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    Sleep troubles.
    ambermarie_ posted:
    I've been having a lot of sleeping troubles lately. (Like you haven't heard that before.) I've read that having depression and/or anxiety can cause insomnia, but I feel as though it would be due to the bouts of depression or anxiety acing on your mind. I've been diagnosed with both depression and anxiety and I've been off of my medication for about a month now. I haven't had any troubles sleeping until just recently, though I've been struggling with these mental illnesses for a while now. So I don't find it plausible to blame the illnesses for my restlessness. On the few nights that I used to have difficulty sleeping, as bad as it may seem, I'd just take some Benadryl or some Melatonin and I'd be knocked out within about 20 minutes or so.
    However, not even these medications will make me sleep anymore. I've taken Benadryl and it makes me completely exhausted, but even then, I still can't sleep, no matter how relaxed or comfortable I am. I've been awake for about 24 hours now, which is bad considering I'm 16 and I have to go to school. I've talked to my parents about it but they just tell me to take some medicine and try to sleep. That's what I've been doing, but all the medicine does is make me sleepy, and leave me unable to sleep.
    And in what I'm assuming is the sleep state that I've actually been able to reach lately, I'm dreaming but I still feel completely conscious of the things around me. I used to be completely oblivious to the sounds around me when I would sleep, but now can hear every last sound while I dream. I feel like I'm awake while I'm dreaming, which is a bit scary.
    atti_editor responded:
    Hi ambermarie_ and thank you for posting!

    Lying awake in bed for hours or not feeling well-rested when I do finally fall asleep is one of the most frustrating things for me, so I can definitely relate to how you feel. You are correct that a link has been found between depression and lack of sleep. This article explains that in a little more detail and gives some sleep tips that you may find helpful.

    Have you changed anything in your routine or even diet lately that could be affecting your sleep? I found some information that you might be interested in browsing through:

    A good night's rest is very important for your health, so if this problem persists, discussing it with your doctor or even a sleep specialist might be a good idea.

    I hope this helps! Keep us updated on how you are doing!

    Best wishes


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