Recently ive come across alot of articles which has talked about the relationship between not sleeping and gaining weight...i believe its to do with the metabolic rate being slowed down and the hormones(?) which regulate your appetite being under released or over released.....can anyone say they feel they have put more weight on as a result of bad sleeping patterns?
hi Karen...sorry to hear abt your sleeping again...i've had a bad week last week but this week has been ok so far, fingers crossed!..i think i have found a solution to my sleeping which has worked the last 6-10 times ive tried it...we have this thing call shisha dont know if they have it i the US, its a middle eastern, asian thing where you smoke tobaccao through a water pipe...its done alot in middle eastern countries where its a social thing where mates just go out and have a relaxing evening by doin it....its not illegal by any means...as it seems a bit like it is....but every time ive been ive slept well that night...it makes u sorta light headed so u just want to put ur head down...maybe worth giving it a go....im hoping to get myself one to use at home.... this website might be useful if u want to know what im talking abt **************
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hey guys thanks for your comments and sorry to hear abt ur sleeping Karen, i know exactly how you feel!!
Try not to be too negative, sometimes its hard tho when u go thru a particularly bad period of no sleeping. Do u ever take sleeping tablets?...i always steered clear from them, but recently im having to take them to be normal and do things i have planned to do. I was always finding i'd be cancelling everything as my sleeping was never predicatable but these tablets are helping.
Are you working at the moment?...or can u afford to make up for ur sleep during the day?
does anybody know if seratonin levels decrease if u dont get enough sleep?
Being a professional insomniac (definitely not by choice!!)...ive been thinking what specifically causes such major changes in mood?
is there a certain chemical or hormone which is suppressed or not released when u go thru a period of no sleep?...what im talking about is say on a good nights sleep a negative issue can be regarded as small whereas without sleep this same issue can seem huge, and motivational levels drop, postive thinking in my experience just declines drammatically.And why is it so hard to control your thinking to try and put a positive spin on things when u know the reason for ur mood is the lack of sleep and nothing else?
Obviosly fatigue has a part to play but does anyone know if there is a mechanism within r make-up which explains this?
i miss snow!!...we didnt get any this year in the UK, well we didnt in the north anyway.
Hi Moonfire...hope ur well!
Ive had another crap night, its 06:00 in the morning and still no sleep....its really getting to me at the moment...its not just the sleep tho, its the amount of time u have to do not a lot...tonight ive spent the time watching telly, listening to music and some exercise...what does all u fellow insomniacs do during the night...think i might go for a bit of a drive before the rush hour kicks in!!
have fun in the snow karen and moonfire...whereabts in the US are u?
sorry to hear about ur problems, stress is never good for insomnia. I think sometimes u have to think mind over matter and try to be positive about life no matter how bad it is....especially things outside ur control...altho its easier said than done!
I'm no expert on reflexology, but the theory goes something like, all nerves in ur body end in ur feet so a reflexologist by massaging ur feet can identify any problems u have with ur body. I went a few months ago and was quite surprised when he managed to figure out my backache and dizzyness which i sometimes feel in the morning without me telling him. Im still a sceptic though!
i know what u mean about the "high" days ....its wierd really coz sometimes when i get up and not necessarily when ive had alot of sleep i'll be chirpy all day and nothing in the world can get me down...but most days are just really hard to get thru...and to get motivated about things...
doctors appt went o.k, his got me going to see a psychiatrist altho i told him that i didnt really have any issues which may require a psychiatrist. becoz there are no sleep specialist locally they cant justify sending me to one straight away so i have to do see the psych to eliminate that first....
i also told him about a refloxology session i had, i tried it as one of my friends suggested it , unfortunately i still struggled to sleep that night but the person who did it said my hormone levels were not balanced therefore ill be getting that tested on monday.....
Karen do u find when u go on holiday that ur sleeping habits change?
ur right about the mind over matter aspect....u have to tell urself to be happy and be nice rather than be grumpy....im usually very quiet after a very bad night and dont really socialise much...but i do find that when ppl do start talkign to me it does help and it does help me be a bit less grumpy altho some ppl are still annoying!! )
I do get some weeks where ill sleep like a baby and feel great...but the wierd thing is i actually miss the time i get to myself during the night....do u find that?
Hey really sorry to hear abt ur problems, must be difficult for you! Have u given up now trying to sort it out?
i completely understand abt medication, im the same hate taking them, i end up feeling worse the next day when i do than if i dont have any sleep. Not sure why my sleeping problems started, never was one to go to bed on time as a kid, so i think years of going to bed has taken its toll and its just got worse. i wouldnt say i have any particular problems which make it worse....i guess the fact im not sleeping and feeling like a zombie all the time seems to be my biggest problem at the mo.
thanks karen...so what do u put your insomnia down to?....and what treatments have u tried?
i've got yet another gp appointment tomorrow, this time im going to be assertive and ask to be referred to a specialist...doubt there will be anybody local but im willing to travel....its time i sort this out rather than being a zombie for the rest of my life...
Hi guys...just joined this site after reading this thread....im a fellow insomniac and have struggled with it for the past 5 or so years and its really starting to take the piss....
I feel sorry for you Neil for having to cope with for 36yrs , i feel like im heading in ur direction but i hope i have it sorted soon...
My problem is not being able to get to sleep, once im asleep then its not a problem but its just getting myself to switch off....and that just doesnt seem to happen...its nearly 7 in the morning and ive gone another night with f-all sleep and this is day 2 this week that this has happened...
i feel like ive tried everything under the sun but nothing seems to help, been to docs loadsa a times but theyre useless...like to give out the pills but id rather not go down that route if i can help...tried anti-histamines, z-drugs, antidepressants which btw made me feel depressed day after!!!...doctors just seem to think ur depreessed or stress but i refuse to accept, if i was gullible and a hyperchondriac then id easily believe them and start thinkin im depressed but i refuse to...im quite a chilled out person but having so much time on ur hands messes with ur head and causes u to feel low!!..
i wish someone could come up with a way to install an on and off button to the side of my head so i cud switch off!!....
atleast ive not got work tomorrow , i mean today so when sleep does come , if it does then i can get some...
anyways sorry about the long rant but had to get it outta the system....
anyways id like say a BIG HELLO to everyone here and hopefully can learn abt other ppls experiences etc....Neil u seem very interesting to me...so hope to find out a bit about u too...not in a stalker kinda way tho!! )
take care and sleep well if u can....if not join the club!!!