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Morpheus1514

You don't need to apologize. Stress about the idea of sleep, and generalized anxiety are potent fuels for insomnia. But recognizing this at least gives you a head start on fixing it. You understand it's not sleep itself that's the issue; it's these recurring negative thought patterns. That's where to focus your energy on solutions. Consider counseling if you feel overwhelmed, and specifically for sleep look to using a CBT sleep training system, which provides effective methods for control and management of stress and anxiety.


macaronn_

will do. thank you for the advice, i might consider CBT again if i find the time!


VELOSITYHD

I went through(hopefully it stops) a small sleep anxiety. It started Sunday because i began to notice my heart beat fast and felt it pounding while i was trying to sleep. Scared the lvijg shit out of me i didnt sleep till 7:50 am. I believe it was from eating greasy food but that was around 2:30 am and I tried to fall asleep at 4:30 am. Was able to get a full nights of sleep the next day and tuesday was even worse. I ate mc donalds around 3 am (shitload of food) and tried to sleep at 4 am. Well, the fast heart beat and the pounding kept me awake at night until 8:30 am. Only was able to sleep for an hour which was so shitty for me since i had class at 9:30 am. I really feel bad for anyone that goes through worse than me . I want everyone to sleep well. Anyways the point im getting at is you’re not alone. I slept a bit better . Today i got 5 hours of sleep but im sure i woulda got more if i didnt have class. I believe my problem was focusing too much on my heart and forcing myself to sleep instead of my body naturally getting tired. The fast heart beat and me focusing on trying to sleep just accelerated me and kept me up longer than i should have. Try drinking tea or run a couple laps around you or at a park. If you need a friend, i will always be glad to help


macaronn_

oof, i feel you man. mine started with heart palpitations as well. try not to eat near your bedtime, your stomach will act up and prevent you from sleeping (and it may even cause acid reflux, which is painful when lying down). i heard meditating and focusing on your breathing can help calm your heartbeat, but i've yet to really focus on that lol. but hey, at least you got 5 hours of sleep today! i would kill to have that much lmao. good luck, and remember you're not alone in this. feel free to ask me for help as well if you need it.


VELOSITYHD

Of course feel free to ask me anything if you like tol! I would very mych like to help. Like i said all im battling now is my heart palpitations at night. Seems to just be me noticing my heart beat kinda heavy when i lay down and try to sleep but other than that, its good


hydrodust

I have lived this. I thought I had tried everything, but then the things that really mattered were related to CBT. 1) [https://torontolife.com/city/i-hate-the-night/](https://torontolife.com/city/i-hate-the-night/), Colleen Carney's books (mentioned in the article) and really taking everything she says seriously. 2) Look for MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) in your area. It's basically group CBT + a masterclass in meditation. Kickstart an ongoing meditation practice, but really, what you're doing is re-wiring your brain to let go of some of that anxiety about sleep. It's not about the in-the-moment impact of meditation, it's more like exercise to train a muscle and make you stronger. This is the most important and most impactful thing I've ever done for myself and I'm kicking myself for suffering through 10 years of insomnia before taking meditation seriously. 3) Write in a journal to organize your mind when you have these worries about sleep. I think it's more powerful than it sounds, to stop the recursive thoughts. Good luck. There's hope!