My brain never turns off. I've been told I have a "hyper-analytical brain." Meaning, I am always, always thinking, and I think of many things at once. My brain is almost computer-like in that I see a problem and in my head my brain is going "bleep, bloops, bing!" and out pops the answer.
I don't sleep without the use of drugs, I take Xanax every night to try and turn my brain off. Prescription sleeping pills don't work on me, and over the counter stuff has absolutely no effect. I've tried meditation, I've tried relaxation techniques, and I've tried thinking of other things. That only results of me now thinking of two things instead of the one I had been. I've tried getting up and doing other things, but again, that doesn't help either, plus I'll often end up waking my husband and he NEEDS his sleep or he does not function well.
I can't listen to music any time after dinner, especially as it gets closer to bed time, because one stupid phrase of a song will get stuck in my head and it will play over and over all night long, all the while thinking of other stuff too.
I don't suffer the next day from lack of sleep, and can even go 2 nights without sleep and still no ill effects. I've gone several days in a row where I don't sleep. I lie there at night, my honey sleeping next to me and I just think.. I don't have sleep apnea, because you have to fall asleep first in order to be woken up from not breathing. It's my over-active, or "hyper-analytical" brain, thinking, thinking, thinking.
I really hate having to take pills to sleep and would LOVE to be able to go to sleep without the use of them. I'm at a loss of what to do, I can't afford any kind of sleep therapy. Someone suggested I try this therapy that allows you to see your brain waves at work and teaches you how to calm them, but that costs $$ that I don't have right now.
Has anyone else had this problem and can tell me what you've done, or if you've been able to successfully overcome it? HELP!?
I hate when my mind just races. It's not all the time. Most nights I go to sleep pretty fast. But sometimes, when I have a lot on my mind or I'm worried, or overstimulated, I just can't stop thinking. Then I have wierd dreams.
I wish you luck battling this problem. Let us know of any solutions you come up with.
Sorry for resurecting such an old thread.
msrobbyn, I am only 23 years old, and have been suffering from the same problem you have since I can remember. Its almost 12am here...and I am already dreading going to bed because I already know what will happen.
The moment I get into bed I will think of something philosophical, social or work related and be up almost all night.
I really need to get some sleep I have been getting less and less sleep with basically these days only getting about 4 hours of sleep a night.
P.S. Don't use and have never used any medication to help me fall asleep.
Have you tried keeping a journal? I have the same problem although I always feel the lack of sleep the next day. I keep a notebook next to my bed and scribble the important stuff down. For some reason that allows my brain to "turn off". I think it is because I don't feel like I have to solve the problem then until morning and I won't forget.
I am 25yrs old, and i also face the same syndrome. I too have a super active brain, that keeps on thinking and thinking and thinking.
I am working right now, so my wake-up schedule starts at 6:30 in morning, levaing for office at 7:30, coming back at 9pm....and then my brain is active!
I usually go to bed at around 2:30am or 3am...and with just 3 hrs of sleep i am afresh...But when i sleep, i have a disorder or something that dosen't allows my mind to sleep. Even if i dream, I dream, what i want to see.
I tried to escape from this situation using various experiments, and the best that works for me is: A light shower (head shower if possible), cozy cool room, clean bed, nice fragrance and calm, serene music to ears, and very dim light. This happens and i just doooooze off. I have never tried any medication, as I am unsure of their side-effects.
Also, one more thing is different, that I can survive with my non-sleep schedule for around 10-12 days....after that i just sleep for around 14hrs or more a day to compensate.
So, anyhow, whatever i choose to be free, i think i take my part of sleep in a month.
If you have some better suggestions, do share.