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09:14am 26/01/2010
 
 
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For the last two weeks, maybe three, ever since I had my cold and slept all day, I haven't been able to sleep at my normal sleep times (i.e. – 1:30 am to 6:45... I'm okay on 5 hours of sleep)

I'll crawl into bed at 7:30 pm absolutely exhausted and wanting very much to sleep through the night, then I'm WIDE AWAKE again at 9 pm. I won't be able to get to sleep again until 4:30 am, and then get up at around 6:45 feeling like crap.



I’ve been trying everything. I tried writing before bed, which used to make me sleepy. I’ll be exhausted but when I lie down nothing happens. I’ve been logged out of chat at 10 pm, so that I’m not wound up and staring at a computer screen. Then I won’t be able to sleep and end up playing mindless computer games an hour later (curse you Mafia Wars). Or cleaning my bedroom by dangling my hand over the side of my bed and rearranging what mess I can reach.

I’m anxious. My mind races. I’ve gained 10 pounds in a month, which is frankly disturbing as hell. I’m on damage control at work, my exhaustion at work covered up by sneaking off during breaks or napping for 10 mins at lunch.

Some have suggested I not nap at all during the day. That didn’t work.

Last week I tried to not nap at all during the day and still only got to sleep at 4:30 and got 2 hours of sleep that night. That was the night that my sister sent me an e-mail and my sister in law was in labour, so it may be because of that that I couldn't sleep at all, but I don’t think so… it’s like my body has hard programmed 4:30 am as sleep time.

The only day I was able to sleep normal-ish was Friday night Saturday, when I fell asleep at 3:30 am after napping in the evening, and then getting up again at 10 am to go about my day. I didn’t nap at all on Saturday, though I got extremely tired at around 8 pm at the party I was at, and after getting home from the party I fell asleep at 3:30 am again. I thought, great! An hour earlier is awesome! But then I slept until 4 in the afternoon on Sunday, with a brief period of consciousness in the middle to eat breakfast, and on Monday morning I was back to my 4:30 am to 6:45 am routine.

I do have one question, I know I shattered my Circadian Rhythm with the oversleeping/sleeping all day when I was sick. If I take sleeping pills to knock myself out at my old sleep times (or say, 11 pm) will the Circadian Rhythm adjust to the new time so eventually pills aren’t needed?
 
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 bunnynumber13
 
05:29pm 26/01/2010 (UTC)
 
 
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Hmm, this sounds like a question you should be asking a medical professional. I'd advise either doing that or going to a medical website that answers common health questions or one specifically for people who have problems with their sleeping patterns. Here are two sites you can look at. I hope they help some:

http://sleepdisorders.about.com/

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/default.htm
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 greenwillow27
 
05:32pm 26/01/2010 (UTC)
 
 
GreenWillow
The only problem with sleeping pills (even non-Rx stuff like Tylenol pm)is that once you stop taking them people tend to have a withdrawal-like reaction. In other words, it can be even harder to fall asleep than it was before you started taking anything.

I'd say set your alarm for the time you want to wake up normally even on the weekends and use whatever other sleep-inducing tricks you can at night. Maybe getting off of the comp even earlier than 10:00, warm milk, warm bath, soft music, sex... heh...

Meh.. yeah. It's hard to get back to normal cycles if you've been thrown off by something. Hope this helps some....


 
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 kc_anathema
 
12:40am 27/01/2010 (UTC)
 
 
KC: bucky hammer full of answers
If you can't control your sleep and it's going on for this long, it's probably also caused by an amount of stress. Are you currently undergoing significant stress? /sarcasm

Might be best to talk to a doc, as suggested above.
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 ravenshaelo
 
07:17am 28/01/2010 (UTC)
 
 
Tamara
Last time I had insomnia, I had to sit down and figure out how to manage my stress. I don't think one off day is enough to throw off your sleeping patterns for this long.
Figure out all what's stressing you, work through it and do what you can to fix it, and not worry about it. Also try meditation. I will admit I am bad at it, but I think it does help for what little I manage to do. Take it easy, if possible.

And I'm glad you're rid of the creepy roomy :S

Feel better eh?
 
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