Has anyone else experienced these insomnia symptoms?

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    I can’t sleep more than 3-4 hours a day.

    When I try to sleep longer I experience what can only be described as a little “shock” that jerks my body and wakes me up immediately. It’s as if my brain won’t allow itself to sleep more.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    My doctor prescribed me Zopiclone, but it only works for about 4 hours, so it’s pretty much useless.


    ✘ Not a client

    The shock I think your speaking about are sleep Jolts I think. Its terrible. Its why im here now


    ✘ Not a client

    Yeah, I think the technical term is “hypnic jerk”, except I don’t experience the sensation of falling when it happens.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Hello NeuroShock and thank you for your contributions to the forum. Do you only ever experience these ‘shocks’ after you’ve been asleep for a few hours? Do you ever experience a dry mouth/throat in the morning?


    ✘ Not a client

    I think I need to clarify what I mean. I only experience these shocks when I’m falling asleep At night I sleep a few hours and then awake suddenly due to needing to pee or other unknown reason. This leaves me extremely unrefreshed. It’s when I’m trying to fall asleep after that when I experience these ‘shocks’.

    I do experience a dry mouth in the morning. I also feel a dry mouth randomly throughout the day for some reason. This just happened recently when I developed my insomnia.

    I don’t think I have sleep apnea, because I use a sleep tracking app that also records noise and snoring, and there’s never been a point where I notice my breathing stop.


    ✘ Not a client

    I woke up again tonight. I went to bed at 11pm, and I think I lay there for a long time – I didn’t check the clock. When I was in bed I didn’t really feel that tired, but sleepy enough to make my eyes water. (When I start getting sleepy, my eyes start watering. Does anyone else get that?)

    I think that was a mistake, I should have gone to bed at 12am like I did the past several days.

    I’ve moved from sleep onset insomnia to maintenance insomnia.

    I woke up at 2:38, feeling excruciatingly tired as if I hadn’t slept for days. This is weird because I didn’t really feel that sleep deprived before. It’s as if I woke up during a time when my brain was doing something important and was suddenly interrupted. I didn’t wake up from needing to pee but from a pretty scary dream. Usually when I have bad dreams I sort them out within the dream and don’t wake up.

    But this is the first time I’ve been woken up by a nightmare and I was afraid to fall asleep again because of it. It could also have to do with my frustration and disappointment that I didn’t sleep through the night, and also the anxiety that the problem may actually be a physical health problem, rather than it just all being in my head.

    I also woke with a full erection (sorry if this is too much information). I always wake up frequently needing to pee with a full erection. I didn’t need to go to the toilet this time, but I still woke up with morning wood, as if my brain was just going through the motions.

    So I decided to take a few sips of water, eat a slice of wholemeal toast, take half a tablet of zopiclone that my doctor prescribed me, and write this post.

    Writing is getting hard and harder because I’m losing my ability to focus. That’s probably the zopiclone kicking it.

    I’m going back to bed. Goodnight.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Are you trying to stick to a regular (and appropriate sleep schedule)? This can help consolidate sleep and reduce the amount of time you spend awake during the night.


    ✘ Not a client

    Hi, Martin. Since I’m unemployed, I usually stay in bed and try to get more sleep if I still feel tired, getting up at 11 am or 1 pm. I also nap in the afternoon.

    Last night I decided to get serious with your free insomnia sleep training course. I set my get-out-of-bed time to 8.30 am (because I know I’m an owl), and my allotted sleep time to 5 1/2 hours.

    I didn’t feel sleepy enough at 3 am, so I went to bed at 4 am and I estimate that it took 30 minutes to fall asleep.

    I woke up at 6.05 am to pee. When I went back to bed, I think it took around 15 minutes to fall asleep.

    I woke up again at 8.03 am and stayed in bed until 8.20 am. Next time I’ll get out of bed as soon as I wake up if it’s within 30 minutes of my morning anchor.

    So my estimated total sleep time was approximately 3 hours. But after having a cup of coffee, I didn’t feel tired at all, which is surprising! I thought I would feel wrecked on 3 hours of sleep, but I realise that I probably don’t need as much sleep as I thought I did.

    My previous experiences of sleeping only 3 hours were awful. I believe it was different this time because I built up enough sleep pressure and got the timing right by going to bed during the sleep phase of my circadian rhythm.

    I’ll see how tonight goes.


    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    It sounds as though you are on the right track, NeuroShock — keep up the effort!

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