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Title: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on July 04, 2009, 03:28:06 AM
So I have struggled with insomnia my entire life. My mother tells me that for the first three years of my life SHE didn't sleep because I didn't sleep. As a child I always hated bed time, as it has always been a struggle for me to turn my brain off and just sleep.

Lately it's been out of control. I'm either falling asleep really late at night, or not falling asleep at all, or only getting 2 to 3 hours of sleep. This has been going on for 2 weeks now.

My doctor has prescribed Ambien, but it leaves me feeling so dopey the next day, I feel like I have a hangover.

Please pray that I am able to get some decent sleep. I know this is not healthy for me, but I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks so much!

In XC,

Maureen
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Papa Gregorio on July 04, 2009, 03:47:54 AM
May God come to your assistance and grant you healthy sleep.

I very much empathise with you. Several weeks ago I dealt with some terrible insomnia caused by Depression (which I have been suffering from for the last 2 months following a relapse).

I struggled with waking up after 2-3 hours sleep and not being able to fall back asleep, aggravating my symptoms further throughout the next day. My good friend who's Orthodox and a medical practitioner advised me to do half an hour of intense exercise early evening, not to have high-protein or large dinners and to try a herbal supplement (Valerian gives good results for some) and calming herbal teas. The remedy for the interrupted sleep was 1) to praise God even for 2 hours sleep, 2) read a Kathismata, 3) get up and do something productive for 1/2hr-1hr (such as drawing or writing) then going back to bed.

May God lead you to the right solution for you.
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: stashko on July 04, 2009, 04:22:21 AM
Lord Have Mercy!.....
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: ChristusDominus on July 04, 2009, 05:09:24 AM
I know how you feel, I really do. Insomnia is no fun, and most meds have groggy side effects. Maybe you are worried over something? I know things are tough for the majority of us, and that could very well be a major contributor.

In my case, I go to the gym to tire myself out but to no avail! Too many things going on inside my head.
I do manage to fall asleep after reciting prayers and thinking about happy moments. The stuff my doc gives me also helps.

But I feel for you, it's no fun. We all need nourishing sleep to recoup all the spent energy.

I pray that you may break free from your worries or anything that is hindering your slumber. My the Lord provide you with nourishing rest. Deep restful sleep for your handmaiden, oh Lord.

Amen
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Ebor on July 04, 2009, 08:58:28 AM
Lord, have mercy
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Elpidophoros on July 04, 2009, 10:39:11 AM
Go to your priest and ask him to read the prayer of Seven Sleepers over you .
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Heorhij on July 04, 2009, 12:00:11 PM
Lord, have mercy on Your faithful handmaiden, Maureen.
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: scamandrius on July 04, 2009, 12:24:48 PM
Lord have mercy!
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: HandmaidenofGod on July 04, 2009, 10:51:30 PM
Thank you all for your prayers and support. They are truly coveted and appreciated!
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Entscheidungsproblem on July 05, 2009, 12:14:40 AM
Lord, have mercy!
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Riddikulus on July 05, 2009, 12:48:46 AM
Lord, have mercy on your servant.
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: Douglas on July 05, 2009, 01:29:45 AM
Lord, have mercy on your handmaiden.
Title: Re: Prayers for Sleep
Post by: mike on July 05, 2009, 01:02:17 PM
Lord, have mercy!