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Sleep Disorders Message Board

Sleep Disorders Board Index

Welcome to the boards, running!

First off, it is not normal sleep behavior. From what I've been told and from my reading anyone with a sleep onset (the time it takes to fall asleep) of 15 minutes or less is experiencing sleep deprivation and/or sleep on the other hand have other problems. You take too long to fall asleep, you lack quality/restful sleep, your mind is not in a restful phase, you're experiencing paranoia, you don't nap well, and you feel your best when you should be sound asleep. No, this is not normal sleep behavior.

You mention a family hx of mental health issues and for that reason I would ask if you are currently taking any over the counter or prescription medications? I ask, because many, many, many different kinds of meds cause those problems and simply eliminating or switching meds may solve the problem.

If you are not taking meds, I would encourage you to talk to your family doctor about seeing a sleep specialist...the specialist would determine what measures/tests would be needed identify your sleep issues.

Take care and let us know how you're doing.

I also take along time to fall asleep usually. Now that I have two children under 2 years old I can usually hit the bed and pass out. However, I get up and feed my 4 month old and this interrupts my sleep. Then, when I get back in bed, it can take me an hour or more to get back to sleep. So then I get up exhausted. I try to take naps during the day, when I can get both my sons to nap at the same time. But it takes me, like running, so long to fall asleep that if I get 45 minutes its a lot. But 45 minutes is not enough and I was up grouchier than before I laid down. Any tips on falling asleep quicker? I also, during times of stress, will think about stuff over and over and have trouble "shutting my mind off". I do not take any medications but will take a piece of ambien when things get really bad. I would love to learn to fall asleep for a nap easily and quickly.

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