James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Sleep Problems

You lie in bed, afraid to open your eyes and check the clock. You must have fallen asleep sometime after midnight, but you have been waking up every hour since. You were exhausted when you went to bed, but as soon as you lay down you started thinking about your argument with your supervisor, your overdue project, and your credit card debt. Now all you can think about is how little sleep you are getting.

Even if you reset your alarm you won't get more than five hours of broken sleep before you have to get up. Then you will probably fall asleep in the office, like you did last week.

You put the pillow over your eyes and start chanting to yourself: "I must fall asleep, I must fall asleep, I must fall asleep."

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Sleep Problems
  • What Causes Insomnia?
  • There Are Several Other Uncommon Sleep Disorders
  • How to Cope with Trouble Sleeping
  • Hypnotic Medications


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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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