Hey all. My name is Liz. When I was little, I was always the only 'early riser' of our family... I would stay up late and wake up super alert early in the morning. I don't always wake up early now, but am always super alert when I wake up. The downside of this is that anything wakes me up. My boyfriend jokes that walking across a carpeted bedroom in socks will wake me up. Hearing any sounds, my heart races, I'll sit straight up in bed out of sleep and open my eyes and be terrified. I also have incredibly vivid dreams on a frequent basis, rarely good ones, mostly nightmares or just nonsense. I have trouble falling asleep and I often start dreaming while I'm still conscious/awake. Just bizarre/random/disordered thoughts that I'll realize I've been thinking about, then I can't remember them, on and off until I fall asleep. I'll get sleep paralysis maybe nine or ten times a year (thankfully, not more). Sometimes I dream that I can't breath and I'm trying to suck in a breath but that I can't and I'll wake up gasping. My dad has sleep apnea and other sleep difficulties, but his sleep apnea is the obstructive kind and I don't snore or anything like he does. Sleep has always been a pain in the ass for me. I took Ambien for a little while but it would only knock me out hard for about three and a half hours, then I'd wake up wide awake. Ambien CR made me sleep walk but otherwise, was pretty good. Benedryl works alright but only if I take a ton, which I'm not really willing to do. Also, forgot to mention... I wake up a ton during sleep, not in the startled way as I do when there's a noise, but just, I'll wake up probably ten or eleven times every night, that I remember anyway. A lot of the times I'll be confused and stressed. Anyone know what any of this could be? I've never participated in a sleep study or anything but apparently you can do that where I live (Columbia, SC)... I dunno how much to expect to pay or anything like that, or whether I should.
Just wanted to say hey to my fellow sleep-disordered members.
Insomnia is a symptom of a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity.
- from the wikipedia article on insomnia
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