Can't stop lucid dreaming
December 31, 2012 8:21 AM Subscribe
Has anyone found any strategies for combating sleep state misperception/paradoxical insomnia?
posted by mellosphere to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was recently diagnosed with sleep state misperception, also known as paradoxical insomnia. Here's how I understand it: I used to think that I hardly ever slept, and felt tired a lot. I thought I would go to sleep, and felt like I was sleeping for like 3-4 hours, but then I'd wake up and stay awake the rest of the night. This has been going on the last 8 years. Recently I did a sleep study and they said my body was asleep, and even my brain was asleep for most of the night (86% of their sleep time allowed, which was about 8 hours). But my mind remained active, giving me a heightened sense of awareness during sleep and making me feel like I've been awake a long time when I wake up. It is one of the strangest things I've ever heard of. I has something to do with my brain's awareness of consciousness. And it has given me the extraordinary ability to lucid dream.
However, it is frustrating to feel like I've been awake a long time, or to not feel like I'm getting restful sleep. The study says I am, so I guess I'll just roll with it, but does anyone have any suggestions as to how to stop lucid dreaming or how to convince my mind that I'm really sleeping? I don't know anyone else personally who has this issue, so I'm reaching out to this network. The only thing I could find online was to use sleep restriction techniques. But I've tried this and just end up feeling tired in the long run.
Other possibly useful information: I am a young (22) male, eat quite healthy (paleo diet - no gluten, soy, or dairy, and <150 carbs/day), allow myself adequate time to sleep (11:00 - 6:30), and get 3-4 days of exercise per week (walk or play basketball, lift weights). I do have thyroid issues, but these have been ruled out (by an endocrinologist and sleep science doctor at Mayo Clinic) as being the source of this issue. She said it is mainly a mental thing and the only thing she could recommend was CBT. Haven't tried that yet.