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I have had generalized anxiety since 1997 and have been on a variety of different medications. Currently I'm on 40mg of Celexa and it's working pretty well. I still struggle with obssesive worrying (not nearly as bad as before I switched from Lexapro to Celexa) and have acquired something new that causes me a great deal of anxiety at night. I dread the thought of going to sleep at night. I'm a sleeper and LOVE to sleep and sleep in, but there is something about going to sleep that makes me super ANXIOUS! So weird to me. I get anxious about the thought of ending the day because as soon as I try to relax and try to fall asleep, that's when my brain turns on and is full thinking and worry mode. I do everything I can to stay up as late as I can so I'm so tired that I'll just pass out when I actually do get into bed. This pattern has caused me to not sleep well once I'm asleep...I have horrible nightmares, nightsweats and I wake up like every hour or so. I finally got to the point to where I felt so horrible, I went back to my dr and asked what I could do to help me get to sleep. He prescribed me 50mg of Trazadone to take at night before bedtime. It works great. I sleep through the night. I've recently switched to 100mg but fear that I will become dependant on the medication. My dr has told me over and over again that it's not addictive and it's ok to take. I just wish I could sleep like a normal person. I have no problem taking naps during the day..it's cuz I'm so tired from the night before that I can't wait to fall asleep for a few hours. I'm sitting here right now with anxiety about going to sleep and am trying to find things to do so I don't have to. It just doesn't make sense to me. I just can't seem to turn my brain off at night. It starts worrying about things that are completely out of my control, then I get panicky that it's late and if I send my self into a spiral of anxiety that I will be alone because it's too late to call anyone. I can be fine the entire day, but when I start to think about going to sleep, my anxieties instantly kick in.

Anybody else experience this feeling? Any ideas of how I can calm myself to not fear going to sleep at night? I appreciate any advice. Thanks
[QUOTE=toosassy;2841885]I have had generalized anxiety since 1997 and have been on a variety of different medications. Currently I'm on 40mg of Celexa and it's working pretty well. I still struggle with obssesive worrying (not nearly as bad as before I switched from Lexapro to Celexa) and have acquired something new that causes me a great deal of anxiety at night. I dread the thought of going to sleep at night. I'm a sleeper and LOVE to sleep and sleep in, but there is something about going to sleep that makes me super ANXIOUS! So weird to me. I get anxious about the thought of ending the day because as soon as I try to relax and try to fall asleep, that's when my brain turns on and is full thinking and worry mode. I do everything I can to stay up as late as I can so I'm so tired that I'll just pass out when I actually do get into bed. This pattern has caused me to not sleep well once I'm asleep...I have horrible nightmares, nightsweats and I wake up like every hour or so. I finally got to the point to where I felt so horrible, I went back to my dr and asked what I could do to help me get to sleep. He prescribed me 50mg of Trazadone to take at night before bedtime. It works great. I sleep through the night. I've recently switched to 100mg but fear that I will become dependant on the medication. My dr has told me over and over again that it's not addictive and it's ok to take. I just wish I could sleep like a normal person. I have no problem taking naps during the day..it's cuz I'm so tired from the night before that I can't wait to fall asleep for a few hours. I'm sitting here right now with anxiety about going to sleep and am trying to find things to do so I don't have to. It just doesn't make sense to me. I just can't seem to turn my brain off at night. It starts worrying about things that are completely out of my control, then I get panicky that it's late and if I send my self into a spiral of anxiety that I will be alone because it's too late to call anyone. I can be fine the entire day, but when I start to think about going to sleep, my anxieties instantly kick in.

Anybody else experience this feeling? Any ideas of how I can calm myself to not fear going to sleep at night? I appreciate any advice. Thanks[/QUOTE]

Oh yes totally can relate, I can manage stress pretty well all day but have segregated it to a nightime issue. I've taken and tried variety of meds over the years. And I've been on and OFF! What I've done is with a counselor, when feeling better, I wean myself rather then them setting a schedule and I'm often down to stupid nibbles of a pill and then stop. But allowing it to be my choice makes a huge difference. Mine started when my first crazy in love boyfriend told me he was going on a trip for a year. I could not turn the anxiety off. I've beat some issues but this one comes back to haunt me and we're trying to figure out how to break the cycle. I do sometimes listen to relaxing music. If I'm tired I often tell myself a story because my brain never stops and that works better for me than trying to clear my mind.





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