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Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly)

Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly)

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Posted by Marissa on October 17, 2000 at 20:10:02:

In Reply to: Re: Can anyone relate? ( very little sleep nightly) posted by Mike on August 03, 2000 at 09:21:16:

Although I am only 16 years of age, I have had a sleeping disorder for the past month or so. It sounds like I have a lot in common with you and your sleeping patterns. I too will wake up at an odd hour of the night and stay up for another 1/2 hour to 3 hours later until I can fall asleep. Until I can, I generally do something very stupid.....I turn on the lights. I guess I figure that since I am already wide awake, why not do something usefull with all of this extra time. I wind up either doing extra homework or cleaning my room or like you tried to do, I read a book. Sometimes I'll wear myself out by doing all of these things, but in the morning I'm so grouchy and want to go back to sleep. I need to get a full night's sleep to be up and ready the next morning. I don't know if this is something that relates to why I'm staying up late, but I do have an iron difficiency. I've tried everything natural I can think of, but I'm thinking that if my symptoms persist, I'm going to try sleeping pills. It seems like the last resort I can think of. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know. I have been told to cut caffeine out of my diet, but that still doesn't help me at all. I'll be extremely tired by the time I have to go to bed which is about an hour or so earlier than I did last year and then when I get about 2 hours of sleep, I'll start to wake up periodically through out the night. This really bothers me. I'm also eating more at meal times which last year I was also never hungry for lunch or snack after school. Now I am always hungry. I'll eat breakfast more often, I have to eat a lunch or I'll eat a very large snack after school, I'll eat a regular snack after school, then I'll try to graze until it's dinner time. Does any of this apply to you? If not, I feel I may actually be the only one with my symptoms. I shall see a doctor about this in a month or so if I can get an appointment, until then, I'll have to find other ways to keep myself tired enough to sleep the whole night through. Here's a really good example...I spent the night at a friends' house last Saturday and I didn't get to bed until about 5 am and then I woke up at 7:30 am when everyone else was talking, but I wasn't tired. My mother was getting a little worried that I'd have a break down so she made me rest for about and hour or so. I wasn't even tired on Sunday night before I went to bed. Luckily, since I had worn myself out so much the night before, I slept the entire night through which was nice, but the night just wasn't long enough. Even then, I had about 8-9 hours of sleep. I just wanted to let you know that you aren't the only one

: : : I've been dealing with insomnia since 10/99. I've tried Ambien and decided it wasn't worth the headaches and weird feelings the next morning. I also sought a Naturopathic physician for other remedies( 5HTP, cal/mag. supplements, magnesium citrate, herbal teas, etc.) NOthing is as powerful as the sleep medications though. I read books and thought at one point that I was getting better, however the insomnia has returned. This is an example of some of my nights: Sleep at about 9pm, then get up a couple hours later and cannot fall asleep again. I get up and start to get frustrated. One other night I was really tired and fell asleep at 8:30pm, woke up at 10:00pm, managed to fall asleep again shortly after, but then woke up again at 1:45am, and was unable to fall asleep until 4:30-4:45am. It's just horrible! I feel so alone. Is there anyone out there that experiences what I'm going through? Could use your input and support. Please respond... greatly needed and appreciated!!

: : Hi. Well I have been having sleeping problems for 8 years now. I have tried different prescriptions but they too give me really weird side effects. My disorder is a little different. I go to sleep about 4:00 or 5:00am each morning. I have to get up for work at 6:30am. I have learned to survive with just an hour or two each day. My fiance just told me tonight that I don't need a lot of sleep - so trust me I need some support too. My doctor tells me I am very stressed and I need to clear my thoughts before going to bed. I have been advised not drinking anything with caffeine in it before going to bed to just using your bedromm for sleeping. Nothing has worked. The worst part - in the past years I have steadly gained weight. I am munching at 2 or 3:ooam and it's catching up to me. Your not alone in this world - there are hundreds of us walking around, doing dishes, watching TV, surfing the web late into the morning hours. Hope this makes you feel less alone - Jody

: I have the same problem since 1/99-there are lots of people out there like us-its horrendous. I think about not sleeping! Have had Ambien Temazepam. Try Valerian root extract-health food stor and any capsule containg it. I think simply sleep is a brand name-no prescription-over the counter. All I can say is that I would not wish this on my worst enemy-have seen psychiatrist too but I cant shake it-te mind will not shut down. Prescription medsd are only short term or you can become addicted-dont want that!! Sleep is somrthing you take for granted until you can't get it-its like breathing I guess. Know you are not alone-todays world and all its problems are at the root of all this I fear

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