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I slept great most of the winter. I had the flu, which knock

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I slept great most of the winter. I had the flu, which knocked me out for a few weeks. Around the same time, I started using a sleep mask and white noise. Then, in May, the insomnia started again. When spring finally arrived, my cat started getting up with the birds around 4 a.m., wanting to go outside. I only get back to sleep about half the time. I have Ambien, but the docs are so strict about it now, I tend to avoid taking it unless I have an early-morning appointment I must get up for or something like that. This has been going on for 10 years, and it's actually debilitating. I'd never be approved for disability, and it's not that I want a free ride, but I'm forced to work for myself, which hasn't been too lucrative for me. I don't want to get rid of the cat. I do have an appointment with an integrative physician in September. Does anybody else have any suggestions?

P.S. To clarify, the cat hasn't been the cause of my insomnia for 10 years. It's been various things.

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chriskelly35's picture
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Jun 12

i think in many cases of insomina there is a level of depression i find when i am dealing with alot of things i get depressed and then struggle to sleep sometimes its taken me to be overly tired to get some form of sleep.. do you regularly go for walks and tire yourself out as i found the more busier i was through the days i would sleep alot better too hope this helps

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baabaa's picture
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Jun 13

@chriskelly35 I appreciate your input. I honestly feel that I'm depressed because I'm tired! I guess I could be wrong ... You're right that I'm not getting enough physical activity. I will work on that. Thanks!

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Jun 13

Sleep deprivation is serious stuff. Maybe try a timer feeder set to feed the cat around 4am. Then maybe she wont feel the need to bird hunt.

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