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You're welcome! I hope the visualization does the trick and helps you sleep.
I think so. If your situation is not caused by a physical ailment, then it is psychological. And in the case of psychological issues, it is a matter of medication or therapy. Often changing your habits, practicing the exercises we talked about, etc helps in those cases. There are very few things that will prevent you from sleeping when your body needs to. And the fact that you have always slept or found a way to sleep says that you are unlikely to have a problem with not falling asleep when you need to.
i am having problems with my sleep still. im taking sleeping pills every night at the moment, and am finding it very difficult to come off them. i worked long hours yesterday and knew i would have problems sleeping, even with sleeping pills. i took 3.75mg of zopoclone as a minimal dose, hoping it would relax me enough to go to sleep. i ve been taking sleeping pills for most of the last five years and there effectiveness is minimal now, especially zopoclone. anyway, i went to bed at about 9pm (my normal time) and lay in bed doing breathing and progressive muscle relaxation exercises. I am pretty sure i fell asleep because i was next aware two hours later. the thing is i slept very lightly and was unable to transgress into deep sleep. i tried for another hour will similar results. i then gave up and took 20mg of zolpidem and fell asleep very quickly. i was able to get up and go to work as normal this morning. what im wondering is my hypathalmus damaged as i cant sleep without sleeping pills at the moment. maybe the damage is not full, because i have slept without sleeping pills before. any kind of stress or over working causes severe problems with my sleep. I remeber in my last job five years ago i went into data to deeply and really hurt my brain. by that i mean i strained my brain from over analyzing data. i havent been the same since and have had these sleeping problems ever since. can you damage your hypathalmus like this
You cannot damage your brain from too much work or over thinking something. But medications may affect it. Your question is an excellent one to check in with your doctor about just to be sure. But in my experience, I have not heard of hypothalamus damage from medications or as a side effect. Medications can affect your ability to sleep, but a medication meant to help you sleep probably does not do that type of damage. And once you stopped the medication, the side effects would stop as well. It could be that you have gotten into a pattern of thinking that is affecting your ability to relax after a hard day of work. You said you first noticed that the sleep problems started when you overanalyzed data in your work. When you feel that overworking is why you can't sleep, you can convince yourself that each time you over work that you won't sleep. The mind can be very powerful and when you believe something, you can make it happen. For example, it is common when you are around sick people to feel you have symptoms yourself even if you are not ill. That is an example of the power of suggestion. You may feel that overwork equals no sleep. So that is what occurs. When instead you may just feel anxious because of the thought and that is actually what keeps you up at night. Training yourself to not think that anymore can help you relax at night.Kate
Hi Kate, i have set up a subscription to your site. so it wont cost me so much money. if you cant damage your brain by over thinking, then i doubt my hypathamus is damaged. but whatever is wrong with me, its very deep and extremely difficult to shake off. I am working as a taxi driver, because its the least stressfull thing i can do. i just get in my car and switch off. whats so frustrating is im degree educated and cannot fulfill my potential. i should be doing a job earning alot more money, but i cant, simply because i get stressed (sub consiously) and cant switch off in the evening.. i hope one day i will be able to overcome my problems and work a normal life. thanks for listening to me.
I agree with you, I don't think you have damaged your brain. And the more you talk about how you feel, the more it sounds like the issue might be cognitive based. What you describe sounds possibly like an OCD issue or anxiety. Either way, changing your thoughts can make a big difference. It may take some time, but it would help. You can start by changing the connection between overanalyzing and not being able to sleep. Each time you have that thought, you can say "that is not true" then replace it with a new thought, one that you feel helps such as "overanalyzing can help me feel more tired and sleepy". Just having the different thought can change how you react. Here is a resource that may help you:http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_therapy.htm If you feel that resource is helpful and addresses what you are feeling, we can find more resources and other ways you can work on how you feel so you can reach your potential.Kate
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