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Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby desideraht » February 8th, 2012, 7:14 am

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this... It's supposedly fairly common with artists...
I can't really sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time. I end up going to be around 9 pm, waking up around midnight or one at best, then staying up until 3-5, and I might get in another 1-3 hours. Usually by the end of my naps, I've covered 8-10 hours but it's still really inefficient. I spend many nights just not sleeping at all. I am worried about what sleep deprivation could do to me.

Some would tell me to go to a doctor. I'll get right on that when I've got insurance. >.< My mom says it's just me being lazy and having a poor schedule, but I've really been trying... I would say my biggest reason for this is my head keeps spinning. I can't seem to calm my thoughts and my mind just gets cluttered. It can make me very anxious or even have panic attacks while I'm trying to fall asleep.

1. Can this sort of sleep issue hurt me over time?
2. Ways to get tired before bed?

If I exercise right before bed, it usually just wakes me right up and I don't even want to lay down. I think it's because I used to work out in the mornings... >.<

Any thoughts/ideas/experiences of your own to share?
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby blankd » February 8th, 2012, 7:46 am

Some inquires about other details first (if you don't mind sharing).

-Does anyone else in your family have this sort of sleep schedule?
-How long have you had this sleep schedule?
-What is your diet?
-Are there any recent or recurring factors for what determines your sleep schedule?

-When you do get to sleep is it because you "crash" or because you "feel tired" or just "nod off" or "close eyes and then wake up hours later"?
-How has your current sleep schedule been negatively impacting you?
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby The_Hankerchief » February 8th, 2012, 8:35 am

I had a similar issue that had been going on for some time; some nights, I couldn't sleep at all, others, I'd be in bed for most of the day. (One night, I went to bed at 5:00 PM and slept until 5:30 the following night- a full 24 hours!) I was given advice on what could be causing it, and what I could do to help deal with it, in this thread. Perhaps you might look and see if any of what I went through matches your situation, and maybe the advice given to me might help. (Mine, we determined, was most likely stress induced, with diet possibly being a contributing factor; once I dealt with the issues at hand, I found that my sleeping pattern returned to normal)

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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby avian-reader » February 8th, 2012, 10:15 am

Tried melatonin capsules? Nothing really worked for me, but I take one of those at night, and I'm out within an hour or two so long as I don't fight it.
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby X4I » February 13th, 2012, 8:00 pm

I'm with avian-reader on the melatonin.
It's what your own body produces to make you feel sleepy. (it's the only "sleeping med" that ever worked well for me.)
And combined with some mindfulness/mediation I can even fall asleep if i'm stressed out and anxious these days.
(well most nights anyway.)

Personally, i've sort of ritualized my sleep / downtime.
I pop my pill, put on my snooze-tuxedo, settle in, read a book I know well (no new input at this stage) and once the melatonin does what mother nature designed it for, I roll over and i'm gone.
And if it doesn't? I try to not care if I sleep or not.
If I care too much, i'll get anxious about the clock and the hours i'm not sleeping. And that just sends my adrenaline up the walls like a jackhammer.
So I just take my eyes-closed down-time and if I slip away, more's the better.
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby mitchellbravo » February 13th, 2012, 8:48 pm

I'll third melatonin. It won't knock you out, like if you take one and then decide to go running around the house screaming it probably won't do much, but if you take one and have a nice warm glass of [choice] and sit down with a crossword puzzle or something it helps to ease your mind into the sleep mode. Very good for nights where you're physically exhausted but your mind's swirling around shrieking "PAY ATTENITON TO ME LOOK AT ME THINK ABOUT THINGS THAT MAKE YOU ANXIOUS THINK ABOUT THEM LOOK AT ME PLAY WITH ME"
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby desideraht » February 19th, 2012, 4:04 pm

Thanks, guys! I have fixed my cycle almost completely, using some of the advice in this thread. Ultimately what fixed it best is I stayed up for like, a day and a half, and then went to bed early that day (at like 8 pm). It basically made me no longer nocturnal, lol.
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby xkrazydog » February 19th, 2012, 6:50 pm

Taking frequent naps instead of one long sleep session isnt all that uncommon. And from what i hear its not dangerous so long as you clock in the same amount of hours as the average person which is between 8-9. I think human bodies actually adapt to that better it just disorientates your perception of time.

The only thing i can think of that can endanger you with this sleep method is overabundance of stress. if you lead a stressful lifestyle your short nap bursts can be ineffective or relaxing you mentally. Humans are exceptionally adaptable otherwise.
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby desideraht » February 19th, 2012, 7:11 pm

Yeah, sleeping more than 5 hours is almost impossible for me. It's only been like this for a couple months, though. Idk what happened. D':
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Re: Severe Sleeping Problems

Postby darkenergy » April 18th, 2012, 3:26 am

Oh it can fuck you up, especially memory wise. Avoid bright lights and eating within two hours of bedtime, if possible. Also has anything changed recently? There are multiple reasons to be unable to maintain sleep, without going to a clinic all you can really do is eliminate the environmental possibilities.
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