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I Don't Know If I'm Sleeping!

by Ally
(Canada )

I've suffered from insomnia for years. I am 20 years old and I genuinely don't know why I have insomnia. As I am a university student I will agree that stress is a factor but I had insomnia before I came to university.

The past week I've had this new weird thing in which I do not know if I've slept. I'll be in bed, unable to sleep as usual, and suddenly it's an hour later but I don't remember falling asleep or being asleep. It's as if I pass out (although I never have so I don't know the true sensation of passing out) but that is the best way to describe it.

Is there a name or reason for this? It's really confusing and disorienting when it happens. I stay up for a bit confused after I wake up from it. Please help. And also, I do not and have not ever done drugs so that is not part of it. Alcohol isn't linked to it either. Thank you for your time!

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Aug 14, 2014
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by: Armani

I can totally relate to you ! I've been suffering from the same thing for the past 4 months and it totally sucks. I can no longer tell whether I am sleeping or not. I simply get out of bed in the morning confused and sluggish.

Oct 18, 2014
Am I sleeping? NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I can relate to this myself. I do dream a lot but it's not good rem sleep like it should be, can anyone relate to this?

Oct 18, 2014
Am I sleeping? NEW
by: Anonymous

I am having the same thing happening only I seem to be dreamlng. Has this happened to anyone?

Nov 05, 2014
me 2 NEW
by: me 2

Ive been through the same thing... im kinda getting used to it.. i dont know what it is...

Jan 12, 2015
same thing NEW
by: Ajesh

the same thing happens to started 4 years ago...i lay down on my bed ...trying to sleep....but i cant and after that few hours pass and, i know i didnt sleep because i dont feel refreshed...i m 22 and i had insomnia for 5-6 really sucks...

Jan 24, 2015
by: Anonymous

I lay in bed sleepy but have trouble actually falling asleep. I do eventually go to sleep, but i wake up approximately 2 hours later, sometimes less. I lay in bed restless so much; I can not tell if i actually get sleep unless i have a dream. I do have several dreams throughout the night because I do wake up a few times during the night.

Aug 03, 2015
Short Story on the struggles of me waking up NEW
by: Anonymous

I just can't tell the difference between dawn and dusk at bedtime... I yawn infinite times and feel my eyelids getting heavy but nothing. Then i open my eyes to see it's morning but i can't tell if i slept or if i just closed my eyes. ARGHHH!!! It's sooooo annoyinggggg

Aug 23, 2015
I have the same deal NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a similar problem, I just lie in my bed for hours and then here my family getting up and doing their morning routine. Then I'll try to sleep until I can't anymore and I get up. Obviously I'm getting sleep cause this has been going on for a couple years

Sep 02, 2015
Sammeeee NEW
by: Anonymous

Omg dude this is currently happening to me. I don't know if I fell asleep unless I check the time. I used to have dreams like once a month or twice every four months but I don't have them anymore since this started

Sep 23, 2015
Same over here (happened last night) NEW
by: Antony

I literally had the same last night. I'm 19 and i have had insomnia for the last 2 years. The last 3 days i can't sleep at all or maybe i think i don't sleep. Last night the time was about 2 because i checked it and then i tried again to fall asleep and when o opened my eyes i saw light from the blinds, i checked the time and it was 9. At first i felt terrible for not sleeping but then i realized the time passed too soon for not sleeping. So i must have slept without realizing it. It really felt like i closed my eyes for a second and then opened them and it was morning.

Jan 04, 2016
It's really weird NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't usually have insomnie but it does happen, it isn't completely weird. But after the holidays my body is used to going to sleep at 2 and waking up at 12. So last night I went to bed at 23:00 and set my alarm for 7:30, trying to get used to something closer to normal. The thing is, I don't know if I slept at all. I can't remember if I was awake before my alarm, it feels like I was but I don't remember thinking any conscious thoughts. I could have been up all night for all I know, and I didn't feel tired went my alarm went off, like I was already wide awake. But I'm tired now. Not the want-to-sleep-so-badly kind of tired, more like.... Drowsy. I dunno. Maybe being tired all day will help me fall asleep at night.

Jan 12, 2016
Sleep disorder NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm a 18 year old student, and have had insomnia for the past 2 years too! I usually feel really tired, but when i lay in my bed, it's like i'm awake and asleep at the same time !? I usually breath super fast for some reason... Can anyone relate ?

Jan 13, 2016
Sleeping problems NEW
by: T. Arthur

I've been going through the same thing for a couple days now. I'll lay in bed unable to sleep and suddenly I'll 'wake up' having no recollection that I fell asleep or when I actually woke up I will just know that I'm awake. Its like a gap in my memory? For the most part I will feel like I haven't slept at all

Jan 13, 2016
Same here!! NEW
by: T. Arthur

I've been going through the same thing for a couple days. I'll lay in bed unable to sleep and suddenly I'll 'wake up' having no recollection that I fell asleep or when I actually woke up I will just know that I'm awake. Its like a gap in my memory? For the most part I will feel like I haven't slept at all

Jan 19, 2016
I am deprived NEW
by: Anonymous

Lol yeah it sucks. I'm 13 and am suffering from the same disorder. I don't know why I have it because at this age you arent't presented with much stress. I go to bed (unable to sleep) then I go into this state where i can't feel time passing. It's either I have dreams or very vivid imaginations. Nevertheless, I wake up tired and sluggish.

Jan 19, 2016
Doctors NEW
by: T. Arthur

I went to the doctors about it today, and she said that I am most likely sleeping but did provide me with some sleeping tablets. Have you tried going to the doctors about it?

May 05, 2016
Idk why NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 14 and I don't have insomnia but I fall asleep in class, I will be thinking about something and then next thing I know its an hour later and I had fallen asleep in class. I don't remember sleeping though is this a mental disease or something?

May 07, 2016
I don't understand NEW
by: Anonymous

This happens to me all the time. I can't tell the difference between a dream and reality! It's like I'm sleeping when I'm awake and like I'm awake when I'm sleeping. I can't focus on anything. I can't fall asleep, not cause I don't want to. It's like my subconscious doesn't want me to and sometimes I feel that if I fall asleep I won't wake because I'll think I am awake! I can't handle it any more! I can't tell the difference from today and yesterday. I can't remember anything anymore. Someone please help me!!

May 10, 2016
please help NEW
by: Anonymous

this would only happen to me on weekends when I stay out late and usually what would happen is I would be in my room at 1 am watching YouTube or something and close it and put my head down and it feels like no time goes by and I look at the clock and it is 4 and I end up getting 3 or 4 more hours of sleep and it is starting to happen to me more often.

May 10, 2016
please help NEW
by: Anonymous

this would only happen to me on weekends when I stay out late and usually what would happen is I would be in my room at 1 am watching YouTube or something and close it and put my head down and it feels like no time goes by and I look at the clock and it is 4 and I end up getting 3 or 4 more hours of sleep and it is starting to happen to me more often.

May 25, 2016
I've found the answer! NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe it's called Sleep state misperception. I've had the same problem for YEARS! It sucks!

Jun 03, 2016
Time lapses NEW
by: Izzy Madd

I'm experiencing this at the moment it's as though I've closed my eyes then time skips ahead when I open them again it's perhaps two hours later. I only know I've slept because my limbs feel stiff as though i've not move for two hours.

I normally don't recall dreams and those I do recall disappear very fast from my memory on waking . But this is so different because of the instantaneous nature of the passing of time. And it'll happen several times a night.

What is it?

Jun 18, 2016
Cant sleep NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing happen. At the beginning of the night when i try to go to bed i lay down and then next thing i know its 2 hours later but i feel like i have been awake the whole time. Then eventually i will have many dreams and thats how i know that i ended up actually sleeping, i feel like i cant remember things very good anymore and the days get mashed together. What is this?

Jul 19, 2016
its been a living hell NEW
by: Anonymous010

Same as all of you..same troubel same feeling.
Its scary and doesnt let me do mu day normally as before.
I wish i knew a way out.

Aug 04, 2016
Loosing my memory from this, please help, really desperate !!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

This has been going on with me for over 5 weeks now which doesn't seem that long, but I'm not sure if I've even been sleeping I can barely recall anything I do now, I feel like my memory is completely fading and my head feels numb I feel my amune system has been affected to, I have grazed my arm twice since the not sleeping started which have both turned to scars. I dont feel tired, my head just feels numb every day, I keep telling my self that I'll recover from this but I'm not sure anymore, can anyonr shed some light on my situation, really desperate.

Aug 27, 2016
Never tired NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to hear there are others that feel the way I do. I started with insomnia in October of 2015 out of no where. I have been to many doctors and have gotten no where. I also feel like I've been awake but when I look at the clock and hours went by or I had a dream I know I slept. There are nights that I do lay awake and know I haven't slept. The one thing I find weird is I never feel tired even if I haven't slept. I know it sounds weird but I miss it. I sure wish they could figure this out. I was on med from my doctor but stopped because of the way they maked me feel. Even though I'm not tired you feel sick without sleep my eyes and stomach hurt. Anyone else feel this way.

Aug 27, 2016
Update NEW
by: Anonymous

I have now got to the stage where I only know I've been awake or suddenly deem sleepy as though I've just woken up. At first it fit in with the pernicious anaemia but it's not changed. It's so frustrating as it feel just like I've not been to sleep so I'm a I safe to say drive or am I over tired I just don't know and it's so scary

Aug 28, 2016
I feel like i haven't slept since march NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm in the same boat. I can't tell if I have slept or not cos when I try to get some sleep I then slip into intense dreaming. It doesn't feel good when I awaken I don't feel refreshed. I've been like this every single night since march and yeh I don't feel tired anymore either. My head used to feel so heavy during the day and it stopped just recently.

Sep 05, 2016
Same problem but dont worry NEW
by: Bob

Dont worry ! It happens to alot of people from a couple causes like anxiety, depression and or just an un comfy bed. I moved to a new house and its been happening to me for the past few days and believe me it isnt pleasent waking up feeling like you haven't slept a wink because all you remember is tossing and turning. I think im going to try moving my bed around, because sometimes most of us are used to sleeping at a certain angle or direction. I hope the rest of you try the same.
P.S i think my Air conditioner has been helping a bit.

Oct 09, 2016
I cant get sleep for many years NEW
by: Viju M M

I have chronic insomnia since 2000, i dont take it is serious but later time it Will effectués m'y daily routine , i cant get sleep without pills, i have been using pills for many years, later diagnosis was from CNS vasculitis

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