29 hours awake, can't sleep.
I've always had a problem falling asleep since I was young, but its been getting progressively worse as I've become older. I am 19 years old right now and take medications to fall asleep. I use seroquel at the moment, which is a mood stabilizer, but it helps me fall asleep. Without any sleeping medications I would not be able to fall asleep for a long time.
I don't take caffeine or any drugs or drink alcohol. I don't smoke. I exercise regularly. Good hygiene. At night before I sleep I'll usually read something or maybe watch a video of something. It doesn't generally have too much of an effect on how awake I feel. Generally a hot temperature can keep me awake, so my room has to be 74 degrees or lower, the colder it is, the more easily I can fall asleep.
The problem is... I knew I had a problem with falling asleep but yesterday, I slept literally for 2 hours, I was really tired. I woke up at 1:00 a.m. I took my sat's and was even more exhausted afterwards. Then I ended up staying up for 29 hours. Hung out with friends and stuff, I was really alert, it was really uncomfortable though. Lost my appetite and thirst for most of the day.
I got home, took a shower, and went to sleep. Then it hit me... I couldn't sleep! My body was exhausted, I was tired and couldn't even think, I just lied down in bed and wasn't able to sleep. Lied down in bed for maybe an hour and then took my sleeping medications and fell asleep.
I am almost absolutely sure I could have stayed up for another 12-24 hours easily. (Is easy the right word?) Or should I say... I could've definitely stayed up for an additional 12-24 hours involuntarily. I don't know what the problem is. I'm very healthy and very athletic. I take a wide range of vitamins as well. The vitamins can't be detrimental to my sleeping patterns because I take them on and off and going weeks without them has not affected my sleeping. I am going to a sleep lab sometime in the near future to find out what the problem is, but for now I just wanted to post this here and figure if anyone has a similar problem. Its very stressful and has many disadvantages, but it has some up sides too I suppose... I never have to worry about falling asleep at the wheel... Because I can't. lol.
Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you.