which is taking its toll on my physical/emotional/cognitive health. I'm actually dreading getting into bed tonight, and would like some advice from MeFites who are struggling with/have overcome insomnia on how I can best rig my chances for possibly sleeping well.
posted by BuddyBoo to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've already called my doc, but I'm fairly certain that I'm just super-stressed - I don't feel like I'm very stressed, but I'm getting a lot of physical manifestations of anxiety - tense muscles, shallow breathing, headaches, etc. - and think there is quite a bit bubbling beneath the surface that my subconscious is dealing with. I certainly have enough to be stressed about.
I'm not sure if there's anything the doctor can do, and wonder if it's something I should try and deal with on my own. But it's like I just can't shut my brain off when I'm in bed, even when I feel like I should be dead tired.
So far, I've tried: Belly breathing, Benadryl, white noise, reading, and listening to some "delta wave music" on Youtube (I've even tried counting sheep...). I have f.lux installed on my computer. These strategies have nabbed me a few hours of shut eye, but I wake up at least 3 times a night and only end up with 1-4 hours of sleep.
I'm planning on incorporating an exercise regimen into my day from this point on, but in the meantime I'd just love to get some decent shut eye tonight. Fellow insomniacs, please share with me your tips on how I might fall asleep as best as I can tonight.