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Feeling Drunk Without Drinking

Updated on April 11, 2012

The Experience Of Feeling Drunk Without Drinking Due To Sleep Deprivation

If you're anything like me, then feeling drunk without drinking is probably going to be a shock to your system.

It certainly took me by surprise.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a heavy drinker but I know what it feels like to have one too many, (Or as I like to say...1 more than I should have had, even though I know I *REALLY shouldn't) and believe me, when you've only drunk a half dozen bottles of WATER, then it's certainly quite a surprise, not to mention "worrying" when you feel drunk without touching a drop of alcohol.

Piecing The Puzzle
Piecing The Puzzle

Why You Can Feel Drunk With No Alcohol

The reasons will probably differ for different people, however I can only share my personal story of how I found out about how I felt drunk with no I'm no expert on the subject and providing an insight through my own experience. There's every chance that if you've experienced the same thing that there'll be similarities.

If you can relate to this then you'll probably feel a bit better.I know I would have if I saw someone that had experienced the same thing as I had. I thought at one point I was heading for the nut house.

The problem I had was sleep deprivation!

For a while now, my sleep patterns been shot to hell and back...up til' 4 o'clock in the morning some nights...tossing and turning...getting up and having a smoke...trying to get back to sleep and then when I do...I'm not wakening up til crazy hours in the afternoon.

By the time it gets to nighttime, my body clocks still programmed for the daytime.

So basically I've managed to turn my nights into day. Not the best of ideas.

A Drunk Feeling Without Alcohol Feels Embarrassing
A Drunk Feeling Without Alcohol Feels Embarrassing

After feeling drunk Without Alcohol...

Embarrassing to say the least

The other day, I'll be the first to did concern me a lot.

The following day I went online to look over different sites to find out what the hell was wrong. I thought it was so silly that I was able to get drunk on water and it's not really something I fancied phoning my mates up or texting, since that's free these days and ask about. So I researched on the net for possible reasons.

Of course, being as affronted as I was, I decided it was best to use the in-private browsing feature. which others might use for different purposes:) ), but for me I just didn't want it showing up on my browsing history that I'd got drunk on water. Let's leave it at that. LOL!

Get your head out the gutter. I meant the silly football coupons I put on at the weekend that's embarrassing and never win

Anyway...that's when I came across quite a few reasons and was able to instantly identify with the one possible cause of it being attributed to sleep deprivation.

Obviously with the state of my sleep in the recent past, it was easy for me to identify that as being a contributing factor to how I felt.

sleep deprivation study
sleep deprivation study

How Sleep Deprivation Can Leave You Feeling Drunk Without Alcohol

One of reports I came across when looking into how I managed to feel like I was drunk without alcohol. It led me from Yahoo answers, knowing that it was sleep deprivation that led to this, so I went on to find out more about the subject. The idea is that should anything happen again that...well...scares me like the other day, I'll know what the symptoms of being deprived of sleep can do, so it won't be worrying, or at least as worrying for me, should it happen.

Anyway, even though this report is going back to 2002 when it was first published, it's talking about experiments that have been conducted when people have been awake for up to 11 days, in some cases.

The part in the citation above, goes on to discuss how soldiers during World War II, would be deprived of sleep, given their situation and sometimes pilots would crash their planes because they basically became cognitively dysfunctional.

Which is pretty irrelevant to this. I just found it interesting.

Anyway, I'll tell you why that citation above caught my attention.

When it mentions about muscle twitching and periodic hallucinations, that's something that happened to me during this event.

myoclonic episode
myoclonic episode

Here's How Sleep Deprivation Affected Me....

The Twitching Stage Begins

Okay, it's not as vivid as that image would have you think...nevertheless, it is scary.

Anyway, it started out with the muscle twitching. I have to point out though that for years I've been troubled with different types of epilipsy. One of them being myoclonic, which involves the involuntary movements of your muscles. Twitching as the report mentioned earlier describes it.

That started around 7pm the night after I'd gotten no sleep.

I took a break from doing housework and other chores, like trying to sort out a financial train-wreck, then dosed off for the best part of perhaps. 15 minutes.

What awoke me at that stage was a full body jerk which nearly put me on the floor, knocking a cup of coffee over the place in the process. That's something that happens quite regular. Even washing the dishes that day, finished with a mug being smashed when my hand decided it was going off on a tangent on it's own.

So even that's a contributing factor to my sleeping problems, when I kick myself awake in the middle of the night.

Which is perhaps what happened for the time when I did get to sleep.

Only it was a bit worse...

hallucinations due to sleep deprivation
hallucinations due to sleep deprivation

The Second Phase Kicked In That Was Mentioned In The Citation Earlier...

Periodic Hallucinations Perhaps?

This is one that I'm not entirely sure of what happened as the site I was looking at for the epilepsy describes a state of confusion can be a signal that a seizure could be due to happen. A warning sign. Which co-incidentally happened the following night.

After getting to sleep about 10pm the evening of the twitching events, I was awoke at 4:30 in the morning. Which is quite normal for me to get up, make a smoke and a cuppa, watch a bit of telly and go back to bed.

Only this time, I was as confused as heck. I was walking around what I thought was my old house. Going down the stairs to make a cuppa in the kitchen. The only thing that's at the bottom of my stairs is a radiator and the door out.

I live in an upstairs flat. I seemed to believe I was walking around my old house. Which I haven't been near in 10 years, yet everything I was seeing was the layout of the old house.

Which is the reason I looked into the sleep deprivation issue further.

Better Nights Sleep
Better Nights Sleep

What I'm Doing Going Forward To Try to Avoid This Scenario In The Future

Avoiding Feeling Drunk Without Alcohol

Going forward, the only thing I can imagine to do, is to concentrate on getting a better nights sleep. If you've experienced something similar, I'm quite sure that's what you'll be planning on to.

So how is it done?

Well, there is the GP. He could be consulted about the sleeping problems I'm having. That might work. However, with the medication I'm already on, I don't fancy getting another prescription.

Besides, the more meds you take, you'll probably know that there's more risk of side effects involved. I'm more interested than controlling the seizures than I am about my sleeping. I reckon if that's controlled then the sleeping will improve.

At the same time, the disruption to sleep induces exhaustion which is a contributing factor to the seizure activity. It's a catch 22.

What's one to do.

Well, for one thing that I do know is that there things I can do myself to help the situation.

1. I'm a heavy caffeine junky. So that's not helping the sleeping problems. That needs to be reduced. Especially in the evening.

2. I'm also a heavy smoker. At least recently anyway, as I'm smoking way more than I used given the stress of my current situation. Stress is also a contributing factor to seizures.

So it seems pretty obvious that there's a few things I need to do before I even consider getting medical advice because what I know I need to do is exactly all I'll probably be advised anyway.

I need to cut down on caffeine, cut down or quit smoking and do what I can to sort of my personal financial mess to get back into the swing of things and reduce the stress levels.

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GoldenRest Traditional Memory Foam Pillow

This is the pillows I got a couple of months back which has helped me get to sleep whenever I do get to my bed at a reasonable time. The problem I have is staying asleep. However, falling asleep, I've found changing to the both the memory foam pillows and mattress has been beneficial.

There are times I toss and turn like there's no tomorrow, but it's certainly not the sake of comfort.

If I hadn't already I'd certainly be looking into memory foam products. You may want to do the same if you're trying to improve your sleep.


If you've been affected by the same or similar situation, feel free to contribute your own experience below and share with myself and others if this page has benefited you.



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      6 years ago

      Yeah this happens to me too!!! I sleep at one and wake up at 5 for school. when i wake up though i feel good. I like how i feel, i talk more I have more fun, I even do better in school. I don't know if i should keep doing this, but I actually like it. Any Suggestions?

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: It's surprising the amount of people that go through this experience and don't realize why it's happening. Try getting better sleep anyway. Hopefully you'll be able to rectify it.

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      robert2704 lm 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Certainly a scary experience, Alora. In some ways, I'm glad I don't drive as the feelings are scary as hell without having to worry about controlling a car as well. That must have been a nightmare. Glad it finally passed anyway, and that you had someone with you take over the driving.

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      6 years ago

      I was driving once on a weekend vacation with my boyfriend. We were almost to our destination when I suddenly felt a bit dizzy, assuming it's nothing I kept going. It just continued to get worse though until I felt like the world was spinning around me. That's when I told my bf he was going to have to drive and I pulled into the next gas station I found. When I got out of the car it was difficult to walk and the dizziness stayed with me for some time, even closing my eyes while being a passenger didn't help. I felt like I was drunk. The only conclusion I can come to is that it was very hot that day and I hadn't drank much. I think I was dehydrated and somehow got heat stroke while driving. Scary! But later that day it finally passed.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! Same has been happening to me recently!

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      6 years ago

      Wow! Same has been happening to me recently!


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