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Am I the only one who has this problem?

post #1 of 19
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Not feeling rested after sleeping from 10:30 - 6:30. Eight hours of sleep and I feel sluggish all day!!
I went to my doctor in the summer time and told her what is happening: I drop dead before I even hit the pillow...sometimes I wake up 4-5 times just long enough to know I'm awake sometimes not waking up at all...but come 6:30 when its time to get up I have a very hard time waking up. And I more times than not end up waking with a headache.
I can power nap - 1 hour and I feel fine if I crash hard.
My father has a sleep apnea. I read up on it but I don't snore and my husband says that he's never heard me quit breathing.

I'm just wondering if I'm the only one that feels sluggish after sleeping 8 hours? and what if anything I can do at home...a bat to the side of the head will leave me with a bigger headache and possibly a lump.

I look forward to hearing your ideas...you guys are always so great with helpful advice...keep in mind though that I'm a Canadian and not all stuff you guys can buy over the counter is even avail here which makes no sense - if its ok for you why not me?????

Denise
post #2 of 19
I'm like that too. I.e. last night same thing as you. I went to bed at 10:30 woke up at 6:00 am I jsut walk around in a daze until a cup of coffee is placed in my hand.

I'll be fine until 10:30, then bam! I'm out.

Part of it I find is what I call "Happy sleep time". Sometimes waking up on the 1/2 hour is worse than waking up on the hour. I found I last longer waking up at 6:05 rather than 6:15 am.

The other part is what you mentioned, when you wake up during the night even just for a split second it still disturbs your sleep.
Talk to your doctor, see if you need a Rx or something to help you through the night. Your body needs a cold hard crash.

If nothing else, try replacing your mattress. I find with B and I, I will sleep through when he's gone on a trip. Most of the time though when he's home, he goes to the bathroom about two times during the night and he goes to bed later than I do. We have a mattress inside a waterbed frame so any movement wakes me up.
I've been bugging him for a new bed for the last 2 years. That's the only way I will get through the night.
post #3 of 19
i have chroinc fatigue syndrome. i am always tired no matter how much i sleep. i spend most of my daytime life laying on the cough. there are lots of things that are supposed to help but nothing has so far. yesterday, i talked to someone who had the same problem as you do and she said she got a blue light. you can buy them at CostCo and some other places and online. she said after two days of using it she was fine although im it doesnt work that fast for everyone. she said they cost about $130. maybe you could find one cheaper online tho.
post #4 of 19
Put away the bat! No baseball bats! Bad!

I've had chronic insomnia for as long as I can remember. It would take me half an hour at least to fall asleep, and I was waking up at two to three times a night. I'd have to get a minimum of 10 hours of sleep to feel remotely active and not totally out of it when I woke.

I also suggest going to the doctor. My doc prescribed Ambien, which is fairly popular here, so I'm guessing there is Ambien (or something similar) in Canada. This stuff is amazing... I can take half a pill and 10 minutes later I'm out for the night. I sleep like a baby and wake up 9 hours later feeling like I just had a fantastic nap.

The only time it didn't work was when, in desperation to conk out, I read a boring magazine after I took the pill. The reading re-stimulated my brain and it took me a while to fall asleep.

p.s. I'm not a huge fan of drugs in general, and I was highly suspicious of taking a sleeping pill, but Ambien has done wonders and I haven't experienced any side effects.

Good luck with your sleep problems! And NO BATS!
post #5 of 19
And one more thing: I found that having some white noise really helped. I run an air purifier in my room. Plus I can easily ignore kitty meowing and pawing at my door!
post #6 of 19
I sometimes do..I think its because I get too much sleep. Sometimes I get a little over 8 hours, and I am not sure if that is good for me because I feel sluggish even more so after all that sleep.

Have you tried sleeping for like 7 hours? Maybe thats all you need?
post #7 of 19
o man I know what u are talking bout for sleeping although I have recently just started passing out early in the evening and I am one that stays up really late, now also my mom and my brother are both on sleeping pills so they sleep great unlike me last year I had this problem to and the doctor said o well ur just falling asleep but to me its like I am blacking out and waking up some hours later wandering wat happened but i did have low blood pressure compared to any other times and I also have thyroid problems but I do feel sluggish through out the dya and I will try to go back to sleep and just cant I just have that sluggish feeling all day but I suggest that u talk to ur doctor to see if he/she can give u something, also they are coming out with new things everyday that u wont get dependent on if thats something u are worrying about...

Hope u sleep well and feel better
post #8 of 19
I am always exhausted, but I work like a dog during the day and volunteer for things in my spare time, so I think that is part of it.

I have always needed a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night, but since hitting my mid-30s, I started waking up to pee between 1-3 times per night, EVERY night, and that has really made my feeling of constant fatigue much worse, as my sleep is ALWAYS interrupted. I might as well be getting up to feed an infant every 2-3 hours.

Plus I have never been able to fall asleep quickly, takes me up to 30 minutes, sometimes more to fall asleep. I envy those that can just drop right off. So after getting up to pee, if my brains starts thinking while I'm up, it is much harder for me to go BACK to sleep.

I have a prescription for klonopin, which is prescribed for anxiety, and I have found (with my doctor's blessing) that taking 2.5 - 5 mg (a half to a whole pill) will put my to sleep quicker and keep me more deeply asleep for longer - until my bladder wakes me up again.

I don't use it every night or even every other, only when I am feeling particularly amped up or anxious, but it works well for me, and on the days following it's use, I am much more with the program. I don't want to get completely dependent on it, though, so I refuse to take it nightly.

I'm thinking that hormone changes may be part of the reason for my sleep issues. My mom started having major sleep issues as she went into menopause, and I'm peri-menopausal now at 40, after a partial hysto.

Gotta love being female...
post #9 of 19
I've always had that too. I love sleep, but I can normally function on 3 to 5 hours of sleep during crunch times during the school year.

The past two days have been horrible. I can make it through the night without having to get up to go to the washroom and I've had to take a nap after school before I go to work and then I'm out by 10pm (I get up at 5:30am)
post #10 of 19
apnea is not the only sleep disorder out there.
I have three of them (apnea is one of them)

I also have narcolepsy (sp?) and LMD (leg movement disorder). You may know it as Restless Leg Syndrome as it is called when awake. The LMD can wake you up w/o your knowledge with regularity. Even if you are suffering midly, waking up several times a night - esp. night after night - takes its toll.

If you just have "normal" sleep problems, giving up caffeine and exercising regularly will do wonders in your sleep patterns.
post #11 of 19
I stay tired I'm always exhaused even when i get a full 8 hours. I only feel rested with 10-13 hours -heck and when does that happen Lately since Colin has been working the C shift (10:30pm-6:30 am ) it's thrown my sleep schedule way off wack. Not to mention my work schedule is insane too- some night i close and some mornings i open ( glad i got my new job!!!) Not to menion Colin is supposed to switch shifts yet again! From C to B shift 2:30-11:00 ish so that'll mess us up again. Three nights this week i only got a few hours- on Wednesday i only got 3 hours sleep before work- i tried going to bed several times but just couldn't sleep. I dunno what's up with me.
post #12 of 19
I'm never rested. I have chronic insomnia plus I wake up every 2 or 3 hours in the night, sometimes to go to the bathroom, other times I just wake up for no apparent reason.

It's been worse since I've been ill and sometimes I wake up with pain issues.

I just had a sleep study done last Monday night. I will find out in a few weeks what the results are. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they said I had obstructive sleep apnea because I'm heavy and I do snore.

You really should get a sleep study done. Sleep apnea is a serious issue:

1. Snoring can affect relationships and makes travelling awkward;

2. If you're constantly exhausted you have poor performance and decreased short term memory which can affect your life in all kinds of ways, especially at work.

3. Work and vehicle related accidents increase by 15% for those who have OSA.

4. Loss of daytime energy, morning headaches, weight gain, negative moods and depression;

5. Impotency and decreased sex drive;

6. High blood pressure. About 50% of those with OSA have high blood pressure. Untreated sleep apnea makes it even worse and if left untreated could lead to heart attach and/or stroke;

7. Heart arrhythmias.

8. Your heart and lungs have to work extra hard which puts even more strain on the cardiovascular system which increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
post #13 of 19
Sleep apnea is more common than some may think. Things to try without getting a prescription (Rx) is a diet change. Try eating more healthy, losing the sugars and fats, and eating more vitamins and minerals at meals. Do not know if you do this, but reduce or even cut out the caffeine post supper. That may be some of the problem. You can get a sleep study done as well, but that may need a referral, check with your physician. If all else fails, try to get a Rx for lorazepam (that is a med available in canada), to try helping you get sleep. It is prescribed for motion sickness and for sleep. Another med that people say helps is Gravol. That is an over the counter med in canada. But before trying anything talk to your physician, they may have ideas to help, or even other recommendations. Hope I helped a bit.
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses....to touch a few of the things...I told my doctor (New one cause we moved) and she asked me three times if I was depressed!!!! I've been in severe depression before (life situation I eventually got out of) I know what depression is and this aint it...I had a bunch of blood work done in the summer...everything is fine, no cholesterol (sp?), thyroid, sugar problems had a heart test done, everything fine there. I eat fairly healthy - according to the real age test I'm younger than I really am...heehee...I cut back on caffine intake before even going to the doctors - 2 cups in early am and one at lunch nothing after that (not even choc). I don't do anything strenuous or stimulating before going to bed....I'm not sure if a sleep test is possible...I just read in the paper a couple of days ago they are backed up here something like 6 yrs....The bat idea is looking more and more promising....ha ha ha....seriously....I've tried changing just about everything I can....keep the ideas coming though I've gotten a few new things to try.....Thanks everyone!!!!!
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by kittydad View Post
If all else fails, try to get a Rx for lorazepam (that is a med available in canada), to try helping you get sleep. It is prescribed for motion sickness and for sleep. Another med that people say helps is Gravol. That is an over the counter med in canada.
Lorazepam is a sedative but it is old school when it comes to being used as a sleep aid. It makes you tired and puts you to sleep, but it doesn't keep you asleep because the effects wear off in a couple of hours. Trazadone is a far better Rx medication as a sleep aid. It not only puts you into an induced sleep, but it also keeps you there far longer than Lorazepam (Ativan) does. I took 2 one night and actually managed to get 8 hours of uninterupted sleep which was a first for me. Both of these can become habit forming where your body can't sleep without the use of the medication.

Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) is for motion sickness but it also makes you drowsy. Dimenhydrinate is the main drug in most over the counter sleep aids like "Sleep Ez D". Dimenhydinate can be habit forming.

Something else that works to make you sleepy is Benadryl which is an antihistamine. The nice thing about Benadryl is that it's not habit forming and your body doesn't become accustomed to the drug dose requiring more and more.

Drinking hot milk before bed will also help put you to sleep. That's a proven fact and one we use in the hospital a great deal.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by furry4fury View Post
I'm not sure if a sleep test is possible...I just read in the paper a couple of days ago they are backed up here something like 6 yrs....The bat idea is looking more and more promising....ha ha

There is a long wait here for sleep tests too... 2 years I think. However because my situation is somewhat urgent I was told that it would take place between 3 and 8 months. However, my insurance company is eager to get me back to work and off of their payroll so they paid for a sleep test to be done in my home by a private clinic. The cost was $195.00 and was arranged within 2 weeks. I had to go in and learn how to apply the wires/tubing and then return the machine the next day.

Perhaps your city has a clinic that does private testings. Most cities do have that now because of the backlog.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by CDubbie View Post
apnea is not the only sleep disorder out there.
I have three of them (apnea is one of them)

I also have narcolepsy (sp?) and LMD (leg movement disorder). You may know it as Restless Leg Syndrome as it is called when awake. The LMD can wake you up w/o your knowledge with regularity. Even if you are suffering midly, waking up several times a night - esp. night after night - takes its toll.

If you just have "normal" sleep problems, giving up caffeine and exercising regularly will do wonders in your sleep patterns.
LMD....do you shake or move suddenly in your sleep?
DH has been twitching for the last year and it is driving me nuts. We notice it gets worse when he is too hot under the covers (when I am most comfy).
post #18 of 19
So sorry you are not sleeping well, I know how bad it is! I sleep from 9:30ish to 7:00am and I wake up so tired, some days I can barely drag myself out of bed. When I wasnt pregnant I still slept alot, from about 10 until 6am, with naps in the afternoon.

I eventually had to cut out my afternoon naps because i'd wake up with a horrible headache, my brain felt ready to explode.

Now with Bean baby, I cant seem to get enough sleep. I believe one of the reasons is because I suffer from really bad anemia, and when I am pregnant my levels go way down and I feel so much worse. Ive to get in the doctors office and see if he can prescribe something because during my last pregnancy I felt so bad, even when I was in labor I barely had enough strength to push my baby out!

Sorry for hijacking, just wondering if you are also anemic?
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
nope not anemic...I'm healthy for my age. I've had blood work and all that done. I did find out I'm a strep carrier...heehee which means I can get people sick but I'll never get it...~evil giggle~.
I'm stumped.
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