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Trouble Falling Asleep, Staying Asleep, And Waking Up My Whole Life

by Sara

It's not that I don't get enough sleep, it's that I've never been able to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up properly.

On a good night I fall asleep after roughly three hours of lying in bed doing nothing, but that's on a good night. On a bad night I might not fall asleep until the next morning, or sometimes just not at all.

If I don't have my alarm set for the next day I will always wake up at twelve-ish. However I tend to have very restless sleep and I am never satisfied with my sleep. I can't take sleep medication because it makes me wake up five to seven times throughout the night and each time it's harder to fall back to sleep.

If I take pain medication before bed for a headache or cramps I always get nightmares. It doesn't have to be a specific brand of medication, it just happens with any I take, same goes for the sleeping pills.

Did I mention I hallucinate? My sleeping problems are so bad that I tend to see figures and faces in the dark of my room, even when I know it's not that. It creeps me out and makes it even harder to sleep.

When I mentioned above that I've never slept well, I wasn't lying, even as a baby I didn't sleep well and I was a living nightmare for my mom. I'm sure this is chronic Insomnia, but I've had it for a very long time. I'm 20.

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Apr 08, 2016
I have the same problem NEW
by: Anonymous

Ever since i was little I've had problems with ny sleep. I constanly feel like someone's watching me in the dark and I can't relax. My body refuses to let me sleep for more than six hours and its starting to become a serious problem. Im always ill, my headaches and nausia never end, my throat is always sore and my muscles ache. I have insomnia (have not been diagnosed by doctor but have all the symptoms of it) but it's never been this bad before. It makes me uncontrollably angry and sad throughout the day and I lost a friend because of this.
If anyone can help then please reply. I'm sick of this ruining my life
Yours, Daisy

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