Sleep.. Its A Very Good Thing

@tessah (6621)
United States
May 3, 2008 2:50pm CST
my most recent bout of insufferable insomnia seems ..;crosses fingers;.. to be at an end finally. record time of 92 hours of conciousness.. broken up by random moments of coma interupted by fits of screaming. apparently ive started sleep walking again.. or running as it were. i woke up halfway down my hallway at a dead sprint.. screaming my bloody head off like the devil hisself was on my a55. i have no recollection of any dreams or nightmares. since last tuesday.. everytime id close my eyes to sleep.. id wake up 15 or so minutes later.. screaming uncontrollably. ive dealt with strings of nightmares before thatd last for a couple weeks, but i always managed to get SOME sleep, and id remember the dreaming.. this time was not only way different, but extremely scary. especially waking up in different parts of the house, without any memory of getting there, couple in it was my own screams that would rouse me from sleep.. this happened night after night straight on into friday. i was feeling quite psychotic there for a bit. anyone ho has ever attempted to stay awake for days onend just to see how long they could stay concious, is well aware of the affects of sleep deprivations. your body starts to vibrate after 24 hours and seeing "trails" sets in around the 39th hour.. so just imagine where my brain was by the 90th. i finally managed to sleep last night without incident, and stayed unconcious for about 11 hours. while still not entirely with it today.. and still feeling semi groggy, im hoping this stint is over. anyone have any home remedies theyve used successfully to shorten this little phenom for me the next round ?
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5 responses
• United States
3 May 08
Oh man, Tessah, that sounds horrible. I'm happy to hear you were finally able to catch some z's and hope its a long time before this reocurs for you. I've had my sahre of bouts with insomnia and sleep walking, even nightmares, but nothing to this extent. I just usuallyend up tired enough to fall off into never never land. The video thing may be a good idea, to help you overcome whatever this particular issue is. It sounds as if your subconcious is trying to tell you something. The recording will help you hear that. Best wishes to you.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
3 May 08
yeah i figger something is going on inside my brains someplace.. not to mention the insurmountable amounts of stress factors as of late. i think the next round of this crap (which yes i do hope it is far into the future as well) i will set up the cam to video any of my actions and any voiced stuff, try to get a handle on it, and psychoanalyze myself a bit. this happened about a year or so ago, but i remember the dream so the way i woke up, made sense to me. i dreamt that my little girl was in a rowboat, and it split in two.. and she fell out into the water and was drowning. i jumped up off the beach.. ran and dove into the water to get to her. i woke up at the top of my stairs, poised to dive, and screaming her name. it scared the absolute sh*t out of me, and my husband started talking about putting up babygates around the house to keep me from killing myself while i was unconcious. this time, i have no memory of any dreams at all.. just waking up terrified and screaming uncontrollably. i even had my hands clamped over my mouth trying to stop.. and couldnt. heres hoping tonight will be another restful stay-in-bed kinda sleep.
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• United States
3 May 08
That would scare the crap outa anybody. My brothers told me about I time they caught me sleep waling, I almost did a dive off our stairs. We had one of those little ledges along a partial wall that was next to the stairs. Apparently I walked half way out onto it, when my arm caught the pole. I swung around and came back off of it. They said they all(3 of them) sat there laughng at me, cuz they thought I was playing a joke on them. When I told them I had no memory of it, they freaked and said they were gonna post gaurds on duty every night.
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• United States
4 May 08
hehe, yeah that might be better for your health. I am also very glad to hear I'm not alone anymore...We can both be headcases though, nothing wrong with that. Speaking of headcases, did you see the new interest group, Messing with their minds? I think you'll find some funny yet interesting topics over there.
@qtfrog99 (279)
• United States
3 May 08
Maybe you should try to video record yourself and see if you are saying anything before screaming, that may help you realize what you are dreaming about, maybe it is something that you could consciously fix while awake.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
3 May 08
i was actually considering that.. that maybe something id say or do might gimme a clue into it. thanx
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
4 May 08
I have never been through anything as extreme as what you've experienced. Wow. The closest I can related is when I was in hospital having my twins. I couldn't sleep there. And of course, when I would nod off for a few minutes, it seemed that was when the nurses were calling me into the nursery for feedings. I was there for 11 days before I could go home to my own bed. I was lucky if I got 2 hours of sleep a day in those 11 days. It was h3ll. I wish I knew of some home remedies that could help you, but I really don't. However, I will send some positive energies your way to help end the insomnia.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
4 May 08
appreciated canada, and thank you. why 11 days after having the babies? c-section? i was in hospital for 48 hours with the first and 24 with the second.. and kept the baby in the room with me both times. the nursing staff did of course wake me up constantly until i went off on one of the candystriper girls to get the hell out and stop yapping at me and let me sleep!! she left crying and i wasnt disturbed again the rest of my stay
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
4 May 08
scoop: Yup, I'm on top of the washing... but I wish it was someone else I was on top of. tessah: Yes, I was in for a c-section. Admitted to hospital 2 days before they decided to do an emergency c-sec, and the twins were 9 days old before I could take them home. I never had them in my room at all... twin A for a day or 2 maybe, but even then, he was in an incubator because his temperature wasn't regulating itself. The twins weren't actually back together side by side until they were 3 or 4 days old. No great surprise... they both started doing MUCH better at that point.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
4 May 08
they took my first for a couple hours for the temperature problem and stuffed her under some heatlamps.. in order to not lose my mind, i took the time to take a shower. what you went through wouldve drove me bats. glad theyre fine now
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
5 May 08
I am prompted to suggest St John's Wort to you. I have no idea why. I was reading your post last night just before I went to bed. It's an herb that relieves sadness, anxiety and agitation, a calming herb that may set you to rights. I often feel sad or worried and this herb in pill form truly gives me a new outlook on life. If nothing else, it can't hurt you. Available in some supermarkets here, chemists and health food stores.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
6 May 08
ahh yes.. im quite familiar with st johns wort actually. tho never having taken it myself.. i had a friend that was on prozac, and i did a bit of research to help her find an alternative.. st johns is widely used in europe in place of prozac. along the same lines.. valerian root also works as a sleep aid and muscle relaxer. as of right now.. my problem seems to have ended, thankfully. ive slept soundly since friday night, but i will keep your advice in mind when and if this situation arises again. and i thank you
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
8 May 08
I'm so pleased to hear that tess. What you described sounded like a horrible nightmare and more. I'm glad you're past it and hope there is no re-occurrence....ever. Get some stuff and have it handy...just in case.
@underdogtoo (9591)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
You have some serious problems, my dear and it involves your own psychic balance. We need to sleep for a reason, and that is to process the things that we experience in our waking lives. When we are able to do this in the time allotted to us then we have a good harmony in our mind. It would be best for you to learn some form of meditation because meditation involves a sleep-like quality where you live in your mind and try to bring order and control into it. If you are a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ then you can think of his name and just concentrate on that. Use whatever idea of what a divine supreme being is and keep that as your mental focus. Do not pray, just be conscious of yourself and your divine being. Do not follow your thoughts, just watch them go and be conscious of them as mere thoughts. If sleep overtakes you then surrender to it. If you awaken from that sleep then continue with your meditation.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
11 Jun 08
i do actually use meditations alot in order to quiet my mind to sleep.. and its usually what i reccomend for others who are having troubles getting to sleep as well, same as you have to me here this little bout of insomnia ended a few days after i started this discussion, and so far, hasnt repeated. at the time there was quite a bit of stress factors and "layover" stress that i was dealing with, which has also dissolved over recent weeks. thank you