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#1 Just5MoreMinutes

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:38 PM

MY STORY:

So, ever since i was 15, i felt like i'd always been "tired". Whether i slept 4,8,12 hours a night in never felt like it was enough. Throughout the latter part of highschool, i slept in class, would often skip class to sleep in the library, and would spend more time after school sleeping in the empty classroom when everyone else was gone (lol). I had the temporary nickname "Sleepa" which i guess translates to "Sleeper" in American English, and my parents (as well as myself) always wondered by I slept so much. I attributed it to the usual, bad eating, erratic sleep hours, etc etc. and started fixing my diet, getting in shape, taking multivitamins, the whole works (it helped, but not to a large extent). Now a couple years later, i dont have the constant tired feeling that i once did, but i still "NEED" to sleep and it never seems to be enough. I have slept as long as 18 hours straight on more than 1 occasion and used to jokingly think to myself that, if i ever went to prison, it wouldnt be that bad because i could just "sleep" my sentence away ( not that i'd ever do something to warrant me going there, but lol). I sleep at night but often have to take naps during the day and will often neglect social activities or eating just to get some more sleep. Well, couple of days ago i luckily stumbled across this gem of a site and am strongly thinking that i might be narcoleptic.

Some more info...ever since i can remember, i've always been able to remember at least part of my dreams, and i ALWAYS seem to have them every night i go to sleep. Its almost overwhelming keeping my normal memories separate from those i experience dreaming. If i go to sleep for 30 minutes or 8 hours, i will still dream and remember at least parts of it. I always used to ask other people if they did the same and used to get weird glances all the time lol. These dreams are very vivid and sometimes i feel like i cannot awake from them, like sometimes i'm conscious and know i need to get out of bed but i just cant muster the strength to do so, almost like partial sleep paralysis. I also, like some other people here, seem to have that pre-dreaming phase where it's like i will "dream myself to sleep". I will also have these "Revelations" or "moments" throughout the day that will tip me off about something i dreamed of, like i will go on Facebook and see someone post something and think in my mind "OMG that person was in my dream last night! Even though i have not seen or talked to them in ages, and this goes on to trigger more memories of what i had dreamt about." I tried to keep a dream journal once but it was ridiculous keeping track when i dreamnt so often. And i find that if i am awoken suddenly, it severely diminishes my chance of remembering what i dreamnt about, but if i wake on my own accord, say to go to the bathroom or something, when i go back to sleep its almost like a continue from where the dream left off, lol. I have had some moments that i think qualify as Hypnagogic Hallucinations, but i always just pushed them in my Super Vivd Dreaming category.

Sidenote: Have any of you ever died in your dream? Whenever i've asked other people about this, they say they normally wake up right before it happens or something similar, but I have actually died in my dream several times, and it's like i'm in both first and 3rd person perspective, where for example, i get shot and can literally feel the pain of getting get shot, but at the same time i can like see myself drop to the ground from a 3rd person point of view.

I also feel that, even though i feel tired alot, i use sleep as an escape mechanism or to avoid my problems, because my dreams are so vivid that it's like an alternate reality, so i often look forward to sleeping and dreaming after having a bad day.

Summary: Do you think i have narcolepsy and have you ever died in your dream?

Sorry for this long epistle, and thanks if you actually read it all :)

#2 HiredandFired

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

MY STORY:

So, ever since i was 15, i felt like i'd always been "tired". Whether i slept 4,8,12 hours a night in never felt like it was enough. Throughout the latter part of highschool, i slept in class, would often skip class to sleep in the library, and would spend more time after school sleeping in the empty classroom when everyone else was gone (lol). I had the temporary nickname "Sleepa" which i guess translates to "Sleeper" in American English, and my parents (as well as myself) always wondered by I slept so much. I attributed it to the usual, bad eating, erratic sleep hours, etc etc. and started fixing my diet, getting in shape, taking multivitamins, the whole works (it helped, but not to a large extent). Now a couple years later, i dont have the constant tired feeling that i once did, but i still "NEED" to sleep and it never seems to be enough. I have slept as long as 18 hours straight on more than 1 occasion and used to jokingly think to myself that, if i ever went to prison, it wouldnt be that bad because i could just "sleep" my sentence away ( not that i'd ever do something to warrant me going there, but lol). I sleep at night but often have to take naps during the day and will often neglect social activities or eating just to get some more sleep. Well, couple of days ago i luckily stumbled across this gem of a site and am strongly thinking that i might be narcoleptic.

Some more info...ever since i can remember, i've always been able to remember at least part of my dreams, and i ALWAYS seem to have them every night i go to sleep. Its almost overwhelming keeping my normal memories separate from those i experience dreaming. If i go to sleep for 30 minutes or 8 hours, i will still dream and remember at least parts of it. I always used to ask other people if they did the same and used to get weird glances all the time lol. These dreams are very vivid and sometimes i feel like i cannot awake from them, like sometimes i'm conscious and know i need to get out of bed but i just cant muster the strength to do so, almost like partial sleep paralysis. I also, like some other people here, seem to have that pre-dreaming phase where it's like i will "dream myself to sleep". I will also have these "Revelations" or "moments" throughout the day that will tip me off about something i dreamed of, like i will go on Facebook and see someone post something and think in my mind "OMG that person was in my dream last night! Even though i have not seen or talked to them in ages, and this goes on to trigger more memories of what i had dreamt about." I tried to keep a dream journal once but it was ridiculous keeping track when i dreamnt so often. And i find that if i am awoken suddenly, it severely diminishes my chance of remembering what i dreamnt about, but if i wake on my own accord, say to go to the bathroom or something, when i go back to sleep its almost like a continue from where the dream left off, lol. I have had some moments that i think qualify as Hypnagogic Hallucinations, but i always just pushed them in my Super Vivd Dreaming category.

Sidenote: Have any of you ever died in your dream? Whenever i've asked other people about this, they say they normally wake up right before it happens or something similar, but I have actually died in my dream several times, and it's like i'm in both first and 3rd person perspective, where for example, i get shot and can literally feel the pain of getting get shot, but at the same time i can like see myself drop to the ground from a 3rd person point of view.

I also feel that, even though i feel tired alot, i use sleep as an escape mechanism or to avoid my problems, because my dreams are so vivid that it's like an alternate reality, so i often look forward to sleeping and dreaming after having a bad day.

Summary: Do you think i have narcolepsy and have you ever died in your dream?

Sorry for this long epistle, and thanks if you actually read it all :)


Your symptoms sound pretty consistent. The only way to know for sure is to get evaluated.

I haven't died, but I have been shot and experienced severe pain in my dreams. I experience lucid dreaming regularly. When I explain it to people, they just pretend to understand.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Have you seen a sleep specialist? It does sound like you could very well have narcolepsy. I've never died in my dreams. Like HiredandFired, I've experienced pain, but I haven't died. I scream at myself to wake up before that happens.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

I have had the dream dying sensation you talked about so many times I cannot even begin to tell you!

 

Usually I am running from people shooting at me (people who have been chasing me around the world/house/department store/city...etc) and I feel (and I mean REALLY feel) something hit me in the back or the neck and I fall down face first. Often in the dream I think that I must be dead, but I am still lying there aware of what is going on, only that I can't move...and I think on no the bullet has paralysed me. Sometimes I play dead and hope that the attackers will leave me alone, sometimes they walk up to me, see I am still alive and shoot me in the head and I wake up...or more often I replay the dream so that I can fly away or evade them somehow.

 

I have had some really crazy dreams...one in particular involved a great white shark biting me in half!! I can remember the terror of seeing only half of my body in the water and realising I was going to die! Usch!! After that dream the idea of going swimming in water where great white sharks are present scares the pants off me!

 

It does sound like you may well have narcolepsy. Have you had sleep studies done?

 

 



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Have you had any sleep studies yet?  Some doctors seem willing to treat based on symptoms, but I think it is usual to do that without a sleep study first.

 

It sounds like you may have narcolepsy, though.  I'm still waiting for results of the sleep study.  I'm in the vivid dreamer group, though.  My entire life I have had vivid dream disturbances every night I sleep.  The dreams are what wakes me up.  I wake up usually no less than 4 times a night from the vivid dreaming.  It is exhausting, so I definitely understand where you are coming from.



#6 Just5MoreMinutes

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

When i head back to college next week i will see the Health Services and hopefully the doctor there can refer me to a sleep specialist so i can do a sleep study. 

Usually I am running from people shooting at me (people who have been chasing me around the world/house/department store/city...etc) and I feel (and I mean REALLY feel) something hit me in the back or the neck and I fall down face first. Often in the dream I think that I must be dead, but I am still lying there aware of what is going on, only that I can't move...and I think on no the bullet has paralysed me. Sometimes I play dead and hope that the attackers will leave me alone, sometimes they walk up to me, see I am still alive and shoot me in the head and I wake up...or more often I replay the dream so that I can fly away or evade them somehow.

 

This happens to me soo often especially when i am stressed, where i am running from someone trying to kill me! I have done the "play dead" thing too haha. I remember one specific time someone was chasing me with a knife and i got backed up into a room with nowhere to go, and i somehow "jumped" into the tv in the room to escape him lol. These dreams are so vivid, it's like i have my "normal" life and then my "sleep" life. Sometimes when i am trying to recall a specific memory, i cant tell if it was something that happened in real life or in a dream lol. Crazy me.