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Old 08-14-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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For some reason I've never been able to get a solid nights rest. And by solid, I mean 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I can't remember the last time it has happened. Anyway, It's been particularly worse in the past 3 months and have had some pretty bad mental fatigue as a result. It basically feels like I've had a slight hangover everyday for the past few months and it hasn't gone anyway yet.

I've been to a few different doctors including an ENT - I thought the lightheaded feelings might be an inner ear problem (it isn't) - and currently seeing a neurologist. I've done multiple tests that haven't identified the issue so they all seem to agree that it's because of my sleep.

I thought it might be my bed, but honestly, I've gotten good sleep on much worse. Falling asleep isn't too bad - it takes 20 or 30 minutes, sometimes more - but it's staying asleep that is the main culprit. I'll wake up multiple times and usually sleep only 4 or 5 hours, sometimes less. What's strange is that my feelings of tiredness are far greater laying on the couch watching TV in a bright room than they are in my bedroom where it's quiet and dark. I usually use ear plugs and have a sleeping mask to block out morning light, which helps to an extent, and recently I've been using podcasts/music to lull me to sleep.

I thought it might be a lack of exercise considering I've had to adjust to sitting for 8 hours a day at work, but I'm usually pretty active afterwards at the gym, playing sports, etc. I realize I haven't taken a vacation yet in 10 months, which could be contributing to the mental fatigue, but that would only make it easier to sleep at night, right?

Though the main thing is that I'm still lightheaded 24/7, and it gets better at certain times of the day, but hasn't gone away completely. I haven't had alcohol in a few months - and never really drank much before anyway - and I've yet to fully give into sleeping aids as I've wanted to try and fix it naturally.

Anyway, anyone else having/had issues like this? I'm seeing the doctor again soon who will probably suggest I do a sleep study or something before shooing me out the door, so I thought I'd ask here as well.

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Old 08-18-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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For some reason I've never been able to get a solid nights rest. And by solid, I mean 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I can't remember the last time it has happened. Anyway, It's been particularly worse in the past 3 months and have had some pretty bad mental fatigue as a result. It basically feels like I've had a slight hangover everyday for the past few months and it hasn't gone anyway yet.

I've been to a few different doctors including an ENT - I thought the lightheaded feelings might be an inner ear problem (it isn't) - and currently seeing a neurologist. I've done multiple tests that haven't identified the issue so they all seem to agree that it's because of my sleep.

I thought it might be my bed, but honestly, I've gotten good sleep on much worse. Falling asleep isn't too bad - it takes 20 or 30 minutes, sometimes more - but it's staying asleep that is the main culprit. I'll wake up multiple times and usually sleep only 4 or 5 hours, sometimes less. What's strange is that my feelings of tiredness are far greater laying on the couch watching TV in a bright room than they are in my bedroom where it's quiet and dark. I usually use ear plugs and have a sleeping mask to block out morning light, which helps to an extent, and recently I've been using podcasts/music to lull me to sleep.

I thought it might be a lack of exercise considering I've had to adjust to sitting for 8 hours a day at work, but I'm usually pretty active afterwards at the gym, playing sports, etc. I realize I haven't taken a vacation yet in 10 months, which could be contributing to the mental fatigue, but that would only make it easier to sleep at night, right?

Though the main thing is that I'm still lightheaded 24/7, and it gets better at certain times of the day, but hasn't gone away completely. I haven't had alcohol in a few months - and never really drank much before anyway - and I've yet to fully give into sleeping aids as I've wanted to try and fix it naturally.

Anyway, anyone else having/had issues like this? I'm seeing the doctor again soon who will probably suggest I do a sleep study or something before shooing me out the door, so I thought I'd ask here as well.
What is your age, gender, etc. Do you sleep alone?

My sleep issues were both falling asleep & not waking up due to noises in my neighborhood or from my recently adopted dog. You wrote: "staying asleep that is the main culprit. I'll wake up multiple times and usually sleep only 4 or 5 hours, sometimes less." Can you/have you identified why you wake up?

Has your stress increased in the past 3 months? Have there been major changes at work or at home?

I am taking anti anxiety medicine & a non addictive sleep aid to help me. My anxiety was in check after 2 months of meds. My anxiety/panic issues were at night when it was time for bed. Every little noise just made me anxious so much that I couldn't sleep. I used my meds, a white noise machine, ear plugs, sleep mask, & relaxation music to help me fall asleep & stay asleep. It's been 6 months now since I adopted my dog & began taking anxiety & sleep meds.

I've also been walking my dog for about an hour each night (weather permitting). That has helped with my anxiety & overall health.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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I don't have a problem with waking up generally when it's quiet but I've never been good with sleep. Somehow my sleep is not quality sleep and I have trouble falling. My body has always disliked sleep I think because as a baby I would fight sleep more than the average child.
It's even worse now that I have gastritis.

The really funny thing is I find that when I dream and wake up I get really groggy and often end up with a headache. I think that helps me not have quality sleep. I do not enter REM but then when I finally do it's like my body can't handle it because it is not used to it. Although it might also help that when I dream it is almost always bad. I can't remember the last time I had a good dream.
I know they say every body dreams every night but I'm confident that I don't. I have even used a sleep cycle alarm before and my sleep chat has been very messed up.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:39 AM
 
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What is your age, gender, etc. Do you sleep alone? Has your stress increased in the past 3 months? Have there been major changes at work or at home?
Late 20's, male, and I do sleep alone. I wouldn't say I'm that stressed actually. But maybe I am and it's been so long that I can't recognize it anymore. First time in a job that requires being glued to computer for 8 hours a day. I've always had issues getting quality sleep for a while now, what is strange is the lightheaded feeling. It started almost abruptly after a long weekend and a couple nights of insomnia. I've been getting better rest the last several days so we'll see what happens.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:15 AM
 
Location: California
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Have you been tested for sleep apnea? That could be what's causing you to wake up. I think it would be helpful to do a sleep study.

Sleep issues are the worst. I have similar issues as eggalegga, I take Benadryl and have to sleep with earplugs and a fan on.

Hope you can get it worked out.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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Haven't tested for sleep apnea yet. I'm supposed to be getting an MRI here soon, and assuming the results are negative, they will probably set up a sleep test of some sort. Though I have a feeling it isn't sleep apnea. I mean I wake up quite often, but then am unable to get back to sleep.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Make sure you take breaks at work. Go outside, get fresh air, get some sun. Have you thought of switching workouts to the early morning? My insomnia has been much better since I started working out at 5AM.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Hayesville, N.C>
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I sleep over twelve to fourteen hours a day. I get exstremely tired and worn out. I am seventy two. Any advice? Paul
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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You should talk to doctors.

I'm 55, and I exercise daily and have been for over 1/2 my life. I, like yourself, have difficulty shaking off the cobwebs during the day. I generally get 5 or so hours of sleep a night, and wake up at least twice during the night. I can get back to sleep though. I have never been one of those who feel mentally focused all day. I eat fairly healthy, never smoked. I don't drink as much as I used to (maybe 1-2 times a week at most).

You're not alone in the inability to get a solid nights sleep. I have never been tested for anything sleep related. I've just lived with it. And honestly, on the rare occasion I can get in a solid 8 hours of sleep, I feel worse the next day than I do with 5 hours of broken sleep.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:03 AM
 
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For some reason I've never been able to get a solid nights rest. And by solid, I mean 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I can't remember the last time it has happened. Anyway, It's been particularly worse in the past 3 months and have had some pretty bad mental fatigue as a result. It basically feels like I've had a slight hangover everyday for the past few months and it hasn't gone anyway yet.

I've been to a few different doctors including an ENT - I thought the lightheaded feelings might be an inner ear problem (it isn't) - and currently seeing a neurologist. I've done multiple tests that haven't identified the issue so they all seem to agree that it's because of my sleep.

I thought it might be my bed, but honestly, I've gotten good sleep on much worse. Falling asleep isn't too bad - it takes 20 or 30 minutes, sometimes more - but it's staying asleep that is the main culprit. I'll wake up multiple times and usually sleep only 4 or 5 hours, sometimes less. What's strange is that my feelings of tiredness are far greater laying on the couch watching TV in a bright room than they are in my bedroom where it's quiet and dark. I usually use ear plugs and have a sleeping mask to block out morning light, which helps to an extent, and recently I've been using podcasts/music to lull me to sleep.

I thought it might be a lack of exercise considering I've had to adjust to sitting for 8 hours a day at work, but I'm usually pretty active afterwards at the gym, playing sports, etc. I realize I haven't taken a vacation yet in 10 months, which could be contributing to the mental fatigue, but that would only make it easier to sleep at night, right?

Though the main thing is that I'm still lightheaded 24/7, and it gets better at certain times of the day, but hasn't gone away completely. I haven't had alcohol in a few months - and never really drank much before anyway - and I've yet to fully give into sleeping aids as I've wanted to try and fix it naturally.

Anyway, anyone else having/had issues like this? I'm seeing the doctor again soon who will probably suggest I do a sleep study or something before shooing me out the door, so I thought I'd ask here as well.
This could have been written by me (64, female)

You will probably be referred to a sleep specialist. S/he will probably fit you with a CPAP mask/machine. It may or may not work for you. After struggling with it for a year I gave up.

Most likely you are staring 'way too long at the computer screen. It has been proven that too much blue light emanating from all of those electronic gadgets we use interfere with sleep.

https://chriskresser.com/how-artific...o-do-about-it/

I would give this free download a shot https://justgetflux.com/

It actually worked for me on my desktop but now that I use my Chromebook more I find my sleep problems are back. Chromebook has a similar app but it doesn't work as well as f.lux.

You can also try using blue-blocking glasses or goggles and see if that helps. It would be a cheaper alternative than CPAP. Amazon has a bunch:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...sl_n6p4la960_b

Good luck! I'll be eager to hear how you make out!
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