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Old 11-17-2018, 10:12 PM   #1
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I have been having issues with sleeping for years now, and I was just wondering if there was some sort of treatment any of you have had that helps? There have been times where I don't sleep for three days. I rarely get more than three hours of sleep a night, and when I do sleep I have horrible nightmares. They're always so vivid and unsettling that I can't go back to sleep after I've woken up. I think the lack of sleep has really been affecting my daily life, including school and relationships with friends. For a while, my sound machine helped, but it's starting to not work anymore for me. Should I go to my doctor and ask about insomnia? I kinda thought this would all just go away if I waited long enough.
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((((atlas1207)))) It won't go away by itself. Definitely go to your doctor and talk to him about this. Hopefully he'll be able to help you. I'm sorry you're struggling
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Daily exercise is a big help for me. I also use medication on and off. After nightmares I always change my location. I sleep on the floor, couch, outside, any place that is different. It started because my bed would be soaked from sweat, but I think it helps in general for me to physically get away from the immediate memory.
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From what you wrote, it sounds like your sleep-related problems are pretty severe. So I wonder if it might not be a good idea to look into the possibility of attending a sleep clinic. You could certainly talk to your doctor about your insomnia. But my thinking would be s/he is just likely to prescribe some sleep medication which may help but which won't get to the root of the problem. Here are links to 7 articles, from PsychCentral's archives, on the subject of sleep as well as nightmares:

Sleep Disorders & Insomnia Guide

Do You Have a Sleep Disorder? | The Exhausted Woman

9 Tips for A Good Night's Sleep

14 Strategies for Sleeping Better

The First Line of Treatment for Insomnia That'll Surprise You

How to Eliminate Recurring Nightmares

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