What do you do when you can’t sleep?
I used to balk at the idea of insomnia; I chalked it up to people being insecure and blaming it on lack of sleep; but since I got sz I have developed a serious inability to fall asleep at night, getting only a few hours/night for several nights in a row, and I can tell you that building up a large sleep debt can seriously destroy my ability to function and so I am soliciting ideas/suggestions for how to combat this insomnia…
I couldn’t sleep so I finally joined this forum! Glad to meet fellow warriors of psychosis! Tell me about yourself?
Try some ambient, lush and relaxing music when you go to bet. The more reverb the better! And, welcome to the forum!
Follow all the typical sleep hygiene rules to see if maybe you’re doing something that’s contributing. Also, if you’re having terrible falling asleep, you can boil a banana, peel and all, for about 15 minutes. They’re away the banana and drink the hot banana water. It sounds like ■■■■■■■■, but it actually works pretty well.
I am great insomnik when or before onset…sleep paralysis cause my first psychotic break…i take rispridal 4 mg now i sleep quite good now a days…!!! U can take sleep aide for ur good sleep…god bless u brother…take care…!!
I woke up way too early as well. I barely slept last night. Probably because I had trouble falling asleep because the lady in another apartment was talking on her phone for 10 hours yesterday. She was loud and it went on until 2 am when I played a YouTube video out the window of the Rock telling people to shut up She shut up but some other guy started talking until I played another video. Then finally some birds woke me up at 6 am. ugh
I can’t sleep either right now.
I fell asleep at 10:30pm and woke up at 2am, but can’t get back to sleep. I’m tired though. Insomnia sucks.
I take sleeping pills every night. Lunesta works like a charm.
Hot baths, blue-blocking (yellow/orange) glasses, chamomile tea, sleep meds as needed.
Hi and welcome to the forum! I have problems sleeping too. When it first started, I had only 1-2 hours of sleep per night for two weeks - yuck! Here are the rules that I use (most of which my sleep doctor approves of).
(1) no caffeine drinks during the day.
(2) make a very rigid schedule around bed time. I stop studying, playing video games, or doing work 2 hours before bed. It is because these activities cause me stress. I also avoid TV two hours before bed (because somehow the way the screen is updated can cause stress). The sleep doctor says 1 hour is good enough…
(3) At two hours before bed, I get ready for bed, then read in bed for the remaining hour (or until I think I can fall asleep). My sleep doctor disagrees with the whole reading in bed thing. He says that I should read in a chair so that the bed is only used for sleeping. Thus training my body to sleep in bed. I say that if I get up from the chair and move to the bed, it will make me awake again and then I can’t sleep.
(4) take melatonin before bed.
I hope this helps!