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      OK...Day two and holding

      Good Morning All,

      Yesterday was my first day to the site and it was wonderful; however last night I couldn't sleep. I wanted so bad just to have a drink so I could sleep...but thought better of it. So, with a Job that has me working by 4am each day I went to bed at 8pm...mind racing until 12:45am...and woke up at 2:30am (so I can be to work by 3:30 or so).

      I keep checking to see if I feel different, and to be honest...I don't know. I think I feel better, but this detox thing is taking its time with me. I know I feel better than after a night of drinking myself drunk...this is for sure. Yet, still I think I can feel better.

      Is this normal?

      Love and Peace to all.

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      Hey aidansdad! IT SURE is normal - certainly the first five days were awful for me - the cravings of the first day HUGE, and the following sleeplessness and heart racing, mind going like the clappers for the next 3 - 4 days. Hang in there mate, we DO get through, although it seems like hell at the time - it DOES get better. Keep posting, mate and reading. Great to have you here!

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      OK...Day two and holding

      Thanks Kap,

      I'm ok now...better than yesterday...but just not the best I can be. I hope this doesn't last 3 more nights...this was what I was afriad of, not being able to do this because of this uneasy feelilng. ARGHHH!!!!

      Thanks for the support and words of encouragement; it helps to know I'm not alone.

      My best

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      You are most welcome - the beauty of MWO is that by helping each other we are also helping ourselves. I really hope your sleep gets better real soon - it is an absolutely CRUCIAL part of sanity and sobriety! Bless you mate x

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      OK...Day two and holding

      You're doing great... and it might be a good idea just to expect to not feel great for another 3 or 4 days. That's a small price to pay, in the long run, for getting free of a substance that was in the process of making your life miserable, right? I look on freedom from alcohol not as a guarantee that I will feel good every day... but a pre-requisite for having a good life. Some days I'll feel great, some days not so great; but I will never again be poisoned by alcohol!

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      OK...Day two and holding

      Hi
      the sleep think is important. Alcohol induces sleep in me but then I have broken sleep. On the nights I dont drink ..i have a bath, read and although i think i wont sleep i have much better deeper sleep.
      POTENTIAL BONUSES FOR ME WHEN AF;

      No going to the loo and reaching for the water during the night either..or going to bed with makeup on..not a good look in the morning is it!!

      No eating sweets in bed because it seemed a good idea after a few wines..yuk!

      No foul breath and wind from the rear either!!!(side effect of too much booze and the munchies)


      No sneaking around with a guilty feeling..wondering if work mates know i,ve been on the plonk the night before.

      No dreading dropping the bottle into wast bins..the guilty clatter of that empty bottle.


      No Having to lie when asked by insurance company how much do you drink..would be heaven


      I have raised blood pressure which i know is linked to boozing to excess too.

      Oh well lets hope we all have a good nights sleep...just remeber the alcohol doesnt make for proper sleep but I know its horrbile to lie in bed watching the clock, mind racing with guilty thoughts.

      We can support each other ..Many thanks to you all

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      OK...Day two and holding

      Thanks everyone,

      Kap: I feel blessed, thank you so much

      WIP: Good to see you this morning; thanks for the encouragement...you are so well spoken and clear.

      Cassy: Thanks for the reminders; love your examples. I can relate to all except the make up...should that ever happen it would have been a really wierd night! HA!!! All the same, with your help I don't feel alone in this. Like you, I too dread the day the recyclables are picked up. I look down and push the bottles to the bottom of the barrel and leave the soda cans on top...YEAH, that will fool everyone...NOT!

      I love this site and should be getting my book soon; I will take your advice and take a bath then read till I fall asleep. I can hardly wait to dream again....I used to dream really vivid dreams before; it has been so long.

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      OK...Day two and holding

      Good morning AP you are doing fantastic on Day 2. I just read your story.

      The sleepless nights will get better and you will start feeling better all around. If you are having a horrible time there is Calmes Forte, True Calm or Melatonin on the site here that you can look into.

      Glad you are still checking in!

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      OK...Day two and holding

      Hello and well done! I've a tip for sleeping. It worked for me - chamomile tea. Sounds boring, probably is boring lol but it works! I now don't drink any caffiene after 6pm. I drink pomegranate or cranberry (or whatever non caffiene stuff i have) till about 9pm and then start on the chamomile. It really does induce a calming/sleepy effect and then i have a good nights sleep. But, beware, i also have some major dreams!!!! not scary though, just nice ones!!! Hope this helps, Summer x

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      OK...Day two and holding

      The first few days are the hardest for sleep. It gets better. On day 8 now and I am sleeping like a baby. Hang in there, because you won't believe how good you will feel. I can see my energy levels soaring and my fitness is improving by not having a drink in just one week.

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