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Are You Having Trouble Sleeping/relaxing?

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping/relaxing?

It seems it’s becoming harder and harder to relax so that I can fall asleep. I can’t ease my mind, No matter how tired I am I still just lay there for long periods of time. After a while my anxiety starts then makes it worse.

posted 14 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My counselor said to take short walks before I go to sleep to relax me,and to write down things when they come to mind so I don't think about them at night, plus taking less naps in the day. All those things helped me to sleep better at night

posted 12 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My family doctor prescribed me effexor xr which helps with my anxiety so I'm able to sleep all night.

posted 13 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member
I have issues or used to have issues when it came to sleeping but my decision was trying to take sleeping pills over the counter and I tried so many different ones some wouldn’t work or some would give me hallucinations and then I got one that does work which is melatonin. Well it also depends on the other person because we’re all different. Before the melatonin I called my family doctor and I was telling him I can’t stay asleep I can’t go to sleep for a long time and he told me there’s a sleeping pill over the counter try it, but didn’t work for me so that’s when I went to the melatonin. I am a over thinker I can be thinking about Things that happened in the past when I was in grade school and I’m going to be 39 in October that’s how the squirrels in my head go, but like I said they’re also might be someone who has to have a talk with your doctor and there are people that have to take prescribed sleeping pills. I don’t know what your doctor would say because we might have different seizures and take different medication‘s so the doctor might tell you try over-the-counter or you need prescribed pills. Depends on how you describe your nights to your doctor. When it comes to relaxing there could be nothing bothering me but I can never relax and I take anxiety pills I’m always tense pushing my shoulders down like yelling at myself will you relax, but I pretty much never sit down I always find something to do so that gets my mind off of being tense. but when I do sit down I can’t relax all the time. So when it comes to that part I can’t help you I’ve never been a relaxing person in my whole life. I hope that helped good luck and I hope you get what you need and when it comes to the relaxing part also talk to your doctor about that. 💜

edited, originally posted 13 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I am always up early in the morning seems like I been like that for years now, but I think that I'd rather be a morning person than a night person. I just try to keep a schedule and do my certain things like taking care of myself, reading my Bible, writing in my journal, going for a walk,and checking the messages on my phone, eating breakfast, and things like that. Just make a schedule to fit your day that you will be happy with

posted 9 days ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Have tried to keep busy . I would go on long walks , bike ride and other things , but I would still be up in the early mornings.

posted 10 days ago
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