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7/17/16 3:31 P

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I went to see the Dr. about pain in my legs for 6 months and a sore throat for 2 months. he said it is an infection and did a throat swab, when better i will sleep better.

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7/1/16 12:26 P

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I have never had a sleep study done but I wake up often during the night because of bad leg pain from my knees up for the past 6 months, it happens only when I lie down at at any time day or night. I have chronic kidney disease also and was told it can also affect sleep. I will see my Dr. this week about my legs and ask him to test me to see what is wrong. If I did not have pain I would sleep better.

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Welcome back! Just wondering if you've ever had a sleep study done. Does your doctor have any suggestions?

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6/4/16 1:36 A

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Having to go in to work being so tired must be tough!

Update: I am able to nap now, so improving as time goes on. But it's been over a year and a symptom of grief I never expected.

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6/3/16 11:53 P

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Hi, All - Happy to be part of this team. I've been on Spark before and came back today. Have 15 lbs. to lose and while that doesn't sound like a lot, I'm finding this last15 lbs.is really hard to shed - hard and very slow. Sleeping through the night hasn't happened for me in about 5 years. I am so tired at about 7 p.m. that I start falling asleep in my chair watching TV. I am usually asleep by 10-11 p.m. but up again by 1:30-2:00 a.m. Most times I can fall back to sleep after a trip to the rest room - or a trip to the kitchen for a snack emoticon but lots of times I can't get back to sleep and then have to be out the door for work by 6:45 a.m. I would love to sleep straight through from 10 p.m.- 5:30 a.m emoticon even just a couple of times a week! It's just a big vicious circle and I hope to get some ideas from this team. emoticon

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Just noticed this team on Sparkpeople. Since spring of 2015, when my husband fell ill with liver cancer, my sleep got to be less and less. Even though he died, my bad sleep continues! I can't nap and average 5 hours rest a day. I am increasing my steps and weight training, and this week pushed myself harder with ST, and found I did sleep a bit more. Wanting to get more rest so I can be all I can be. I think it interferes with weight loss as well. Wishing you all more sleep this very night.

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Hi - Just wanted to introduce myself - have decided that 2016 (or possibly before!) is the time to tackle my lack of quality sleep. I would like to sleep through the night and wake refreshed. I'm sure it's possible so I'm going to work on it. I'm also sure it will help my weight and vitality levels.
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12/9/15 12:44 A

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Hello! Thanks for having me. I am having trouble sleeping, shocking right? I took medication for a long time and now I am trying without it. It is just as hard as they said it would be, but with luck and somehow surviving many sleepless nights my brain might reset itself. At least that is the going theory. I want to improve my health and my sleeping, without being dependent on medications. Nice to meet you all.

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11/29/15 4:04 P

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New to team. I have been getting my days and nights mixed up. I want to sleep at night instead of staying up all night. My plan is to be in bed before 10 pm but if I don't feel sleepy I will watch a movie and then the next thing I know it is 3 or 4 am and I still have not gone to bed. I need to get a better routine so I will be ready for bed by 10 pm.





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5/12/15 2:58 P

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Welcome, new members! This week they've talked about a "sure fire" way to go to sleep: 4/7/8. Breathe in for four counts. Hold it 7 counts then breathe out for 8 counts. You will need to repeat around 5-6 times or until you fall asleep. I thought, sure, like that's going to happen. I tried it on my hubby who was equally skeptical...and it worked! LOL!

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1/4/15 1:34 P

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Hi MMCCAULEY67, I also have long term sleep problems and I have found that meditation helps.

BTW, I was going to send you a Spark Goodie but you don't have a Spark Page set up. You should set that up so people can send you goodies or messages.

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I have, for as long as I can remember, been a poor sleeper. My sleep issues are mainly waking 2 to 3 hours before it's time and not being able to get back to sleep. Even if I do it's usually so close to time to get up that I'm miserable waking up. Sometimes I simply can't sleep at all but I usually find that easier and often am so tired by the next night that I actually sleep through. Oh what I wouldn't give for a week of good sleeps!

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I know this doesn't seem to apply to just everyone who have insomnia problem. My struggle is about just going to bed at night. I'm just too wide awake and not even tired to go to bed. I work two jobs and on most night, I don't get home until 10pm. I don't go to bed until 1 or 2am. I'll sleep when i'm really tired because if i tried to sleep when i'm not tired, my body just move and move all over and it drives my husband crazy.

In the last two weeks, I decided to try low-carb eating plan. It works.. only a little too well. I feel sleepy all the time unless i took a swig of 5 hour energy shot or coffee. Am I going at this all wrong? Does anyone have this similar problem? What is the best way to deal with this? I just want to sleep well and not move! Give my muscles a rest from all that physical torture (exercising).

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Hi, I'm Barb! Oftentimes I will go to sleep at 10pm like clockwork, then wake at 12:30 or 1:30a.m for an hour or more then go back to sleep. If I use the restroom and go back to bed, sometimes I can get back to sleep, but more often than not get restless. If I'm up I read or get on sparkpeople. So, hello night owls!

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3/20/14 3:33 P

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2/27/14 9:03 A

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Yes Chris /Krill14, I have similar problems, but my sleep/lack of is starting to cycle. I only notice this when I added sleep hours as an Other Goal and tracking it every night. I love chamomile with lavender, sometimes warm milk and then if I've gone many days without much sleep I use ZZZquil (OTC purple made by DayQuil company).
I know when I exercise on a cardio day, I sleep better. I'm curious if losing more weight will also help me sleep better more often.

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2/26/14 10:02 P

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Good work Chris!

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2/26/14 7:21 P

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Hi I'm Chris. I started SP on January 1st and have lost 16 pounds. I have been having sleep problems since my job went to India in March 2012 and I haven't been able to find any work. I have insomnia meditation tapes which help and I use over-the-counter sleep aids occasionally. I like chamomile tea and try to keep regular sleep hours. I'm finding that the better eating and regular exercising help but I am still having problems sleeping. I hope to get some helpful suggestions from this team.


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2/22/14 11:32 A

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2/21/14 7:30 P

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I have my ups n downs as we all do but I'm thankful for this forum! Thank you

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2/1/14 10:32 A

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Hello everyone!, my name is Jayne.
I have fibromyalgia. I take several medications including lyrica. It seems I cannot get more than 2-3 hrs of sleep unless I take something like a muscle relaxer to knock me out, then I'll sleep for maybe 5-6 hrs. My sleep patters is way off too. Sleeping during the day etc. I find myself falling asleep reading or doing normal things, sitting straight up! Which is not normal for me.
When I'm having a really bad fibro flare I'll sleep all the time though, 12 hrs at a time. I just can't get this under control! I'm always exhausted and have no energy.
If you can, please help!

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Hello I'm Kristen. I suffer from insomnia. I am lucky to get 4 hours of sold sleep. Its getting better but only on medication.

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Eating healthy snacks is the key. Drink water when you want to eat. Green tea is a must in the morning to get your metabolism going. Eating fresh veggies and fruits helped change my craving for bad snacks. It really works, takes a month or so but the more veggies and fruit you consume the less you want of other food.

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hello i am mary and i am light sleeper and having problems sleeping at night

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emoticon ........ I go by 2B here in Sparks (Jan formally)
Have been a 'worn out' member for almost two years .......... Definitely lagging in energy today from over-doing yesterday cleaning house, shopping,and waking up a few x's in the night. Looks like I am in good company .............. So hoping to find some helpful hints/ suggestions ............ I think I tend to over-do and get exhausted ........ that is #1 problem.
Hope to get acquainted here. ......... 2B

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12/19/13 11:46 A

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Hi Everyone! I have hypothyroidism and would love to hear from anyone with the same condition. I am ALWAYS tired and drained and sometimes I sleep my whole day away. It is supposed to be regulated by medications, but I don't feel 100%. Any suggestions/strategies for keeping myself awake when feeling drained (coffee helps, but I'm developing an addiction/resistance).

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Greetings, been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The sleep study was torture and the Cpap theory is worse. The treatment is worse than the disease for me. No confidence in my doctor. Curious about others experience.

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Hi, I'm Tracy. I work night shift and my sleep patterns are usually more of a nap (3-4 hours). I also suffer with GERD that often disrupts my sleep. My goals are to lose weight, exercise more consistently, and be more aware of food tracking and calorie range.

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11/26/13 6:19 A

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Hi guys, I'm Dawn and I have trouble sleeping. I feel tired most of the day but when I go to bed I can't sleep and then by the time I sleep I am only getting a few hours and then it's a big cycle of exhaustion. :( emoticon

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hello amanda, my name is lynn. welcome. emoticon

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welcome pastagirl. you'll get alot of support here. i hope you'll sick around emoticon

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Welcome to this team, PastaGirl
I, too, have been on a diet most of my life---well, since my teens anyway. Now, I'm 60 and still struggling to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level.
Check out some of the other Spark Teams for motivation, if you haven't already--I have run across very good info across the board.
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Hello! I am 28 years old and weigh 200 lbs. and on a 5'2" frame...not so good. :( I know that I've allowed myself to get here, telling myself that having two children and from having chronic back/hip pain is the reason, which does add up to my IMMENSE weight gain, but the rotten core of it is...I love bad food and I hate exercise. It's a simple problem, but a hard solution for me. It means I have to eat good food and start loving to exercise. :) However, with my recent check-up visit at my doctor's after giving birth to my daughter, I was informed that I wasn't just overweight or even obese...I was considered morbidly obese. Wow...that was a tough pill to swallow...and I consoled myself by stopping at a fast food restaurant. I eat to comfort myself and when I'm bored. Not a good thing...by a long shot. Since the slap in my face from my doctor, I got a HUGE dose of reality. I'm killing myself by eating how I do and by not taking care of my body. I've got to take myself under control and I'm hoping that Sparkpeople will help me down this path. I've tried before on my own, but have always failed. :( Can never seem to stay motivated. Hopefully with the doctor's words "morbidly obese" still ringing in my ear, it'll be the push that I need.
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Hello, my name is Amanda.
I am one of those people who just can't get my brain to shut off. It can take about an hour to an hour-and-a-half for me to fall asleep. I found making up a story in my mind helps but it still takes awhile for me to shut down. Once my mind does it doesn't stay that way, as every little noise can wake me. I always seem to wake up around 3:30 or 4:30, also. However, once about 6 am hits I am out an it's very hard for me to wake up after that, especially when I have to work in the morning. It's like I can sleep through the day just fine but at night I can't seem to settle down.

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Thanks for the warm welcome! Do you wake up a lot during the night or just too early/short sleep? In my perfect world I would have no schedule and get up when I feel like it, but in reality I would just stay up way later and sleep the day away.

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Welcome Jaime! Wish I had your problem since I am retired and my schedule is flexible. Start a topic for discussion and guaranteed folks will respond. My goal is to get 7 hours/night. Rarely happens, but I'm trying to improve my "bedtime regime" and increase exercise.

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Hi, my name is Jaime and I am looking for ideas to kick a sleep problem that's a little different than most-I can't wake up. My brain refuses to separate dream state from reality and I'm late for work & getting my kids to school several times a week. Is this the right place for me?

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Hi
I'm sort of new here. I have been reading your goals and trying to do the exercises to learn how to get more sleep. I don't think I have ever posted here yet. When I first started SP I took on too much at once and got lost. I'm starting over and going slower. Only one or two goals at a time.
Sleep has been a issue for me for years. I have no regular pattern at all. Some nights I fall asleep right away to wake up an hour later then sleep and wake over and over all the rest of the night. Some nights I can't fall asleep at all then fall asleep towards morning and sleep late then feel yucky all day. Some nights it's a mix of both and some nights I can't even get to sleep at all then end up with no sleep for two days. I have been on CPAP for over 8 years. That has not really changed the sleep issues just helps me feel better when I do sleep. I'm hoping following some of the goals here will help me get myself into habits that will help me sleep better. I'm not very good at taking care of my self in general so this will be a good place to start.
I'll try to get to know people here but it may take me a while. Maybe we will get to chat sometime in the middle of the night when everyone is awake and should be asleep.

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Hi, wow so many different sleep issues! For me it's mostly staying up too late and not getting enough sleep, plus always being slightly awake listening for the kids.
I get shortness of breath and my DH says it's due to lack of sleep - I definitely don't get it on the nights I actually get 7 hours or more so he may be right...

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Hi, I'm Hannah. I actually typically just deal with rolling a lot in my sleep (which I probably wouldn't notice if it weren't for the fact that I've kicked the phone off multiple times; I'd just move it but I currently can't) though I have had slight insomnia before in the past.

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4/10/13 3:14 A

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Hello all, I'm Tina 25 yrs old. In need of some tips on how to get to sleep and stay asleep to improve my overall health. Glad to be part of the group

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3/20/13 9:03 P

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I have only experienced the sleep paralysis thing one time and it freaked me out. I hope it never happens again! Is there anything the doctor can do for people when that happens regularly?

I hope tonight I have no trouble with sleeping - a little concerned but not too worried yet. I got home from work late and since I hadn't exercised yet today and I really needed to, I hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Problem is, my bedtime (which is in about 30 minutes) is only about an hour after I did that. I really don't like to exercise so close to bedtime.

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"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31


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3/20/13 1:24 A

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I had an episode of sleep paralysis a few times but not a lot. mostly i get hypnagognic images/voices. I have a hard time sleeping too. I got 5 hours last night (which is a good night too you) lol and well i just can't fall asleep tonight but I am gonna have to cuz i got to get up at 6 in the morning. Hopefully I will find some sleep tonight. I really feel for your situation. Just remember the sleep paralysis is a normal thing, (well not so normal but it happens) and it can't hurt you. I know i had it a few times and I am still here. I deal with the hypnagognic images and voices quite well too. often times when people get these things they are scared but there is no need to be. People just don't talk about this stuff enough, our society is mostly focused on making money and finding time. Lots of spiritual people go through sleeping episodes like this. nostradomis, edgar cayce, edgar allen poe. (forgive my bad spelling but at this time of night I just don't care) Often times in the old days people would wake themselves up at about 3 am or so to experience these events. I hope you feel better. perhaps you should try and get into lucid dreaming? It is where you can control your dreams by becoming aware that you are dreaming. Also when i wake up in sleep paralysis I try and force out my voice from my body. I know it doesn't work at first but keep trying just try and humm through it and that often will get me outta it. although the experence is a scary one. It is just that your mind is waking up before your body does. just a slow reaction is all. Like i said the first time I had it I was so scared. I thought it was a ghost pinning me down on the bed! lol emoticon

love ya all- julie ann


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3/17/13 11:45 P

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Hi Everyone,

I"m Maria(MJ)
Thought I'd join this team, since I have trouble sleeping. I get 1 to 3 hours of sleep a night. On a really good night I might get 4 to 5, but that's only if I take something to help me sleep. Though sometimes pills don't help me and I spend the night in bed getting annoyed that I can't fall asleep. I seem to have to pee a lot when I'm trying to sleep and if I'm sleeping over someone's house I get paranoid and can't seem to sleep. I suffer from something called sleep paralysis. The only way I can explain it is, that I feel like I'm awake, but I can't move my arms, legs, I can't speak or scream, I can't open my eyes, and it feels like something or someone is sitting on me. My most recent episode I felt as if my body was being pushed into the mattress. It is extremely frightening and makes me afraid to fall asleep. I look forward to being part of a supportive group

MJ

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2/28/13 1:12 A

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Hi there! I am Janez. I didn't know how I got to this group, it's like magic I saw I had this group but like everyone in this group I also have sleep problems. This is because of the medications I have to take. I am currently taking sleeping pills on low dosage and it helped me sleep. It's not perfect sleep but it is better. I also sleep better (meaning no nightmares) whenever I ask my husband to pray for me.

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2/9/13 12:42 A

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Hello everyone,

This team sparked my interest because I don't have a regular sleep schedule and would like to have one down. I'm a full time student (more like time and a half) and participate in other extra curricular activities during the week (about 20 hours). Between this and life's everyday operations, my sleep schedule has been neglected! Some days I can sleep 10 hours, others 2, depending on how much work I need to get done. So my goal is to stick with a schedule and finish all of my work before my sleeping time (12-7am). I hope to gain support and possible tips from this group!

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1/22/13 10:24 P

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hello all-weight loss is one thing-but i didn't know sleep had a big part in this too! anybody running all the time with no stop button available? going 24/7 and trying to figure out why! emoticon

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1/16/13 6:12 P

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Hi, I back to spark after 4 yrs. Between restless legs and sleep apnea I don't get that much quality sleep, but I do know when I weighed less it wasn't as bad as it is now.

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1/7/13 8:54 P

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Hi, I'm Jenn. I wish there were more hours at night. I have to up at 5am in order to have enough time to shower, eat, pack a lunch, get my kiddo up, and get out the door by 6:30. But if I want to get 8 hours of sleep, I wold have to be in bed by 9pm. I have homework to do for my school and a teenager to help with her homework as well as all the after school activities. Time is not my friend during school!

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1/7/13 2:13 P

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I'm Chelsie. I wake up a lot during the night. I'm not really sure why. It could be a mixture of things making me stressed. There are also times when I do get enough sleep, but end up taking 30 minutes or longer naps later in the day. Anyway, I'm new to SP and this group. So, I just wanted to say Hi and introduce myself.

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11/28/12 10:20 P

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Hi, team. I'm 27 with ultimately 38 pounds to lose. I was on Spark the majority of last year but just rejoined a couple of weeks ago. I have 16 pounds to lose before I was at my lowest weight last year, but then I want to lose a lot more.

I'm in this group because I have chronic insomnia. I finally came to terms with my depression and am taking anti depressants, which sort of help the depression but has undoubtedly caused the sleep problems. Two brands of pills have caused the same problem so I can't help but wonder if I can't have both- sleep and no depression. Sigh.

But I'm trying to stay positive. Hope you all are, too!

Lindsey


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10/28/12 4:29 P

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i too am a newbie i have too many health problems but insomnia is as they say the icing on the cake. if i don't get enough sleep for more than 2 nights i am so confused that they take my car keys and my hubby has to lock me in the bedroom with him at night. i literally have moved furniture in my sleep. i have to lose at least 60# to live. i had gastroplastic surgery 14 yrs ago and lost over a hundred pounds which has stayed off but the 60# hasbeen a come and go issue over the years now to live it must go or i will.

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