I have been skipping sleeping some nights lately, just to avoid the unpleasantness of waking up. How can I get some sleep at night without having to deal with a "sleep hangover" in the morning?
When I wake up in the morning I feel truly awful. I have a killer headache, I feel like my body is falling apart, I experience alot of anxiety and non-stop anxious thoughts, I feel really depressed, I don't want to face what is ahead of me, and already feel behind with what I have to accomplish for the day. Basically I just hate my life and feel extremely sorry for myself for awhile. It's a mix of physical and emotional symptoms, but it definitely is not just emotional/anxiety. My headaches really are bad, alot of times my eyes hurt when I wake up too (maybe always?).
Usually this wears off fairly quickly, but the experience is bad enough that I avoid it whenever possible. It seems when I can wake up naturally, without having to force myself, things are alot better. This leads to me sleeping in anytime I possibly can. Over the summer, this lead me to sleeping in almost every day (think 11am or noon most mornings. 9am or 10am would be a good day). But know I have early classes and have to wake up very early every weekday. I've surprised myself that I am actually able to wake up at 5:30 on a consistent basis, I actually was not sure it was possible for me.
I tried being really strict with myself and forcing myself to go to bed by 11:30 every night, figuring this would have to make the mornings easier. Honestly, it didn't do much for me. It seems like no matter how early I go to be, my body still won't be happy about waking up early. So now I have a new way to deal. Instead of sleeping in which is no longer an option, I've taken to skipping sleeping all together a few times a week. Amazingly, I feel much better when the time comes to start my day. I have energy and am ready to go. But of course I am very sleepy the next day, And find myself not doing lots of the things I need to do that day because I am groggy and can't concentrate, and end up going to bed right after dinner.
A night of sleep deprivation has been studied as a way to lift depression
, I wonder if it's related to why I am in such a great mood when the morning rolls around after a no sleep night.
Honestly, even though I become less productive the next day, part of me thinks it would be worth it to skip sleep one night, then go to bed really early the next day, in a two day cycle. Or if that was too extreme just throw a normal sleeping night in between cycles. I'd much rather feel groggy than have a waking up feeling. I also end up having great, and really long lasting dreams the next night when I do sleep which is cool too.
But I have lots of anxiety issues, which for the most part under control. I'm starting to think skipping sleep might screw me up, and I'd kick myself if I fell into depression or a bad place with anxiety because of something I could have prevented by just sleeping.
What do you guys think? Is there another way to get the wonderful feeling of being awake in the morning without having slept the night before without causing undue stress on my system? Does anyone else experience the same thing? Is there a way to time sleep so you are only waking up during light sleep (I think this might be part of the problem)?
Or even better have any of you had luck skipping sleep often? Is there a way to boost your energy just a little the next day so you can make it through to a regular bed time and be productive? Maybe something you can eat, or exercising at a certain time in the day? I am pretty open minded about sleep, I think the standard 8 hours a night advice is not always the best thing for everyone's body so I'm very open to your experiences and opinions.
Oh one other thing that might be relevant. Lately I have realized I clench my jaw in my sleep, I have noticed I'll even start doing it if I'm awake and lying down, maybe this is a hint, or relevant?