I had a really bad night last night. I slept a total of 1 1/2 hrs in 30 min naps. This lack of sleep has been going on for years to some degree or another. If I average 4 hrs a night and never in one block of time, I consider myself lucky. But how long can a person go without sleep before it permanently damages the body?
Care have you been checked for sleep apnea. 6 yrs ago I was doing that around the clock. I went to a Neuro and he ordered the test come to find out I was waking up 14 times an hour. Every since I have had my CPAP I rest so much better than I did. If you have it you you will be surprised at how much you will feel. Good luck, sending prayers and hugs.
Sure would be nice to find out hehe 😜 it's really difficult to carry on like everything is peachy keen when you're always exhausted. I too am lucky if I sleep 4 hours a night. When it does happen my rib cage feels like it's been in a vice grip and it's hard to breath.
It's so amazing to me how so many of us here suffer from such similar symptoms yet have different issues. We're definitely in the right place here.
I am looking forward to finding out the results of your sleep study.
If you are waking up gasping for air, or your heart is racing you may be having apnea episodes. If your neck is more that 12 inches around, or you are over weight you are more prone to sleep apnea. Drinking alcohol can make these episodes worse. When you have a sleep study done they can also check you for restless legs. Being places on cpap or even bipap may help if that is the issue. Are you waking up for other reasons?
Insomniac checking in here. Have been in bed trying to sleep over 1 hour and 45 minutes. Since I am still tortured with being awake I thought I would check in here. My brother has sleep apnea. He has the cpac and he can check on the computer how long he slept etc. I got the low end fitbit and I don't know how accurate it is. But I am getting 4 hours or so a night. And I just can't fall asleep. If I read. In my dream I ruminate about what I read. Also I use to be able to fall asleep fast. But woke up at like 3 or 4 am and then could not go back to sleep until morning. My brother asked his sleep Dr if the cpac would help me and he said it could. Maybe I should see if my PCP can help me get a referral for a sleep study. Ho hum. Another long night.
I've had tests for apnea but I just snore and sometimes my head droops down at the chin closing off my throat, waking me. I bought one of those contour pillows for back sleeping, and I have a really thick pillow for side sleeping. With my neck fusions, if my neck isn't straight when on my side it causes pain and headaches; hence pillow highness. Now with the sjogrens and my throat and nose drying out, I wake up coughing. I mentioned a bipap/cpap to see if it would help, but the PA said it would dry out more rather than moisten. So I now wear a paper mask to sleep on my back... Joy! Then I wake to change positions. I probably wake 2-4x for bathroom trips, and approximately change position every 2 hours due to hip & shoulder bursitis. Last night was my first insomnia night in 2 months. But I got up on schedule today anyway. I've found day napping makes it worse, unleased I'm sick with a bug. I oppose they find out what's happening. Restless sleep and insomnia, habitually, only worsen our address and pain. Sleep restored balance to our bodies. Good luck, with hugs & prayer! 🙏🌼
Flappys, you are so right on the napping. Unless I am sick or recovering from surgery, I try not to nap. If i do feel the need I will set an alarm on my phone for no more then 2 hours. Sometimes that doesn't even work, because I'll sleep through it.
The last 2 night have been miraculous for me. I haven't had a nap, I only take them once in a blue moon, my 3 year old just will not nap anymore. What I've been doing is I stay up til around 2 AM I take 4 Benadryl. I've slept 4 hours straight both nights. My doctor said it's safe to take up to 250mg of Benadryl. I've tried most of the prescription sleeping pills, if they do help it's not for long. I wish we could all go through sleep studies and that they would find some way to help us sleep more.
I read that there is a connection between anxiety and insomnia? Do a lot of us suffer from anxiety? I personally do.
I know sleep Apnea plays a big roll in insomnia too, my older sister has it. She sounds like a chainsaw when she's sleeping and she stops breathing. It's always scary to me.
Cearea, did you say you were participating in a sleep study pretty soon? I'm praying that you get some much needed relief and some good sleeping 😜 ✌️💜