Russell (zimzat) wrote,

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Sleep or awake? Neither

Over the past couple of weeks I've had a surprisingly hard time sleeping and waking up. By the time it gets late at night I'll start getting a little tired, but not to the point where I want to sleep. Eventually I'll call it a night and very quickly fall asleep. At this point I'll sleep for about four hours, wake up a decent amount, and can get a few things done. Within a couple of hours I'll start getting sleepy again, and my thoughts start getting hazy, so I'll lay back down expecting another four hours of sleep (another sleep cycle).

Except, I'll repeatedly wake up every few minutes (15-45), have my thoughts be even more hazy and hard to control than before, and just fall right back asleep. This continues to happen for about what the sleep cycle should have been, maybe less, and then I can finally fight to stay awake and get moving. By this time it's usually noon or 1pm.

I'm starting to suspect I'm not staying awake long enough to justify going to sleep to begin with (my sleep schedule is all over the place, so some days may see notably more or less awake time than others, or may feature a nap), or something is seriously screwed up with my body. I'm hoping not the latter, as then I may need to see a doctor. I've already tried one over the counter sleep aid and despite my expectations it only made it even harder to wake up for longer (medication effects tend to last longer than expected on me). I'm considering trying a different one with a different active ingredient. Or it could be that I've had so much caffeine lately that it has screwed up my body's ability to sleep a full night; I have been drinking a lot of soda and, up until last week, a surprising amount of mochas.
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