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Insomnia. Health anxiety worst at night.

chickentender

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I seem to do ok during the day with my anxiety, but lately, at night, I have a lot of health anxiety. Mainly about a medical issue and surgery I have had to put off per state orders. I'm afraid to have the surgery and also afraid not to. It will be done in NYC.
Anyone else having insomnia lately?
 

bin_tenn

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Not lately, no, but I've definitely struggled with this many times before. Sorry you're having to deal with it, but it's only temporary. Have you tried any particular techniques to combat it? For me, the most useful technique was to use guided sleep meditation videos on YouTube. I've not really had any issues since then, but when I do, I just practice the things I learned from those videos. Jason Stephenson has some really good ones that worked well for me.
 

chickentender

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Not lately, no, but I've definitely struggled with this many times before. Sorry you're having to deal with it, but it's only temporary. Have you tried any particular techniques to combat it? For me, the most useful technique was to use guided sleep meditation videos on YouTube. I've not really had any issues since then, but when I do, I just practice the things I learned from those videos. Jason Stephenson has some really good ones that worked well for me.
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I haven't had insomnia more than like 1 or 2 days a week sporadically for a year or two. A few years ago, it was really awful for me. I forgot about the meditations, I will try those again. I haven't really done much to combat it yet this time because I've been hoping that it would go away quickly, but when I lay down to sleep lately, the anxiety spikes exacerbate it
 

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I haven't had insomnia issues in years. My symptoms of bipolar disorder is something that I have managed well, in part, because of the psychiatric medication that I'm currently on.

I also haven't had anxiety issues in a long time either.

Hence, I now sleep well at night practically every night.

Thanks for asking, ChickenTender.
 

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Everything is always worse at night. Who knows why. “Weeping is for a night, but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5
 

bin_tenn

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Thank you so much for the suggestions! I haven't had insomnia more than like 1 or 2 days a week sporadically for a year or two. A few years ago, it was really awful for me. I forgot about the meditations, I will try those again. I haven't really done much to combat it yet this time because I've been hoping that it would go away quickly, but when I lay down to sleep lately, the anxiety spikes exacerbate it
Yep, I definitely understand that. Fortunately I've not had much trouble in past few years, since I used those guided meditation videos for a few weeks. But it does still happen from time to time. It's not even necessarily "bad" anxiety at night, for me. I might think about some negative things, but oftentimes my brain simply doesn't shut up. "We have to do this tomorrow" and "don't forget about that thing" and so on. Haha.
 
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