Hello everyone, I am new to the Sleep board. I hope everyone is doing well!
Anyway, it's 4:00 AM here in PA, and it's not unusal for me to be up this late. I'm 21, but since I've been 16 I've always had trouble getting tired and even more trouble actually falling asleep. According to people I do not snore, walk, talk, or toss and turn in my sleep, so I don't think sleep apnea is the culprit.
To get sleepy I've tried getting in a routine, calming activites before bed, lavendar scented pillows, OTC sleeping pills (Unisom, Tylenol PM, and even Benedryl), having a cool dark room, exercising during the day, not eating before bed, and the list goes on. Nothing works! When I finally do get to bed, usually around 3-4 AM, it takes me another 45 mins-1 hour to fall asleep. Once asleep I sleep soundly for 5-6hours, and I do have VERY vivid and clear dreams ususally 4-5 nights. However, 3-4 times a month I'vehad these mental images (maybe really light sleep dreams) where I'm going to be hit by something or I'm in a race, or just reacting to something in the "dream" and I JOLT awake! I'm breathing and everything, but it can be bothersome. I'm ususally pretty awake during the day, minus an hour or two in the afternoon.
To make a long story (sorry!!) short, I just need some advice on why I can't get tired or fall asleep, what this jolt is, and why my dreams are so vivid (I don't ususally wake up from them...ususally it's an outside factor such as my alarm)??
<---I know that's the sign for embaressement, but I'm making it a yawny face to promote sleep, even in these boards