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Sleep Disorder: Unknown

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I mentioned this in my previous blog, so I thought I'd go further into in hopes someone will have heard of this before. I've tried to research this before, but I can't find anything about it.

I have had sleeping problems for a long, long time now. It started as insomnia when I was a teen and in my early 20's. Over the last few years, its sort of become part of a cycle of sleep: normal sleep, insomnia for a few days at a time, and this awful dreaming sleep.

I'll sleep normal hours at night, between 7-9, and wake up feeling just as tired as though I never slept at all. All night I'll dream vivid, detailed dreams. Not realistic situations, like any dream, but so realistic in just how complex they are. It almost seems as though I don't completely cycle through the stages of sleep. It's like I get stuck on the one part of the cycle and stay there. Either all night, or something... I don't know if that's true or not, but that's what it feels like. I'm just musing.

My friend told me she used to have the same problem and she was the only other person I've known to have had the same issue. The only thing is, hers was due to an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant she was taking. She switched medications and the problem went away. I'm not taking any medications that alter my body's physiology too much, other than hormones, asthma meds, and allergy meds. But, I'm still taking these meds when I sleep normally, too.

My mom says she's sure its stress related, and I can see where that is so. I am stressed out. I'm going to be moving somewhere by the end of the month or beginning of next month. My lease at my current apartment ends on Dec. 31st. Moving is always stressful. I hate it (I don't know anyone who loves moving!) and moving during the holiday season is just that much more sucktastic. This latest bought of dream-sleep began in the few days before we were due to turn in our 30 day notice to leave here. And now that its "official" or "final" that we are moving, it hasn't gone away. I look around my apartment and the thought of having to pack it all up is overwhelming. Unfortunately, I'll be doing most of it myself, as my future roommate (which was my previous roommate, but not my current roommate) is not going to be back in California until Dec. 28th. So, the job will be left up to me. Also, I need to schedule my surgery, but I'm not sure when I should be doing that. Ideally, the beginning of January would great, but the next school semester starts January 23rd. That's not a lot of time to recover. Added stress. Then, of course, next week is my final for my nutrition class and this week my project is due. I'm waiting on my friend to get back to me with some info (I'm analyzing his diet for the project) before I can really begin.

I was exercising very regularly, which in and of itself should help with stress, but I guess the "mental" part is overriding the rest. I'm so tired these days, I can't even muster up the energy to go for a quick walk. I had a Christmas party here last night and I was struggling to stay awake during the White Elephant gift exchange. I went to the Farmer's Market with a friend, then to lunch, and by the time we got back (at about 2pm) I was napping on the couch. And I pretty much napped all afternoon. I got up from it and still feel like I could just go to bed altogether. What little I slept I dreamed... of course.

I'm sort of at my whit's end. I don't want to be this tired. 5 days is enough. 5 days is too long. Stress related, chemical imbalance? I just want to know what I can do to get a good night of quality sleep.
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    I can relate to this I go through a similar pattern where I have problems sleeping and wierd dreams. I was told I wan't going through the "last" cycle of sleep, which is the deep sleep part. Talk to you doctor and see if there is anything that can help. I take melatonin (sp?) on a regular basis (you can buy it at Wal-mart or WalGreens etc pretty cheap) and it seems to help a little.
    3438 days ago
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    Hope you've been getting some ZZZ's! Insomnia sucks, I know all too well, but I know the cause of mine (surgically induced menopause). I hope you get some answers, but it does sound stress related, I've had those nights too, where my brain just does not want to shut off! Ugh! Good luck with the move!! emoticon
    3440 days ago
    It probably is stress related I'd talk to my doctor about it.
    3442 days ago
    I don't know the answer, but it sounds tough!! :( Sorry, my friend! If you need help packing or moving, let me know. I'd like to help in some way.

    3442 days ago
    It does sound like stress could be the cause. Have you ever noticed whether or not you are less stressed during the normal sleep periods?

    I understand about the time thing, but, if you can fit it in 10-15 minutes of yoga and breathing exercises before bed it might help. I've always been interested in meditation as a way to improve rest, as well.

    Sorry about the move. You are right, moving sucks. Do you have a buddy you could bribe to help you pack? Sometimes just having someone around to chat with while you work helps.
    3442 days ago
    You've got a lot going on so it's easy to see how stress can cause havoc. You mention three things you are taking, including hormones. That can definitely impact brain chemistry. Sounds like you might want to look into that angle. As far as moving, maybe you can post on the San Diego website for someone to possibly help pack.
    3442 days ago
    Medication was my first thought, but then you ruled that out by what you said. I would strongly suggest you speak to your doctor about getting a referral for a sleep study. I think that it would be the best option for you to get a handle on what is happening during your sleep, and a professional assessment on how to make your sleep more restful.

    Wishing you the best,
    3442 days ago
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