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Old 12-18-2013, 11:25 AM
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Wondering if anyone else has chronic sleeping issues? My started after a deployment in South America a few years ago and have been consistent since. Ill go to bed around 11, up at 1, wandering the house, checking the door locks, checking the kids. Same thing at 230 and 4. Up for the day at 530.

I've talked to the doctor and they attribute it to some form of PTSD. I don't take any regular prescriptions, and have refused sleeping pills.
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If it's PTSD, you need treatment. Why would you refuse medication? They're there to help you.
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OR the munchies!
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I don't sleep through the night either, but I'm not getting up to check door locks. My typical night is asleep around 11-11:30, up around 3 for a few minutes then I am usually awake around 5:30 which is 30 minutes before the alarm.

The fact that you are checking the doors points to a different issue. Be a man and be open to getting help if you need it. You don't have to turn in your man card.
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I don't have PTSD,

but my habits are the same as yours.

Every couple of months, I'll get a good night sleep, two days in a row, and like a fool, I'm thinking I'm back in a good pattern, but the whole thing starts all over again.

Lonely is the night
When you find yourself alone
And the demons come alive
And your mind is not your own


Yeah, keep the demons out of your night, and sleep may come better. When you figure it out, PM me.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:05 PM
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I would listen to the doctor.

I can say this... years ago I started having sleep issues. One of the guys I worked with was an RN. I was discussing my sleep issues with him one night and after he heard my story, he suggested that I take Iron pills.

First night was a noticeable improvement in my sleep, the second night my normal sleep pattern returned. I am not saying this is your issue (see above "I would listen to the doctor") but, for a few bucks... it is worth the try.


Trust me, I know it sucks! Good luck.
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I'm pretty much the same bed around 10-11 up around 2 or 3 then Ijust lay there in a conscious half sleep, trying to sleep till 5 . I find you gotta do stuff to tire yourself out. When I fish hard or do some other hard work for a day, I get a decent nights sleep.
Here's some things to consider. They say never watch tv in bed or read ,bed is for sleep and nookie PERIOD. Always go to bed and get up at exactly the same time.if you can't sleep, after 15 min get up. Never" try" to go to sleep.
A friend did an expensive sleep program and this was some of the advice.
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Originally Posted by nhpursuit2870 View Post
Wondering if anyone else has chronic sleeping issues? My started after a deployment in South America a few years ago and have been consistent since. Ill go to bed around 11, up at 1, wandering the house, checking the door locks, checking the kids. Same thing at 230 and 4. Up for the day at 530.

I've talked to the doctor and they attribute it to some form of PTSD. I don't take any regular prescriptions, and have refused sleeping pills.
When I can't sleep(which doesn't happen that often), its usually because I am thinking about something. When I realize its happening, I start to pray(not out loud....don't want to wake up my wife). And I don't stop until I am sleeping. Yup....I have a regular old conversation with God. On my part, there is a lot of babbling.....repeating.....confessing.....and finally knodding off.

I hope it works for you, it does for me. Thank you for your service.
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Definitely not an issue of "being a man." I see a therapist and we have some great talks. I they gave me an anti anxiety med a few years ago and it made things much worse. Long bouts of depression and the inability to perform sexually. It also didnt help the sleep problem, only the periodic anxiety I was having.

I tried OTC sleep aid and I slept but woke up felling lousy.

Im in the gym from 6-9 every night, teaching and practicing jiujitsu and MMA. No lack of wearing myself out before bed.
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Thank you for your service.
I don't want to take credit where it isn't due. I was working as a contractor for the DOD and DHS.
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If you are scared, checking door locks, ect, get a dog and a alarm system. If it's something on your conscience, confess and make it right with whoever. If it's PTSD, go talk to somebody and maybe try something to take the edge off.
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Seriously, smoke some weed before bed.
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maybe try something to take the edge off.
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Seriously, smoke some weed before bed.
Seems to developing into a common theme.
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One word - temazepam.

It's the only thing that worked well for me when I was undergoing A) a very bad time in my life and B) sleeplessness due to heavy meds (chemo). Common trade name is Restoril.

No "man" issues about it. Tell your doctor what's going on and tell him this is what you want. Do NOT let him sub or talk you into florazepam. Both are relatives of Valium (diazepam), but the flora will leave you with a bad groggy hangover every morning that takes awhile to shake off. The temazepam will simply relax you for a good night's sleep and you will feel clean and refreshed in the morning, no grogginess.

This was a god-send to my terminally ill brother and once I told him to get on it, to demand it, he couldn't believe the difference it made in actually getting a good night's sleep. It works, and after awhile, you won't need it anymore at all to fall and stay asleep.

I'm a miserable bitch when I don't get enough sleep and I know I am. Everything sets me off and my stress level skyrockets.

Good luck, my friend! Seriously, don't fall into the "I'm not taking a sleeping pill" stigma. Our bodies are wonderful, normally fine-tuned machines, but if you've got some kind of chemical imbalance going on, do not be ashamed to offset it with something like temazepam.
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I hit the bed around 1:30, up at 3:30 or 4 for munchies then back down until 7. 5 - 6 hours every night since the 1960s. Not checking locks but may take the dog out and surely will eat something. It's not OPs sleep pattern but why is he checking locks? Was anyone shooting at OP or why PTSD?
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Originally Posted by deep tog View Post
I hit the bed around 1:30, up at 3:30 or 4 for munchies then back down until 7. 5 - 6 hours every night since the 1960s. Not checking locks but may take the dog out and surely will eat something. It's not OPs sleep pattern but why is he checking locks? Was anyone shooting at OP or why PTSD?
The checking locks is more out of habit than anything else. Every night before bed, I check the door locks and windows on the first floor. When I get up I usually grab a drink of water, check the doors and wander around the house for a while. Ive tried watching TV, but gave up on that because I end up watching something all night.
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I would never take a pill if I didn't need it.

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I take otc sleep aids, go to bed every work night at 9pm and still don't sleep very much. I get up for work between 2 and 430 am depending on the schedule which is why I go to bed so early.
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