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(Flowery Branch, GA)
Since I was little I haven't been able to fall asleep before 2:30 without medicine. I can remember being in elementary school and looking at the clock to find that it was 4 in the morning and I hadn't fallen asleep yet. It got to the point that some of the medicine was no longer effective in putting me to sleep. This past year, I would fall asleep about 2-2:30 in the morning (after going to bed between 11-12) and have to wake up at 7:30. When I wake up I consistently felt nauseous and had horrible headaches. I would then go to school and pass out (or try to) in my first period. I would have long exhausting days and would be wide awake by 11. I felt consistently fatigued and sick. Thankfully I would VERY occasionally pass out at 10.
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