I used to be good at sleep. Now I suddenly suck at it.
I've been having sleeping problems that started suddenly about a week ago. The most annoying symptom is something like a hypnic jerk
that happens right before falling asleep or soon after. The result is I can only usually sleep for an hour or so at a time, if at all, and when I wake up I'm quite agitated.
I have also once woken up gasping for air (I did have some nasal congestion at the time), woken up and saw "stars" upon standing up, and woken up with my teeth biting my tongue. This isn't very normal for me; I'm usually a viking when it comes to sleeping.
I've even been to the ER a couple of times because I woke up feeling my head was going to explode and that I might faint if I walked around too much. EKG, blood tests, chest X-rays looked great -- they gave me a prescription for Ativan and told me to chill out.
During the day, assuming I got a little bit of sleep, I'm fine. In a good mood, can hike and bike with no problem, etc. It's when I start to fall asleep that the bad juju starts and I am annoyed by the sound of my own heart beating.
Difficulty: We're traveling by car and 20 hours from home. I'm kind of worried about just taking the antidepressant and hoping for the best while we drive back. I have the option to stay put a few days and figure this out, but wondering what I can do in the next few days besides go back to the ER and get the same diagnosis.