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Old 12-02-2017, 10:23 AM   #1
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I don't know where would be the best place to post this.

A few days ago, I experienced a traumatic event, and I now can't sleep. I'm scared that falling asleep will cause something bad to happen again. I feel always on the move; like I can't stop. The most I've slept the last few days has been 5 hours, but most days it's 4 hours. I normally take melatonin to fall asleep, but it hasn't been working. Like, I get to sleep, but then I wake up a few hours later, and then can't fall back asleep. i don't know if I'm having nightmares or anything, as I don't remember anything I have thought about, mainly because I don't think I reach the deep sleep phase of sleeping, and don't dream. I'm going to try to take Ativan tonight to see if I can sleep, but does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.
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Do I have any suggestions?

I think I have one for me, how do birds sleep? Or reptiles? I don't take any sleeping aid, and having this trouble managing my sleep routine. What it seems to me matters, ask any plants, "How did you sleep?". My sleep last night after being up for too long could be described as it was peaceful as it could've been.

I think alone and it gets delusional, there's no sophisticated good thought in this, I know. I don't want to blame this full moon that I've been looking up at night, and I wake up, I notice the weather is colder a few degrees than past few days.

My brain has rarely done that 'trying to sleep, being up in the middle of the night or being up only after few hours' thing, I'm saying this from all of my past sleep history of mine, and I'm a person who don't recall dream at all.

I think I'm still opposed to regular understanding of human sleep, perhaps the similar technology to understand our waking-focused brain is useful endeavour to pursue, and I'm not so sure about the brain wave or whatever during sleep state/stage for human brains.

I like the thread title 'can't sleep', I'm not nocturnal, I don't sleep walk or anything, it was quite something to deal with this rash of consciousness coming back online when I woke up. When I'm in this strange pattern of sleep, I don't believe in the event-sorting-memory-organizing-during-sleep theory, sorry for ranting but a sleep doctor? How do they sleep at night?

I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do while I'm awake, my brain is on hyper-thread technology with a single core! Sorry I can't help much with your problem, send me some Ativan my way if you can.

Do you know the system of how Melatonin work? It involves guess work, doesn't it? You seem to take other medications, I don't know how the combination should work from scientific perspectives, good luck with your healthy sleep though.

I needed the post of someone who's not sleeping, thanks.
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I can never sleep.. ugh its so frustrating... it has to be really really late or early morning before i can drift off to sleep, and then my sleep is so light i can wake up easily... the only time i am sleeping well is like between 4am and 7am
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I can never sleep.. ugh its so frustrating... it has to be really really late or early morning before i can drift off to sleep, and then my sleep is so light i can wake up easily... the only time i am sleeping well is like between 4am and 7am


I've been so tired these last few days that I fell asleep at 7pm but woke up at 12:30am anyways. I missed my dinner now. I don't know how deep my sleep is now. It used to be quite deep, but now, I don't know.
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[QUOTE=Nike007;5927037]I don't know where would be the best place to post this.

A few days ago, I experienced a traumatic event, and I now can't sleep. I'm scared that falling asleep will cause something bad to happen again. I feel always on the move; like I can't stop. The most I've slept the last few days has been 5 hours, but most days it's 4 hours. I normally take melatonin to fall asleep, but it hasn't been working. Like, I get to sleep, but then I wake up a few hours later, and then can't fall back asleep. i don't know if I'm having nightmares or anything, as I don't remember anything I have thought about, mainly because I don't think I reach the deep sleep phase of sleeping, and don't dream. I'm going to try to take Ativan tonight to see if I can sleep, but does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.[/Quotes

I completely understand how you feel because I had been feeling like this a lot myself.
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a sleep specialist may have you take a sleep apnea test, they also support other sleep problems. I have sleep apnea, i showed no rem sleep in my 3 overnight stays in a sleep center. REM or rapid eye movement is needed for dreaming and refreshing the body and mind. I sleep with a machine with air pressure.good luck!!
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Sorry that I didn't comment on traumatic event thing, it slipped through my mind. I'd expect the worst if I let something traumatic happen to me again, BUT, as I understand it, depending on the degree and understandings/experiences of your trauma response, maybe we're made to deal with the event better every time we get to sleepless because of anything, I could just throw my thoughts at Darwinian evolutionary theory, it's convenient.

3,4 hrs, at minimum, it's a matter of what's healthy and regular for me, I've just realized that I haven't been eating at regular time, I also tried to take regular aspirin, my head wasn't hurting but I wanted to see what effects that might have and I forgot all about it, by now I don't recall anything of that day...

Maybe one can record oneself, and there's also this totally random thing to think about our sleep, can our pets(dogs) sleep on our bed? Then there's this usual aroma therapy remedy, spiritual incense to help your divinity, etc....

It's very human nature thing to think about, I know I'm lucky that I don't get nightmare, somehow it makes me feel a bit like, my brain lacks certain essences, some deep imaginations to aid me see the world. I'm cognitively aware, and conscious while I'm awake, perhaps expensive white noise machine may help, how do those astronauts at international space station sleep? They have to know good science on these things.

You go to sleep, it's important that you come back to this noisy reality.
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Progressive muscle relaxation is supposed to be more scientific, some other things I can think of are long bath, and cookies and milk?

"hypnophobia, breathing exercises", this is something I may want to look into, I'm not getting sleepy, it's past midnight and what I get is my brain doesn't want to shut off, I'm typing this without knowing what the phobia is really like, according to my source, this is something behaviourist would recommend to someone with anxiety and stuff.

'Sleep late', like a half an hour and try to get up at the usual hour, this is another thing I want to remember and try later when things get back to more ideal sleep cycle.

I'm just sharing what I've found on the internet, sleep tight everyone.
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Thank you everyone for their responses. My doctor just prescribe something, and it seems to have helped a bit at the moment, as long as I'm not triggered by something before bed.
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i have insomnia a lot. it's usually because something is on my mind. i now keep pen and paper by my pillow. i write down what is bothering me (especially if thoughts wake me up in the middle of the night) just to get the thoughts out of my head some. that has helped. i hope you can get some good sleep soon.
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