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Problem getting worse

Postby john_c » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:22 am

I always used to sleepwalk when I was a kid, probably once a month from age 7-13. Then I had no problems until college except I was always tired during the day. During my first two years at college I suffered from insomia which I attributed mostly to anxiety about school, etc. A year later I began having sleep paralyses. It was the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. I would lay down to go to sleep and I felt like I immediately felt like I was falling asleep. I saw just a dark gray backdrop and then a harsh humming noise would get louder and louder. As the noise got louder I became more and more frightened by the sensation that something evil was trying to get me. Then all of the sudden I would try and scream or move and wake up but I couldn't. I don't know how long these lasted, but it felt like minutes at a time. Then I would wake up suddenly breathing hard and with a racing pulse. Sometimes, I would have 2 or 3 of these in a row in one night. They don't happen as much now that I am out of college, but now I have started talking and moving while I sleep and not remembering any of it in the morning. My girlfriend says I say the most horrible things to her, tell her I didn't love her or I hated her, and she said I once raised my hand to her. It got so bad she is now so scared of "who" I will become when I go to sleep and won't sleep in the same house as me. I am going to see a sleep specialist as soon as I can, as this problem is only getting worse. Any suggestions in the meantime?
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Postby meanne2007 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:11 pm

I have sleeping tips for you

Tips For Good Sleep

Sleep regular sleep habits.

Try to get to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day—even on weekends and vacations.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening.

If consumed too close to bedtime, the caffeine in coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and some medications can keep you from sleeping or sleeping soundly. Even though it can make you feel sleepy, drinking alcohol around bedtime also can disturb sleep.

Avoid daytime naps.

Sleeping in the afternoon can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you feel you can't get by without a nap, set an alarm for 1 hour. When it goes off, get up and start moving.

Reserve your bed for sleeping.

Watching the late news, reading a suspense novel, or working on your laptop in bed can stimulate you, making it hard to sleep.

Time your exercise.

Regular daytime exercise can improve nighttime sleep. But avoid exercising within 3 hours of bedtime, which actually can be stimulating, keeping you awake.
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Postby freddyb45 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:49 pm

Sleepwalking can sometimes come about due to an uncomfortable sleeping cycle. Try new sleeping positions, or even a new mattress. I've recently bought a memory foam mattress and it's helped considerably, I'm getting more sleep per night and feel much better on the whole.
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Re: Problem getting worse

Postby chefarmer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:09 pm

In my exprience you could do all those tips for a good nights sleep and it might help a little but if your mind wants you up then you will get up. I found that the least amount of stress i have the less violent and crazy i'll be. But i'll still get up and do something.I've sleptwalk almost every night for 35 years now.....
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