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In a panic when sleep aids do not work
I have been able to sleep with the medications that I am now taking, but in the last week I have had 3 nights where I did not sleep much at all. I fell asleep but woke up after two hours or so. I was not very happy about this and started to get anxious. Usually 20 minutes after I take the pill, I am half awake and can drift to sleep. This time I was stuck awake in bed. I am starting to get really worried about not sleeping and having the insomnia. It is making things worse. I know that I am miserable and exhausted when I don't sleep. I just don't want to feel that way.

Can anyone help?

It is quite normal to have an occasional rough patch when you are a chronic insomniac. It just goes with the territory. You have to focus on the fact that you do have some good days. The root of your problem sounds like anxiety issues. Have you ever sought treatment for your anxiety? Laying in bed awake and anxious is a frequent cause of insomnia. It is the worst when you have anxiety and worry about sleeping because you get in a vicious circle.

To me, it is not clear what you are asking for help for? Can you please clarify what help you would like?

I need to be able to sleep. I don't understand why the medications aren't working some nights but are working other nights. I have not had anxiety treatment because all I needed was to sleep. If I can fall asleep I am fine, but falling asleep with the medication is not happening all the time.

"[[span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; background-color: rgb(237, 245, 249); "]]I have not had anxiety treatment because all I needed was to sleep."

Okay, but it obviously makes you very anxious and causes you to panic when they don't work. You said that in the title of your thread. It could be this anxiety that is keeping you up even more because you're afraid they're not going to work.

Do you know the source of your insomnia in the first place?
If you have been taking medications for a while, your body can become accustomed to them. How long have you been taking the sleep aids? You may also have enough anxiety that is overpowering the ability of the medications to work. Are there other stresses that have been making you more anxious than normal?

I have been taking the pill for 3 months. Do I have switch to a different one? Is that all I have to do? I thought that they were all similar.

It could definitely help, Lishanna.

They are often similar, yes, but the actual ingredients vary enough that if your body gets used to one kind, you can switch and it has to readjust to the new ingredients, so it could potentially work for you again.
Many sleeping medications are similar but there are varieties so that you can switch to something different if the ones you are taking have lost their effectiveness. The problem is that if you don't address the underlying cause for your anxiety, you will be on sleeping pills indefinitely. Sleeping pills are only meant for short term use. They are a bandaid to help until you resolve the sleep issues.

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