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    grayeyedathena
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    Hello all!

    I am new to Insomnia Land but am SO happy to have found this community. I am a 24 year old (and otherwise healthy) girl and I've been suffering with chronic Sleep Maintenance Insomnia since 2005 as a result of multiple TBI's (Traumatic Brain Injuries ie concussions). It's steadily gotten worse throughout the years and I am currently unmedicated and logging 4 hours of sleep max at night.

    I have a sleep study next week, I have a wonderful neurologist, pulmonologist, therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist, and I have a wonderful support group of friends and family…

    And yet it's an incredibly frustrating and isolating experience that I don't feel like is completely understood by anyone in my immediate circle of friends and providers. That plus the anxiety/fear about my ability to function well in my job, social life, or while driving… well, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir.

    I have my first overnight sleep study next week, followed by sleep latency testing the next day. I'm nervous! And weirdly, I'm nervous that I'll have a night of perfect sleep and they won't figure out what's wrong with me.

    So far, they have questioned diagnoses of Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Upper Airway Restrictive Syndrome, ADHD, limbic disturbance (meaning it's just plain old insomnia primary without a cause, other than perhaps post-concussive issues), and hypothyroidism. I've also been to a psychiatrist, but diagnoses of bipolar, depression, ocd and others have been ruled out.

    So, all that to say, I'm really happy to be here and to start feeling a little less crazy and a little more “normal”.

    xoxo, g.

    #14753

    owl2020
    ✘ Not a client

    Interestingly enough I am 65 but also get a maximum of 4 hours sleep a night like you; last night I only got 2 hours and I feel like a zombie. I had an overnight sleep study over the weekend and was told I had sleep apnea by the monitoring technician (I will get a full evaluation in a week). He had me try a CPAP machine mask, but after an hour I couldn't tolerate it anymore (many people give up on it after trying for a few weeks – not the most comfortable thing to sleep in). Yet some tolerate it. Luckily I'm retired and don't have to worry about a job the next day but functioning on 2 hours sleep is awful. So I, and many of the people on this web site, really understand your problem. Hope you benfit from the sleep study.

    #14754

    Martin Reed
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    'grayeyedathena' wrote:

    Hello all!

    I am new to Insomnia Land but am SO happy to have found this community. I am a 24 year old (and otherwise healthy) girl and I've been suffering with chronic Sleep Maintenance Insomnia since 2005 as a result of multiple TBI's (Traumatic Brain Injuries ie concussions). It's steadily gotten worse throughout the years and I am currently unmedicated and logging 4 hours of sleep max at night.

    I have a sleep study next week, I have a wonderful neurologist, pulmonologist, therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist, and I have a wonderful support group of friends and family…

    Welcome to Insomnia Land. First of all there's no reason to feel alone anymore – everyone here know's what you're going through when it comes to sleep deprivation.

    How did the sleep study go? Any helpful findings or feedback?

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