Problem Waking Up -- Please Help!!!
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Posted by algal on February 23, 2006 at 16:08:18:

I was trying to research why I have this problem and to even find out if there's any such thing so that I could find a name for it. My searching led me here. I sure hope some of you can help me!

I have had this problem from as far back as I can remember. I am not able to wake up on my own no matter how many alarms clocks I set, no matter how many phones ring in my ears, etc. I probably wouldn't even wake up if the smoke alarm was going off (God forbid!).

Anyway, at first I thought this was due to insomnia. I used to lie awake for several hours tossing and turning, not even being sleepy even though it was way past bedtime.

Well, my Dr prescribed Ambien. It works wonderfully as far as me getting sleepy and going to sleep quickly. But, I still have the problem where I can not wake up. In order to wake up, someone has to physically pull on me, yell, etc. and it takes forever. Sometimes it is even to the point to where my husband dabs a cold washcloth on my face. The problem is, he does not have time most of the time to wake me up because it takes so long. He would be late for work.

Well, this has caused significant stress and problems throughout my life. I have a son in the first grade. He has excessive tardies because of my problem. The principal sent a letter home the other day regarding the tardies and how he is approaching the limit before they are required to turn his name in for this.

I do not know what to do! Every time that there is something important that I must get up for the next day, I have to stay up all night the night before to be able to make sure I get there on time! This is ridiculous!

As I said, it's been this way my entire life -- as far back as I can remember.

Now, what have I done to try to fix this problem?

I have tried various things. I honestly DO love to stay up late, but I know I must go to bed if I'm going to get up the next morning. So, I have changed my schedule to be sure to go to bed at a decent hour. I take the Ambien and it helps me to go to sleep quickly.

Here's an example of how extreme this problem is: I have 3 alarm clocks. 2 of those have dual alarms. I have tried various things -- clocks being set at the same time, 15 minutes apart, 30 minutes apart, etc. I have some of them as the regular alarm clock, some with a CD VERY LOUD (sometimes a CD that I love and have even tried music that I hate that is very annoying to me). I also have one of the alarms on a radio station VERY LOUD. I have also tried setting one in between stations so that it is staticky and VERY LOUD and irritating.

I also have an alarm on my cell phone. I have tried various ring tones on the loudest volume sometimes at the same time as the alarm clocks and sometimes 15 or 20 minutes or so in between the alarm going off.

Also, at the same time..while my husband is on his way to work, he will attempt to call me on my cell phone (right beside my head) AND the home phone -- switching out..hoping I will finally hear one of them and answer.

I'm not sure if I actually keep mashing the snooze button on the alarms or if it keeps going until it finally quits. I know there have been times that my husband said that he has come home before in the morning (on a day he wasn't working but was doing other things) and I would be asleep and the alarms would be going off. So, it may vary on what I do regarding that.

I remember when I was younger, the phone I had -- regular corded phone already was very loud on the loudest setting. But, I remember buying some sort of amplifier to make it ring even louder. That didn't work either!

If no one is around to wake me up, I could possibly wake up on my own anywhere between 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM. There have been times in my life that I have slept until 2:00 PM and one time until almost 4:00 PM. But, an average of the time that I would wake up on my own is around 11:00 AM.

Does anyone out there have any problem similar to this? Does anyone know what something like this is called or is there even such a thing ever been diagnosed? What kinds of treatment are available for something like this?

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