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Sleep Problems - May 20th 2011, 02:58 AM

I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this... anyway, I usually can sleep the day away. I feel tired ALL the time, but lately, instead of sleeping through the night and most of the day... I can't sleep. I've been staying up most of the night and even though I don't get out of bed until the afternoon of the next day, I don't get much sleep. I just lay there feeling exhuasted. It's not that I'm not tired, and usually I can sleep even with a lot on my mind because it'll cause a headache and I'll go to sleep. Despite this, I'm no longer falling asleep easily and when I do, I don't stay asleep. I wake up at least once usually twice while I'm trying to sleep. Usually around five in the morning. I fall back asleep, only to wake back up a few hours later and just lay there. I still get a few hours of sleep, but each night it's less and less, so I'm starting to get a little worried. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with my depression.

If anyone is experiencing the same thing or something similar, how do you handle it?


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Re: Sleep Problems - May 20th 2011, 03:33 AM

I have been experiencing the same thing. I don't really know what it is either though. I'm thinking that maybe it does have something to do with depression or just the stress I've been experiencing lately.
I've always been on the pattern where I fall asleep at around 3am and wake up some time around noon.
However, the last few nights I wake up every hour. 4:30am, 6:00am, 7:00 and so on.
It's really frustrating.
Anyway, sorry I don't really have any advice for you, but I hope we can both figure this out soon.
   
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Re: Sleep Problems - May 21st 2011, 05:28 AM

Well I suppose I could try to answer this question (or at least give some insight) for both of you.

Sleep runs on an approximate pattern. That's to say, your body expects you to try falling asleep and try waking up and roughly the same time every day. Your body also tries to regulate this on its own by sending signals that darkness outside should equate to sleepiness. When you stay up late too many nights in a row, you usually find yourself staying up slightly longer every night. Because of this, the rhythm and flow of your sleep patterns is completely off-kilter and basically wrecked.

Your body doesn't know how to compensate for this, so it simply uses your internal energy to decide when it's time to sleep. If this energy hasn't run out yet when you think you're ready to go to bed, then you either won't be able to fall asleep, won't be able to stay asleep, or both.

In addition to this systemic view, there's also the fact you mentioned, and I believe that you're right in thinking it. Depression can disrupt sleep in a number of ways. It causes the mind to race when you're trying to sleep, it holds down your energy levels when you're awake, and when you're asleep, it's been known to adversely effect dreams, making them more vivid and sometimes rather depressing in themselves.

Either of you (or both) should consider going to a psychiatrist to figure out if your depression (if it has been prescribed as such) is connected in any way to your inability to sleep on a normal level. These things are often interconnected, and it's definitely worth a closer look.


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