I'm am 24 years old, I worked 2 jobs up until today but my sleep problem started way before I even knew it was a problem. I can go to bed at 5 pm or 10 pm and not wake up until 5pm or 10pm the next day. When someone tries to wake me up i either get really irritated and mean, or I get up have full on conversations and appear to be perfectly awake and alert, but the second they leave the room or the house I will lay back down and sleep until they come home and find me sleeping again. Just recently my best friend woke me up to help her get the baby ready to go to daycare and she asked me to carry the bags and her milk and stuff out to the car I got the bags to the care and she handed me a bad of Tupperware and asked me to set it in the sink and I said I would. When I walked into the house I realized i forgot to put her cup of milk in the car and called her. She told me to put it in the refrigerator so I did and I immediately went right back to sleep. When she got home later that afternoon I was still sleeping and she went into the kitchen and found that bag of tupperware in the garbage. I didn't remember any of the events that took place that morning, I didn't even remember her waking me up, That was when I realized something might seriously be wrong.
Then today it really hit me that I needed to get to the bottom of this. Two weeks ago I picked up a second job because my first job keeps cutting our hours. 3 days into this second job I was supposed to be there at 11 and I didn't wake up till 3, I had 3 alarms set to go off and I didn't hear a single on of them go off. Luckily my boss gave me a second chance and I've been getting there 45 minutes early everyday since....Until today. Today I got fired because I was late I did't wake up until 12 when I should have been there at 11. I set 4 alarms last night and when I woke up they had all been shut off. I was the only one home so it had to have been me but I don't remember getting up to shut them off.
Whatever is wrong with me is affecting my professional life and my personal one. Does anyone else have a similar problem? Or has anyone with similar problems been diagnosed? I'm at a total loss.
I have slept with my head on my feet lay folded in half since I can remember. I am 36 and still do it. Any suggestions or research as to why? It seems that mostly babies do this, but I am far from a baby. Thank you in advance for your support.
I read the reasons for fatigue. I noticed that you didnt include Lupus. I suffer from Lupus and right now I am having an active period. The Lupus has caused me many problems and fatigue is one of them. The fatigue is not like you didnt get enough sleep. or you need a nap. The fatigue is all consuming and you can not stop it. no caffiene no nap you need to sleep and may sleep all day or a couple of hours. Just a note.View Thread
View the bottom of the post, if it's too long for you for the summary. OK. I usually have a routine of things I do before going to sleep, although it is a bit different when I am at home from college, where I usually get back into my dorm after getting dinner, take a shower, brush my teeth, read a book or do homework or listen to music, and then go to sleep. If I can't sleep, then I will usually get up and go walking around campus and listen to music at night. In Memphis. People say it's dangerous, and there are some crimes that happen every month some-what around the campus area, but rarely ON campus, and I honestly feel safer walking around campus at night, than the country. Partially because there's almost always a cop patrolling campus and there are emergency alarm buttons placed all over campus. Then I go back to my dorm after an hour or two, go to sleep, and adjust my wake-up time and schedule accordingly, and maybe even take a nap the next day, if I have to, and it works fine, so far.
At home, preferably, I take my shower by 9:00 PM, then I take a pain reliever so my arms and collar won't bother me too much, I get a cup of cereal, then brush my teeth, I tell my dad and baby sister I'm going to bed and turn my lights out, but at minimum, I spend the first hour, if not 2-4 hours (, trying to cool down my room so I can comfortably sleep under the covers (it's a comfort thing), listening to music and/or viewing pornography (not that I like the fact that I view it and I sometimes find it boring or just gross) just to calm myself down and take my mind off the day and where I currently am and to let my imagination flow. I believe this helps me sleep. After all of this are done, and most of my requirements are met, I usually go off to a deep, easy, sound sleep sometime between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM for 6-8 hours. To me, this is efficient, because I get a decent amount of time to myself during the time everyone is (or should be) asleep, I sleep during the part of the day when not much of anything is going on, and I am awake and have most of my energy during the time of the day when I am needed the most and most likely to assist or do chores or get asked favors or get dragged along for some lengthy trip.
But then, my dad tried "helping me" get my sleep schedule "straight" before going back by waking me up at 10 AM, and then 9 AM. So I've tried adjusting by racing to get my shower done by at least 10 PM, be in bed by at least 11 PM, and be asleep by at least Midnight, but this doesn't work for me, unless I take at least one hour to listen to music or play games or view porn or something to relax my mind and set it free. Most times instead, I try to rush to sleep while still frustrated and annoyed with the day as soon as I am finished with the bare essentials (shower, teeth brushing, etc.).
The result is me laying flat in, and constantly squirming in, my bed, uncomfortable, trying to wait for myself to go to sleep (instead of thinking about my fantasies and story ideas) while thinking about how I need to get up as early as possible to have time to myself AND get decent 6-hour sleep (which only leaves me feeling tired mid-day), and constantly looking at my clock in frustration, and continuously setting the alarm back until I finally fall asleep by 4:00 AM: The time I would normally be asleep if I would have just stayed up and played.
Sometimes, however, I fall asleep fast, but I have a short, light sleep with a light dream. It doesn't feel like I'm in the dream, but instead, it feels like I'm watching a movie on a movie screen in the back of my eyelids, and I usually wake up after 2-4 hours when something like temperature or hunger wakes me up and keeps me awake.
TL;DR: What is this light, short, frustrating-feeling dream and sleep that only lasts for 2-4 hours? I never feel well rested after it, but I also can't go back to sleep after it.View Thread
I'm a 20 year old female- 5'8/120lbs. I'm neither overweight nor underweight but I sleep terribly. It's really been noticeable the last couple years or so. I never really thought much of it until other people started noticing my weird habits.
- I cannot fall asleep before midnight. Even if I haven't slept the night before or had a busy day.. It's impossible. - I need a good 12 hours sleep to feel fully rested. I can safely do 10 and be okay.. but any less and I'm dead all day. - Through out the night, I wake up probably every hour to flip over from side to side but I almost always wake up panicked needing to know the time. Why? Because I need to know how much time I have left to sleep. I wake up to check the time roughly every two hours. - In the last six months or so.. I don't remember having any dreams. I fear I might not be getting any REM sleep.
I work evenings so it's become a pattern of staying up until 5 or 6am (It's almost 5am as I type this) and I sleep until 3ish because I have to get up and get ready for work. If I let myself sleep longer though.. I gladly would be in bed until about 5pm. This routine is comfortable for me.. but in the past working any kind of job that requires me getting up in the morning leaves me dead all week until the weekend where I catch up on my neglected sleep.
I am not a huge drinker.. I don't drink any kind of caffeine at all. I don't do any kind of drug. I'm guilty of not eating enough food sometimes and I'm almost always dehydrated. I don't know if my sleep has anything to do with that.. or if something is actually wrong with me.
My father sleeps the exact same way as me- and has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. My aunt also has issues with insomnia. The only issues I had with sleep when I was younger were chronic night terrors. This all started when I hit about 16 but continues to worsen the older I get.
Has anyone experienced similar symptoms to this? I know ideally I should visit a doctor but I fear that they'll simply tell me that nothing is wrong and I should drink more water or something simple and ignore the real issue (if there is one) at hand. It's gotten to the point that friends and boyfriends have asked me if something is wrong with me because if I'm not sleeping.. I'm consistently tired.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read. View Thread
Hello. I'm well aware of the dangers of self-diagnosing, but I am struggling quite a bit to find a name for my situation -condition?-, but I think it's a possibility that I could be experiencing nightly lucid nightmares. Of course, it could be something else that I've never heard of, but I'd really like some other opinions on what it is and how I can over come it. As it is I have ways of discouraging these dreams such as sleeping with a television on, but it would be nice to be able to sleep in a quiet room without knowing that there is a high likelyhood that my dreams will scare me to death and not allow me to wake up. Now, for a few more details, here is a paragraph I submitted in an email to a sleep center:
I actually have frequent episodes of what I believe to be lucid nightmares- lucid dreams where I am not in control of the situation but am still aware that I am dreaming and am conscious of my physical body, although I'm incapable of moving it. Often times I am unable to talk or stand or make any sort of physical effort in these dreams, and it's much like I'm in a highly intoxicated state although my mind is clear. It is difficult to wake up from these dreams, although possible, and I can experience several in one night.
And just for a bit more clarification, unless I have a television or both a decent sized lamp and a radio or something else that creates noise, I will almost certainly have one of these nightmares. And they are all nightmares. They are terrifying and I'll wake up with a rapid heartbeat and covered in sweat, too afraid to fall asleep again after only a mere hour of rest.
Any ideas about what this is and how I can actually deal with it instead of finding ways of avoiding it would be greatly appreciated.View Thread
I have severe sleep disorders I sleep on and off all night move ,walk ,talk ,snore and wake up constantly ,Ive been on 2 sleep studies and they just keep telling me its very bad and give me pills .I am currently on 2 Syblinox,2 Silenor,and 1 Clonazepam a day and I still dont sleep what else can I try ?View Thread
I'm a male in my mid-twenties and I have been dealing with an anxiety/panic disorder for three years now. I have only recently sought limited professional help. I was always hoping that it was something that would just pass but it has become rather debilitating. Aside from just feeling anxious frequently and going through infrequent panic attacks I have a lot less energy than I used to have and terribly stressful insomnia. I've given up fighting this on my own. My psychiatrist prescribed Clonex (Clonazepam) — to help me short-term with nervousness — for about 4 months and after that I started taking Ectiban (Escitalopram) — an anti-depressant, to help me long-term — which I have been taking for 10 months and continue doing so. My psychiatrist hasn't really diagnosed me formally but we just talk of my condition as anxiety. I haven't had many appointments with her but the next time I see her I'm going to ask if I can get something that will help me in those moments when I feel more intense nervousness. When I was taking the Clonex I was nearly free of nervousness but now that I'm just taking the anti-depressant I again alternate between good days and terrible days.
Although I feel some level of nervousness every day. Aside from those days that I feel anxious for no apparent reason, I usually find that any and all physical discomfort increases my stress levels. For example, just getting the flu stresses me out. I'm prone to migraines and a headache can make me feel nervous. The list of stress inducing things his pretty long but it includes stomach aches and general discomfort (such as gases), sleepiness/tiredness particularly after poor sleep the previous day(s).
We are just getting started though because what I think is my biggest problem so far is my problem with sleep and energy. It has always taken me more time than it takes most people to fall asleep but since the anxiety thing took over my life my circadian clock (sleep clock) has been completely out of whack. This is such a huge problem for me that it is impossible for me to keep a job or any sort of schedule. On a good day I manage to fall asleep around 4 a.m. and on a bad day 8 a.m. It doesn't really matter how tired I am — my body won't let me fall asleep. The strangest thing is that even if I manage to fall asleep and stay asleep early-ish I still can't wake up before 12 a.m. If I wake up before noon what happens is that for a couple of hours I will feel fine. Then I will slowly but surely start feeling tired and after about 4-6 hours of being awake — regardless of how much sleep I got — I will start feeling like you would except someone to feel after having been sleep deprived for about 2-3 days; I get a headache, I get slightly nauseous, nervous and thinking becomes difficult. Sometimes napping can help me at that stage but at other times I just have to suffer for hours until I'm in the time range that I can fall asleep in. Most days I wake up around 1-3 p.m. Even if I get the same amount of sleep (in hours), just the fact that I'm getting up before 12 a.m. means that my body will have this extreme reaction.
This has quite simply ruin my life. I can't get a job or go to school because then I'd have to get up around 7-8 a.m. which my body doesn't allow me, as I've said, regardless of how long I manage to sleep. The worst part is having everybody around me just thinking that I'm the world's laziest person. People don't understand. If you're in a wheelchair everybody can see your disability but when it's something invisible you become a weirdo to them. I used to work hard and getting up 7 a.m. and working 12-hour shifts was pretty easy for me but now I'm worse than a 90-year-old.
I been woken up suddenly out of a deep sleep by my name being screamed . It's nerve racking. It happened at least 3 times over the years. It's been my name ,mom and my sons name. Does anyone have any ideas on why this happens to me?View Thread
Hi. I have a newly occurring issue and it's really taking a toll on me so I need some help!
For some reason I am waking up at the same time every night, between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m., and I have no idea why. I go to bed around 12:30 =and am able to fall asleep without any issues, but then I only sleep for 3+, wake up, and then have trouble going back to sleep and can only get another 3 on top of that. The combination of 3 and 3 does not feel good at all, and I've had this happen 4 nights in a row now. Additionally, this happened 3 nights in a row a few weeks ago.
I tried to take Advil PM last night but it didn't fix this issue and I'm running out of ideas. The temperature in my room is fine. I've tried sleeping above and below the blanket, with a different blanket, with just the AC, with AC + fan, etc. No matter what I do though, I wake up at this odd hour like clockwork.
As a side note, I have sleep apnea but I've worn the CPAP machine for a few years now and it's never bothered me. The stats on the machine indicate that it is working well as usual.
I'm heading to my doctor today but if anyone has any other suggestions I would appreciate it. Thank you.
hello, this has happen to me 2 days in a row now. not during the hours of sleep, but after i wake up, then lay back down around 9am. The first time, i felt myself starting to wake up.. then i had a feeling of someone, pulling, the blanket off of me really slow, as i went to open my eyes, my entire body goes numb and feels like it is vibrating.I try to move and talk but nothing comes out, yet i don't know if i really am trying to do this, or its just part of the dream? finally i bursted out my wires name very loud, and it was over, i was confused for about 2 mins, even where i was at, breathing heavily. Then today, i happen again, except again i felt my self start to wake up, i had the feeling of the sheets getting pulled off and a huge de ja vue , but then it felt almost as if i was tipping off the edge of my bed, then when i went to open my eyes, the whole body went numb again and felt like i was vibrating, again, i couldn't yell or move, but i was trying, and i felt myself starting to open my eyes, and then bam, it stopped, my eyes opened, i jerked my body and was panting very hard. I have never in my life, had dreams or what ever this is, that feels so real, it gives me chills just re thinking about it. has anyone ever had this? please help with any things! thank you - See more at: http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/message-boards/topic/please-help-has-anyone-experienced-this/#sthash.8iv5b9dj.dpufView Thread
Hi I'm a young adult and when I was young I had restless leg syndrome and insomnia to the point that I would go days without sleep. Now I stay active and eat right to make sure it doesn't disrupt my sleep. Lately it's been getting worse. I'll fall asleep 3am then wake up at 6 because my legs feel like I need to move around. Other nights I'll fall asleep just fine then won't wake up till the afternoon( missing my alarms and phone calls) I assume when this happens my body is catching up with the lack of sleep. What else can I do prevent staying up all night? I excercise, i have a comfy bed and orthopedic pillow, I have a fish tank because the sound is relaxing. I've tried a lot of different things already and they work for a while but it's never permanent .View Thread
For the past 8 years or so, I have struggled with insomnia. I have had two sleep studies, but no resolution...
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For the past 8 years or so, I have struggled with insomnia. I have had two sleep studies, but no resolution to the issue. I get about 4 hours of sleep EVERY night and I am exhausted in the morning. I have tired lunesta and ambien, but I only get about 5 hours with either. Does anyone face similar issues and does anything work for you? I really do not want to take the medication forever especially since it is not very "beneficial ". Please share your suggestions. Thank you.View Thread
I noticed an article in the New York Tines referring to another in the Journal of the AMA (JAMA) saying that...
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I noticed an article in the New York Tines referring to another in the Journal of the AMA (JAMA) saying that there is way too much use of sleeping pills, especially with older people. Many NYT readers were put out with this,
saying seniors should have the same access to these drugs. For myself I tend to agree, only a day before seeing the article my current doctor said I would not be getting Ambien again (as I'd had it before from another doctor.). The doctor said the side effects are too dangerous, especially for seniors who live alone and might fall or have other problems with the drug.
I just had a sleep study to see if I can tolerate and benefit from a new CPAP and mask. I have a great amount of trouble falling asleep and was hoping for a good Anbien dose to help me go to sleep and not wake up ripping the mask off. I hope the CPAP works as I'm often falling a sleeping during the day and then having an even harder time sleeping at night. Often it takes an entire night's missed sleep to be able to sleep again..also, RLS and diabetic nerve damage to legs and feet make sleep harder.
I'd take the risk of side effects from Ambien if I could sleep much better.View Thread
I've never had a problem with sleeping up until 6 weeks ago. I used to sleep like a rock, I would fall asleep within minutes and not much would wake me up. Sure, I might have had the occasional night from time to time when I couldn't sleep, but never anything like this. It's literally like my conscious mind just won't let go.
My health related issues started a few months ago when I began having PVCs (Premature Ventricle Contractions) or heart palpitations. The doctor did an EKG and a 24 hour heart monitor in late May, all of which came back as showing nothing "wrong" with my heart. So the doctor put me on low doses of Metoprolol and Buspirone to try to help with palpitations and anxiety. I took it for a couple weeks, but felt terrible on the medication and it didn't seem to help. So I stopped the medication around the first part of June. The same time as the other medications i was prescribed Omeprazole which I didn't start taking right away as I didn't really think it was an issue. I also gave up regular coffee in early June, I now drink only 1 cup of decaf coffee in the morning. The rest of the day I only drink water.
After stopping the Metoprolol and Buspirone, i began taking some over the counter supplements of Magnesium-Citrate and Relora (herbal anxiety relief). Which quite honestly did more for my blood pressure than anything else. I had been taking the over-the-counter supplements for a little over a week and hadn't noticed any sleep disturbances or anything of that nature.
I then began taking the Omeprazole that was prescribed earlier because I thought maybe I was having some indigestion. Two days after I started the Omeprazole I began having sleeping problems. During that time I had not considered the Omeprazole to be the cause of any sleep problems so I continued to take it along with my supplements. During this time, I would have good nights and bad nights sometimes I would sleep fine other nights I wouldn't sleep at all.
The sleeping problems have gotten worse, to the point where I can't fall asleep at night and stay asleep. Sometimes things like zzzquil will help but sometimes they don't. At this point I was exhausted, sometimes I would go 2 straight days without any sleep. Sometimes I wasn't sure if I was sleeping or not. My blood pressure has been back on the rise.
I went back to the doctor and she gave me a prescription for Prozac (10mg), she believes this to be anxiety related. That was two weeks ago. She also gave me a short prescription of Xanax (.25mg) to help me sleep.
The Xanax didn't really help much at first, when I would take one pill I would actually feel like I was having an anxiety attack laying in bed.
I called the doctor and she said to take two Xanax. Two did the trick mostly and would help me sleep, usually for 5 hours or so unless my son or wife would disturb me and wake me up. The mornings felt like a hangover, unless I was able to sleep in longer, then it wouldn't be so bad.
I stopped taking the Magnesium and Relora a couple weeks ago, hoping that maybe something with that was causing the insomnia, but nothing changed. I also stopped taking the Omeprazole about 4-5 days ago hoping that was the cause, but I haven't noticed much difference. The doctor just yesterday increased my Prozac to 20mg a day, but I'm nervous if the Prozac is adding to my insomnia, it could get worse (although I'm not sure how).
I'm desperate at this point. I just want to be able to get a good nights sleep, and to lay down like I used to. I've tried EVERYTHING, good sleep hygiene, yoga, relaxation techniques, ect. I'm just at my whits end. I feel like a lab rat experimenting with myself to try and figure out what's going on. I don't want to have to rely on something like Xanax to help me sleep.View Thread
My name is Loli and I'm 30 years old. Iv'e been in a relationship for just under a year and I'm living with my partner and our 2 dogs. I'm happy in my relationship, I'm happy at work, even though I have a history of depression and anxiety, everything seems to be going just fine in my life right now. Over the last 6-8 months I have been woken up in the night on a regular basis with my partner shouting at me. Dazed, I ask him whats wrong and he tells me I've clawed at his chest again. I don't remember... I've elbowed him, kneed him in the back, scratched at his face and chest and yelled out in my sleep. He says it happens at different points in the night. I could have just dropped off or been asleep for hours when it happens. He no longer lets me cuddle him at night through fear of attack and this breaks my heart. I have woken myself up in the past after tearing at my own face and drawing blood. I've scared my dogs also, by waking up suddenly, shouting and going for them with my fists clenched (I haven't actually hurt them thus far). I've spoken to my Doctor and he suggested CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) which I really cannot see helping. If anyone has any information as to why this is happening or what I can do to stop it, I'd be so grateful. I'd like very much to be able to cuddle my other half again...View Thread
I need to find a doctor with a sincere laboratory interest in finding fatal insomnia in a patient. I want to find / rule out the worst case scenario. I have a history of hypersomnia and chronic fatigue, digestive, and motion disorders. I experience muscle spasms and so does my mother. She has petite mal epilepsy attributed to a volleyball head injury.
I am not on par with the social skills of intelligent women, but I can systemize group dynamics and decisions. My art is talented and magical. My danger to myself is idiosyncrasy. I have been pigeon holed into a bipolar disorder and ignored by Nassau Co. doctors who failed to treat my sleep disorder. I have had zero natural sleep in 12 days. I was I.v.'d with Atavan and I slept lightly, when I woke I was replenished. All my anxiety and depression feels uplifted and gone.
It's a shame is what was always said around me.View Thread
I have been using my cpap for about 4 years and in May I had my tonsils, adenoids, and uvula removed and my very deviated setum was straightened. When I replaced my mask last week I was able to go to a nasal mask. The first couple days I had a bloody nose in the morning but increasing my humidifier took care of that. But the past few mornings I have noticed my gums are swollen on the upper jaw when I get up, it disappears within a couple hours. Does anyone know if this is normal? Will it go stop doing this in time? Can it cause permanent gum damage?View Thread
Hello, I'm wondering how many of you out there have Sleep Apnea and sleep on an adjustable bed? Is elevating your head (and feet) helping to breathe better at night, allowing a deeper, more rejuvenating rest?
Thank you for your feedback, ~Sleep Better TonightView Thread
I went through a sleep study and diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea on 7/10/14. I have used the CPAP all night for 4 nights and still wake up feeling tired every morning. I still even take naps in the afternoon, because I feel very tired in the afternoon too. I thought I was going to wake feeling rested.View Thread
I put my CPAP on before going to sleep. Suddenly I woke up after about 1-1/2 hours choking / gasping for air. It seemed like I could exhale a little but couldn't inhale. My throat felt as if it had maybe relaxed so much that it collapsed and obstructed my airway. It also seemed like maybe something may have drained down my throat or acid reflux had splashed up and caused me to have a choking reflex. Whatever happened, my airway was closed and I couldn't breathe! It was terrifying, I was making a loud asthmatic sound as I struggled to breathe. The episode lasted for maybe 30 seconds after I woke up. It was loud enough that it scared my wife badly. Now I'm afraid to go back to sleep. I have the sensation of needing to clear my throat almost like there is a little congestion. My throat is a little sore.View Thread
Every night, for years now, I wake up about 4 or 5 hours into my sleep, I become restless in bed and can not go back to sleep, however if I go somewhere else, say the sofa or a different bed I may fall sleep again (with a 60% chance) sometimes I need to read or watch the tv in order to fall sleep again, sometimes I am so tired that I just fall sleep again without much effort, sometimes I dont fall back to sleep even if I have changed places. When I do fall sleep again I sleep for another hour or hour and a half, my average sleeping time is 5,5 hours with 2,5 to 3h of deep sleep (as reported by the jawbone up band).
I have done some research and the only sleep disorder that would seem to be responsible of this behaviour is Restless Legs Syndrome but my symptoms arent as bad as the ones described at the wikipedia.
I wonder if someone has ever had a similar problem and if they could help.
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