I'm having an issue with very light sleeping, i take two Zopiclone (7mg in total) each night which resolves insomnia/not being able to fall asleep but find that after only two or three hours i wake up again. Usually if i go to the bathroom/get up and then lay back down i can nod straight back off but then, lo, an hour later i'm awake again. This process repeats throughout the night so that by the time i 'wake' and have to get up i feel shattered.
I'm averaging 4-5 small /hour long sleep sessions each night between 12pm and 9am. I get around 7hours sleep but wake up feeling wrecked because none of it is continous sleep. At first i assumed it was just noise disturbance disrupting me, however after documenting the pattern i realised that my waking is automatic and has very little to do with my surroundings/outside noise. Also it should be noted that i am having REM sleep because i have very vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares - however once again these don't seem to be the reason i am waking up.
I have tried to reduce my caffeine intake in the afternoon/not drink it in the evening but this hasn't helped either.
Does anyone out there have any suggestions why i might wake so frequently?
Have you ever looked into Sleep Apnea being a cause. My situation is frighteningly like yours. Actually it is a relief to hear someone else talk about it because nobody ever seems to understand how f'ed up it is. Sometimes I can grab an actual 3 hours straight, but that is it. I got diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, have an advanced version of the machine (a v-pap not a c-pap), and was told my case was especially difficult to treat. Hence the apnea is treated but the sleep is no better. BUT don't worry about my outcome, I know a bunch of people who have been treated for Apnea successfully.
If any of this doesn't make sense, write me... we'll talk
Thanks for the advice - i have looked into Apnea based on what you said however i don't think that my symptoms marry the disorder. You are right though, messed up/fragmented sleep is much worse than people give credit for. Sorry to read you have an untreatable form of Apnea, i think my problem is plain old Insomnia and according to my new research/the apnea info.... it could be because i use sleeping pills. (which may cause a form of apnea after prolonged use)
Thanks for the tip.
All the best.
(PS - if you do wish to PM to discuss this further then dont hesitate, although having read the symptoms and causes i'm almost 99% sure it isn't apnea that i suffer from - friendly ear here all the same if u wish to talk)
My symptoms are exactly the same.I don't have sleep apnea, I just don't sleep.Wake up every 1 to 2 hours.This goes on all night.I get 3 hour straight if I take ambien.Did you find out what your problem was.Need help.
I'm having the same problem.
No matter how tired I am and how easily I fall asleep, I just cannot make it through the night without waking up every hour or so. I all but stopped drinking caffeine about 3 weeks ago.
I've had this problem before. It happens when I stop smoking pot and cigs. (I'm pretty sure it's more related to the pot, but thought I should also mention the cigs.) When I'm on "smoke mode," I do not experience the vivid dreams that I've been having for the past couple of weeks, but I do sleep right through the night.
I've been taking melatonin for a couple of months, and am considering upping the dosage.
Please post any results or discoveries and I will do the same. If nothing else, know that you're not alone. I know the frustration you are feeling!
This is another vote for sleep apnea. Until you find yourself getting the rest you need, you are going to become even more anxious about sleeping. I think that getting yourself checked for sleep apnea is one of the best ways (though it will oftentimes take a night in the hospital) but it would help you rule out issues altogether.
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