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Bad "cycle"
Apr 23, 2007
I've always had difficulties sleeping, but they've been pretty bad these past 2weeks. It takes me a long time to fall asleep, because I have anxiety problems, PLUS my parents watch TV really loud at night, and of course my bedroom is right above the TV room.

I ask my dad every single night to turn down the TV, so I can't hear it, but he has hearing problems and needs to have it loud to be able to hear it. He shouldn't be watching TV at 10:30 pm at night, but he does. I can't change anything about that. Ear plugs do not help at all, so please don't suggest those.

So it takes me a long time to fall asleep. Then I have a decent sleep, up until when my parents wake up(6:30 am). My parents bathroom is right beside my bedroom, so their noise wakes me up. As soon as I get waken up, I stress myself out and think "Oh great, I'm up this early, I'm never going to get back to sleep". It's more of a "mind over matter" thing, where I "pysche" myself out into convincing myself I won't sleep. And it works.

I don't know how to change it, but I'm on my last nerve. This lack of sleep is making me so exhausted, I can't concentrate and my moods have been very low. I snap at everybody and I know I've hurt people's feelings these past few weeks, because of my bad mood. It's hard to control, when I'm this tired and not thinking clearly though.

I'd go to a doctor, but their solution to everything is sleeping pills. That's NOT what I want. I have an addictive personality and once I get on sleeping pills, I'll convince myself that I NEED them to sleep, and won't be able to stop taking them. A doctor isn't going to help basically, I guess this thread was pointless, but I just needed to get that off my chest. Anyone who can relate, I'd love to hear your stories. It helps to know I'm not the only one, tossing and turning and stressing at night.

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