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sleep difficulties (possible trigger warning)
i’ve been really struggling with my sleep recently. because of the mess that is my mental health i make sure i’m off my phone at least half an hour before bed and generally i turn my light off and start trying to sleep at about 20:30-20:45. recently, as soon as i turn my light off and lie down i get incredibly anxious, and then can’t get to sleep because i’m having a mini panic attack but i have no idea why. once i eventually am asleep, i wake up so many times during the night, particularly once it’s past midnight. the past four nights i’ve woken up at about 3am and not been able to get fully back to sleep for more than about twenty minutes at a time and end up lying there half asleep or fully awake for ages. this leaves me exhausted and it’s so hard to get through the school day, and this lack of sleep is not what i need in the year i’m doing my a levels because it just makes me so drained and unmotivated. it also puts me stuck in the cycle of bad sleep causes bad mental health, but bad mental health causes bad sleep, and i don’t know how to get out of the cycle. i’m struggling so much, people at school are regularly asking me if i’m okay and i don’t want to tell everyone what’s happening because i have a few specific people i talk to it about properly, but i just feel like nothing is working or helping, and it leaves me exhausted and hopeless.