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Ollyoyster
Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
Hi, I've been up since 3.30 again,,, it's driving me mad,,, I tried to stay up past 11pm so I can get back to a normal pattern. It doesn't work. I wake up and I am reliving things I don't want to talk about, it's like I'm back there, it's so surreal. I am on meds and doctor has said I can increase if I want to,, but I'm hesitant as they make me sleepy. I would just like to wake up at a normal time, without my brain playing tricks on me and having to relive things,,, any ideas???  I have tried everything, hot baths glass of wine staying up, all to no avail,, up at 3.30 wide awake 😳

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  • Ollyoyster
    Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
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    Ps it will be 2 years in June that the event happened. Its like I am playing it over and over in my brain,, the event lasted 10 days, followed by another 2 weeks arranging funeral etc,, maybe that doesn't help with it being a long time frame??? I do not want to go to counselling as doc advised, I find it too hard to open up to people, 😒
  • life
    life Community member Posts: 527 Pioneering
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    TV on in the background or podcast. Not music because that usually gets me feeling pumped up.

    If I'm awake after 3 or 4am I go for a 40min to one hour walk whilst listening to a podcast.

    I'd say forget the alcohol just makes you feel tired for a bit probably get an hour or 2 sleep but that's no good for the long run. 

    Good luck and try feel better 👍
  • Ollyoyster
    Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
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    @life thank you, 😉,, will try TV but don't want to wake anyone else up,, I normally go to kitchen an shut all doors, live in bungalow, it's just the part where my brain isn't letting go of things 😒🙄
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,154 Scope online community team
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    Hi @Ollyoyster, I'm not the best sleeper but when I go through stages of really struggling to sleep, I try to implement a strict routine so my body and brain start to adjust. Have you taken a look at Mind's tips for improving your sleep?
    Community Manager
    Scope
  • Ollyoyster
    Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
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    Thank you I will take a look at that 😉
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    Thank you I will take a look at that 😉
    Hi,
    Before my surgery prescribed Amitriptyline (I take 30mg a night), my sleep pattern was atrocious.  I had no problems falling asleep, staying asleep was the issue.
    One method I used, and I`ve mentioned it on here before so you may have already seen it, is that I forced myself to stay awake.
    I`d look at a spot on the wall or ceiling and force my eyes to stay open to keep looking at that spot; that did the trick for me.
    Andy

  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you managed to take a look at Mind's tips yet @Ollyoyster? If so, I am just wondering how you have found them and if you would like to talk to us further about it. 

    It sounds really difficult that you have been experiencing sleep issues. I can hear how this is exacerbated by the anniversary of the event. 

    We are all here for you and listening to you if you would like to talk about the event or anything else further with us. 

    Though, I recognise and appreciate that you find it difficult to open up to people. It is really positive that you have reached out to us and your doctor, despite finding this tough. 

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to support you. You don't have to face this, or anything else, alone if you don't want to.

    Take care for now and we will look forward to, hopefully, hearing from you again soon  :)
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities and EHCP's. Pronouns: She/her. 

    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
  • Ollyoyster
    Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
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    @Cartini I'll try that method, thank yiu 😁
  • Ollyoyster
    Ollyoyster Community member Posts: 348 Pioneering
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    @L_Volunteer thank you for your kind words, x  I'm going to try the Cartini method tonight, sounds quite promising ☺️
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    @Cartini I'll try that method, thank yiu 😁
    :) I hope it works for you

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