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48 hours with 4 hours sleep and still posting

Jun 03, 2015 6:12 AM

I have been up most of the 48 hours in the past couple days. I think I have been awake more hours than that. I just know I have been awake at least as much as that. Been in a lot of pain. Not in one area per se. Pretty much all over. They have never been able to explain that. I would get episodes where for several hours, I would get debilitating severe pain where all I can do is look at the walls. I can't even watch tv or go to sleep. But the pain would be so severe. No matter what time of year it would be, I would have to put a comforter around my body and it would be like I had a chill in the center of my bones but I personally wasn't cold. But the ache that would be left over hurt so much but was such a relief to the previous several hours. I should have thanked God for the passing of them but was so tired and wore out to remember. I am sore like the pain that was left over afterward. It is dealable.It just doesn't make you tired and I can handle going without the sleep. I can usually handle it till my fourth or fifth day.That is when things get complicated. That is when I start falling asleep everywhere for a little bits at a time and my body fools itselt into thinking itself that it has slept for many hours. So I will go lay down and fall asleep and 15 minutes later will get out of bed thinking I have slept for several hours. It is a condition my Pulmonolgist said. He said it is the same as being so tired and going to bed and it seems like a minute and you wake up. He says our bodies lose our concept of percieved time sometimes in sleep. So I will get up several times and go to the kitchen and stand. And fall asleep standing up. It is not uncommon during those times for me to go for me to wake up after my wife goes to sleep and fall asleep standing up and wake up the next morning standing up or wake up after falling. So that is my little story

Jun 03, 2015 9:22 AM

Wow, I think I'd have lost my mind. Profiler you're much stronger than you give yourself credit for! After two nights of lack of sleep nobody, and I mean NOBODY, wants to be around me. I get so irritable and snappy I can't stand myself! I always warn my hubby, "if you have something to do I'd advise you to, but don't bother me." He always good metal detecting. Lol 🙏🌼

Jun 05, 2015 1:11 PM

Profiler, I sure feel bad for you. I thought I was one of the few who would be up so long that i thought I'd never sleep again or I'd just flat out go out of my everlovin' mind!!! The longest I have gone without sleep (and without I mean maybe an hour each day/night scattered) was a week, I was so dilerious that I thought I was going crazy. I feel drunk or stoned, fall asleep in the middle of a sentence, etc.. One day I fell asleep at the dinner table and my face went right into my plate of food. I picked my head up with my eyes at half mast not knowing what the hell happened and they were laughing at me and had the nerve to take pictures because they thought it was funny, I usually drift off to nap around 4 in the afternoon (sometimes earlier) and will sleep maybe 15 minutes and I wake up confused and have to look at the date and time on my phone because I think it's the next day. It is a scary feeling.. I also can't remember phone conversations. I have had friends tell me that I called them and was making no sense and they tell me to go to sleep and call back later. If they didn't tell me I called, I wouldn't even know. Those times frighten me. There have been times that i have tried to keep sleep diaries and track how much sleep I actually get and then forget to keep it up. Yesterday I was up and didn't get a nap, sat up and watched TV all night long and finally at about 5:00am I felt myself drifting off to sleep and heard the newslady say it was 5 and that is the only reason I know what time I went out. Well, Lo and behold, I woke back up at 5:45am because I had to use the ladies room.. That was it. I didn't fall back to sleep. So, here I am still awake and no nap yet today either. I am in quite a bit additional pain with my eye (even though it's better) and with the weather, my pain levels are way up after the last 3 days. I know what you mean about not even being able to look at TV and you just sit and stare at the walls. You're so overtired you don't fall asleep and yet there is nothing to distract you enough to help. Sometimes I can put myself to sleep and it takes me about 15-20 minutes to do it. What I do is I recline my chair and then I do relaxing breathing. I do abdominal breathing, and breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth and as I exhale, I relax a set of muscles starting from my neck down. Usually by the time I get down to my thoracic spine, I drift off to sleep. The only problem is, even though I go off peacefully, I don't stay asleep. The record for someone staying awake believe it or not (and this was medically proven) was 11 days. There is a disease called Fatal Familial Insomnia. It is a genetic disorder and it is indeed fatal because after such prolonged periods of no sleep whatsoever, you cannot function and you start to shut down. I am not in any way saying that this is what is happening to you because you're getting some naps but it is still rough to deal with. When I have not rested I get very annoyed and I snap at everything and I just warn people, I haven't slept and you really don't want to mess with me. Eventually, your body will get so tired, you'll sleep 5-8-10 hours and the kicker to that is you sleep too much and still feel tired. I don't know why these things happen but if you don't laugh about it sometimes, you'll go crazy. Hang in there and I hope and pray you get some rest.

Jun 05, 2015 3:21 PM

Lol, AlwayZ I would have loved seeing that photo! 😉. It brings back the memory of when we sat down to eat super one night, me being the last to the table. When I sat down my bottom went through the seat (screw's had worked loose) and my legs & feet were sticking straight up in the air! My hubby & daughters were laughing their heads off. As my hubby grabbed the camera to take a photo our 8 year old said, "too bad it's not a video because mom would win the funniest!". I scowled at them and snapped, " when you finish laughing I could use a hand getting unstuck! "

As for sleepless nights my longest was 3 nights and it was due to steroid tablets for my asthma. But I was a "growling bear" as the family said. 🙏🌼

Jun 06, 2015 7:14 PM

I sure can understand that.... LOL!!!! I went to the beach in Florida and on the way back in from swimming, I got hit by a small wave and fell over. I couldn't kneel because even in the soft sand, I couldn't put the pressure on my knees. My cousin had me by the arm and was trying to pull me up and meanwhile, the tide kept slamming me into her legs right against my spine and she was twisting my shoulder which was agonizing... Well, here's the kicker, ready???? She said to me, lay down, I'll spin you around and face you back out to sea and you can swim out until you can stand up and then walk back out.. LMAO!!! (I looked at her and said, What the hell am I, a beached whale??? We laughed so hard, we BOTH wet ourselves... Thank God we were in the ocean!!!) :c)

Jun 06, 2015 8:13 PM

AlwayZ, thanks for the laugh! 🙆

Jun 06, 2015 8:32 PM

Have y'all been tested for sleep apnea I used to fall asleep and wake up 2 - 3 hrs then think it was the next day at times it is scary. When I was tested I stopped breathing 40 times and hour. I stayed tired all the time. It's not much fun. Hope y'all get it taken care of.

Jun 06, 2015 8:40 PM

Weezie, I have twice. I snow is all. But I thought about it... How can you get a true reading if you take a sleeping pill, which they made me do? I do think when i lay on my back, due to the degenerating jaw joints, the lower jaw slips back and my tongue somewhat blocks my throat. I've woke up cooking to breathe. I'm now a side sleeper. Don't want my hubby cashing in the insurance just yet! 😉 Lol. 🙏🌼

Jun 07, 2015 11:34 PM

I will tell you a personl story. My lack of sleep is sort of like PTSD. When I was young. I use to wet the bed. I did this up the point I was 12. I tried so hard to stop. My father would beat me terribly that I hated to go to sleep. There were so many nights that I would go to sleep for fear that I would wet the bed. A couple of times my father would not let me change but make me go to school with dirty underwear. So like I said I hated sleep. i thought for the longest time, that this had to be a physical problem. But the answer became clear when I was 12. My mom and dad got divorced. The weekend that he moved out was the last time it ever happened. But the behavior was ingrained. I have since then, have still hated the dark and sleep. When I got to be around 20, they diagnosed me as being bipolar. They put me on antipsychotics. But took me off them last year when they reaiized that I was not acting like a bipolar person. They tried to put me back on them for what they think is a delusion. But like I have read with many people who have had the infection, they have been accused of a delusion. So I have had the same thing happen to me. Well, I better go. They are really getting tight around my throat. I can feel pretty deep indentations in my throat.

Jun 08, 2015 8:34 AM

Oops... Snow = snore. Cooking = choking

Jun 08, 2015 9:39 AM

Profiler I am saddened by the child abuse you faced. I hope you get to pick his nursing home. That would be Karma at its best. No child wets the bed because they want to. That is sad. New topic: Scientific American Mind -May/June issue article about infections (from the past) causing depression. Very interesting article. Jump online and see if it is on their website.

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