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Insomnia Since Infancy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 8, 2008
  • 03:28 AM

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?

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  • I can relate. I have always been a light sleeper, even as a child. That escaled to full blown chronic insomnia. I now take Ambier CR and have tried to cut down but sometimes can't even sleep while taking it. I have also been to severl doctors they all say anxiety or depression. I went on anti-depression/ anti-anxiety meds. (Lexapro). The sleeping hasn't improved. I don't feel depressed unless I have no sleep. If I have no sleep I am a completely different human being. I am basically non-functioning. I find this bizzare because it's not just being tired, it's truly horrible. I am not someone that can help you with what you have but someone that can identify with you. The when the Ambien works, which is often, I feel good. I don't want to be on it forever however at this point it's my only option. I am going to an internist so perhaps I will get some answers. I do feel that is is hormonal or chemical because basically what it feels like is that I am unbelievebly tired physically and mentally but just can't seem to turn-off the switch in my brain that goes to sleep. Even if everything in my life is great and nothing is bothering me. It is ***l and I can relate. Good luck with this!
    1ScaredMommy 2 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 00:30 AM
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  • I do not get insomnia often, but when I do, I get these weird "visions" or flashes that make absolutely no sense. It might be some sort of day dreaming, but I'm usually just drousy and wide awake. It makes me wonder if a weak mind can "pick-up" some of those "other" senses that other people are labled pyschic gifted or crazy:eek: insane about.
    BUMHAWK 6 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 10:52 PM
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  • mymentaldisorder.com has information on insomnia. You should check it out and tell your story.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
    • 00:43 AM
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