Anyone Else Have Difficulty Sleeping from Anxiety?

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I'm in the summer period before my internship currently, and a couple hours ago I woke up sweating from a nightmare that I got placed in Consumer Retail. This is probably the most severe it's ever been, but it's not the first time. Last summer's internship I'd repeatedly wake up at 5am after having dreamt I missed a call, or that I bound a book with a page missing and my MD left for a meeting with it. Has anybody else had this problem of meaningless anxiety keeping you from sleeping, and how do you fix it?

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May 17, 2019

Edit: would defer to Pharma Guy's counsel on this one!

May 17, 2019

5-HTP is a serotonin precursor and GABA is a neurotransmitter you naturally produce. I would personally stay away from messing artificially with natural brain chemicals. Go with Camomile or melatonin (in small doses). Don't fuck with your brain chemistry at a young age. Jerk off before bed - it genuinely helps.

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May 17, 2019

IB ain't that serious bro

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May 18, 2019

In all seriousness, I've been there although not as anxious as you. What I can recommend is to 1) develop a sleeping pattern, I know in finance your hours are very variable and therefore you may not be able to go to bed at the same time every day, but at least wake up at the same time evry day. 2) develop a pre-sleeping routine, I usually stop being on my phone for at least 15minutes before going to bed, I have one of these multi-color lights that fade slowly - I put it on orange-ish color so that is more sleep friendly than your bright white spots, and I read about a chapter of a book. 3) meditate - use headspace as a starter and then develop your own thing. For me its about 5 minutes of thinking of future stuff that will make me happy ie Xmas, summer holidays etc. Focus on your breath and slow it down. Finally turn of the light and pass out with positive vibes.

Overall it takes me 20 minutes but at least I wont be awake in my bed stupidly for 1hour+

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May 18, 2019

If you feel that you cant go to sleep, I would advise you to think that you work in Goldman's IBD for about 30 mins before going to bed, this will bring you comfort and tranqulity.

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May 18, 2019

I had pretty severe sleep issues a few years back. Do this for 30 days:
- Stop using drugs. No weed, no adderall, not even coffee and definitely not alcohol.
- Drink tons of water during the day.
- Eat the diet you're supposed to eat (a balanced one).
- Set a time to be in bed by and a time to wake up. Take no electronics with you to bed.
- Use the dimmed blue-light settings on your devices 8PM - 6AM ("night shift", "night light", etc.)
- Make sure to get at least moderate exercise during this period.

Thank me later.

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May 18, 2019

Yeah forgot these points as I assumed these were obvious but solid ones. Recommend taking some extra vitamins by eating as much fruit as possible ratger than snacks

May 20, 2019
Kassad:

I had pretty severe sleep issues a few years back. Do this for 30 days:
- Stop using drugs. No weed, no adderall, not even coffee and definitely not alcohol.
- Drink tons of water during the day.
- Eat the diet you're supposed to eat (a balanced one).
- Set a time to be in bed by and a time to wake up. Take no electronics with you to bed.
- Use the dimmed blue-light settings on your devices 8PM - 6AM ("night shift", "night light", etc.)
- Make sure to get at least moderate exercise during this period.

Thank me later.

This is a good advice.

There's a rather important component when it comes to sleep issues: a regular daily schedule gives stability to your brain, which in turn helps sleeping. This is particularly important if you are anxious or depressed.

May 18, 2019

I don't.

May 18, 2019

I developed severe sleeping issues during IB recruiting pre-junior year (not quite the same, but would wake up every 30 min or hour to check my phone for emails, end up sleeping only a couple hours a night and continued for years even during my very unstressful senior year spring). Definitely echo everyone else on cutting out alcohol/drugs and other sleep disturbances, but you can also look into CBD products (hemp derived, so will be legal nationwide). When I started getting sleep paralysis episodes to the point I would put off going to bed, CBD was the only thing that helped me fall into a natural sleep and stay asleep throughout the night without any grogginess.

While you're still in school, figure this out and go to a sleep clinic/get it treated if you need to. I forgot how much better my quality of life was without this massive sleep deficit.

May 19, 2019

LMFAOOO woke up from a nightmare that you got placed in consumer retail? shots fired

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May 19, 2019

There are people who don't know where their next meal is gonna come from, and you're worried about being placed in consumer retail as an INTERN?

A bit of tough love: Your problems aren't nearly as severe as millions of people, including women, children, and the elderly. So what if you get placed in consumer retail? Sure its not your first choice, but whatever happens, happens. Its out of your control, right? You're not fighting for survival like some people literally are; you will live.

Once you get over yourself by realizing this, you'll sleep like a baby, or at least much better than now.

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May 23, 2019

Just admit it, Lester. You're in BO and you're ashamed to admit it.

May 24, 2019

No dude, you're totally right. I agree these are meaningless details to be losing sleep over and I shouldn't be panicking as much as I am. But I kind of feel it has something under the surface to deal with the "paranoia" that IB sometimes gives. Like the dreams I have about making fuck-ups in pitchbooks feel like how I always feel in the office (This will be my second IB internship this summer) because it's almost how I have to operate to not get fired. Like I have to obsess over every little thing to get pages perfect, and that stress follows me outside the office.

May 19, 2019

gobble down a handful of shrooms, gain some perspective, grab the reigns and stop worrying about hypotheticals

May 19, 2019

same problem here Anyone Else Have Difficulty Sleeping from Anxiety?

May 21, 2019

Long runs that end an hour before you plan to fall asleep, try not to drink during the week, don't bring your phone into bed with you. I wouldn't advise supplements/drugs save for maybe ~5-10mg of melatonin, but FWIW melatonin typically doesn't do anything for me.

May 24, 2019

For the people not taking this issue seriously y'all are lucky you can mentally separate work from home, its tough for a lot of people! Working in IB has given me AWFUL anxiety attacks that lead me to passing out. I originally thought that I was anemic as they just come out of no where and feel like a deficiency. What has helped me is yoga, breathing exercises and knowing that this is a small thing and everything will be ok. Hang in there!

May 24, 2019

This happens to me anytime I have to fly out at 6:30 which means waking up at 4:30 as well as every Sunday before work. I can tell you it doesn't get better but YOU need to get better. There's a sense of pride in taking work so seriously that it consumes you life, but you need to "sell to the sleeping point" as JP Morgan said.

It's pretty normal to feel that way before an internship, but you need to remember excellence is a habit, not a trait. You're not going to secure your offer on the first day. Just be someone others can depend on and like to be around.

Jun 8, 2019
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