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Sleeping Problems/insomnia?

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Who else has sleeping problems? 

 

The other night my brain couldn't shut down until 7AM - I was awake at 10 but walked around all day like a Zombie. Other days I've stayed awake all night and all day..

 

I read somewhere it's actually a hormone to do with the Aspie brain.

 

Does anyone else have trouble sleeping and if you do what do you to/take to help you sleep?

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The same goes for me. When I'm in bed I need 1 to 3 hours to shut down because my thoughts keep rushing. As for the hormone theory, yes, I read that Aspie brains produce less Melatonin and therefore have a hard time shutting down and going to sleep.

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I have always big sleeping problems. My brain does not shut down easily at all, yes it is to do with the Autistic brain being already overaroused in the frontal lobes, and a combination of hormones in the circadian rhythms. 

I take Melatonin and Zopiclone. They don't do much to be honest, it still takes absolutely hours for me to sleep. The only difference is I will usually eventually fall asleep. Otherwise, I'd just be awake. I can still be awake for 2-3 days straight easily though. 

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I find it very difficult to get into a routine, so sleeping can be an issue. I find that listening to music helps, although many would disagree with me.

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I've been having problems on and off for years, but recently it's been a bit worse which sucks. My brain just won't stop. For some reason, my brain thinks that just after I've turned the light off, is the perfect time to plan the next day in great detail, and think about what I can do with my blog/videos/site/shop etc., despite the fact that by doing this (for hours) means that I can't get up in time to actually do the things it's telling me to do. So annoying.

 

I haven't found anything to help. Even when I've been out and about and busy all day, walking etc., it still won't shut up for hours. But, from the time Chris gets up for work at 7.30am until lunch time, it will let me sleep as if I'm in a coma. GRR!

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I've been having problems on and off for years, but recently it's been a bit worse which sucks. My brain just won't stop. For some reason, my brain thinks that just after I've turned the light off, is the perfect time to plan the next day in great detail, and think about what I can do with my blog/videos/site/shop etc., despite the fact that by doing this (for hours) means that I can't get up in time to actually do the things it's telling me to do. So annoying.

 

I haven't found anything to help. Even when I've been out and about and busy all day, walking etc., it still won't shut up for hours. But, from the time Chris gets up for work at 7.30am until lunch time, it will let me sleep as if I'm in a coma. GRR!

 

I know how you feel. I always start thinking about forums and other sites I post on when I'm trying to sleep, even if I've been reading for over an hour.  :rolleyes:

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I thought it was only me who plans the next day in my head while trying to go to sleep! I can actually go through the whole day in my head but then if something unpredictable happens that I didn't plan in my head the night before then that's what throws me off course.

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I usually end up going to sleep at around 10 to 1 at night. It is kind of annoying that I can't get a full night's sleep. I usually watch youtube or Doctor Who until my eyelids get heavy. 

 

But I get great ideas at these times. You see I want to write books and I want to one day write a series on... well me... You guys know me as Smithy, but why is there a wizard on our modern-day Earth? I want to write a series about that, "my" backstory. I'll start a thread on it and stuff.

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But I get great ideas at these times. You see I want to write books and I want to one day write a series on... well me... You guys know me as Smithy, but why is there a wizard on our modern-day Earth? I want to write a series about that, "my" backstory. I'll start a thread on it and stuff.

Cool, you should  :) 

 

To be honest, I try to think of my insomnia as a positive thing too. I can get a lot of stuff done at night and a lot of people say they have some of their best ideas at night. I've got a little notebook that talks about putting positive energy into insomnia... and to write down all of your ideas/worries in the night. Maybe I'll post a picture of it. 

Audio books help me a lot when I'm in bed, because it gives me something to listen to and focus on rather than my thoughts which can quickly turn bad and I get bad racing thoughts and voices in my head at night. I got an 11 hour Greek audio book which is good right now. 

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Some of my best problem solving comes at night, or rather early hours of the morning when i wake up and can't get back to sleep again. I think my brain is less cluttered and I can think clearly.

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I have trouble getting to sleep and i need to have something on like music, TV or even the washing machine. I cant sleep without noise in the background. 

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I have trouble getting to sleep and i need to have something on like music, TV or even the washing machine. I cant sleep without noise in the background. 

I'm the exact opposite, I need to have no light, and no noise - I have the shutters and curtains closed and earplugs to sleep.

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I have issues with sleep. But it tends to be sleeping at night.

I have intense delusions at night time, and vivid nightmares a lot. almost most nights. I have night terrors. 

The thing is... I remember everything that happened in the dream. Yet you read up on night terrors and they say 'feeling of intense fear/screaming/running whilst still asleep, but forget dreams instantly' -- what are they talking about? :/ I remember everything. 

 

My latest one was so very realistic and terrifying... everythng in the dream was trying to kill me- mostly inanimate objects like chairs, rugs, doors, the microwave. I woke up and for about 2 hours couldn't sleep because I truly believed the chair or beanbag was going to suffocate and kill me.

 

I doubt mine is autism-related though

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I wouldn't say I have sleeping problems per se... it's just that I slept with my iPad charging on my bed, and I'm always on this forum ;)

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For some reason for the past two weeks or so I've slept well - which is rather odd for me. I hope it continues.

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i can never get to sleep because my brain just will not shut down and go to sleep so i am up until 11 or 12 maybe even later i have not offically been diagnosed i have to wait  until january :(:mellow:

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I have issues with sleep. But it tends to be sleeping at night.

I have intense delusions at night time, and vivid nightmares a lot. almost most nights. I have night terrors. 

The thing is... I remember everything that happened in the dream. Yet you read up on night terrors and they say 'feeling of intense fear/screaming/running whilst still asleep, but forget dreams instantly' -- what are they talking about? :/ I remember everything. 

 

My latest one was so very realistic and terrifying... everythng in the dream was trying to kill me- mostly inanimate objects like chairs, rugs, doors, the microwave. I woke up and for about 2 hours couldn't sleep because I truly believed the chair or beanbag was going to suffocate and kill me.

 

I doubt mine is autism-related though

I get delusions and hallucinations like that at night too. Sometimes not even at night and sometimes when I feel fine.

 

 

i can never get to sleep because my brain just will not shut down and go to sleep so i am up until 11 or 12 maybe even later i have not offically been diagnosed i have to wait  until january :(:mellow:

11 or 12 is really early for me. I'm awake til 4 or 5 usually. 

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I've found I sleep very much better with a couple of heavyish pillows on top of my duvet, similar I suspect to a weighted blanket but also very snuggly and warm.

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A lot of the children I worked with previously had modafinal supplements and trouble sleeping but until I read this thread I never made the connection to my own problems with sleep.

 

If I am not exhausted when I go to bed I will lie awake for hours with my mind spinning through all sorts of things so I tend to keep myself up until I am almost falling asleep in my chair to avoid that. As a result I tend to be up untill 4 or 5 most nights when I am not working the next day.

 

I also use audiobooks to help me sleep and have done since I was a young child. As long as it is quiet enough not to wake me up but not too quiet that I can't hear it (as then it keeps me awake as my brain tries to make out the words I can't hear) an audiobook is pretty much mandatory for me at this point to get to sleep.

 

I have issues with sleep. But it tends to be sleeping at night.

I have intense delusions at night time, and vivid nightmares a lot. almost most nights. I have night terrors. 

The thing is... I remember everything that happened in the dream. Yet you read up on night terrors and they say 'feeling of intense fear/screaming/running whilst still asleep, but forget dreams instantly' -- what are they talking about? :/ I remember everything. 

 

My latest one was so very realistic and terrifying... everythng in the dream was trying to kill me- mostly inanimate objects like chairs, rugs, doors, the microwave. I woke up and for about 2 hours couldn't sleep because I truly believed the chair or beanbag was going to suffocate and kill me.

 

I doubt mine is autism-related though

 

That's interesting, I used to (and still do sometimes) get similar experiences. Are yours classic night terrors?

 

I used to think I suffered from night terrors but looking into it what I get is the similar but distinct problem of sleep paralysis, where you are unable to move but aware of the room just after falling asleep (or before waking). Then I sense a malevolent presence in the room that moves towards me, it manifests as a sort of crawling blackness that slides towards me.

 

It always occurs at times of high stress and sleep deprivation for me.

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My insomnia is crippling right now since they changed my meds. I've been awake since friday........I'm not kidding..........

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That's interesting, I used to (and still do sometimes) get similar experiences. Are yours classic night terrors?

 

I used to think I suffered from night terrors but looking into it what I get is the similar but distinct problem of sleep paralysis, where you are unable to move but aware of the room just after falling asleep (or before waking). Then I sense a malevolent presence in the room that moves towards me, it manifests as a sort of crawling blackness that slides towards me.

 

It always occurs at times of high stress and sleep deprivation for me.

 

I dunno. I possibly have had the sleep paralysis thing but it's hard to recall whether it was that or just flat out delusion.

 

Okay. I'll tell you what mine are like, then you decide. My worst night terror was- my boyfriend was possessed by a demon and trying to grab me and suffocate me. It felt really realistic and I think my bf had his arm over me while I was sleeping and slightly pulled me, then he said I shot up at 'inhuman' speed, looked at him and screamed my lungs out like a death scream. I remember screaming. It was so scary it made him scream in horror too. Then I BOLTED out of bed in the dark, ran to my door and managed to unlock it whilst 'asleep' (I really don't know how I did this), ran into my mum's room crying in fear and having no idea what I was doing and everyone thought I was possessed.

 

It sounds kinda funny but it was the most terrifying experience I'd ever felt lol.

 

That's not happened since but nowadays I still have paranormal dreams of things trying to suffocate me and shoot up fast gasping or kick the wall.

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I dunno. I possibly have had the sleep paralysis thing but it's hard to recall whether it was that or just flat out delusion.

 

Okay. I'll tell you what mine are like, then you decide. My worst night terror was- my boyfriend was possessed by a demon and trying to grab me and suffocate me. It felt really realistic and I think my bf had his arm over me while I was sleeping and slightly pulled me, then he said I shot up at 'inhuman' speed, looked at him and screamed my lungs out like a death scream. I remember screaming. It was so scary it made him scream in horror too. Then I BOLTED out of bed in the dark, ran to my door and managed to unlock it whilst 'asleep' (I really don't know how I did this), ran into my mum's room crying in fear and having no idea what I was doing and everyone thought I was possessed.

 

It sounds kinda funny but it was the most terrifying experience I'd ever felt lol.

 

That's not happened since but nowadays I still have paranormal dreams of things trying to suffocate me and shoot up fast gasping or kick the wall.

 

That is pretty certainly a night terror, if you move around its not sleep paralysis. It does sound funny, right up until you experience it (or something like it), then it is less so. Nightmares are no fun but I'd rather them.

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There are many reasons why you have sleep problems I have them from time to time. There are messages in dreams if you look closely at them keep a dream diary and see if there is a pattern there is more in them than you would think.

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the past week I've been awake until earliest of 3am latest of 6am and not waking up until 12/1pm :( Its really annoying because it will take ages for me to break this routine :( When I have to be up early I can never sleep and always end up with like 1hours sleep. Ive always struggled to sleep but some days its so much worse! Plus I need my sleep or I'm super grumpy!

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the past week I've been awake until earliest of 3am latest of 6am and not waking up until 12/1pm :( Its really annoying because it will take ages for me to break this routine :( When I have to be up early I can never sleep and always end up with like 1hours sleep. Ive always struggled to sleep but some days its so much worse! Plus I need my sleep or I'm super grumpy!

 

Those kind of sleep patterns are really hard to break for some reason. I had a good one for almost a month but then I moved and it all fell apart. Just about to go to work on 3 hours sleep for exactly those same reasons. If you can make it one day without enough sleep and dont drink too much caffeine to stay awake that can (sometimes) help kickstart me back onto a decent sleep pattern.

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