Although the fear factor may be a contributing factor, I'm not sure how much of a problem it is for you. I do agree fear can manifest itself in many ways. The one thing you didn't mention is if you have been a sleepy head all your life or is this something new for you? I have found that it is impossible to get good medical management unless you are dealing with a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders. For most college students both time and money are a challenging factor as far as going to the doctor goes. I few things I would suggest in the mean time is. You (or anyone) needs quality sleep, the more quality sleep you get the less sleep you will need and the less sleepy you will be when you need to be more alert. If you aren't dreaming and/or can't remember dreaming you are not getting quality sleep. First, go on the internet and look up foods that make you more sleepy and foods that make you more alert. Avoid carbohydrates when you are trying to be alert. Honeybuns, donuts and simple sugars will pep you up for a short interval but in the long run will cause you problems. If you have a way of checking your blood sugar, try doing that. Have a carb. heavy intake (of course not when you need to be alert) and after 30 min. to an hour check your blood glucose level. If it is high this may be what is making you more sleepy, especially; if the sleepiness is a new problem for you. Get a mouth piece to wear while sleeping (at Walgreen's, CVS, Walmart) designed for sleep apnea. Sleep on your side and position yourself where your head will be tilted more toward your chin, not enough to comprimise good air exchange, just enough to assure you aren't sleeping with your mouth open. You may even try sleeping in a recliner. Do NOT rely on sleeping pills, benadryl (diphenhydramine) etc., however; try melatonin, start with 3 mg. about an hour before you are ready to go to sleep, you can go up to 6 mg. if you need to. Start taking it on the weekend or whenever you won't have to get up early. It may take a couple times of taking it to decide how your body is going to respond. (If 3 mg. is too much go to using 1/2 tab. but I am sure you will eventually have to increase the dosage of melatonin. If you can tolerate warm milk, this is a good relaxer to use before getting ready to retire for the night, use it to take the melatonin with. Try not to eat anything for at least an hour before getting ready to go to sleep. Try, really try to get 6 hours of quality sleep each night, absolutely no less than 4 hours. Allow yourself to relax, you will come out in the long run. Don't worry about if you will wake up at the time you need to, your are not waking up on time anyway. Go to sleep listening to relaxing tapes, what ever relaxes you. This could be soft music, rain or other weather sounds, ocean waves, whatever relaxes you. As you are going to sleep repeat (and convence yourself) "I will wake up at the time I have my alarm set, actually say the time-4:00am 6:00am or whatever." Repeat this in your head until you can no longer stay awake. If these things don't work of course your ultimate goal will be to see a sleep specialist. When you start your day EAT-- whole wheat toast with peanut butter or some other protein food. Don't allow yourself to sit down and relax in the morning time. Eat at the table. If you must in order to stay up and at it, do some light exercises, take a walk or something. Do NOT exercise anywhere near time for you to go to sleep, several hours before bed time. Hopefully, this will get you through college. God bless you and hope this works. Sincerely, Been There.View Thread
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