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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Dave!I remember what it was like to sleep. Good times. Good times.

Except I rarely sleep anymore. I just don't seem to get tired...

Lil Dave Ready for Bed at 10:30pm

Lil Dave Wide Awake at 12:00am

Lil Dave Wide Awake at 2:00am

Lil Dave Wide Awake at 4:00am

Lil Dave Wide Awake at 6:00am

...until the minute it's time to get up and go to work, then I'm totally tired.

Lil Dave Out of Bed at 6:300am Falling Asleep

But then the night comes and the cycle repeats all over again...

Lil Dave Ready for Bed at 10:30pm

I really don't like taking drugs if I can help it, but this is getting ridiculous. You know it's ridiculous when you fondly remember the good ol' days when you were only complaining about getting four hours of sleep instead of no sleep at all.

Four hours seems like something from a dream now.

If I could fall asleep to have it.

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  1. CP says:

    Get some dosing information on Melatonin (goes by height/weight) or let me know what your stats are and I will get the appropriate dosing for you. Melatonin daily therapy with some warm milk at night might do the trick for you.

    I have been living with insomnia for years due to rapid cycling bipolar disorder. I stay up for days straight, little catnaps (half hour or so) here and there and then, on day four, hard crash of about 4 hours…and I start all over again. So, welcome to MY world. It’s hard. Especially when you are so exhausted and WANT to sleep, but you just can’t.

    Another little trick of mine? A COLD shower. Most people will tell you a nice warm/hot shower is relaxing, and it is, but there is a little trick with the cold showers. When you cool down the brain, the synapses that are firing upstairs tend to slow down the cooler you are. Everything slows, because your body naturally reacts to “hypothermic conditions”. The brain goes into survival mode, slows and that makes you drowsy. The rest of your body may feel a bit electric and awake from the cold shower, but the brain says, “meh” and checks out.

    Give it a shot. xoxoxo

    Good luck, babe. Happy Zzzzzz’s.

    CP

    • Christopher Stogdill says:

      I take 3mg Melatonin every night before I go to bed. I don’t have problems sleeping, but I find the Melatonin helps me get a much better rest. When I wake up in the morning I’m ready to go and if for some reason I get shorted some sleep I don’t feel so messed up all day.

  2. the muskrat says:

    I went through this for a year or so when I was in my last year of school and then prepping for the bar. I took Tylenol PM every night to sleep but then felt like ass when I woke up. I gradually migrated to Sleepytime herbal tea instead and then finally was able to eliminate all of them. However, your “case” seems a good bit worse than mine was.
    Now I just long for the days when little children didn’t start screaming at 5am, after I’ve gone to bed at 12am!

  3. Sarkawt says:

    Although we both do routine tasks, I am still better than you when it comes to sleeping and all that. You can’t get enough sleep while I get more than enough. I simply work on my laptop for about 6 hours and the rest will be just “sleeping.” Hope you’re not jealous! If you feel that, you can simply come over :-)

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Please take something. I always worry about your non sleeping. I was like that years ago, and it’s much better now that I actually get rest!

  5. martymankins says:

    Something in your brain can’t shut off? that’s my main reason for having odd sleep patterns the last 6 days.

  6. Christopher Stogdill says:

    I have a friend with the same general problem. He cannot sleep unless he takes his meds. The meds take an hour or so to kick in and until they do he is fricken hilarious!

  7. Steve in NH says:

    I am an Ambien lifer. I have been taking it since 2001. I wouldn’t say my sleep is exactly glorious but at least I don’t have performance anxiety about it any more!! Take the pill, go to bed. Done. Do not get up and have a snack, however, or you will end up eating peanut butter and Fluff and granulated sugar (for texture, I think) sandwiches. Trazadone works for some people and it’s supposedly safer but it gave me a wicked headache. Haven’t tried Lunesta either. benzos work great but you can’t take them for long. Haven’t tried melatonin but I don’t believe in “natural” remedies anyway :)

  8. Jim says:

    Cut the caffeine, cut the sugar, cut the spicy food, cut the evening dairy intake, cut the computer and TV and phone 2 hours before bed.

    Change your type of bed coverings, change your bedroom airflow, change your nighttime lighting and white noise.

    I took to counting sheep a few years ago. Today, I just count breaths backward from 100; if I get to 0, I roll over an repeat; if I get to 0 again (happens a couple times a year), I get up and do something.

    Mostly, you may be in a cycle you need to break: you are used to going to be late, so you can’t sleep earlier, and it perpetuates. Try doing an activity earlier that is guaranteed to wear you out; hot sex works great, but that’s not always available, so maybe rock climbing or folding sheets.

  9. Megan says:

    I don’t have any advice for you because I don’t know exactly why you have trouble sleeping. Perhaps it’s now because you worry about falling asleep so you can’t fall asleep.

    I only every have trouble sleeping because something’s on my mind and I can’t shut down my brain. What I do then (and every night really) is fantasize. I make movies in my head that have nothing to do with my real life. It occupies the brain in a pleasant, distracting way and lets it shut off.

  10. Stacey says:

    That’s no good. Sometimes I get like that, but at least every fourth or fifth day I totally crash and sleep through the night. I hope you get some rest soon.

  11. KaraB says:

    If you find something that works, let me in on it! I have the same problem and seeing 3 hours of sleep a night for weeks at a time gets old. Plus I get bored being up in the middle of the night, there’s not much to do at 2am, 3am, 4am…

  12. Nothing I’ve tried has worked for me either. If I take sleeping meds, it seems to make my day worse. So I’ve just learned to deal with it. Which really sucks some weeks.

    But maybe if you mailed those rubber ducky night clothes to me, that would help both of us.

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