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    Cant stay asleep
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    TheAngryJew posted:
    So, here is my story:
    Starting a few weeks into the new year, I just stopped sleeping. At first I was having nightmares related to a fire that occurred at my job late last year, which led to a depressive cycle and thoughts of self harm for the first time in several years. I contacted our local mental health crisis team and reengaged with my therapist of many years.
    I work a graveyard shift production job, 50+ hours per week. Several years ago I had a sleep study and was diagnosed with severe apnea, I have used a CPAP at 10psi with great results.
    My current medications are Wellbutrin, Nexium for reflux and Celexa for ADHD. All medications have been long term with no real problems. I recently started taking 4mg of Prazosin at bedtime, which has alleviated the nightmares, but I still can not sleep more then 3 to 4 hours without waking.
    I have tried melatonin with no effect.
    I have worked this shift for several years with no problem.
    I have made the following changes in order to improve my sleep. also with no effect.
    1. No caffeine after midnight (normal bedtime is 930 am)
    2. Use of a sleep mask to block out light
    3. No alcohol on work "nights"
    4. Calming music for 1/2 hour before bed.
    5. No electronics in the bedroom. (I used to fall asleep to documentaries on Netflix)
    Any ideas of a direction to turn?
    The lack of sleep is having a severe impact on my job and family life, to say nothing of my mental state. As I said this is a recent problem, prior to this I have had no problem getting 7-8 hours of solid sleep a day.
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    TheAngryJew responded:
    an opps....Concerta for ADHD, not Celexa
     
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    TheAngryJew replied to 2muchluv4u2nite's response:
    WOW, I guess if I was easily offended I would be upset by your proselytizing to someone who has pretty much advertised that he is of the Jewish faith. Perhaps It is my own fault and I was not clear as to what I was looking for.
    Does anyone have any USEFUL advise for me that does not involve being washed in the blood of the lamb.
    As I am an unbeliever and I had a big, fat yummy steak, medium rare, I can only hope I will be alive to use it.
    And really dude...Mary is a Harlot?
     
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    2muchluv4u2nite replied to TheAngryJew's response:
    I'm sorry for trying to give you useful advice, apparently you are highly specific in your advice-recieving protocols. You advertise that you are angry, which can lead to insomnia. You complain about insomnia, so it seems a safe assumption that the jewishness is what is causing the problem. So get pissed at my honest attempts to offer advice; but worry not, for I am bathed in His love.


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