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Old 10-21-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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I've had the worst time sleeping lately. I get to sleep fine, but wake up around 2:30 - 3:30 am, wide awake. I then go back to sleep around 5:00, and have to get up around 6:00. Usually when i go back to sleep, i sleep very light.

Sometimes I'll have nightmares that are so vivid. I have one reoccurring dream that's very strange. I'll dream that I give birth to a baby, not to be prepared and have nothing for her (usually it's a girl). It's strange because after I give birth, the baby isn't a baby, but a 2 year old toddler. Strange.

Last night was the worst. I dreamt that a guy with rotten teeth came into my apartment and tried to assault me. It was vivid. I can even remember the smell of his breath. Every time i woke up and went back to sleep I had another one of these dreams. I also dreamt that I set the house on fire by accident and couldn't stop it.

I'm recently separated from my husband. Does anyone think this could be some sort of anxiety I have that i'm not dealing with the way I should? I've been in therapy since the incident involving him to leave.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Yes, if you are having nightmares and trouble sleeping, it's your body trying to tell you that your upset about something. It takes a long time to recover from something like a separation from a husband. You have to give yourself lots of time. Maybe start a journal about your feelings and dreams, so you can go back and read what you are trying to tell yourself.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: FL to GA back to FL
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are you near menopause? How's your eating habits, etc...

I find that magnesium at night really helps me to sleep well and hard through the night.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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are you near menopause? How's your eating habits, etc...

I find that magnesium at night really helps me to sleep well and hard through the night.
I'm 35, so i think menopause is a ways away.

I'm assuming it's because i've been going through so much lately. I've never been like this, so it's very strange to me.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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Sure a sense of insecurity can cause that and things take time. From my understanding when you remember dreams it is because your not very deep asleep. Try taking some Bendryl that is for allergies;doctors told me it is realy harmless and good to relax you so that you sleep well. Also take a walk or get some other excercise daily.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Have you recently started any new medications or changed dosage of current medications? Any drinking?
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Have you recently started any new medications or changed dosage of current medications? Any drinking?
None of the above.

I do think it's anxiety. My doctor told me to take benedryl. I took it last night, but still woke up in the middle of the night. It also made my legs feel funny.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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None of the above.

I do think it's anxiety. My doctor told me to take benedryl. I took it last night, but still woke up in the middle of the night. It also made my legs feel funny.
Probably the best thing you can do for yourself is to exercise, take vitamins, and eat good healthy foods.

Amazing what exercise can do for the mind. Get in the habit of going for a long walk first thing in the morning or join a gym, where you can start meeting new people. Stay away from coffee late in the day and take a nice warm bath in the evening before you go to sleep. Put a little lavender in the bathwater. Little things will gradually make a difference.

Sweet dreams!
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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Probably the best thing you can do for yourself is to exercise, take vitamins, and eat good healthy foods.

Amazing what exercise can do for the mind. Get in the habit of going for a long walk first thing in the morning or join a gym, where you can start meeting new people. Stay away from coffee late in the day and take a nice warm bath in the evening before you go to sleep. Put a little lavender in the bathwater. Little things will gradually make a difference.

Sweet dreams!
You're absolutely right. I do belong to a gym, but i've been less motivated lately.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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If you aren't on any other medications you could try Valerian Root.(sp) It's a natural very mild sedative. Also a glass of warm milk, maybe with a touch of honey, a nice warm bath about an hour before bed, maybe even a sleep mask and earplugs.
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