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nearly 100 hours with 4 hours sleep

by Motion City

Any advice? I dont have nightmares or anything it just feels like Ive forgotten how to sleep I cant turn my head off.

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Motion City 7/10/2013 - 8:14 pm

I also have stress related insomnia but no idea whats triggered it…

thursday 7/10/2013 - 8:22 pm

My middle name is stress. Probably about to become my first name. However, I think that stress can be a good thing…at times. Start an organic garden! It does relief stress…
and invite bees!

theobserver 7/10/2013 - 9:25 pm

Hmm.. the longest time I’ve been without sleep is 48 hours, I think, which was due to traveling. Similarly to you, I managed to reach a point where I didn’t feel like I needed to sleep ever again.. was quite hyper by the 48 hour mark actually.. but I didn’t have any trouble going to sleep when it was “bed-time” at my end destination.

Do you do any exercise during the day? If you haven’t, maybe you should try that.. and try and squeeze in lots of high attention and/or high energy activities in your day one after the other to try and wear yourself physically and mentally out. Make sure you’re eating well and when you think you’re ready, just lie in a dark room until you fall asleep. If 6 hours has passed maybe give up for the night, do some more activities to wear you down and try again..

Also, do you feel relaxed when you sleep? And do you find yourself often thinking about things when you’re trying to sleep?

john.doe 7/10/2013 - 10:30 pm

exercise, meditation, booze, recreational drugs

in that order are the things i tend to try. sleep is my favourite. i hope you find some again.

DeathDreamer 7/11/2013 - 4:33 am

take valerian root it’s a herbal supplement that you can get over the counter and itknocks you right out. take it with warm milk. i’ve had insomnia and that helped me

Motion City 7/11/2013 - 5:53 am

Thanks guys ill try these out. I do usually exercise a fair bit, maybe ill try doing it before bed. And ill have a look for some of that v root. So scatty right now 🙁

clevername 7/11/2013 - 6:48 am

The several times i’ve used valerian root, it has helped. If you’re like super-wired-anxious, it might not feel like it’s doing much.

I’ve personally had times where i was just too “awake and alert” to sleep. The mind just won’t stop, and you almost don’t even feel tired. You might feel some physical fatigue, but it never quite crosses over into wanting to just smash into the pillow and fade away. Other times, i feel tired, i feel like i need to go lay down and sleep, but i just can’t. The mind won’t stop, i’m just “on,” and can’t turn it off, for whatever reason.

Lately, my sleep schedule (using that term very loosely) is completely wrecked. I’m up until i’m exhausted, then crash and don’t sleep long… or i wake up at weird hours and can’t seem to either sleep too soon, or stay awake long enough to re-sync my schedule.

Also: don’t exercise “right before” bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours of cooldown between the end of any “workout,” and when you need to be heading for sleep. It’s usually best to workout in the early evening; if you work, then right after work, like as soon as you get home. If you don’t work (iirc you said you’re not currently), try to be active during the day and just do chores or whatever, keep your body and mind active during daylight hours, and try to still do workouts in the early evening. Try not to workout right after eating, and try not to eat right after working out, though i think the latter is slightly better than the former.

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