Insomnia Help?

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Insomnia Help?

Unread postby KittyPink » Tue May 16, 2017 9:33 am

So, yesterday I almost couldn't fall asleep, and that was mainly from dysphoria. Anybody have any ideas on how to fall asleep even if I'm suffering from insomnia?
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Re: Insomnia Help?

Unread postby thewrit3r » Tue May 16, 2017 12:29 pm

I've experienced insomnia in the past. Usually I notice that it's because something is bothering me; you've already pinpointed that dysphoria was keeping you up. While I have not personally experienced that, I know there are a few things you can do to help with insomnia. A lot of times just staying in bed does not help and can actually make you more stressed that you won't sleep. Perhaps you could try journaling your thoughts down before bed or when you can't sleep. Sometimes getting down your thoughts helps your mind not to wander at night because you've already said what's bothered you. You could also try meditation before bed. I've had difficulty just standing still but meditation doesn't have to be stationary, you could do yoga, take a walk, etc. anything that clears your mind. If it happens frequently, though, it might be a deeper problem that you may want to discuss with someone. My anxiety was giving me insomnia and I eventually had to seek counseling and medication (the anxiety was bothering me in other ways but that was just one of the examples).
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Re: Insomnia Help?

Unread postby Mo » Tue May 16, 2017 3:52 pm

The above ideas are good! I definitely recommend looking into meditation or relaxation/breathing exercises. I am not great at actual meditation but doing deep breathing helps me a lot when I'm having problems sleeping. You could also try a white noise machine (or app; there are lots of free options) to see if there are sounds that make sleep easier. That makes a huge difference for me.
Also, if you find yourself online right up until bed, there's actually a good amount of research that suggests the blue light from phone/tablet/computer screens interferes with your ability to sleep well, so you might try giving yourself at least a half-hour between when you last use a phone or computer and when you go to bed.

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