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    What is Your Biggest Sleep Challenge?
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Falling asleep? Waking up? Staying asleep? Daytime sleepiness? Apnea and/or CPAP? Nightmares? Restless legs? Something else?

    Share your biggest sleep challenge with us!

    You can take a look at our Slideshow of Sleep Disorders for some interesting facts and information.

    I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Benjamin Franklin

    NeNe_11 responded:
    Hi Byroney...I have fibro, migraines & you guessed it-a sleep disorder!! I am 43 & have had a severe sleep disorder for 15 years or so. Over the years I have slept successfully with the use of klonopin, xanax, & now ambien.

    I sleep pretty well now but take 10mgs of Ambien nightly in addition to other meds for the fibro & migraines that add to the sleep effect at night. But without meds I cannot fall asleep. Even if I could fall asleep without them, the pain would have me waking up constantly. I once was awake for 2 weeks straight-not even a mini burst of sleep either. Talk about insanity!

    I accept that I will be on sleep meds for the rest of my life. Addicted? Maybe- but I do not care, as long as I sleep!
    grannymusiclover responded:
    Hi, I'm new to this community. I am having an extremely difficult time. I've researched the internet for days trying to find-if not an answer then-just somewhere to begin. Let me give you a shortened version of what's been happening the last several months.
    To give a background, I've been treated for bipolar disorder for many years, but have been well-controlled on Lamictal for over two years now. At first, I assumed that my sleep problems were related, even though my psychiatrist has been urging me to get a sleep study for ages. I've been putting it off, but now see no option remaining. I guess I just don't like the idea of other people watching me "try" to sleep. I also have a pinched nerve issue in my right leg. I asked my doctor what the point would be in getting a study if I couldn't rest due to pain. She told me on Wednesday to GO anyway.
    I have complained to my family physician of being so sleepy during the day that I'm unable to stay awake. She said it was probably because I'd been ill recently and dropped the subject. I've noticed that this symptom has been increasing in severity, within the last two months, to the point of me falling asleep sitting up-while reading, eating, watching TV, even while I'm sitting on the toilet! When a book or a bowl of cereal hits the floor, I wake up with a jolt and realize what has occurred. I take naps often. When I awake thinking I've been asleep for hours, I look at the clock and it's been less than an hour. What is important is that I'm not as much"tired" as I am "sleepy". I wish and start to do things, but I can't keep my eyes open! I've become clumsy. I run into doors, walls, and trip frequently. My eyes will not stay focused anymore. They want to cross, like what happens when you close your eyes to go to sleep. My memory is gone. Concentration is hard to come by and my speech even slurs on occasion. These things happen all day, every day.
    I could continue complaining for hours, but I would imagine that what I need to do is take my psychiatrist's advice: "Get a sleep study!" Do you see indications for that as well? There have been so many health issues lately, which seemed to make no sense unless I were inventing them on my own. I now wonder if maybe many of them are connected in some way. It is a definite drawback that I live in a very small town in a remote area. In order to get appropriate medical care, you have to diagnose yourself first, then go to the nearest corresponding specialist. I kid you not!
    Well, thank you for listening. I wish someone could give me some suggestions or advice as to whether I seem to be on the right track or not.
    Andie_WebMD_Staff replied to NeNe_11's response:
    Hi NeNe,

    I can not even imagine being awake for two weeks straight. That is a long time to suffer through and can totally understand how you'd never want to face that again!

    Is it mostly the fibro & migraine pain that won't let you sleep? Or is it the initial "falling asleep" stage that is the biggest challenge?

    Just glad you're sleeping again!

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