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Old 01-11-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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I always have trouble falling asleep. If I do fall asleep I generally wake every four hours to go to the bathroom and then can not fall asleep again. Sometimes I go 5-6 nights with hardly any sleep and am walking around like a zombie all day. But by evening I am so keyed up about not sleeping that I do not sleep again.

How many days and nights can you go without sleeping before you completely crash and burn?. One time I went a whole week without hardly any sleep.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I went almost 2 months where I would wake up every 30-40 minutes. I was a wreck during the days. They tried every medication under the sun. I saw the sleep specialist who offered no answers. The chiropractor was not much help either. Bloodwork showed nothing.

Eventually I accepted the fact that I was going to have nights where I didn't sleep. Now, if I lay there awake for more than 20 minutes I get up. I will read or visit CD or play solitaire or something until I feel tired again.

Things that helped me were avoiding caffeine after 1:00 in the afternoon, drinking lots of water, and taking a long walk when I got home from work.

I found that worrying about not sleeping did not make it better. It is hard to not stress about it.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: makin' bacon
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I would think the crash and burn would depend on the person. My husband used to be in the military and I was amazed at how he could function on so little sleep.
Do you know why you aren't sleeping? Are you stressed about something?
There are a few things you can try, if you haven't already...
Stop watching tv or using the computer 2 hours before bed.
Get regular exercise, and avoid caffeine and sugar after 3pm.
Establish a regular sleeping schedule, by going to bed at the same time and getting up around the same time.
Hope this helps and you get some much needed shut eye.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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The amount of time any one person can go without sleep depends completely on that person. I would say not long, but there are those who don't need much sleep at all. How much do you usually sleep? How many hours does it take for you to feel rested when you wake?

Has the amount of stress in your life increased? When someone is continually under high amounts of stress it can over work the adrenal glands. Adrenal glands will over secrete hormones "stress hormones" and need proper rest to recover. Without rest they will essentually shut down. (very basic explanation for very complex process).

Start with your family physician. Get a physical and have your blood checked.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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have you tried some herbs? I went and bought me some,, if you like I write it down here, and it really helps me getting to sleep and stayin asleerp
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Old 01-11-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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We've been taking these herbal pills called valerian(sp) when we have a bad week with sleep. We actually call them the stinky pills because the odor is awful, but they really work for us so we hold our noses and swallow the stinky pill as quickly as possible, not to mention replace the cap on the bottle really quickly.
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:44 PM
 
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When I was young I struggled with insomnia. In high school I would have trouble falling asleep, would only get a few hours of sleep, then have to get up for school. In my 20's it got really bad. It was not at all uncommon for me to go 2-3 night with zero sleep. I mean no sleep at all for 2-3 days straight. I would then be so exhausted I would be able to sleep for a couple of days and then it would start again. I moved from LA to Idaho at 28 and slept a little better and had less times I went that long without sleep. The older I got the better it got. Once I began having children, in my mid-30's I no longer had insomnia. It was not a fun thing to have at all. I went through times where I was given medication, anything from Chloral Hydrate to Seconal (yep a doc gave me Seconal for sleep). It is too easy to get hooked on this stuff so for the most part I took nothing and just dealt with it at the time.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: ~~In my mind~~
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Sleeping has been hard for me since I got stuck with my panic disorder. Night time is always hard for me. It seems that is when I get my most anxious or panicy, why I dont know. The longest I have been awake with no sleep is 7 days. I felt like a zombie too, and finally on the 7th day I just crashed and burned!! The regular for me is to go 2 days without sleep every week.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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It's funny you say this because a few years ago I switched my migraine medicine to Topamax and went about 5 days without sleeping. I was calling my doctor (Neurologist) again and again because I figured they would prefer to give me something than have me tinker with something from the drug store that might interact with the Topamax et al., etc.

Well, the next thing I know, instead of returning my phone call, they have mailed me some Reader's Digest thing about sleep hygeine - you know, the basics about caffeine and no exercise, etc., etc. I mean "duh!" I was so mad. I was a total wreck.

I can't remember what I finally did to sleep. I might have just gone back to my previous migraine medicine. I was incredibly mad. They could have just given me a few days worth of Lunesta or Ambien just to get me back on track. And I was a walking disaster.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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We've been taking these herbal pills called valerian(sp) when we have a bad week with sleep. We actually call them the stinky pills because the odor is awful, but they really work for us so we hold our noses and swallow the stinky pill as quickly as possible, not to mention replace the cap on the bottle really quickly.
I have taken these before and they do STINK! Unfortunately they didn't work for me, but Ambien does.
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