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2nd-Oct-2012 10:29 am
Boondock/can't believe
So one of my body's stock responses to stress is No Sleep For You. I actually have not slept without Lunesta at all since 2006, and I'm on the maximum dose; that works to get me at least five hours of sleep on a normal night (I got seven last night! Woo!). But under stress, my body refuses sleep. And it takes a while to reset after sleep dep. I'll go a week with minimal, interrupted sleep and then be struggling for quite some time afterward.

What I don't think I've ever had is what I had yesterday, where I had breakfast, cleaned up around the house, took a nice long walk, showered, had lunch - and then pretty much passed out.

No, seriously. Barely made it upstairs, was half asleep by the time I reached my bed, and then I was unconscious (for the most part) until sunset. My body was like "screw this, catching up all at once."

(I did have one period of time where my brain was awake but my body couldn't move. Not sure how long it lasted.)

So yeah, I have energy today. I'm cool with this.

I'm not cool with not getting any writing time yesterday! But I will persevere, and will write after today's walk. If I don't pass out again. Please let that be done with, body. Kinda freaky.
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2nd-Oct-2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I HATE BEING AWAKE FOR HYPNOGOGIC PARALYSIS. IT IS THE WORST.

*shiver*

Do not like it at all.
2nd-Oct-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Sleep paralysis is so super creepy.
3rd-Oct-2012 09:55 am (UTC)
There is a WORD for that?!! No one else has ever understood what I mean when I say I'm awake and I can't move and it freaks me the hell out. This is why I don't nap if I can possibly avoid it, something about attempting sleep at not night means I get stuck in this half awake no moving, half dreaming horrible nightmares state. I had set that aside as further evidence that my body hates me and does weird shit that no one else gets, knowing that I'm not alone, kind of awesome in a wow that sucks kind of way.
3rd-Oct-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
It is totally a thing! You are not alone!
3rd-Oct-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Totally a thing. Major source of folklore about Night Hags, Night Mares, Alien Abduction, and all kinds of things involving "trapped, a pressure holding me down in my body, and a presence in the room".

Hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations, night terrors, etc.

Fairly Rare, but well documented.
2nd-Oct-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Last night I lay down for a brief rest and woke up 14 hours later when my phone's weekday morning alarm went off. Wow.
2nd-Oct-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Naps are totes unnatural and generally ungood for me, but after a few days of sleep dep. (such as after wiscon heh) my body does that force-nap-rest thing that I can't control. Even though, like you, I normally need heavy doses of sleep meds just to get any semblance of rest. If I fall asleep before taking meds - I know I'm in dire need of sleep.
6th-Oct-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
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