From the time I was a baby, I had trouble falling asleep. I have not taken a nap since I was 18 months old, except for 2 times when I was delirious with fever. I am now 19, and my insomnia gets worse each year. When I maintain a regular schedule and get 5-7 hours of sleep a night, it may only take me an hour to fall asleep, which is great for me. As soon as I get an irregular schedule or start sleeping in (which I love to do), it quickly escalates to taking 3-4 hours, even with the help of Benadryl or Melatonin which I take often. There have been nights that, for unknown reasons, it takes me 5-6 hours to fall asleep, even if I'm exhausted. On nights when it's really bad, i'll feel like I'm falling asleep normally at first, but when I get to the point where I'd start to get really tired, I start getting itchy, like I can feel every hair on my body, and I kind of go into a weird state where I'm almost dreaming but still awake, and it goes on for hours. It completely drains me because I constantly stress out about getting enough sleep, which just makes it worse, and I can't take a nap to make up missed sleep. I also need darkness, complete coverage by heavy blankets even in hot weather, and absolutely no noise. Even a ticking clock will keep me up all night. I feel like I plan my life around getting enough sleep, refusing to go to sleepovers or socialize late at night, and I've developed a tolerance to Benadryl. A therapist thinks i have some sort of sensory or anxiety disorder, and I think she's right - but can anyone else relate?Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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