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Losing sleep

Postby Skarlet » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:17 pm

Over the past few months I have been struggling with Night terrors, dreaming either that someone has come into my room or that spiders are dropping down from the ceiling. I really don't know what I am worrying about, as there doesn't seem to be anything particularly on my mind.

Money, is okay, my job is going alright and I have improved my social life. I see my sisters alot, and my family are all fine (I have a brand new nephew and although I have been worried for my sister I don't think it's that that is causing the worries.) Has anyone got any tips on dealing with nightterrors??
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby captainf » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:24 pm

Are you on any medication or taking any medicines? I know that can cause them. Apart from that im not really sure. Maybe you can go to your doctor and get advice from them.
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Losing sleep

Postby Skarlet » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:54 pm

Nope no medicines, unless you count contraceptive injections.

I don't know that they can suggest anything, I don't want to take meds too sleep.
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby Ticktock » Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:04 am

Couldn't say I was familiar with this so I wiki'd it.

Apparently diet can also affect them as well, with a link between night terrors and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).

Ringing any bells? Are you on a crash diet at the moment...
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Postby Skarlet » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:32 pm

No no crash diet, I am trying to eat healthily.
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby captainf » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:50 pm

Hm. Well, a doctor is more qualified in understanding the body and mind so I would hazard a guess they may have other ideas as to the cause and a way to stop it happening that won't involve sleeping pills.. by the way, some sleeping pills are non addictive and good to get you back into a routine, but I cannot see how they would stop night terrors.
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby Ticktock » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:34 pm

Skarlet wrote:No no crash diet, I am trying to eat healthily.


Try a small snack before bedtime to bring your blood sugar levels up, might be worth a try.
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby captainf » Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:47 am

If she was hypoglycaemic though, wouldnt she be shakey? I have had this happen to me twice over the years and a cup of tea with 2 sugars sorted it.
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Re: Losing sleep

Postby Ticktock » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:38 pm

True, but it can also present as excessive tiredness, so is masked at bedtime.

Night terrors is where the brain doesn't make the transition between dreaming and waking, so the body is still paralysed by sleep but the conscious mind is working and trapped, which is why the panic reactions kick in. It is a very similar process to waking dreaming which I messed around with in my misspent youth, but with less control.

The hypoglycaemic link is probably because the brain burns through a lot of energy to make the transition and it basically runs out of fuel and can't move on.

As you say an extra sugar should work, but depends how low the blood sugar is, if Skarlet can get hold of a blood testing kit from a pharmacy (or a friend) she can resolve the question straight away.

Anything is worth a try, as medical intervention is specialised and unlikely to be quickly acquired.
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