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Feeling drowsy but cant sleep

Postby sean_us » Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:40 am

Hi,
I am in big trouble right now and need advice. For the last 45 days I cant sleep properly. Sometimes I feel so sleep that I could sleep on desk while I am working in the office. This is not good for me nor for my boss (of course) but I can’t help my self. This is affecting my health and work also. When I go to bed I don’t feel sleepy. In the last when I sleep I get bad dreams. And in the morning I feel that I did not sleep in the night, which makes me drowsier. I need a properly dream free sleep. I m even planning to take sleeping pills. Please help me
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Feeling drowsy but cant sleep

Postby kelcole » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:03 am

Well I feel that you are stressed out. For how long you work… I mean you timing of your job. May be if you are working more you are facing this problem. Don’t go for pills. Have you heard about DermaSleep patch? Try for once caz its drug free. You may get further information at their webstie. I think it’s by same name dermasleep. If you are not aware of using the patches you can discuss with your doctor. But remember that you should be above 21 to use this patch.
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Postby Noumenalist » Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:31 am

There's no such thing as a dream free sleep, really, unless you're actually have trouble sleeping!

Usually, everyone goes through 3-4 rounds of REM sleep. Whether or not you remember all of these dreams is what makes people think they didn't dream. It's in this type of sleep where you have dreams. Studies have shown that people actually feel less energized and far more tired when they don't reach REM sleep, because reaching REM sleep requires going through the deepest slow-wave sleep.

Your dreaming tells me you're going through all 4 stages of sleep, so I agree that it's probably stress related.
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Postby Doubled » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:59 pm

To add to Noumenalist's post:

There are many reasons for poor sleep quality - depression, anxiety, stress, medications, caffeine (including cola softdrinks, guarana based soft drinks, coffee etc), ingestion of a heavy meal within one hour of retiring, pain, apnea, nocturnal polyurea, etc.

As your symptons have continued for 45 days I would urge you to speak with your medical practitioner to explore the actual reasons for your sleep disturbance.

Treatment may be as simple as therapy to reset your "circadian" or "body" clock, that is realignment with the day/night cycles; or treatment for your anxiety, e.g. counselling; or an alteration of your diet, your eating habits, or even your lifestyle.

Good sleep habits are important to regain your sleep routine - retire at the same time every night, wake at the same time everyday; bed is for sleeping and not other activities such as reading or watching TV; regular daily exercise (not too close to bed-time); avoid naptimes through the day - limit naps to 20mins a day; avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking; and eliminate noise and light.

Some people find herbal teas (chamomile, valerian or jasmine) of benefit before retiring, others find hot-milk before bed useful (milk products contain an amino acid precursor L-tryptophan which can affect the amount of serotonin produced by neurons. Serotonin is implicated in the regulation of cerebral circulation and mood).

Before you reach for the sleeping pills, try adjusting your sleep routine or habits. But, at the very least you should discuss this with your health care practitioner.
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Alternarive Sleep Remedy

Postby ComfyRest » Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:18 pm

At the risk of sounding like a spammer there is an alternative for sleeping that can improve sleep quality and relieve muscle tension. I invented the SquidFace and ComfyRest pillows to relieve pain from my herniated neck disk. Additional benefits give me better sound sleep on my back and side. It works well on a desk for a quick power nap. The many additional pain relief benefits are on my website. Hopefully it may help others.
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