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I am having insomnia since 3 weeks, I can't sleep at night only thinking of the exam in July and I am not sleeping only solving question even when I am sleepy
My brain is very tired, when I wake up in the morning to try to read
I usually sleep at 1 AM and wake up at 8 am and have afternoon nap for 1 hour
I used to sleep at 12 am and wake up at 7 am
now every thing has changed because of exam stress
Please advise me what to do to so that I can end my insomnia :sorry::sorry::sorry:
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Dear Miss Patho

First of all you need to relax... Period... Its an exam.. Not the end of the road... The more you stress yourself out, the more problematic it is goin to be for you

Sleeping at 1 and waking up at 8 with 1 hour sleep in the afternoon is not insomnia ) Try thinking of happy thoughts when going to sleep and when waking up.. Take a multivit tab daily along with your breakfast.. Ensure plenty of fresh air aoround you when you sit to study And do take the occasional break from studies.. After all even the brain is a machine and it needs its rest
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Dear Miss Patho

First of all you need to relax... Period... Its an exam.. Not the end of the road... The more you stress yourself out, the more problematic it is goin to be for you

Sleeping at 1 and waking up at 8 with 1 hour sleep in the afternoon is not insomnia ) Try thinking of happy thoughts when going to sleep and when waking up.. Take a multivit tab daily along with your breakfast.. Ensure plenty of fresh air aoround you when you sit to study And do take the occasional break from studies.. After all even the brain is a machine and it needs its rest
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i am reading in 2nd floor with open window near a mountain with fresh air
the problem in this 7 hour i took to sleep idont sleep in them i only think of solving question & my brain is tired
iam always taking breaks between reading
but iam not enjoying anything even when i go out i only think imust back to read even if i took a rest i feel guilty for not reading
ithink iam depress
what iam saying if iwill stay like this iwill make all mistakes in the exam because of anxiety and lack of sleep
am i right
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i am reading in 2nd floor with open window near a mountain with fresh air
the problem in this 7 hour i took to sleep idont sleep in them i only think of solving question & my brain is tired
iam always taking breaks between reading
but iam not enjoying anything even when i go out i only think imust back to read even if i took a rest i feel guilty for not reading
ithink iam depress
what iam saying if iwill stay like this iwill make all mistakes in the exam because of anxiety and lack of sleep
am i right
You are absolutely right.. But as you urself said, u will end up making a lot of mistakes if you continue like this... I suggest that you take some mild anti anxiety medication at least till your exams get over
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Hi.
I faced similar problems in the last few weeks leading to my step 1 exam. I think it was caused by a combination of exam stress, and the monotonous routines many of us develop during our exam prep,sitting with books for long hours with very little physical exercise. And i ended up taking sleeping meds,but wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless absolutely essential.

I think u should try to modify ur routine a bit,and take out some time for activities other than studies that might be of interest to u and help u relax. Or start some physical activity like brisk walk/jogging/swimming that tire the body a bit and can help one go to sleep. And talking to a close friend/family member who understands u well and helps u relax can be very helpful at times. If nothing works,then perhaps u can consider the option of anti-anxiety meds,but keep that as a last resort.
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Another thing,take frequent breaks while studying. And stop worrying too much about the exam. U've put in a lot of effort preparing for this exam,and u should do very well hopefully.
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Hi.
I faced similar problems in the last few weeks leading to my step 1 exam. I think it was caused by a combination of exam stress, and the monotonous routines many of us develop during our exam prep,sitting with books for long hours with very little physical exercise. And i ended up taking sleeping meds,but wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless absolutely essential.

I think u should try to modify ur routine a bit,and take out some time for activities other than studies that might be of interest to u and help u relax. Or start some physical activity like brisk walk/jogging/swimming that tire the body a bit and can help one go to sleep. And talking to a close friend/family member who understands u well and helps u relax can be very helpful at times. If nothing works,then perhaps u can consider the option of anti-anxiety meds,but keep that as a last resort.
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the problem that i lost interest in anything (anhedonia)
today iwill start for 1st time using diazepam may be will help me in relaxing
i will buy multivitamine too
and trying walking in the afternoon
and drink a cup of milk bf sleeping
ihope it will work with me
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the problem that i lost interest in anything (anhedonia)
today iwill start for 1st time using diazepam may be will help me in relaxing
i will buy multivitamine too
and trying walking in the afternoon
and drink a cup of milk bf sleeping
ihope it will work with me
Just a thought.. DOnt go for diazepam.. causes a residual tiredness and weaknes... Alprazolam is a better option.. 0.25mg is best... or ativan 1mg.. And change your sleepy pic into a cheerful there are many things which subconciously affect us
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Just a thought.. DOnt go for diazepam.. causes a residual tiredness and weaknes... Alprazolam is a better option.. 0.25mg is best... or ativan 1mg.. And change your sleepy pic into a cheerful there are many things which subconciously affect us

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today iwent for a walk ididnt have a nap in the afternoon and iwill drink a cup of milk let us see if i will still have the insomnia
ihave q in the last weeks bf u took ur step 1 could u sleep ??????what was ur life style regarding preparing ur self for exam
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Just a thought.. DOnt go for diazepam.. causes a residual tiredness and weaknes... Alprazolam is a better option.. 0.25mg is best... or ativan 1mg..
Exactly what i thought when i read diazepam. Do not use Valium(diazepam) like bassatom said, Xanax(alprazolam)0.25mg is the best option.
But i would still say that u should avoid any sort of medicine if possible.
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Miss Patho, Relax , somedays i really look up to you and think "if i know all the stuff she know, i will ace this exam" . It s normal for u to be stressed as the days approche , but be confident and know u will do great.
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yesterday i slept at 2 AM and wake up at 9 am
with no insomnia
but as i read in the forum that the healthy s;eep from 11-12 pm till 6-7AM
must be started 1 month b4 exam so that in the exam date u will not be tired

so i should change my sleeping habit

thanks all for the help
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