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Trouble Sleeping

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Several years ago I went through a bought of insomnia that lasted nearly a year. I could fall asleep easily but could only sleep two to three hours a night. I took Tylenol PM every night, sometimes multiple times per night, but it never helped. After about a year, I suddenly started sleeping again. For the past couple of months I have started waking up more at night. I have been tired all of the time and it didn't seem to matter how early I went to bed. I wasn't sure why this was until Tuesday night.

About three months ago, I started setting my alarm for 4:50 so I could be outside running by 5 am. This would give me a good hour to workout before waking up the kids and getting ready for work. A couple of months ago, I started waking up around 4:30 so I started getting up then. I was fine until I got to work and then it would hit me. Tuesday morning, after being off work on Monday and not really doing anything, I had the hardest time keeping my eyes open when driving to work. It scared me so bad that I cranked up the air conditioner, sat up straighter, and slowed way down. My sister was killed eight years ago last Sunday in a car accident caused when she fell asleep after her night shift. I made it to work without incident but found myself falling asleep at my desk. I asked my co-worker to get me a Diet Coke when he went to the store because I couldn't stay awake. I did not go to school Tuesday night because I was so tired and had a horrible headache. That night I went to bed at 9:30 and decided to check the clock everytime I woke up to see how much sleep I was really getting. This is what I found:

10:45 got up to use the restroom
12:25 rolled over and looked at the clock
1:03 looked at the clock
1:48 got up to get a drink
2:30 looked at the clock
3:06 looked at the clock
3:39 looked at the clock
3:55 looked at the clock
4:00 looked at the clock
4:10 looked at the clock and groaned
4:16 looked at the clock and stiffled a scream
4:26 looked at the clock
4:48 looked at the clock
4:52 looked at the clock
5:03 got out of bed and went running in the park

I knew that I had been waking up a lot but I usually didn't look at the clock. I also knew I would start waking up for good around 4 am but would lay in bed until 4:30. Tuesday night I realized just how bad it was. I took Tylenol PM last night and actually slept. I woke up at 4:30 but was still tired so I went back to sleep until 5:30. This meant that I did not get my workout today and since it is a school night, most likely won't get it. But I knew I needed the sleep.

I am not sure what is causing this. I very rarely drink caffiene but lately I have been drinking coffee in the mornings to wake up. I don't eat dinner late and rarely have sweets. If I do have something sweet is at least two hours before I go to bed. I drink a lot of water but it is not an urge to use the restroom that wakes me up most of the time. Does anyone have suggestions that may help? I really don't want to take medication to sleep.
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  • MOM4407BECKY
    I do this when I am really tired. I go to sleep early around 9:00pm and then I find myself up around 3:00am. Sometimes I get up and Spark for an hour then go back to bed. Sometimes I just stay up. The next day I usually am tired. I drink tea with caffine around Noon to give me an afternoon lift.
    3788 days ago
  • no profile photo CD314753
    I do this on days that I have to be up earlier and I'm afraid I won't get up- I will get up every 15-20 minutes to see what time it is! I also do it on days I don't exercise- seems the body has to be as tired as the brain or I can't sleep. I also have problems sleeping when I eat a lot of bad carbs, ie. refined sugars, etc., they also cause me migraines if I go way overboard and then sleep is totally impossible.

    Laying in bed looking at the clock doesn't work either. I found that if I'm getting up an hour or so after I go to bed, I probably was not tired yet. I'll get up and get something accomplished (besides clock watching) and normally within an hour I'm tired and can sleep pretty well. Forcing yourself to sleep doesn't work. It also could be a problem with your biological clock. Mine is set on west coast time, problem is I live in Ohio!

    3789 days ago
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