For the last five years I've gotten about 2-3 hours of sleep each night. For the first three or four years it was actually pretty great. I'd get up at 2 or 3 and get a lot of work done. I never felt tired during the day, never felt like the lack of sleep was a negative at all. Now, well, now I'm exhausted. I must be in bed by 10 or I'll sleep where ever I am. I fall asleep in mid conversation now if it's late enough. Still, even though I must be in bed by 10, I'm up again at midnight or 1am, completely rested. But that feeling is short lived. I feel the need to nap around mid day, but my life doesn't permit that kind of luxury, so I push through and, as I mentioned, go to bed at 10pm.
I do not know much about this topic but they say that chronic sleep deprivation (5 hours or less of sleep) leads to being rejuvenated on low periods of sleep because your body gets used to it and adjusts. I am sure there are ways to treat this condition though and I wish you the best of luck. Have you seen a doctor for this, and what have they been saying? Why cant you take a nap during the day?
Last edited by trustykaren; 12-18-2011 at 10:37 PM.
I have no idea how you managed to adapt to only 2-3 hours sleep, but clearly, you're now feeling the side effects of it. I guess you would need some kind of sleep therapy to get you sleeping longer hours. It's going to take a fair amount of dedication to overcome this, since we are creatures of habit and breaking this one isn't going to be easy.
I was injured in an accident. Initially I'd wake up b/c of the pain and couldn't go back to sleep. That lasted a year or two. Then the pain subsided but my waking up continued. Only this past year has it taken its toll. I've tried sleeping pills, I've tried vitamins, meditation, forcing myself to just stay asleep. I was even prescribed anti-depressants for a while to see if that would work. it didn't. Nothing works.
the reason I can't nap in the day is b/c my job doesn't allow for such things, and my family life (kids, wife) doesn't allow for it either (weekends).
Thanks for your thoughts, guys. I sometimes it's nice to just let it out a bit.
Have you ever done a sleep study otherwise known as a polysomnography? This is an overnight test done at a sleep lab. This test is used to diagnosis sleep disorders. Ask your primary care physical to refer you for one. Also check out the internet for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for accredited sleep disorders clinics in your area.
I've recently had a few sessions with a sleep psychologist and here are a few tips i've learned. Don't stay in bed if your not sleeping, get up and read a boring book. Don't nap during the day. Go to bed from 1030-4a, or 11-4:30, and after you have success at that, extend time time by 15 min either at the start or end of those times. After each week of success, keep extending the time by 15 min. Sleep helpers: Warm milk (w/touch of honey) or tea (w/touch of honey). Warming the milk releases the "tryptophan". A little honey also helps sleep, as well as the "sleepy foods" such as bananas, almonds, oatmeal (google for list of more) Hope that helps.