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Author Topic: Huge Trouble Falling Asleep.  (Read 2557 times)

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Offline TheRoof

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Huge Trouble Falling Asleep.
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:20:12 AM »
This is my first time doing this. I have finally gotten to a point where I HAVE to figure out what is wrong with me. From probably the 5th grade, I have been going to bed latter, and issues waking up early. This continued all the way to high school, but was never necessarily that bothersome.
Then in the morning, I could never wake up. My mom would try over and over again. Now as a 21 year old male. I still have the same problem, except I don't have my mom there to make sure I'm up. My roommate says it's like trying to wake up a dead person. (I stopped asking him at this point, because it's not his responsibility to baby me around)

I have an alarm clock as well as a very loud cell phone alarm. Sometimes I don't hear ANY of them go off. I really don't know what to do. I had a date with a friend and we were supposed to go hiking at ten am. I woke up at 12. I've never felt that horrible in my life before, (This was Wed.) It's a point where it's affecting my friendships, and my life to a huge extreme.

I mean, has anyone had "Similar" problems and what did you do to treat this. Or maybe a friend?


By The Way: I used to suffer from depression and was hospitalized for a suicide attempt when younger (I am 21 now) but my "feelings" were different back then. I had more anxiety, and panic rather than sleep problems (well during the day anyway) 

 I use to take (at one point or another), lexapro, rameron (highest dose of 45mg), trazadone 50mg, klonopin 1mg, prozac (lowest dose of 20mg), and pristique (metabolite of effexor) but now am not taking anything.

« Last Edit: May 23, 2011, 03:23:29 AM by TheRoof »

Offline mecch

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Re: Huge Trouble Falling Asleep.
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 04:30:30 AM »
Let's see.

Confirm please that you are going to sleep really late.  Your post title is having trouble falling asleep.  The text of the post is about having trouble waking up late.

If you are going to sleep really late, you'll still need your 6, 7 , or 8 hours.  So the easiest solution for waking up on time, might be figuring out how to fall asleep earlier.  Not that that is always easy, but there are things you can try. 

Second, you don't mention having a job or studies with a schedule.  If you have a job, what time do you need to wake up?  Anybody who has and wants to keep a job has no choice but to wake up consistently on schedule.  Even people with night jobs have to follow a schedule or they will miss out on all their free time.

Or studies.  I am a college teacher and we all quickly identify the people who can't wake up in the morning and get to class.  I can tell you from years of experience, this does not bode well for their studies nor their future professional lives.  Also, its screws over and disappoints and angers people relying on them to be more or less on time. 

Sleeping pills.
Relaxation before going to bed.
Inviting restful sleeping room.
Avoiding stimulants before bed - no Internet or TV, for example. 
And finally just recognising that you WANT to be part of social, professional or educational activities that require you to be on time, so committing to waking up.

I was a night owl in college myself but noticed in my 20's, when I really really enjoyed my job, I got up on schedule every day for years with no alarm clock whatsoever.  It was a total shock to me.
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Re: Huge Trouble Falling Asleep.
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011, 05:58:20 PM »
In a way, I can relate, though a bit different.  I go to bed at the same time every night.  My problem is that I wake up during the night, and will stay awake for an hour or more.  Then, I wake up between 3:00 am - 4:00 am, and am awake for the day.  My doctor wanted to put me on Rozerem, but I declined, as I do not want to take sleeping pills. 

For you, you may want to force yourself to get up early, and stay awake all day.  Do it for several days, and see if this abates your getting up late.  I can also relate to not hearing things.  Someone can call me in the late evening, and if I'm asleep, I don't hear it.  I'm no expert on sleep, and this may be something you need to discuss with a professional.
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Huge Trouble Falling Asleep.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011, 06:29:10 PM »
In addition to the recommendations that mecch gave, I would suggest having a sleep study done.  I was having some difficulty falling asleep and a lot of difficulty waking up.  In addition, different tricks err, I mean people would tell me that I had an extreme snoring problem.  In addition to doing a blood oxygen test, pulmonary function exam, and a host of other blood work, the doc also ordered a sleep study. 

I was diagnosed as having sleep apnea.  I am getting ready to use a c-pack (?) machine to control the apnea.  Doc had told me that not only is apnea dangerous and can be life threatening, it throws off a person's sleep so that they don't get a good night's rest - have more difficulty falling asleep, and have difficulty waking up - and wake up extremely tired.

Take some or all of the suggestions you have received; talk to your doctor; and perhaps, see about having a sleep study done.  Shaquille O'Neal just found out that he has severe apnea - so, I am in good company.

Best to you - hope you get it worked out.
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