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Too Aware Of The Process Of Falling Asleep

by Dennis
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

It's a very short story:

I often keep myself from falling asleep by being too aware of the process of falling asleep. I think it happens when I really want to fall asleep (which is often the case).

I guess I recognize 'that phase' where I almost fall asleep but that doesn't go into the next phase because I'm so aware of it. It even hurts in some strange way sometimes. Is there a way to avoid this?

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May 20, 2013
I know exactly what you mean NEW
by: Anonymous

I have that feeling too, where you're in that phase like.....ohhh going to sleep now, if I can just past this phase I'll be asleep. My brain does not shut down about many things when trying to sleep. Especially aware of your current state In bed. That's just causes anxiety and makes it worse for me

Jun 30, 2013
slipping asleep NEW
by: Anonymous

There is a certain point where your brain slips between half asleep and asleep, and I can feel that point. The conversion to sleep has made this fuzzy static sensation in my brain. It makes it hard to sleep because the sensation makes me wake up.

Sep 05, 2014
Same problem like me NEW
by: Anonymous

i know what you feel dude, i had same feeling experience every night just like you. and my way to avoid to keep me aware is with make my head busy with other thought and distract my mind without focus and worry about im sleeping or not. you cant sleep cause you focus on in, just relax and dont think about sleep anymore, and take it easy. i just set on my mindset "if i sleep, i sleep, if not... well, its ok."

Jun 28, 2015
Position and relaxation NEW
by: Anonymous

Listen, I'm not an expert for I only have these things sometimes under certain circumstances. These being:

Situation A; I lie on my side or back while thinking very clearly about stuff until getting to the state.
Situation B; I lie in same position when (!) taking a nap or knowing I need to wake shortly after. Usually when I'm aware I have no alarm set (meaning: when I'm very aware I have to wake up on time and can't oversleep).

So you can see these two situations have two things in common:
1. position (I'm never aware when I fall asleep lying chest down)
2. Thought process; meaning that I have things on my mind which I shouldn't forget or stay aware of, thus keeping my mind rather sharp even whilst falling asleep.

There are numerous people on the internet giving tips How To fall asleep aware. It may be simplest if you thus avoid these tips. And if you're not like me and don't easily fall into a coma as soon as your head hits your pillow you might want to ask the local pharmacy (or your doctor if you need a perscription) for some sleepig pills.

Even if I don't have this every night and only under circumstances I know it's not the most pleasant if not a downright scary experience, so I can only hope you've either already found a way of solving this or that my analysation is able to help you.

Anyway, good luck with it my fellow Amsterdammer ;)

Oct 23, 2015
Very aware NEW
by: Sophie

I've gone through the same thing like every night.. It makes me afraid to go to sleep because I don't like that sensation. What I found that helps me is the sleeping medicine ambein which makes you forget that kind of stuff. In the morning when you wake up you won't remember if you were hyper aware in that state. The only thing that I have found that helps with that

Jan 04, 2018
Give in NEW
by: Anonymous

So far I've had the same problem, but I realized, just give in.
Relax and daydream with your eyes closed when trying to sleep and it should help blend the process of falling asleep to dreaming.
I would often wake up when dreaming because I was aware I was dreaming therefore asleep.
In these cases sleep paralysis is most likely to happen.
If that does occur, just fall back asleep or concentrate on waking up trying to move your body.
Either works just fine.

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