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17 July 2012

Sleep Disorder and Neck Ache or Pain!

Oh! I have a serious problem! I couldn't sleep at night and never feel tired!
I can skip my sleep and start a new day without feeling sleepy at all!
What's wrong with me? huh!

I tried to Google and this is what I found;

Sleep Disorder

A sleep disorder, or somnipathy, is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal.
Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.
Polysomnography is a test commonly ordered for some sleep disorders.

Disruptions in sleep can be caused by a variety of issues, from teeth grinding (bruxism) to night terrors.
When a person suffers from difficulty in sleeping with no obvious cause, it is referred to as insomnia.
In addition, sleep disorders may also cause sufferers to sleep excessively, a condition known as hypersomnia.
Management of sleep disturbances that are secondary to mental, medical, or substance abuse disorders should focus on the underlying conditions.

Common Disorder

The most common sleep disorders include:

Primary insomnia: Chronic difficulty in falling asleep and/or maintaining sleep when no other cause is found for these symptoms. - Yes!

Bruxism: Involuntarily grinding or clenching of the teeth while sleeping. Yes!

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS): 
inability to awaken and fall asleep at socially acceptable times but no problem with sleep maintenance, 
a disorder of circadian rhythms. Yes!

Hypopnea syndrome: Abnormally shallow breathing or slow respiratory rate while sleeping.

Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) often culminating in falling asleep
spontaneously but unwillingly at inappropriate times.

Cataplexy: a sudden weakness in the motor muscles that can result in collapse to the floor.

Night terror: Pavor nocturnus, 
sleep terror disorder: abrupt awakening from sleep with behavior consistent with terror.

Parasomnias: Disruptive sleep-related events involving inappropriate actions during sleep; 
sleep walking and night-terrors are examples.

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD):
Sudden involuntary movement of arms and/or legs during sleep, for example kicking the legs. 
Also known as nocturnal myoclonus. See also Hypnic jerk, which is not a disorder.

Rapid eye movement behavior disorder (RBD):
Acting out violent or dramatic dreams while in REM sleep (REM sleep disorder or RSD)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS): An irresistible urge to move legs.
RLS sufferers often also have PLMD. Situational circadian rhythm sleep disorders: 
shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) and jet lag.

Sleep apnea, and mostly obstructive sleep apnea:
Obstruction of the airway during sleep, causing lack of sufficient deep sleep; often accompanied by snoring.
Other forms of sleep apnea are less common.
The air is blocked from entering into the lungs, causing the individual to unconsciously gasp for air.
The individual will pause for an average of ten seconds in order to breathe.
This is commonly found in overweight, middle-aged men but is also found in people who have suffered from stroke.

Sleep paralysis: is characterized by temporary paralysis of the body shortly before or after sleep.
Sleep paralysis may be accompanied by visual, auditory or tactile hallucinations.
Not a disorder unless severe. Often seen as part of narcolepsy.

Sleepwalking or somnambulism: Engaging in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness
(such as eating or dressing), which may include walking, without the conscious knowledge of the subject.

Nocturia: A frequent need to get up and go to the bathroom to urinate at night.
It differs from Enuresis, or bed-wetting, in which the person does not arouse from sleep, but the bladder nevertheless empties

Somniphobia: A cause of sleep deprivation. Somniphobia is a dread/ fear of falling asleep or going to bed. Signs of illness include anxiety and panic attacks during attempts to sleep and before it.

Source: Wikipedia

Never knew that there are so many variety of sleeping problem.
Anyway, my problem is quite simple. I just couldn't sleep at night!
My current sleeping time: 7-10am in the morning.
My current wake up time: 2-5pm in the afternoon.

What I have been doing from 5pm-7am?
First thing to do, I'll brush my teeth and have my meal - is that a breakfast? lunch? dinner? I don't know.
That's it! That's my only meal of the day! It explains why, I am 46 kg now!
I lost about 4-5kg from my heaviest weight! Which is a very good news for me! =D

Then I will take my bath at about 8pm and for the rest 10-12 hours,
I will roll on my bed, browse the internet, watch video, shop online and etc..
In short, I roll-ed on my bed till I feel slightly tired, then finally I sleep.

See? I am not healthy at all!
I didn't even walk so no point talking about exercise Zzz..
I just roll-ed right left right left sometimes 360 degree on my bed LOL

So, one day I decided to skip my sleep! So that I will gets tired the next day,
hoping that I can sleep at a normal hour - 9 pm and wake up at maybe 10 am.

It works! I sleep and wake up early the next day..!
But, again, the next day, I coudn't sleep early again! Oh! It irritates me!
I totally understand that SLEEP is VERY IMPORTANT! and I want to sleep!

Lack of sleep is terrible, not only that it damages my brain and body system,
it causes acne, panda eyes and dry skin too! huhuhu..

Why can’t I fall asleep?
I think, I think too much! I always tend to think of a lot of thing when I close my eyes..
My future, my relationship, my plan, oh! A lot of things!
I blame my university life. When I was in Singapore, I never sleep early!
Class start at 3pm? Then why sleep early right? It slowly became a very bad habits of mine!
Oh! I blame my boyfriend too! I often watch football with him in the middle of the night!
On top of that, we always order McDonalds or Spize for supper!
This explains why living in Singapore is so unhealthy!
Their nightlife is never old! Hahaha! What am I talking about?

According to leading sleep researchers, there are techniques to combat common sleep problems:
Keep a regular sleep/wake schedule -Noted.
Don’t drink or eat caffeine four to six hours before bed and minimize daytime use - Never
Don’t smoke, especially near bedtime or if you awake in the night - Never
Avoid alcohol and heavy meals before sleep - Agree!
Get regular exercise - Yes, I will start soon!
Minimize noise, light and excessive hot and cold temperatures where you sleep - I always turn off my lights aircon before I sleep.
Try and wake up without an alarm clock - I will try
Avoid staying in front of the computer till later in the night if is not necessary. - Oh! I need to try really hard on this!

There were some other methods such as;
Music Therapy- FAIL
Count sheep - Extremely FAIL
Turn television, handphone, laptop, lights OFF - Fail
Read book - It works for me! Haha I always feel tired when I read book but I am lazy!
Use aromatherapy - Got it! I will add it to my shopping list.
Sleeping pill - Maybe I should try this one!

Another problem: My neck has been aching badly! Painful! =(
I bought loads of Salon Pas and I always bring them with me everywhere I go..
I think it occurs because I have been resting in wrong position or stay in a position for too long.
I need a good and comfortable pillow! and also a good massage like seriously!

Duh! Let me know if you have any effective solution okay!


  1. @ferlysha17 July, 2012

    when i read this, i just see myself last tme.. haha.. i think its not a problem. i remember tt tme when everytime i got into my bed n closed my eyes, i always start to think alot. mayb tts the cause. juz dont think too much n try breathing method. when u close ur eyes, slow down ur breathe.. not more than 7 or 8 breathe in 1 minute. concentrate on ur breathing. u'll fall asleep then.. oh ya, try to sleep with ur stomach liying on ur left. i heard it will make u relax.. n just use ur bed to sleep. these simple ritual help me. hope these help u too.. goodluck ;)

  2. There is nothing more important than sleep! I'd say buy better pillows, a mattress pad (waaay cheaper than a new mattress), and some really comfy sheets. Even if you don't fall asleep stay lying down so your mind and body can rest. You can read during that time, but not with the overhead light on!

  3. Ah thank you so much for the suggestion and comment.. I will try them really soon =D good news is I sleep early last night yay!

  4. Anonymous27 July, 2012

    Try nt to slp with pillow, tis might lessen ur neck pain.

  5. I suffered from sleep disorder a year ago when I was doing night shift as well as I suffered from neck pain. Its horrible experience, I used to take generic provigil for long time to treat sleep disorder.


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