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I'm sick and tired of waking up several times during the night because my brain expects this time as a designated daydream time. Sure, maybe sometimes I wake up because I'm in an uncomfortable position or something, but at the very least I cannot go back to sleep until I've daydreamed for a few hours.

It probably started when a few times I must have woken myself up, and I used daydreaming to pass the time while I went back to sleep, but not it is habit and I can't handle waking up three, four times during the night just to daydream, especially with important tests for school looming dangerously closer.

I've decided that I need to get myself to stop daydreaming so often during the night. Last night, I don't know how I did it so efficiently, but I only woke up once, at probably 4:30. I wake up at 6 for school, so I ended up daydreaming the remainding hour and a half, but it was still progress compared to waking up at 12, 4, 7, and 10 all in one go.

I should start researching healthier bedtime things in order to maybe stay asleep all through the night. I just hope it will work...

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Comment by Jordan on December 3, 2012 at 2:39pm

i have that problem ive tried over the counter sleep meds they dont work its like my brain wont shut up it can be hard to deal with my doctor finally put me on a sleep med and i been ok since

Comment by Aquarius on November 28, 2012 at 12:18pm

I noticed that when stopped working out I had a hard time falling asleep, but I figured that it was MDD that was keeping me awake. So i kept telling myslef, if i control it a little then I might be able to sleep. I didn't connect it to workouts.
Now that I am on regular basis, during the 6-8pm slot, by late 11or 12 I'm dying to sleep. Alternatively I try reading.
Don't go to bed earlier, because in our case we will just use up that hour to DD more.

Comment by Jennifer on November 28, 2012 at 7:18am
Gosh, I'm so glad yo hear that I'm not alone with this. Like some of the people that commented, I don't wake up multiple times in one night to daydream. Instead, I go to bed around 10:00 at night, and don't fall asleep until 12:30 or later every night. It's horrible! Every morning I have to get up for 6:00 sharp for school, and it's a walk through hell trying to make it throughout the entire day without falling asleep in school. Surprisingly, I've never fallen asleep in class, and I'm keeping myself awake.
The past couple of nights, my mom has caught me up past 11:00, and I've been taking the heat for it. She's like, "I don't know why you stay up all night. I just don't know." Then she slammed the door and left. And every morning, she's been like, "I see you had a hard time getting up today. Good. Maybe you'll go to bed earlier." I get enraged, because she knows I have MD, but she refuses to even ATTEMPT to understand it, get me help, or even just be plain sympathetic.
I'm glad to hear I'm not alone! This site has helped me a bunch, and so have the people on the site. :)
Comment by Erin on November 27, 2012 at 4:58pm

I ABSOLUTELY  feel your pain.... I'm still struggling with this inability to sleep, now.... Although, I don't usually wake up after I fall asleep, but, rather, I have trouble getting to sleep at all. Generally, I "go to bed" around 10, but I won't fall asleep until around midnight, one in the morning, or even later some nights. But, I understand the feeling of being tired all of the time and having your daydreams keep you awake.... I'd definitely follow everyone's advice. I'm certainly thinking about it, myself. 

Comment by greyartist on November 27, 2012 at 5:07am

I could hardly sleep at all when my MD was at it's worse. It is much better now, I am taking niacin and supprisingly it has helped my MD much more then the antipsycotics and sleeping pills I tried.

Comment by Alvy on November 26, 2012 at 9:48pm

Yeah, the only way I can get a good night sleep is with meds

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 26, 2012 at 6:22pm

I went through that for decades and felt horribly sick all day.  I resisted taking meds at first, but after decades of feeling horrible, I gave in and started taking them.  Now, I only get up once a night and sleep like a baby the rest of the time.  Generic Ambien is less than $10 and totally works.  

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