Joey B Asked: I have severe trouble waking up in the mornings : (?
None of the other categories/topics seemed quite right, so I guess I'll put it here.
Below is a somewhat jumbled collection of facts.
I'm currently 22, and I've had problems waking up since I was 15. I can get to sleep just fine (Usually less than 10 minutes), it's just the waking up part. The weird thing is I can remember almost exactly when this started. In 2004, ESPN was celebrating their 25th anniversary. They had a segment on Sportscenter where coaches and athletes would answer sports trivia questions for a few minutes (It was called Final Exam or something). Anyway, I was really excited to get up and watch Sportscenter. A few days into it, however, I woke up in this semi-conscious state. I just would not wake up, which I found strange since I was really looking forward to watching this show, and have never had problems waking up before. Ever since then, the problem recurred and I've had a problem waking up…
Luckily for me, this problem has never led me to be late or miss class/work, aside from the rare occasion. What happens is that I simply "sleep procrastinate" until I basically HAVE to get up. In high school, on the weekends, when I didn't have anything to wake up for (no part time job yet) I would always get up and go back to sleep until sometime after noon. It got to a point where a 1:00 PM football game might not even wake me up.
Currently, I feel a sense of paralysis when my alarm goes off. It's like my subconscious is turning it off. I feel like I have no control over my body. I feel dead tired, no matter how much sleep I get. When I do eventually wake up though, five minutes later I feel refreshed.
*Almost always get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.
Some of the problems that can perhaps be posited:
-Depression? I experienced mild forms of depression starting at around the same time.
-Sexual? I'm not trying to cause a stir with this one- I generally feel it could be part of the problem. More often then not I think about sexual fantasies related to a fetish I have when I wake up, and that is what I think about as I repeatedly turn off my phone alarm and tv alarm and go back to sleep.
-Family-related? Depression seems to run in my family. Also, while I'm not overly familiar with their sleeping habits, I can say that one of my aunts goes to bed at 3:00-4:00 in the morning, and that my mom almost always takes a 1-2 hour nap when coming home from work.
Like I said, I don't miss work or class, and I don't feel tired during the day. However, I lose countless hours during the week sleeping when I'd rather be doing something more productive. Also, it forces me to go to bed a couple hours later than I want to.
I've tried numerous things: Walking to my alarm clock (I just walk and turn it off, then go back to sleep), pouring an entire glass of water over my head (that only worked for a couple of days), reading a motivational quote when waking up, looking at pictures of scantily clad women upon waking up (please don't think ill of me for this one), but none of it is that effective.
Thanks for reading though this long mess. Any suggestions as to the problem or a viable solution?
**While I realize asking a doctor might be better for something like this, I fear they'll just call me lazy and not solve the problem. Also, if you don;t have the answer to this dilemma, do you at least know any popular websites about sleep that has a forum, or a medical site (like WebMD)?
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