Cant sleep...What could possibly be wrong with me?

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    Apr 14, 2009 10:38 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I haven't been sleeping well these past few nights. Just like tonight, i woke up again at 3am. What could possibly be wrong with me? When i say i'm not sleeping well, i mean, i wake up like 3-4 in the moring. Interupted sleep. When i wake up, i cant go back to sleep until after an hour or so. I'm not tired, and i sleep pretty early, too. I haven't had trouble sleeping since i was 7. Anyone have any advice or explanation as to why this is happening? I hope i dont have insomnia.
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:46 AM GMT
    You mean, breathing problems? nah. I had a cold but its gone.
  • junknemesis

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    Apr 14, 2009 10:51 AM GMT
    insomnia can manifest in single episodes that are long times between. I do have Periodic Episode Insomnia, so I know what it's like.

    However you could be stressed out, having a psycological paralel relation between your bed and some bad experience that is only now manefesting, OR you could have eaten something bad a few nights ago that is still in your system and causing you sleep issues.

    Early waking huh? That looks more on the diet part (eating something bad). Try going for a run, not eating meat for just the day, drinking a glass of water an hour before bed and putting an extra blanket down between you and the mattress. It wouldnt hurt to go for a long run during the day also, as that will serve multiple purposes. Running will tire your body and mind so you will feel like sleeping mre, it jump starts your digstive system to get rid of more waste and whatever is in there, and is relaxing in the long run if you like where your running. so find a good day in the week and...

    Go for a long run.
    Eat full servings of veggies, bread and fruit, and go without meat for a day (or two)
    Drink plenty of water that day.
    Put an extra blanket on mattress to sleep on top of.

    Also if you have a habbit of frequent personal sexual activity you may want to hold off during this time and just see if that makes any difference. That's probably not something to worry about but there's a chance of connection.
  • junknemesis

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    Apr 14, 2009 10:52 AM GMT
    jprichva saidApnea is characterized by stopping breathing during the night, which causes you to wake up. People with severe apnea are often drowsy all day because they don't get a good night's sleep. If the apnea is bad enough, it can cause you to wake up at odd hours.

    I'm not saying that's your problem, but if you snore heavily it may be.


    I didn't even think of that! It would be good to talk to a doctor about, especially if people tell you that you snore and snort loudly in yur sleep.
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:56 AM GMT
    junknemesis said

    Also if you have a habbit of frequent personal sexual activity you may want to hold off during this time and just see if that makes any difference. That's probably not something to worry about but there's a chance of connection.


    What?! That's crazy talk; sure, it can keep you up all night (why do you think I'm up at 4 AM?), but there's gotta be some way around it.

  • junknemesis

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    Apr 14, 2009 10:57 AM GMT
    Chaax, if you were in Rexburg, I probably wouldn't get any sleep either. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 11:08 AM GMT
    Sweet (wet) Dreams!
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    Apr 14, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    Waking up randomly during the night can be caused by many things, stress being a big one, if things have changed for you lately, anything sitting on your mind..

    has your diet changed? things in life changed? working out harder? whats different now from a week or a month ago??

    if your racking your brain and just can't come up with anything, then your body could just be a little messed up from the season change, I get funky just after we change our clocks forward and its later with the sun up longer..
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    Apr 14, 2009 11:40 AM GMT

    Maybe you're just unconsciously excited to check your Inbox for messages and notifications i.e. RJ, FB, etc...?

    ...or maybe that's just me. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Insomnia can have many causes. At your age, the most likely cause is psychological. The problems being stress, anxiety, or depression. In the young, physical problems are less likely the etiology. Sleep apnea is usually related to obesity, and is worsened by excess alcohol or an underactive thyroid. One can also get sleep apnea from enlarged tonsils and adenoids which obstruct the airway. This is rather rare. You need to read more about insomnia. Here are two articles from legitimate sources. The second is from the Mayo clinic and discusses how to improve sleep

    http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/insomnia/INS_causes.html

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep/HQ01387
  • torontoguy222...

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    Apr 14, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    I was reading an article from a University of Toronto magazine, and according to recent research sleep apnea is strongly linked to heart problems!! Ya weird eh? Apparently when you stop breathing for 10 seconds at a time during sleep, it stresses the heart significantly, and it has to pump harder. The study found that something like 70% of people with heart conditions also have sleep apnea.

    My mom perpetually faces sleeping problems, yet she doesn't know why. I don't know how people function without adequate sleep. If I don't get my regular 8 hours of shut-eye I'm pooped for the day. If I got 3 hours I couldn't survive. I'd get my ass to the doctor to figure out what's going on. I think people underestimate the value of sleep!! It's so crucial!! I function like a motor during the day because I sleep adequately at night.

    It's a beautiful thing. If this becomes a regular thing, I'd look into it a bit more deeply.

    Best of luck,
    Tony
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    Apr 14, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    For most of my adult life, I would wake during the night, have something to eat, like toast or a bowl of cereal, and then go back to bed and back to sleep. It was just natural for me.
  • EricLA

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    Apr 14, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    Interrupted sleep is not uncommon. Most people wake up momentarily a few times through the night. Most people fall right back to sleep. But there are times it takes a bit longer. The most important thing is not to stress out about what could be wrong. It might help to get up, get something to drink, and get back to bed. You don't want to do anything to stimulate your mind too much, so try to avoid lights or TV if possible. Just accept that it's normal. Try to keep in a relaxed state and hopefully you'll fall back to sleep sooner rather than later.
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    Apr 14, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    Well I don't have many health issues, but consistent sleep is one of them (at times). I've always been a light sleeper, but......

    I remember when I doubled my office size back about 8 years ago in another office complex. I was soooo on a high and was trying to do some of the upgrading work myself.. Painting, cleaning.. and I'd be at work until 1:30 or 2:00 in the morning doing this stuff.. then there was all the new carpet smell, new woodwork, new heating & ac. I went home and laid there.. I couldn't sleep AT ALL!

    It was really crazy.. finally I broke the cycle after about a week.. but I still from time to time wake up, much like the OP here says, fully awake and usually go to my computer and read for a little bit... or jack off. That generally helps... LOL
  • metta

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    Apr 14, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    - does your mind just keep going. If so, learn some relaxing techniqes. Meditation and breathing exercises are a good way to do this.

    - if you feel anxious....masturbate more. That is often times what I find my problem to be when I can't sleep. icon_redface.gif

    -don't drink any caffine at night.

    - get away from the computer and turn off the tv by a certain time (normally the time you want to go to bed.)
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    Apr 14, 2009 6:07 PM GMT
    I think you can be sure that this is not sleep apnoea. It does not sound at all like it and you are not obese. If you it would be helpful to talk further about difficulty in sleeping drop me an email
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    Apr 14, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
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    Apr 14, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    Every time I've had sleeping issues, its because of a psychological problem. I had terrible insomnia freshman and sophomore years of college, that stopped when I started coming out. I also had it really bad this year when I was having lots of issues related to not finding work. You might want to check out the psychology angle. Worth as shot
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    Apr 14, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    I didn't feel like reading thru all the posts here, but my advice is to sleep in a completely dark room. I'm sure you've probably heard of melatonin. You can buy it in a store, however your body produces it naturally. And your brain can only make it in complete darkness. It helps you sleep and rest better. So if you have even a night light on, try shutting it off. I have the same problem sometimes, but I blame mine on my bf becuase he has 3 fish tanks in the room so I always hear running water. Especially when the water gets low from evaporation..
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    pudco saidI didn't feel like reading thru all the posts here

    Damn it ya hunky bastard, read the damned thread.. what, you think cause ya like.. what HOT, that you get excluded while the rest of us sad saps have to read this shit.. na, mate, get your (what i assume) your fucking gorgeous arse back in the seat and read the damned thread..


    I just wanted to tell you, that i thought you hot heh

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    Apr 14, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    LMAO! Well, actually I don't know much on the topic for suggestion other than what I said, plus with me being popular on aim and yahoo today for some odd reason I wasn't reading all of that, lol.. quit changing the topic, hahaha..
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    If your profile is any indication, "I grew up very active and full of energy. My family said that I was like an overcharged battery. They said I might've had A.D.D. jokingly of course. I have a hard time focusing on one thing," you might not need that much sleep. Sometime our bodies go through lots of changes without any alteration of our sleep hygiene. If nothing too drastic has changed in your personal/professional/relational life, then it could just be your body readjusting to all your energy.
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    I was never uber-full of energy.. however I do agree with what you said. I can be awake longer than most people before i'm tired. but then I need to sleep longer too.. I can't get it to a point where I can be awake a normal amount of time and sleep a normal amount of time. I'm always up late and sleep late.. It's like there is no in between with me.. that might be his problem too. Every body is different...
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    btw, I have a comfy bed if you think it might be your bed, lol.. jk.. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Being an energetic bunny myself, staying up late, waking up early, and not needing much sleep, I know something about the difficulty in calming down and staying asleep, aside from all the clinical mumbo-jumbo. However, when you do wake up, what you do might reenergize you. Worrying often gives us more energy, whether we like to acknowledge it as worry or not.

    Though, a nice bed does make things really nice for sleep. Just concurring.