I've had a long running problem with my sleep cycle, but it's come to a head recently with the fact that I can't sleep at all right now. It's been a long running problem since March, and though I've had reasons for not being able to sleep at night since then, I've felt that something else is going on. I've been prescribed almost every sleep med under the sun, and none of them worked, so my insomnia remained untreated for quite a while.
Right now, though, I just can't sleep even without sleeping during the day or having anxiety (my two main causes of insomnia). Before this time, I was able to fall asleep naturally, but I was also having trouble staying awake during the morning hours.
Lately, I've been thinking of seeing a sleep specialist about my problem to see if they can pinpoint a cause and treat it, but I have don't want to spend the money on one only to find out that I'm sleeping wrong or something. I'm not sure what to do.
I called my doctor before and asked his opinion about a sleep study, and he said go for it, but I wanted to see if anything else was getting in the way first. I just want a second opinion from you guys first, though. Should I spend the money to check in with a sleep specialist and see if there is another problem going on here, or should I try and eliminate more factors that may be causing me not to sleep so I don't waste money on a doctor's visit to learn what I already know (I have insurance, but I'm not sure how much it will cover for visiting a sleep specialist if it covers the visit at all)? I have been under a lot of stress lately, and that could also be the cause. There's also another strange thing going on that interrupts my sleep that started a few weeks ago that makes me sleep in. I'm just not sure what the cause it. I honestly don't think that my sleep cycle should be this sensitive to sleeping in late.
One final thing, I do have something that puts me to sleep and I have permission to take it (in fact, it's a prescription for something else), but it's too strong, and I don't take it on nights before classes because I may (and have) fell back to sleep after waking up after the alarm, and you can't miss a class in college. Also, I don't want to take it right now so I can see if I can fall asleep naturally. Hey, I may fall asleep shortly after writing this. I sure hope I do. :sleep:
If I were you, I would go see the specialist. If you've already tried everything you say you have, I don't see much you could do short of eliminating all sources of stress and that would probably include college. So even if your insurance doesn't cover all of it, it still might be worth it getting yourself checked out. As this could be more serious than you realize. Asleep yet? =p
Nope. Still wide awake.
It's only 1:12 AM here, so if I start getting tired and fall asleep at 2AM, I'll consider it ok. Else, I'm not going to be happy.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
What you'd prefer to see a sleep specialist and discover you need drugs? If you see one and discover you're sleeping wrong then all the better. Less expense, less chemicals....
Is it worth it? If you've made all the immediate changes you can think of, then yes; undoubtedly. Insomnia can seriously screw things up for you - as I'm sure you know. It's not just a matter of being tired - it sucks all the joy out of life. You have to start adding up the things you have the energy left to do in your head - do I go shopping or write an essay, do I fix the boiler or go to classes today?
If you're going to kill it, kill it relatively early.
If the conventional medicine doesn't work or you don't want to rely on it too much, perhaps you could look into some alternative ways of curing insomnia. Acupuncture, perhaps? In any case, Google is your friend. :google:
Strangely enough, I fell asleep fine last night. I did have a stressful week, so I guess it was stress. A sleep specialist will just tell me that if I go. Someone else said that they were losing sleep over stress themselves. Makes this thread pointless.
I know that a lack of sleep does mess with your mind (and it does mine), and that's why I don't having off sleep cycles or having insomnia.
I still have this strange problem that developed where I get so hungry in my sleep that I wake up and have to eat something before I go back to bed. I first blamed it on meds because it started when I tried that med that knocks me out, but it hasn't gone away since I quit taking it.
I'm sure that this isn't the end of my troubles, but I think I was just overreacting in this case. Hopefully, I can catch up what sleep I lost over the holidays.
EDIT: Another strange problem that I have is that green tea seems to keep me up, but it only happens at night. Could be body sensitivity.
Tricorder;5426483If the conventional medicine doesn't work or you don't want to rely on it too much, perhaps you could look into some alternative ways of curing insomnia. Acupuncture, perhaps? In any case, Google is your friend. :google:
Yeah, I can google alternative methods, but I just prefer a professional opinion on how to treat this if there is an underlying problem before I do anything (not saying your ideas are bad). The specialist may tell me what to do when I have my insomnia, so I'll give it a though as long as I can sleep normally for the next few days. If I have another night of insomnia over the break, then I can't blame it on stress or bad sleep cycles so I'll likely take everyone's advice.
Try smoking weed. If that doesn't work, you should do the test/study.
Yes, I'm being serious.
A shot in the dark here, but have you tried them 'scented candles'? I used to have trouble sleeping when I was younger, parents bought some of them, they seemed to do the trick nicely.
Specialist would be best. they ARE the specialist after all.
Whereas other things could work some are just rumours etc.
Well, after the stressful week (and others were losing sleep over stress), I starting sleeping normally again, but now it's back.
If my mind starts racing for any reason whatsoever, I won't sleep. That's the problem tonight. Also, I slept in today.
Really, the only thing keeping me from seeing a specialist is that I know why I can't sleep. It's either stress, anxiety, or a bad sleep cycle. If I go to a specialist, that's all they're going to say, so I'll waste money knowing what I already know.
Overall, I don't know if I have a true sleeping disorder, or I'm just not sleeping for other reasons (stress, anxiety, or even what I drink at night because it seems that green tea keeps me up at night).