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    Sleep problem
    An_248341 posted:
    I am so very frustrated to the point of crying anytime I read why sleeping is good for you. I am suffering from insomnia! Does anyone wake up saying "today I'm not going to sleep?" I've been to the psychiatrist, who took me through journaling, cleaning my bedroom of any distractions, etc to no avail. I've taken chamomile, melatonin, all the herb teas supposed to induce sleep. I've taken Ambien with disastrous results. I'm currently doing accupuncture, I exercise about 4 -5 times weekly and I still can't sleep. I have high cholesterol and a family history of strokes and heart attacks. Am the only one without hypertension. Am scared anytime I read these medical stories and get stressed out. What should I do. I need help. It's been going on for three years. I need help please....somebody out there.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi and welcome here,

    Keep working with your psychiatrist to work on the anxiety this is causing you.

    But you don't mention going to a sleep specialist... is this something you'd be open to trying?
    bigeyez responded:
    Thanks for your response. I've been to the sleep clinic four times and seen sleep specialists. They all gave me sleep aids. I stopped seeing the psychiatrist because all he talked about was adding more anti-depressants which made me happy and lost weight for a while but did nothing for my sleep.. I wasn't depressed, of course these articles and doctors galore and their message of gloom were the ones making me anxious. I could not keep taking the anti-depressants and not sleeping so I stopped going to him. I have gone to see a neurologist for the headaches I've been having on the left side of my head anytime I don't sleep and I hope something comes out of it. It is so frustrating to say the least. Thanks for listening.

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