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sleep issues

PostPosted: December 21st, 2012, 1:52 pm
by aztwitchy
i know many of you have sleep issues...but I am curious about my particular symptoms...this has been ongoing for many months and I am at a loss if it is simply anxiety related or something more physiological... basically I have 0 issues falling asleep. but about 1-2 hours into sleep I wake up suddenly, I notice I am a bit confused feeling and my mind is kinda racing with a bunch of thoughts that don't make sense almost like I am resorting my dreams. Clonazapam solves this but I hate feeling reliant on it for sleep.

I have seen a lot of you post about having issues falling asleep but that doesnt seem to be the problem...mine is more staying asleep.

anyway....didn't sleep much last night which means my symptoms are worse today! yuck.

Re: sleep issues

PostPosted: March 17th, 2013, 3:42 pm
by twitchinjohnny
I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea years ago. I also have episodes of central apnea..... where the brain fails to signal the diaphragm to keep breathing during sleep.

My apnea and sleep issues have gotten worse since I developed BFS about nine months ago. Like you, I now frequently awaken after a couple of hours of sleep and often find myself unable to get back to sleep. I've been waking-up during during the first stage of sleep thanks to my central apnea episodes, too. Very distressing. Last time this happened to me (a couple of years ago) I remember having been stressed-out over something besides BFS. I know one thing for sure.... being stressed certainly doesn't help any of the BFS symptoms!

You're not alone with this one, my friend.

Good luck...


Re: sleep issues

PostPosted: March 21st, 2013, 9:30 am
by christo
aztwitchy, I have the same issue as you. I have absolutely no problem falling asleep, but if I wake up for any reason (sometimes there seem to be no reason at all), then I am in the same state as you. My mind focus on something and even if I try to think about something else it doesn't work. Then it's hard for me to fall back sleeping, sometimes take many hours, sometimes I am convince to not sleep but my wife report that I am in fact. I suppose I have very frequent wake up but for short period. Anyway when it happens, next day I am really tired. Also I have notice that the next day I have no sleep issue, probably because I am too tired.

It's getting better since 2 weeks, dont know why. I used to take xanax when really needed, but never more than twice per week.
I have also ordered kava because I have read that it could make you sleep, but I have still not tried and won't until needed.

This is really frustrating for me because I always had a strong sleep, and always needed a lot of sleep to work at 100% (like 7 or 8 hours). I never had sleep issue before this, but I am almost sure it's due to anxiety and not physiological.