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Forums / Welcome and orientation / Sleep disorder

Topic: Sleep disorder

2 posts, 0 answered
  1. Romac
    Romac avatar
    1 posts
    9 June 2019
    Hi I suffer from sleep disorder due to work pressure and a shoulder injury,I have left the job that I was in and found a less stressful job on a farm But there is still some pressure there. So I take medication for anxiety,because the anxiety was keeping me awake for hours l started taking medication to get to sleep,I then found that it got less effective as time went on and now have been on it for a couple of years on and off more on than off. Since major shoulder surgery two weeks ago I found the medication to be less affective,and went to the doctor for more. As a resalt of that visit he gave me a different drug which is non addictive but now I lye awake till 3am or so sleep for a couple of hours and get up do my work around the house as I cannot work for 6 weeks,snap at my wife which make for a not so happy life around the home,and feel like killing every one else, my question is what can I do to stop feeling like this, how long does this lack of sleep stuff carry on for cause it's doing my head in to top it off cannot get into doctor for a couple of weeks.
  2. Croix
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    10 June 2019 in reply to Romac

    Dear Romac~

    Welcome to the Forum. Not being able to sleep changes one's whole life, and if it is caused by a combination of pain and anxiety things are difficult. Medication can help of course - it helps me, but feeling half awake the next day is a big price to pay, so I only have a very weak one which combined wiht relaxation exercises often works.

    Can I suggest a couple of things, if we leave the shoulder out of it and if anxiety is the root cause and the brain will not switch off as a result then perhaps there is more you can do to reduce the condition. Beyond Blue has some information on this here:

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/treatments-for-anxiety/anxiety-management-strategies

    and for sleep

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/staying-well/sleeping-well

    I've a couple of suggestions of my own, the first being reading this thread

    Forums / Anxiety / SELF HELP TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY

    which is terribly long, however I've found a lot of use in it.

    I also use a free smartphone app called Smiling Mind, which helps to break up those circular useless thoughts. It does take a little practice but works.

    If all else fails I read, however that does not suit everyone

    I hope you can find something in all the above that does help

    Croix

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