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20 Sep 2017, 10:28 pm

I've had trouble sleeping for years.
Its not like there is anything to do outside at late hours nor am I alert enough to do something challenging at home.

How do others cope with it?



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21 Sep 2017, 5:34 am

Tried different approaches but only very small doses of quetiapine (1/3 of the smallest pill) before sleep really helped :/


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21 Sep 2017, 9:48 am

A half dozen sedating drugs and keeping a sleep/wake routine. You control when you go to bed, you control when you get out of bed but you dont control when you sleep. To overcome problems with your sleep cycle use an alarm and get out of bed at the same time everyday regardless whether you have anywhere to go. I get out of bed at 9:15am every morning, seems to really me.

I also blackout my window with blinds and curtains, use lots of layers of blankets for the weight as it calms me down and helps me sleep, control the temperature in my bedroom with an AC or heated blanket, make my bed everyday so that there will be no wrinkles in the bedsheets to bother my sensory related issues, and lastly use a white noise clip that I play on my phone on repeat all night long to prevent any sounds from waking me up. I find the whitenoise also helps drown out my repetitive thoughts that would otherwise prevent me from falling asleep.


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23 Sep 2017, 4:04 pm

Though I've not seen any results so far drastically cutting down on caffeine consumption to help fight insomnia, one thing that does really help me fight the issue is staying away from screens nearing the time I should be getting to bed - and especially avoiding reading the news online (why I even do this is a mystery) on my phone while in bed.
Probably my greatest insomnia issue is really a compulsive behaviour issue... breaking the completely unhelpful urge to reach for technology when one should be preparing for sleep.


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