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#1    Bling

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:49 AM

Does anyone here suffer from or have suffered from Chronic Insomnia? (we'll call it CI for short). I'm not talking about just having difficulty going to sleep sometimes, If you are unsure what CI is please read this link:

http://www.londonsle...rs_insomnia.htm

If you do have CI, do you know what causes it with you? What treatment have you had? Have you resigned yourself to it just being a part of who you are? How does it affect your life? How do you cope?


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:51 AM

I call what I experienced Insomnia, but really what it was was chronic nightmares in which I was scared to go to sleep. I suffered this for 3 years and was delivered by God from this in a miraculous way. :) This happened in the year 2000 or 1999. Since then I think I have only had 4 nightmares... It was really a rough period for me and I will never forget it.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:34 AM

Are you actually sure you have CI instead of something else like DSPD or non-24? First I was diagnosed with CI but then it was changed to DSPD then it was changed to non-24. Which after all the sleep dairy comes out to basically I have a 26 hour day. Which is pretty much unchangeable with light, drugs and other treatments.

I basically had to find a way to make cash without a steady daily schedule which was hard but I feel oh so much better then trying to conform to a regular 9 to 5 popping sleeping pills like candy. Only took about 13 years and about 6 sleep doctors and 4 shrinks to change the diagnoses. It would be a lot harder to deal with though if you have kids to maintain and a 9 to 5 pretty sure when I do have kids of my own I'm gonna be a miserable prick again because I won't be able to sleep when I need to.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

Yes, its caused by stress,and your brain starts dealing with the days events,when there is no noise ie:- the t.v. goes off,or when you go to bed.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:55 AM

As I get older I sleep less and less.  By the time I'm 65 I'll have gained a whole day :unsure2: I get alot more done though...

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:05 AM

View PostIdano, on 08 October 2012 - 09:55 AM, said:

As I get older I sleep less and less.  By the time I'm 65 I'll have gained a whole day :unsure2: I get alot more done though...


Elderly Don’t Need As Much Sleep, Study Finds

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The bottom line was that the seniors simply needed less sleep — about 1.5 hours less.

http://www.livescien...tudy-finds.html


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:12 AM

View PostRender, on 08 October 2012 - 11:05 AM, said:

Elderly Don’t Need As Much Sleep, Study Finds



http://www.livescien...tudy-finds.html

Hold on, I'm not "ELDERLY" yet?!?!?! :no:   Thanks for the info. My lessening sleep does not seem to affect my mental state...I don't think?

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

I don't know if I can call my self an insomniac, but I really can't sleep (well).
I do sleep, but I don't sleep well, for many years. It's not that I can stay awake for days, but I don't feel relaxed after sleeping, never.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:05 PM

View PostJinxdom, on 08 October 2012 - 09:34 AM, said:

Are you actually sure you have CI instead of something else like DSPD or non-24? First I was diagnosed with CI but then it was changed to DSPD then it was changed to non-24. Which after all the sleep dairy comes out to basically I have a 26 hour day. Which is pretty much unchangeable with light, drugs and other treatments.

I basically had to find a way to make cash without a steady daily schedule which was hard but I feel oh so much better then trying to conform to a regular 9 to 5 popping sleeping pills like candy. Only took about 13 years and about 6 sleep doctors and 4 shrinks to change the diagnoses. It would be a lot harder to deal with though if you have kids to maintain and a 9 to 5 pretty sure when I do have kids of my own I'm gonna be a miserable prick again because I won't be able to sleep when I need to.

Can you explain DSPD and non 24 please?


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 08 October 2012 - 09:43 AM, said:

Yes, its caused by stress,and your brain starts dealing with the days events,when there is no noise ie:- the t.v. goes off,or when you go to bed.

It's not necessarily caused by stress. I know what causes mine and it's not stress....anymore.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:33 PM

I suffered from CI for many years and used to take sleeping pills, but gradually things have changed. I can now sleep 6 to 7 hours without pills, but had to accept that my circadian rhythm is out of phase; though I live in Europe, my body clock seems to be functioning on Australian mean time! Luckily I can arrange my life accordingly.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:14 PM

View PostBling, on 08 October 2012 - 04:49 AM, said:

Does anyone here suffer from or have suffered from Chronic Insomnia? (we'll call it CI for short). I'm not talking about just having difficulty going to sleep sometimes, If you are unsure what CI is please read this link:

http://www.londonsle...rs_insomnia.htm

If you do have CI, do you know what causes it with you? What treatment have you had? Have you resigned yourself to it just being a part of who you are? How does it affect your life? How do you cope?

I've had Chronic Insomnia for many, many years. I take some pretty good triplicate form prescription drugs to sleep at night (I'd tell you what, but that would go against forum rules). Over time they lose effectiveness and you need more and more to fall and stay asleep. It takes me two to three hours to fall asleep at night and I still can't seem to sleep past 5-6 AM, and I wake up many times during the night. Tossing and turning sucks!  :wacko:

I can't sleep during the day at all......I really just rest my eyes when I try. I also need background noise to sleep.......the radio on or my  iPod on all night. Silence just doesn't cut it. The other thing I really don't like with my insomnia is that I either don't dream, or I just completely forget them when I wake up.....I do miss dreaming!  :hmm:  and usually during the day I seem to constantly   :sleepy:.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:13 PM

I've not taken my pills for a few nights now and I'm getting about 4 hours sleep, but coping well with it. Thankfully I don't have to go out to work (due to health reasons) otherwise I think it would be very hard to function. I remember when I was a photographer and being tired and struggling to see the computer screen while I was manipulating photos, it made me dizzy and slowed me down so much.
I think coming off the pills is giving me some side effects but I believe it's time to let them go and I feel alot more alert during the day, which is good!


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:18 PM

View PostBling, on 08 October 2012 - 04:49 AM, said:

Does anyone here suffer from or have suffered from Chronic Insomnia? (we'll call it CI for short). I'm not talking about just having difficulty going to sleep sometimes, If you are unsure what CI is please read this link:

http://www.londonsle...rs_insomnia.htm

If you do have CI, do you know what causes it with you? What treatment have you had? Have you resigned yourself to it just being a part of who you are? How does it affect your life? How do you cope?

Coffee?
Stress?
Emotional problems?
Lack of sunlight?
Obsessive thinking patterns?


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:22 PM

I used to have it, until I started drinking. lol





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