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    up again, I absolutely hate it

    when I can't get to sleep
    rnwytrain85 rnwytrain85 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    yet again another restless night.

    its 1 am and I find myself lying here body physically drained but my brain is still going a million miles an hour. but whats new, this is an every night thing. you.. your the only way I can get a full nights sleep. no prescription pill, not even the dankest buds you can smoke...
    MasterKush25 MasterKush25 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 27

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    I'm always up until the wee hours of the

    morning!i hate it, everyone else is sleeping and I get bored.
    lzgroupie96 lzgroupie96 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 7, 2014

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    Those of you who take medication

    for sleep issues: Have your noticed improvement in your overall quality of life? Are the side effects worth it? I'm really resisting taking the meds route, but I'm starting to feel that I might not have any other viable options.
    leavesandbeans leavesandbeans 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 26

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    Kst97 Kst97 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2015

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    It really sucks when your sleeping patterns are

    so much different then your SO's... My boyfriend and I are so different when it comes to sleep. He gets too much sleep, and I don't get enough. He's able to go to sleep at any time during the day, and can sleep for hours. And then even with all that sleep, he can go to bed at a...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9, 2015

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    I have anxiety over sleep.

    I get so worried about not being able to sleep that I lie there all night, my heart racing and getting worried about how tired I will be the next day. This gets particularly bad if there is a special event or something important is happening at work, I just can't switch off...
    Kitty2016 Kitty2016 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 7

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    β€œSleep is like a cat: It only comes to you

    if you ignore it. I drank more and continued my mantra. 'Stop thinking', swig, 'empty your head', swig, 'now, seriously empty your head.” ― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Seriously. I think if we could empty our heads we would all be sleeping like babies. Swigging does help ;)
    SimplyHearts SimplyHearts 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2014

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    I have these little spaces of lost memory.

    ..Names...Whether i have locked doors...So i recheck all doors and windows before going to sleep...I go to sleep...sending my children happy energy...When inevitably..Am wide awake in the middle of the night...My feet refind a path to doors and windows...Rechecking locks...
    Strawberrygiggles Strawberrygiggles 46-50, F 6 Responses Jan 26

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    rnwytrain85 rnwytrain85 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 6

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    I have chronic sleep maintenance insomnia.

    Falling asleep is cake. Staying asleep, not so much. It's worse during my work week, because stress is a contributing factor. Fridays are usually my most successful sleep nights because the gaps from the previous week catch up with me, and I know I don't have to be at work on...
    leavesandbeans leavesandbeans 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    allychef allychef 36-40, M 5 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    5:18am. Again. Sweeeeeet.

    Always exhausted. Always unhappy. Always alone with my thoughts. Even in the most crowded of rooms. There's so much I need to let out, but nowhere to begin. K, I'm done.
    heybby heybby 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 26, 2014

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    Ii'm having quite rough times lately.

    .i haven't slept at all in this 13 months due to my crazy noisy neighbor..i also got food poisoining twice in this winter and since two days ago..i got seasonal allergy and got cold..shivered now...feeling powerless and exausting
    blackandwhiteperpule blackandwhiteperpule 31-35, F 5 hrs ago

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    And it is awful. I don't practice good sleep

    hygiene as it is called, but sometimes in life things happen. And while I am not worrying about them, I am so full of emotion that my brain point blank refuses to switch off. I've lost jobs because of insomnia. How can you possibly goto a job where you have to be positive...
    YokoOnosVision YokoOnosVision 36-40, M 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    It's 2 am. I've been in bed trying to sleep

    since 12. I'm so exhausted and my brain just refuses to shut off... I just want sleep.
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 18-21, F 16 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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    Tips for insomniacs, hope it helps.

    . DONT No sugar / alcholic drinks after dinner No phone / tablet / computer since one hour before sleep. DO ~1h before sleep: tisane without sugar with a blend of herbs for sleeping aid (e.g. chamomile, melissa, passionflower, ..) At evening, adjust the lights. They should be...
    heronD heronD 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 24, 2014

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    i've been up for a couple days.

    i don't know what thoughts to have anymore.
    undyne undyne 70+ 2 Responses Jan 17

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    Why can't I sleep. I take medication

    for my anxiety and insomnia but its hardly helping. It feels like I have way too much time to do nothing. My life has become a never ending routine that only makes my inability to sleep worse. I can't find a way to break the routine either. I feel like a zombie. I've only had...
    v1ct0rtilla v1ct0rtilla 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 27

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    Last night went as follows: Fall asleep around

    11pm, wake up at 1am. Fall asleep again, wake up at 3:30am in a cold sweat and tears. I determine that I won't be getting back to sleep, so I go and clean the kitchen. At 4:30 am, I am beyond tired, so I attempt to sleep again. I wake up at 6am and I've been up since then. An...
    leavesandbeans leavesandbeans 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    It's 2:59 AM. Why am I still awake?

    !? I wish I were sleeping... For once in my life I wish I can sleep through the night, or at least for 5 hours. I wonder what that will feel like...
    TulipBaby TulipBaby 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 7

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    I can't sleep :'( I just want all the memories

    to go away, and for once think of happy thoughts.
    yoadrian123 yoadrian123 16-17, M Jan 4

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    I also have chronic headaches (:: I haven't

    slept in two days and my head hurts so bad. this is just great
    toxiccpastelss toxiccpastelss 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 18

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    I love how I feel exhausted all day,

    like I've been swimming in cement, and the minute I lay down my brain is like, "Hey, let's think about all the things you've ever done wrong or may do wrong, chores that need to be done, if you locked the door for the thousandth time, and monsters under the bed because why not...
    nobody62442 nobody62442 22-25, F 2 Responses May 21, 2015

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    Why would you sleep when you can be awake all

    night! Such a wonderful time. #tired #sarcasm
    JacobtheJunkie JacobtheJunkie 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    Nemesis of Worth.

    Fear is my old nemesis. He is always there. Making sure that I never get comfortable. With no comfort, comes no sleep. Ensuring that his reign never ends. I've no arsenal for this worthy foe, as my weapons have been taken from me. The Kings Brew has become a glancing party in...
    EricS EricS 31-35, M 17 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    Of course I'm awake. It's midnight I'm always

    awake at midnight. Why did I think tonight would be any different
    omgomg123 omgomg123 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 21

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    I've always had trouble sleeping.

    .over the years I learned to adapt-fitness training early in the morning and going to be early to read. In Recent years I'm sorry to say I resorted to sleeping tablets to enable me to function. I guess I averaged about 5.5hours a night. Since I got pregnant I gave up the pills...
    GalateaSpheres GalateaSpheres 36-40, F 11 Responses Jan 4

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    That moment when you think you're sleepy

    so you get comfortable, lie down, and close your eyes.. But your brain won't shut off, it starts flipping through everything. and then.. You realize you can't sleep. Why? Because you have insomnia.
    LittleSecretSubmissive LittleSecretSubmissive 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    So I can't sleep and I start school again in

    like 8 hours D: anyone want to talk ? Preferably someone who will bore me to death so I can sleep ( just kidding ) anyone message me :)
    EssScissorHands EssScissorHands 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 5, 2015

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    03:44... Another interrupted nights sleep.

    It would be rather nice to actually be able to stay asleep for an entire night. Broken sleep patterns are not fun 😴
    bjammy bjammy 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 16, 2015

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    eliteshadow eliteshadow 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Insomnia again tonight,

    just great! I have been up since 5 am, ran 5k before work. One would think I would be tired enough to sleep.
    Southerncharm67 Southerncharm67 46-50, F 8 Responses Sep 21, 2015

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    All Nighters : No Fun

    For as long as I can remember, I was a night owl by nature.  I felt completely nocturnal, begging to stay up all night from a very young age. Through school years, it only progressed.  Each year I would suffer when the new school year started, needing to conform to the...
    suzanneontheriver suzanneontheriver 26-30, F 8 Responses Jul 12, 2006

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    i couldn't sleep well yesterday again i'm not

    quite sure when was the last time i slept well..i really can't remember. i want to sleep,but my brain won't stop talking.
    babyblueeee babyblueeee 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 18

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    Another sleepless night.

    Yay for me! :/ On the plus side, I can always read to pass the time.
    MyNameIsNotZoie MyNameIsNotZoie 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 20, 2014

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    Got almost 2 hours of sleep last night/early

    morning. I haven't been able to sleep well at all for many days now and it's getting harder and harder to cope with everything.. Does sleeping medication help any of you people? I'd love to get some pills to help me fall asleep..
    JacobtheJunkie JacobtheJunkie 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 28

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    Its 4am, i cant sleep

    and I'm so sick. Ugh. Dear body. Let me just have a little bit of rest?
    Kattastic3 Kattastic3 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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    I really can't sleep.

    I stop breathing in my sleep sometimes. If hella scary. So from now on my mouth just goes on pause and my mind goes on duuuuhh
    davidschild37 davidschild37 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 10

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    TheSongPlaysWithin TheSongPlaysWithin 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 2, 2015

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    Last night's sleep was the best I've had in

    months. I woke up once, but was back to sleep in minutes. That's a huge deal for me. If I can manage to achieve that a couple more times this week, I might feel human again.
    leavesandbeans leavesandbeans 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 20

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    Is melatonin safe to use every night?

    ? Its my first time to take med though ive been insomniac for 3 yrs now..
    amara11 amara11 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    5:31am - another sleepless night

    and another day starts.... if I am lucky I get a 50 min - 2 hr nap in this afternoon.... * sigh*
    evienneOwnedByMasterBlaise evienneOwnedByMasterBlaise 41-45, F 7 Responses Aug 7, 2015

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    I hate saying I'm gonna sleep

    and then never ever do. I wanna stay up and talk forever but I know it's not good when I know I should be resting. I feel so lonely when I'm the only one up lol~ I hate that feeling.
    MellowButterfly666 MellowButterfly666 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 6, 2015

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    tdubz234 tdubz234 22-25, M Jan 4

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