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Old 12-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
 
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I am a really, really heavy sleeper. Aways have been. (My kids are kind of the same way, esp my daughter.)

It is almost impossible to wake me up. And ppl have told me they have had conversations w/ me while I was partially asleep that I have no recollection of afterward.

I have been known to sleep through my alarm clock buzzing in my ear for two hours. And on average it takes me about 30 minutes of the alarm buzzing in my ear for me to be able to wake up.

I get btwn 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Yes, I snore a little but not like those chainsaw types.

What's going on here?

Anyone have similar experiences?
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
 
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I wake up to an alarm, but otherwise I consider sleeping one of my greatest skills. I can sleep any time, any where, and my husband is usually the one who is woken in the night by any children.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
 
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I'll wake up to an alarm or my phone ringing, but I usually sleep hard when I fall asleep. I'll randomly wake up during the night to change positions, then I'll crash out again.

I can be awakened if someone comes in and touches me, but otherwise? I could have a thief moving around my room and taking stuff all around me as I sleep. Or my sister could come in and take stuff while I'm asleep. My sister has really done that...came in and "borrowed" some of my clothes. I now lock my door, but it's one of those puny kind with the hole in the knob you can pop open with a nail.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:00 PM   #5
 
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I am the same way! I have to have an alarm on my night stand and my phone alarms set. And it still takes me atleast 30 min to get out of bed

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
 
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I'm so jealous. I bet you're so well rested even on fewer hours. I used to be like that but now I don't sleep we'll and wake up often and it's hard to go back to sleep, especially with any snoring or tv on another floor.
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I sleep through everything.

Unless I know I have to get up, I'm still a deep sleeper but I can wake up instantly from my internal clock.

I do it at work when I do overnight shifts, I'm scared I'll sleep through my alarm at work (yes I get to sleep at work) and I'll wake up every hour and look at the time and fall instantly back asleep. That's probably not healthy.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #8
 
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I used to sleep like that. Having a child changed that for me. Now I could wake from a pin dropping in another room. Before I could sleep through anything & usually required multiple phone calls, aside from a blaring alarm clock & tv, to wake.
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I wake up to an alarm, but otherwise I consider sleeping one of my greatest skills. I can sleep any time, any where...
This is me too. I always say sleeping is my super power.
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I am a light sleeper but I sleep deeply if that makes sense. I go to sleep easily and can sleep straight through the night but I am up the second the alarm goes off. I will also wake up when there is any unusual noise but I go right back to sleep.
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I am a really, really heavy sleeper. Aways have been. (My kids are kind of the same way, esp my daughter.)

It is almost impossible to wake me up. And ppl have told me they have had conversations w/ me while I was partially asleep that I have no recollection of afterward.

I have been known to sleep through my alarm clock buzzing in my ear for two hours. And on average it takes me about 30 minutes of the alarm buzzing in my ear for me to be able to wake up.

I get btwn 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Yes, I snore a little but not like those chainsaw types.

What's going on here?

Anyone have similar experiences?
I'm the same. I've found waking up to music which starts off real quiet and gradually gets louder & louder wakes me up quicker than a jolting alarm
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So jealous. I have problems going to sleep, staying asleep and I don't get any deep restorative sleep. I would do almost anything to get deep restorative sleep again.
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I'm not so sure I get deep, restorative sleep, either bc when I finally do wake up, I'm still pretty tired.
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Interesting...I'm a pretty light sleeper.
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I'm much the same as the OP, but I do hear my alarm and wake up at the first sound of it, but during the night people can walk around and talk and I'd never even know.

Now, how long it takes me to drag my butt out of bed? That's a whole 'nother story...

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I'm not so sure I get deep, restorative sleep, either bc when I finally do wake up, I'm still pretty tired.
I also feel constantly fatigued despite the 8/9/10 hours of sleep I get. And, I usually require/want a nap at about 3 p.m. every day.

I started a thread a while back (maybe a year or more?) about how my sleeping habits frustrate my boyfriend. He's a light sleeper and only needs 5 or 6 hours.
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I'm not so sure I get deep, restorative sleep, either bc when I finally do wake up, I'm still pretty tired.
Have you thought about having a sleep study? You may have apnea or a sleep disorder. I don't get any deep restorative sleep and unfortunately, there's not a lot to do for it. There is a medication called Xyrem (GHB) but most drs will not prescribe it. I used it for a 1.5 yrs and it was amazing. Best sleep I ever had. Since I was using it off label, my insurance decided they weren't going to pay for anymore.

There are some herbs and amino acids that can help get deeper sleep. I also use binaural beats which sounds hokey, but helps.
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I sleep through everything.

Unless I know I have to get up, I'm still a deep sleeper but I can wake up instantly from my internal clock.

I do it at work when I do overnight shifts, I'm scared I'll sleep through my alarm at work (yes I get to sleep at work) and I'll wake up every hour and look at the time and fall instantly back asleep. That's probably not healthy.
I'm like this. I'm a deep sleeper--really never woken up by noises at night--but I'm ALWAYS awake before my alarm goes off, regardless or what time I set it for.

However, it does take me a while to get to sleep, usually about an hour after going to bed.
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Yup. But I'm usually always still tired. I've had boyfriends move me around in my sleep and I don't wake up. I've even slept through an unexpected hurricane-level wind situation.
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I'm not so sure I get deep, restorative sleep, either bc when I finally do wake up, I'm still pretty tired.
Have you thought about having a sleep study? You may have apnea or a sleep disorder. I don't get any deep restorative sleep and unfortunately, there's not a lot to do for it. There is a medication called Xyrem (GHB) but most drs will not prescribe it. I used it for a 1.5 yrs and it was amazing. Best sleep I ever had. Since I was using it off label, my insurance decided they weren't going to pay for anymore.

There are some herbs and amino acids that can help get deeper sleep. I also use binaural beats which sounds hokey, but helps.
I actually have thought about having a sleep study conducted. I know several ppl who have gotten them. They got the full work ups (which require several nights of sleeping at the clinic) and invariably, the are told they have...sleep apnea. One has to wear that mask but everyone else was just told they have sleep apnea and then...nothing.

Do the sleep studies ever provide solutions?

Yes, maybe I should start taking some supplements. Maybe Melatonin? I already fall asleep very easily. And I rarely wake up in the middle of the night. It's just very hard for me to wake up and I sleep thru more noise and commotion than I probably should.
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I actually have thought about having a sleep study conducted. I know several ppl who have gotten them. They got the full work ups (which require several nights of sleeping at the clinic) and invariably, the are told they have...sleep apnea. One has to wear that mask but everyone else was just told they have sleep apnea and then...nothing.

Do the sleep studies ever provide solutions?

Yes, maybe I should start taking some supplements. Maybe Melatonin? I already fall asleep very easily. And I rarely wake up in the middle of the night. It's just very hard for me to wake up and I sleep thru more noise and commotion than I probably should.
Unless you have apnea and the dr will prescribe a cpap or don't get stage 4 sleep and the dr will prescribe xyrem, no, they're not worth it LOL Just tells you exactly what's going on. And they make suggestions how to improve your sleep- no sleep meds, no muscle relaxers, no alcohol, practice good sleep hygiene, etc.
Melatonin is to help regulate your sleep cycle.. it doesn't really help you stay asleep.
Do you feel refreshed when you wake up? Sounds like you're a heavy sleep which is a good thing. Not sure what supplement would even help your problem since you go to sleep and stay asleep easily. L-theanine, an amino acid in green tea, helps with deep sleep.
I wake up exhausted every day, if I get sleep (I sleep maybe 2-3 hrs at a time) it's unrefreshing. My study showed I get no restorative sleep, cycle in and out of REM incorrectly, the list goes on. Not a lot to do except for Xyrem which my insurance will no longer pay for. (It's over 2k/month)
I sleep best when I take all my supplements and use the binaural beats and aromatherapy. It's a process. I'm hoping once my adrenals recoup my sleep will improve.. but we'll see.
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