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Strange new sleep pattern and side effects?
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ellewolfe posted:
I've always had a hard time sleeping and waking for work, excessive tireness, grogginess, etc, especially working varying hours. I attributed it to medications or that I was just not a morning person... or an afternoon person at that. I was taking a medication (anti-depressant crap) for a while that deprived me of sleep (basically knocked me out and didn't give me restful sleep) and it caused fibromyalgia type symptoms until I stopped taking it with my doctors advice over 6 months ago; pain stopped, sleep issues didn't. I'm 23, with ADHD as my only real problem.

However, for the past couple of weeks I have been out of work on leave, and with my husband working nights I've found that my sleep pattern has changed completely through no actions of my own. I usually sleep from about 4:00am- 8:00am, wake for an extended period of time, then sleep again around 7:00pm-11:00pm. It's roughly still always 7-8 hours of sleep. I never feel sleep deprived, and in fact my concentration is slightly improved considering I have ADHD. Of course my husband is worried that I have insomnia, etc. I did a bit a research and found that Bi-modal sleep was actually quite normal for humans in the past and natural.


My real concern is that this within about 5 minutes of just laying down, I am basically in a weird state of awake/sleep. It's not like lucid dreaming, I am never aware that I am dreaming. I enter a dream state very quickly and have extensive drawn out dreams, only to be awoken by a noise, and find that only about 5 minutes has passed. After that, I fall back asleep, and wake up perfectly fine. Although the dreams do continue on with an insane intensity and vividness, noises do not wake me up. It's concerning because I was taught to assume dreaming only happens in REM, not when first entering sleep. Should I be concerned that these dreams while first falling asleep are hallucinations? Like I said, I do not feel sleep deprived. I do not yawn, head nod, etc. I also have a severe sense of confusion of my surroundings sometimes waking from dreams. I've lived with my husband now for quite some time, and for some reason my brain is confused that I am not back in my parents house for sometimes up to 3 minutes.

I know this is all quite odd, but it's confusing the heck out of me. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated...
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ellewolfe responded:
Also, I've woken myself up a couple times talking in my sleep. Nonsense words and phrases of course, but it's still a first for me.


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