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Sleep and The Lack Of

Updated on March 26, 2012
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The question was, how many hours of sleep do you get? The normal is supposed to be 8 hours undisturbed or as they say when taking sleep aids, 8 hours of dedicated sleep.

I would be more than happy to dedicate 8 hours of sleep however, my mind and body have had other ideas about that for quite a few years. I haven't had the luxury of more than 4 hours of straight sleep since I can't remember when. It doesn't seem to matter how tired I am, the moment my head hits that people my brain goes into overdrive and takes off over one hundred miles an hour. That has been the norm for me since I was a teenager.

There have been time that stressful situations have made it worse, sometimes keeping me awake for days. The fact that I am bi polar plays a part in that as well. For a prolonged period of time some I wasn't even averaging 2 hours a nite. This was caused by an extremely stressful situation brought on by unwanted house guest, robberies, drug dealers with guns and two naive girls who thought love would conquer all. It didn't. It just brought heartbreak, tears and many sleepless nights. That is now in the past and we've all moved on. I average up to 4 hours of sleep now and about once a month I crash and sleep for ten to twelve hours. My doctor did prescribe sleeping pills and even with those my mind still prevents me for sleeping those elusive 8 hours of sleep. Does anyone have this problem?


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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      I do have problems sleeping but the main problem is falling asleep and staying asleep when there only little disturbances. I do not fall asleep easily then I am a light sleeper. When I am very busy, I can stay up all night and the following day. I have suffered from lack of sleep ever since I started having children so much so that I am always tired but I cannot fall asleep that easily. However, I have learned how to relax by reading or watching tv before I go to sleep. Other times, I spend time praying in bed before I finally fall asleep. Thanks for your answer and I hope you find an opportunity to rest.