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AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Hey Lovelies! This past summer I have been struggling with the worst insomnia and depression, so I wanted to open up a thread and talk about it with y’all.

Also, because I must always ask myself strange questions ( part of the reason I have insomnia sometimes–I overthink everything!) I’ve been wondering why God created us with the need to sleep in the first place. He could have created our bodies and minds to restore simply when we did something relaxing consciously–like reading quietly or whatever. But no, we spend nearly 1/3 of our lives asleep… Why? Is there a point to that? (Don’t worry, there is!)

But first, have any of you struggled with sleeping well?

If so, why?

If you’ve overcome it, how did you accomplish this?

For me insomnia is one of the results of depression—but insomnia can also cause depression. Ah, it’s a vicious cycle. Basically, I was doing really well at the beginning of summer. I was sleeping well, not struggling with depression, shyness, anxiety or any of those things that used to bother me. But then I quit guarding my heart, I started doubting and started feeling condemned–like everything I did was somehow wrong and sinful and I could never be good enough.

This caused my mind to freak out and go into overdrive, and I couldn’t sleep at night because I couldn’t shut off my mind. The lack of sleep in turn caused me to make stupid, careless mistakes at work and when I was with friends which in turn really helped destroy any confidence I had left.

As I researched insomnia, I found this is completely normal–actually, getting less than 6 hrs of sleep over a period of 2 wks is similar to being drunk, in regards to how your brain works O_O (It was actually a relief to know the mistakes were the result of not sleeping and not because I’m completely crazy)

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3033637/infographic-of-the-day/your-brain-on-6-hours-of-sleep-a-night

If you google insomnia or “how to get a good nights sleep” soooo much stuff will come up. Smart things, like: Don’t drink caffeine late at a night, exercise, drink tea etc. all the things I was doing–things that made absolutely no difference.

For me, overcoming insomnia starts during the day. Not obsessing over myself (wondering if I did the right thing, or if I said something stupid or whatever) not thinking about the past, and being completely present and focused on what I’m doing. Also not worrying about “what ifs” or “if onlys” or imagining how something could have gone.

I’m still struggling with it, but it is getting better.

Here’s a cool article on some things God does while we sleep:

http://drleaf.com/blog/great-sleep-great-brain/

September 19, 2015 at 09:23
May93

May93

I have OCD and anxiety, which sometimes make it hard for me to sleep. I’ll go through periods where my OCD doesn’t bother me much and I can sleep easily. But then I’ll get an intrusive thought (which is usually related to family members being in danger, me doing something to displease God, or not being able to do something I love doing anymore-like watching a TV show), and my OCD and anxiety about that thought will keep me awake half the night. Which is especially bad because I get in a horrible mood when I don’t sleep enough.

I’m glad that you’re finding ways to overcome your insomnia. What helps me is learning not to respond to the intrusive thoughts when they come. It’s hard to do, but if I can ignore the thought, I can fall asleep a lot sooner.

One thing that you said in your post did concern me a little. You said “I was sleeping well, not struggling with depression, shyness, anxiety or any of those things that used to bother me. But then I quit guarding my heart, I started doubting and started feeling condemned–like everything I did was somehow wrong and sinful and I could never be good enough.”
^To me, this sounds like on some level you blame yourself for your depression and insomnia. I want to make sure you know that neither of those things are your fault. It’s easy for me to slip into thinking that if I prayed more, had more faith, did this differently, etc. my OCD wouldn’t have started bothering me. But the truth is that we usually don’t know the cause of things like depression and anxiety, and the best we can do is work to overcome them.

September 26, 2015 at 18:39
kellybarta14

kellybarta14

I have struggled with insomnia and depression on and off too! High-five! Haha, in all seriousness, though, I take Melatonin before bed and it helps me fall asleep faster. For saying asleep, though, I don’t know what to say I’m sorry. 🙁 But you know what I do when I cant sleep because I am anxious or worried? I text a friend. I have a few friends/mentors who I ask permission to text in the middle of the night. I also talk to God about why I am upset, then text. Also, this may sound a bit strange, but, okay REALLY strange, but I count my blessings. A White Christmas was my favorite play I have been in yet and (IDK if you are familiar with it) when Betty is worried and can’t sleep, she goes and talks to Bob. He sings a song to her that says, “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep.” This has seriously helped me a lot . 🙂 I hope this helps and that things improve!

September 26, 2015 at 21:48
SlinkyKitty88

SlinkyKitty88

Have you tried Calms Forte? It’s a homeopathic stress reliever/sleep aid. You can get it at CVS or Walgreens. It doesn’t knock me out or anything, but it does help get my mind to shut up. You could also try melatonin. It made me drowsy during the day, so I don’t use it, but it works for several people I know.

September 29, 2015 at 12:30
Project Inspired

Surrealist

Hey there!
First let me tell you I have absolutely been in your shoes. My sleep had gotten so bad at one point that my skin looked gray and my eyes were constantly burning and bloodshot. I was tested for a few deficiencies but nothing came up – I really believe it was just linked with depression. That went on really badly for about a year and a half. I remember one week I had gotten just four hours asleep over the course of several days.
I have been on and off forever with depression and insomnia, sometimes at the same time, other times separately. The worst of it was what I just described and that was in the past two years. I still relapse and am still a terrible insomniac but, like you, I am on the road to getting better. (I hope, haha).
As for your question about why sleep is necessary, I think it’s a few reasons. One, I think we need a break from ourselves. Think about it – with an anxious mind like ours, would we really want to spend every moment awake and consciously thinking and thus overthinking? Second, God communicates to us a lot in dreams. Also, sleep is a very intimate thing. Because of it, we spend time winding down, relaxing, being with our soul and with God. It is very quiet and meditative right before we sleep – whether that’s hours or just a few minutes for us over-thinkers, it really is an opportunity to focus on God.
Nice to meet someone with the same brain, haha 🙂

October 2, 2015 at 01:14
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