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Old 07-27-09, 04:28 AM   #1
 
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For many years I have been unable to sleep properly. I once went for over 7 days without sleeping, it ended up in convulsions somehow.



My usual routne is that I will be getting into bed at about 1, and maybe falling asleep at about 2- 2:30, I almost always wake up at about 6 give or take 20 minutes. If i dont need to get up, maybe I can stay in bed for a few hours.

But I am only getting maybe 3-4 hours a night, everday, for years.

I have tried sleeping pills, I excersize, I eat a perfect diet, I have tried changing the time i wake and fall alseep.

So I dont think i can solve this, but is it doing me harm? I seem to cope well.
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I'm not entirely sure, to be perfectly honest.

And they do reccomend 8 hours sleep a night, but I think that's out-dated.. Pretty sure it dropped down to 6.

Anyyway, I did Psychology at A Level.. One of the things we studied was sleep. And I'm sure I remember reading about something where, over time, people reduced the amount of sleep they had and appeared to be fine with 4 hours a night.

So, though you probably should get more, if you can cope fine with it and aren't feeling constantly tired and sluggish, it's most likely to be fine.

That's what I'd say anyway.
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Old 07-27-09, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yes. It is harming you. I'm not a professional though so don't take what I say to heart.

My friend's friend died because of lack of sleep. I think I read before that not sleeping for 5+ days can make a person start to hallucinate and go crazy.

Ok. One of my friend since childhood's mother had insomnia most of her life. Like 30+ years. She always had trouble sleeping and it was creepy when I slept over and she was walking around her home in the middle of the night but yeah, it's her home and I'm the guest so... anyways, the point is- she tried meditating to sleep normally recently and it worked for her.

Maybe you can try meditation? Or you can also exercise to make you tired. Exercising is great. It relieves stress levels and makes you feel better (or at least it does for me, hopefully it'll work for you too).

I had insomnia before too... unable to sleep for day after day but it never went over 4 days. I was always dead tired and feeling like collapsing but I never fainted or fell asleep even when I wanted to. Then, I tried sleeping at night like around 10pm or so everyday- and it took me hours and hours with closed eyes with an unwanted awake mind to even fall asleep but it worked eventually because I kept trying.

If none of these things work for you, perhaps, you can try consulting your family doctor. Good luck~
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Oh. I just re-read your post. Maybe you can try taking naps if you do feel tired. I guess some people need different hours of sleep a night. So yeah. I always feel tired if I only get 5 or 4 hours though but if you are used to it and it doesn't affect you negatively then I guess there's no need to change anything.
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not everybody has the same biological clock. some ppl need much less hrs of sleep than others , specially when aging this is a very common thing. however i dont think that staying days at the time awake is a normal pattern.

the question is .. do u feel rested?? or u just cant go to sleep and feel restless most of the time??
there could be phsycological factors as well as physcial ones in this matter.

best thing to do is to speak to an specialist on this matter... there are sleep studies and many other sources that can adress this problem!

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