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anyone else have a phobia about being tired/not getting enough sleep?

(7 Posts)
arightoldbag Sat 03-Mar-12 11:21:20

It sounds daft I know, especially as a mum of two young children, but I have suffered for a long time with a completely crippling fear of being tired or not getting to sleep.

I am on 40 mg of Seroxat which helps to mask the problem a bit, but as soon as I reduce anti-ds it raises it's head again.

Doctors have recommended CBT. On a long waiting list though.

It got a LOT worse after last baby (who is now 21 months old). It's sort of related to health anxiety, as I worry that if I do not get enough sleep, then I will get ill and never get better. In my 20s I had M.E. and I am absolutely scared stiff that it will come back. I have felt like this since I was mid 20s.

I do a lot of avoidance things, sometimes not even realising what I am doing. I count exactly how many hours of sleep I have, use Nytol regularly, and have lie ins when I can. I won't go out at night, or stay out late. I don't drink as it affects my sleep. I constantly check how tired I feel. My DH is very good, and always gets up with the baby, as he says he cannot cope with my paranoia/anxiety about being tired during the day.

If I reduce my medication it literally takes over my life. It's all I can think about. I had a bad episode after DS was born, and at one point was on 70Mg of Citalopram trying to cope with disabling anxiety. I have been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder. I had some therapy but stopped as it made me feel terrible, and therefore very very tired! If I cry during the day atall or get upset it just knocks me for six and i feel wiped out the next day. Why is it that when I get emotional I feel so terrible the next day?!?

I am 37 years old and absolutely sick and fed up with myself. Why can't I just get on with life? I need to see the doctor again as the 40mg of Seroxat doesn't seem to be stopping all symptoms. I hold down a job, do various volunteer things, and look after the children. My relationship with my DH is fairly dire, sex probably once a year and i am touchy, paranoid and very anxious.

Anyone have the same sort of phobia? What's the matter with me!!

DurhamDurham Sat 03-Mar-12 11:26:27

I don't take medication as I actually sleep very well. However if I do happen to wake up during the night, or earlier in the morning that usual then I convince myself that I will be ill. It's stupid as I know people cope on v little sleep but if I wake up at 5 instead of 7 I say to myself " Well, I'm going to be ill due to sleep depivation" and spend the day thinking I look rough/ill/pale and generally shattered. I've no idea why I do this, or when I got inot the habit. Sorry I'm not much help smile

SootySweepandSue Sat 03-Mar-12 11:34:23

I have never taken meds but I really sympathise with you. I am the most god all hopeless person in the mornings and I just hate the first 1hr or so of getting going. I realise a lot of people are like this but I'm the worst person I know for this. I need 8 hours sleep or I am a completely different person aka the bitch from hell. I would say that I am scared about not getting enough sleep. Definitely makes me anxious and is putting me off having another baby as luckily we had a great sleeper so I was only deprived for about 6 weeks.

I remember being young and being able to go out all night and not sleep for days.

I do wonder if it is some sort of depression . But I also think surely it must be your body telling you you need to have more sleep?

If I feel horrid and grouchy I lie down or even sleep in the bath, but it's hard with a toddler.

madmouse Sat 03-Mar-12 13:51:35

You say you stopped having therapy as it made you feel terrible. I think you're going to have to see that as a side effect of therapy and get back to it. Or it becomes a vicious circle. You cannot carry on with this much anxiety and just medication to control it for the rest of your life.

topsi Sat 03-Mar-12 16:16:14

I am quite obsessed by sleep. I have suffered insomnia for many years and up untill fairly recently was anxious each night about how much sleep I would get and the anxiety would then stop me sleeping.
I am better now but only because I have managed to reduce the problem of insomnia.
I take a variety of supplenments to help me sleep and some to help me feel less exhausted during the day.
I found the most helpful thing was St Johns Wort which really reduced my anxiety levels and helped me sleep without making me a total zombie.
I think some of your medication may not be helping with your sleep quality, it may be worth talking to your Dr about this.
It did rule my life for a number of years and I still am very strict about going to bed at the same time each night, no caffine after about 3pm, never stay out late, always have a banana before bed etc etc. However I do sleep better now than I have for years and when I have a bad night I do cope better than I used to. I do feel sick and dizzy first thing but manage to cope through untill bed time.
I never thought I would feel better but I can hoestly say that I do so there is hope!!

topsi Sat 03-Mar-12 16:17:18

supplements!

yellytherebmik Mon 08-Aug-16 01:20:12

It's been four years so you probably don't even use this site anymore, I'm not even a mum (I'm 15) but I've searched the internet and this is the only account I've found that explains how I feel. The obsessive hour counting, the health scare. For me it's also self hate as well ("how could I let myself stay up this late. I guess it's just nice to know I'm not the only one. smile

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