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Hi there,
im 16 years old and for the past few years ive been having trouble sleeping but lately its gotten ALOT worse...I didnt know what was wrong or anything until i started doing research on sleeping disorders a couple of days ago...I have pretty much all the symptoms of Narcolepsy the only one i dont have of it thats not too bad is sleep apnoea...ive been experincing sleep paralysis more often and hypnagogic hallucinations almost always when im about to fall asleep or waking up, i have to leave a small light on and lock my bedroom door *always*im to the point where sometimes im just too scared to fall asleep cuz i know itll happen and sometimes i start crying cuz i just dont want it to happen cuz when it does its terrifying and i just want one close to normal night of sleep...last year i was falling alseep in my classes,church,watching tv,movie,chatting on my comp. or just standing in line to pay for something even when i didnt feel tired but i realized it was happening and ive been trying to stay awake but i feel like its being forced. I cant do sports or anything cuz ive been falling alot more like id be talking or laughing and id sorta blackout, feel tired for a sec. and id be on the ground, i fall in parking lots,on the streets going up stairs, anything...Since i live germany(military family) ive missed out so much since we've been here cuz id feel sooo tired at the oddest times of the day and just feel too weak to go...I want to get help sooo badly but my mom doesnt believe me, all she says is that im lazy and i need to get on a normal sleeping schedule, she laughs when i fall..she just makes it all worse for me.Ive tried everything to fall asleep at night and nothings worked, my mom trys to get me to take tylonal pm but i dont cuz shes addicted to that stuff and i dont want to be so i dont take it and when i did twice it took bout 3 hours just for it to work...ive gone over a week w/o a nice night of sleep cuz of this when i wake up i dont feel good at all, i always have a bad attitude cuz of it..im lucky if i ever get at least 3 hours of sleep out of the whole night cuz i either cant sleep or am waking up constantly...i really want to get help cuz its effecting my daily life soo much and im miserable all the time...does anyone know what i could do??just anything at all would be nice! if not its ok i just thought id try to ask!take care!-michelle
[QUOTE=hollymc3]Hi there,
im 16 years old and for the past few years ive been having trouble sleeping but lately its gotten ALOT worse...I didnt know what was wrong or anything until i started doing research on sleeping disorders a couple of days ago...I have pretty much all the symptoms of Narcolepsy the only one i dont have of it thats not too bad is sleep apnoea...ive been experincing sleep paralysis more often and hypnagogic hallucinations almost always when im about to fall asleep or waking up, i have to leave a small light on and lock my bedroom door *always*im to the point where sometimes im just too scared to fall asleep cuz i know itll happen and sometimes i start crying cuz i just dont want it to happen cuz when it does its terrifying and i just want one close to normal night of sleep...last year i was falling alseep in my classes,church,watching tv,movie,chatting on my comp. or just standing in line to pay for something even when i didnt feel tired but i realized it was happening and ive been trying to stay awake but i feel like its being forced. I cant do sports or anything cuz ive been falling alot more like id be talking or laughing and id sorta blackout, feel tired for a sec. and id be on the ground, i fall in parking lots,on the streets going up stairs, anything...Since i live germany(military family) ive missed out so much since we've been here cuz id feel sooo tired at the oddest times of the day and just feel too weak to go...I want to get help sooo badly but my mom doesnt believe me, all she says is that im lazy and i need to get on a normal sleeping schedule, she laughs when i fall..she just makes it all worse for me.Ive tried everything to fall asleep at night and nothings worked, my mom trys to get me to take tylonal pm but i dont cuz shes addicted to that stuff and i dont want to be so i dont take it and when i did twice it took bout 3 hours just for it to work...ive gone over a week w/o a nice night of sleep cuz of this when i wake up i dont feel good at all, i always have a bad attitude cuz of it..im lucky if i ever get at least 3 hours of sleep out of the whole night cuz i either cant sleep or am waking up constantly...i really want to get help cuz its effecting my daily life soo much and im miserable all the time...does anyone know what i could do??just anything at all would be nice! if not its ok i just thought id try to ask!take care!-michelle[/QUOTE]

I get so frustrated when I see posts such as yours. I can't believe how many parents disregard what their kids say and don't get them the medical treatment that they need.

I suggest talking to your mother again, and tell her what you have told us here. Better yet, show her the post you made and the responses you get.

It's not normal to fall asleep or fall down, or black out like you are. This is not normal and warrants medical attention to find out what the problem is. If she won't believe you or take you to the doctor, you are 16 and old enough to make your own appointment and get there on your own. But you do need to see a doctor about this.





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