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I don't remember exactly when this has started up but I've become pretty bad at getting any sleep at night and if i do it's 1-2 hours max. It's interfering with my life because not only do i stay up all night, but I'm usually up during the day because of events or me trying to get this pattern back on track. But when night time comes around I find that I'm wide awake and have a hard time sleeping. And then I get anxious because i know I should be sleeping because it's going to be hard to carry through the day with any activities. (I do get a bit tired in the afternoon)

For example, right now, its 3:54 AM and my family planned a fun day trip tomorrow, we'd be leaving the house around 7:30 AM and be gone all day. I'm feeling quite anxious because i got 2 hours of sleep the night before this, and today I've only napped for 30 minutes. I don't know what is up with me. My family doesn't know, they've mentioned my eyes being darker than usual but i shrugged it off. And I haven't taken any meds, I'm not a fan of them but if I have to I just might.

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Are you on board with a sleep hygiene regime?

A lot of people think good sleep is just about what you do when you're in bed. However, things like getting enough physical activity/stimulation during the day, keeping the same wake up time no matter what, reducing or eliminating caffeine, having sufficient "wind down" time 1-2 hours before trying to go to sleep, and no screens (phone, computer, tv, etc) at least 1 hour if not more before bed; these are all things that can help too... as can taking meds as prescribed.

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Experimentation has suggested that not taking an ambien gives me a 100% chance of seeing the sunset and sunrise with lots of lying on the bed with my eyes closed for no apparent reason.

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